If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Marvel has been fairly coy when it comes to the identity of their 'Iron Man 3' villain. When Sir Ben Kingsley was cast, we were excited. Rumors that he would be playing The Mandarin started to whirl and circle the web like a cyclone. When word leaked that the film would derive much of it's plot from Warren Ellis' 'Extremis,' a graphic novel that heavily utilizes The Mandarin, this rumor seemed to gain a little more legitimacy. Yet still, no official word from the studio. Other villains were added and cast, still no word. Were they concerned about the racial issues with the character? Were they planning to alter the story arc? Finally, last weekend, we got our definitive answer. During the epic 'Iron Man 3' panel at San Diego Comic-Con, not only did we see footage of Sir Ben Kingsley wearing the signature ten rings, but director Shane Black verbally confirmed that he would be playing The Mandarin.
It's about damn time! This seems to be happening more and more in the age of online movie news. Someone will expose something from a film in development that happens to be absolutely correct, but the studio will refuse to confirm until they have as spectacular a forum as possible in which to "reveal" that same info. I'm not saying this is always the case, sometimes internet journos get a little overzealous and report rumors that couldn't be further from the truth as if they are written in stone. However, it does seem like the ratio of dead on to way off is tipping mightily in the former direction. All that being said, I'm glad we can finally stop using the word "supposedly" in our future 'Iron Man 3' coverage in reference to Sir Ben and The Mandarin.
What do you guys think? Did you ever really have any doubts that Kingsley would be The Mandarin?