Matthew Vaughn Calls Superman a 'Beacon of Light in Darkness'

One of the biggest criticisms of 2013's Man of Steel was that, in stark contrast to Richard Donner's take on the character in 1978's Superman, the film was too dark and grim. However, if Kingsman: The Golden Circle director Matthew Vaughn's talks with Warner Bros. succeed, he's looking to take a much more light-hearted, inspirational approach to the character.

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"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," Vaughn said in an interview with Collider. "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."

When Warner Bros. was looking to start a new Superman franchise back in 2010, Vaughn talked with the studio about pursuing a light-hearted take on the character with writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Kingsman). Ultimately, the studio went with Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer's darker approach to the Man of Steel.

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The release date for Man of Steel 2 is currently unknown. Superman is set to appear in the upcoming Justice League film, which opens Nov. 17, and stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Raymond Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Amber Heard as Mera and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.

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