Kingsman: The Golden Circle director Matthew Vaughn has confirming long-swirling rumors that he's spoken with Warner Bros. about taking the helm of a superhero film. However, he wasn't specific about any potential projects.
"Never say never," Vaughn told the IGN UK podcast when asked if he'd like to do a superhero film for Marvel or DC. "I'm at that stage in my career where it's quite important to me who I'm working with ... 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 films out there that have been disappointing, it's going to at least... if I do OK, it'll probably be better."
"So when I did X-Men there was, you know, a pretty low bar — X-Men 3, no offense, was not a fantastic piece of work," Vaughn said. "It's much more fun reinventing and saving something — I'd be more intimidated trying to do a new Guardians [of the Galaxy], for example. I don't know if I can make it any better."
"If I was going to do Batman, there's no point doing the Dark Knight, because it's been done to perfection. So you have to think, if I was doing Batman, I'd go 'Christ, let's bring out the Adam West version,'" Vaughn added. "I'm not interested in copying somebody else's take on the genre."
Vaughn did note that he may want a change of pace from directing superhero films. "I've got to figure out what I'm doing next and I feel like flexing a muscle which I haven't used before," he said, "And I've filmed quite a few superhero movies."
Vaughn also commented unfavorably on the newest trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, saying, "it looked like bloody Justice League... Christ, I just got through Justice League... I'm more into the Guardians and Doctor Strange. I feel they're at least evolving more. But how many times can we see all these guys come together to fight off an alien invasion?"
Vaughn, whose credits include X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service, was reported in March to be in talks to director Man of Steel 2. Vaughn confirmed those conversations in September.
Vaughn's latest film is Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The film stars returning cast members Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Sophie Cookson, joined by Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Elton John, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges. It's currently available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.