Re: Rank the Iron Man movies (IM, IM2, and IM3)
I don't give much of a **** about directing 'style' as I don't subscribe to auteur theory. I'll take a solid craftsman over an auteur any day of the week. And Whedon is in this case at least definitely the former. IM3 felt like a Shane Black movie with Iron Man characters in it rather than an Iron Man movie with Shane Black touches. I really don't dig that. I'm of the opinion that the property/concept is king and those working on it should always be in service to that rather than the other way around which is exactly what an auteur does.
"Heroes and their consequences are why we have our current opportunities. . . . Every time one of these guys punches someone through a building our margins go up three percent." ~ Leland Owlsley