For all you Superman fans out there, I feel your pain, and the world has heard your cries for more of the Big Blue Boy Scout. Warner Bros. could be eyeing their next director for the film in the form of comic book movie favorite Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) for the sequel to Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel. An exclusive report from Collider, Warner Bros. and DC are indeed moving forward with the much awaited sequel that started the DCEU as we see it today.
Zack Snyder directed the first film with the blueprint of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy as inspiration to bring Superman into a modern world with a modern retelling to captivate audiences. To say the film was polarizing is an understatement and it’s Rotten Tomato score only confirms that with a 50% the last time I checked. Wonder Woman just got a great third trailer which has fans excited and it seems like James Wan’s Aquaman is sailing smoothly with it’s production, and we know all about the drama with The Batman. Trying to get a director like Matthew Vaughn means they are genuinely interested in having these films bring a mixture of fun and excitement with the stories still being the focal point.
The sources for Collider stated that Vaughn is Warner Brothers first choice at director which is good news because the last time they mentioned their top director for their superhero film, it was Matt Reeves for Batman, and they ended up signing him after a few shouting matches. If he was not to direct Man of Steel 2, sources claim that Warner Bros. still want his talents for another DCEU film down the line.
Vaughn is currently in post production of his comic book/spy fusion film sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Vaughn and comic book legend Mark Millar pitched a Superman film to Warner Bros. before they ended up going with the Chris Nolan vision and made it more serious. Vaughn had these comments to make:
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.
Granted, these were comments made before Man of Steel was even made, but for him to have a relatively accurate foresight on this project proves he knows what he’s talking about. I like Man of Steel a lot and it gets better each time I watch, but I’m not opposing a more colorful, fun Superman film to bring his character back to the forefront of pop culture beyond a neck breaking meme. Still, I don’t think the tone was the issue as much as quality storytelling with a clear vision. Vaughn would bring everything you need regardless and he’s so used to working with slightly lower budgets for his films that he could do more with less even if he didn’t have to. If they sign him, I think this could bode very well for the future of Superman.