With plans for a Man of Steel sequel slowly winding its way through development at Warner Bros., the studio is reportedly courting Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) to energize the solo Superman franchise. Well, if he does sign on, he wants to take the Big Blue Boy Scout back to the beginning.
The director was asked about his meetings with Warner Bros. in an interview with Collider, and said he’d love to do a modern take on the brighter, more heroic tone that made the Richard Donner films so great. Considering most of the DCEU is dour and dark (and the brightest film yet, Wonder Woman, also proved to be the most successful), it stands to reason fans would welcome a more Superman-ly Man of Steel.
Here’s how Vaughn described his take on the character:
“Weirdly if I did do Superman—and I made the mistake of telling someone yesterday I have spoken about it and then wallop (laughs)—I think my main take would be, it’s really boring but make a Superman film. I just don’t feel a proper Superman—I think Donner did it to perfection for that time. Just doing the modern—I wanna do a modern version of the Donner [version]. Go back to the source material… For me Superman is color, feel-good, heroic. He’s a beacon of light in darkness. And that’s what I think Superman should be.”
It’s interesting to see Vaughn’s vision for the potential project, because it sounds relatively similar to what his fellow X-Men acolyte Bryan Singer attempted back in 2006 with Superman Returns, after dropping out of the third X-Men film (before Vaughn stepped in to semi-reboot that franchise in 2011 with X-Men: First Class). Superman Returns set itself up as almost a direct successor to the Donner films, and though it made a good bit of cash at the box office, it received a mixed critical reception for being almost too beholden and earnest to the Donner era.
That said, Vaughn has a proven track record of taking a long-in-the-tooth franchise and breathing new life into it (First Class is still one of the best X-Men films out there), and if Warner Bros. can land him, Vaughn certainly seems up to the task. Along with his X-Men experience, he’s also helmed diverse genre projects like Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kick-Ass, and he could certainly bring his trademark brand of humor to an earnest story of heroism. Think Donner, with a little bit of bite.
What do you think? Would you like to see Vaughn take a crack at Superman?