Matthew Vaughn may be stepping behind the camera again for another superhero comic book movie, according to a rumor that the director is being eyed by Warner Bros. to helm the studio’s long-awaited “Man of Steel” sequel.
According to Collider, both parties are currently in the “deal-making stage,” and while nothing is set in stone, Vaughn is at the top of Warner Bros.’ list of directors for the sequel. One interesting note is that even if negotiations fall through for “Man of Steel 2,” WB would still like Vaughn to helm another film in the DC Expanded Universe.
The filmmaker’s credits include comic book films “Kick-Ass,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” and “X-Men: First Class.” “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” also directed by Vaughn, will be released October 6, 2017.
There were reports in 2010 that Vaughn and “Kick-Ass” creator Mark Millar pitched a “Superman” movie to Warner Bros, but the studio decided to go with Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer version of the DC hero. Asked what it would take to create a successful “Superman” movie, Vaughn had an answer at the ready. “I think that’s the one thing not to do with Superman, trying to do the serious ‘The Dark Knight’ version,” he said. “Superman is about color and fun, or it should be, for me.”
Vaughn gave similar comments in 2015 when discussing Nolan’s superhero style. “People want fun and escapism at the moment,” said the filmmaker. “Look at the success of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ I think Nolan kick-started a very dark, bleak style of superhero escapism, and I think people have had enough of it.”