Many felt that Superman got a little screwed when the follow up to 2013’s reboot ‘Man of Steel’ ballooned into ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’, co-starring Ben Affleck as the newest big screen Dark Knight, with a healthy dash of Wonder Woman, plus cameos by the new movie takes on Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash. Well, it turns out that ‘BvS’ wasn’t a true sequel at all and Warner Brothers was just using the first film as a cornerstone upon which it could begin building its shared cinematic universe featuring the DC Comics heroes– something the studio had dragged its feet on, allowing Marvel Studios to practically build a monopoly on the idea of multiple heroes living in the same world.
But WB is working on giving Superman a proper ‘Man of Steel’ sequel and reportedly, the studio is eyeing ‘X-Men: First Class’ director Matthew Vaughn for the job. Vaughn’s first major release was the gritty, well-received ‘Layer Cake’and from there he went on to bigger budget projects like ‘Stardust’, ‘Kick-Ass‘ and ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ as well as the upcoming follow up ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ which is due out this fall.
Vaughn and comic book writer Mark Millar (creator of both the ‘Kick-Ass’ and ‘Kingsman’/’Secret Service’ comics) had approached WB with their take on the ‘Man of Steel’ back in 2010, but the studio instead went with Christopher Nolan and David Goyer’s idea. After all, Nolan had just struck gold for them with his grounded take on Batman in his ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy. But after the dark approach didn’t work with ‘Batman V Superman’, it appears the studio is reconsidering things. (Goyer had previously been attached to oversee WB’s entire slate of DC movies, but has since been sidelined.)
At the time, Vaughn stated that he had only had one meeting with WB, but offered his thoughts on Superman in films:
“I think that’s the one thing not to do with Superman, trying to do the serious The Dark Knight version. Superman is about color and fun, or it should be, for me.”
At this point, Vaughn merely concedes that he has met with WB about taking on the ‘Man of Steel’ sequel, but the studio is said to be meeting with various directors, so Vaughn is just another name in the mix. WB is reportedly not ready to make a deal just yet and the fact that they have plenty of DC movies in the works means they probably aren’t in a rush to get to ‘MoS 2’ prematurely, which could be a good thing. Also reportedly, if Vaughn doesn’t wind up directing this project, WB is still interested in having Vaughn helm another of their superhero properties.
At this point, it appears that WB is looking to course-correct and go in a lighter direction with its superhero properties and drafting Vaughn could be a step in that direction.
What do you think? Do you think the man behind ‘Kick-Ass’ and ‘Kingsman’ could be the right person to take over the future of the ‘Man of Steel’?
For more of Vaughn’s handiwork, ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ will be in theaters on October 6, 2017.