Robert Downey Jr. Boasts Bigtime About 'Iron Man 3'

[caption id="attachment_3395" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Paramount"]Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle in "Iron Man 2"[/caption]

Hyperbole be damned, when Robert Downey Jr. talks something up he pitches better than Robert Preston in "The Music Man."

When working a red carpet, most celebrities are typically tight-lipped about their secretive new projects (especially after getting the same question over and over), but while attending the Brazilian premiere of "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" RDJ talked to Omelete (via Total Film) and did an enthusiastic song and dance for his upcoming fourth outing as ol' shellhead.

"I think that we have an opportunity with the third 'Iron Man' to make the best of the three," declared Downey, "and maybe one of the better superhero movies that’s ever been made. But I think we have to remember what made the first one good. It was very character-driven. It was very odd. It was kind of outrageous. And so I think we have to have the courage to trust that the audience is really kind of cool, and smart."

Wow, them's mighty big words, Junior, but possibly justified given that "Iron Man 3" will reteam him with his action savvy "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" director Shane Black, who's currently prepping the shoot in Wilmington, North Carolina before "The Avengers" even hits theaters. As to who the big heavy will be in the film, no villains or supporting cast have been announced yet besides series vets Gwyneth Paltrow as the ever-reliable Pepper Potts and Don Cheadle's War Machine.

You can see an ebullient Downey Jr. discuss this and briefly tease his possible Tim Burton "Pinocchio" collaboration in the video below, which ends with him literally walking into a wall of screaming girls. Ain't it the life, though?