At the moment, the future of the DC Extended Universe is a bit uncertain. We know that Aquaman is slated to hit theaters next year, that Matt Reeves is signed on for a Batman solo film, that a Wonder Woman sequel has a release date and that DC Films wants to make a Flashpoint movie, but in terms of definite release dates and expectations, there's not a whole lot to go on.
In fact, DC Films is — according to recent reports — restructuring itself in a major way following Justice League, a film that never performed as well as it was expected to at the box office. Finding a new path forward will be difficult, but one of the clearest options is reaching out to other filmmakers. One of those is, apparently, Kingsman: The Golden Circle director Matthew Vaughn.
In a new interview with IGN, Vaughn confirmed rumors that surfaced months ago that he's been in talks with DC about some potential work, though he didn't confirm the specific film that was discussed (rumor was it's a sequel to Man of Steel). Basically, he's hoping for an opportunity to rebuild the DCEU.
"I do love the world of DC, and I’ve been talking to them at the moment about a few things. It’s more fun getting involved with franchises when they’re on the down, because then it’s easier to make a good film. So if I got involved with a few of the superhero movies out there that have been disappointing, it’s going to be… if I do OK, it’ll probably be better."
Granted, Vaughn confirms these talks while also throwing quite a bit of shade at the existing DCEU, but still...seeing the guy who reinvigorated the X-Men with First Class take on DC Comics heroes could be really fun.
Adding weight to this, Vaughn's collaborator Mark Millar — who wrote comics like Kick-Ass and The Secret Service, which Vaughn later adapted — confirmed on a recent episode of the El Fanboy podcast that he was actually tapped to possibly collaborate on one of these films. The podcast isn't out yet, but JoBlo got an exclusive peek at some of Millar's remarks, including the news that he could have worked with Vaughn on a sequel to Man of Steel.
"He and I are massive Superman fans. I mean, we worship Richard Donner. We love the Christopher Reeve movies," Millar said. "He actually phoned me up a few months ago, and he said, 'Hey, listen, DC, they’re very interested in me doing Man of Steel 2. Do you want to come in and do this?’ And I was like, ‘I’m exclusive to Netflix for years. We can’t even have that conversation.’ And he was like, ‘Oh, man. What's the chances of this?’ And then he kind of drifted away. And he’s attached himself to a couple of things and all that. Y'know so, it’s one of those things that might, I mean- if somebody phones Matthew up and offers him enough money it could all change tomorrow."
This is all extremely vague, and none of it means a film will actually happen. The DCEU is at a bit of an uncertain place right now, and Vaughn is still working on projects like the third Kingsman movie. If it did happen, though, it could inject a bit of energy into a flagging universe.