Kingsman, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class. Matthew Vaughn is a powerhouse when it comes to directing superhero films. So it makes sense that Warner Bros. is considering him for its greatest powerhouse of all, Superman.
If this rumor is true, as Collider reports, then Vaughn would replace Zach Snyder to direct Man of Steel 2 (and possibly future sequels). Warner Bros. has been in a tough spot as of late, churning out divisive titles since the conception of its cinematic universe; Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman both have their large followings, but were not the launch points that the studio hoped for.
With the well-received Wonder Woman trailer, however — and the decision put James Wan at the helm of Aquaman — it appears that the DCEU is fixable after all.
Why Matthew Vaughn Is Perfect For Superman
Matthew Vaughn has a great track record so far. But what makes him so perfect for Superman?
Many fans of the hero feel that Kal-El is not getting the treatment that he deserves. Not only was his first outing controversial for the dark take, but in the follow-up he was overshadowed by Batman. Fans wanted levity from Superman, not just gravitas, and Vaughn can strike that balance — he's excellent at action, humor and character-building.
Vaughn has already done it many times before, creating films with both style and substance. It's not hard to see why Vaughn would be Warner Bros.' top candidate. He was even approached for Man of Steel before Snyder took the reigns. Here's what Vaughn previously said about his potential take on the hero:
"I think that’s the one thing not to do with Superman, trying to do the serious The Dark Knight version. Superman is about color and fun, or it should be, for me."
Is Snyder Out Of The DCEU?
It is clear Warner Bros. has not been very confident about going forward with a Man of Steel sequel. It has been four years since the film that started it all, but this is arguably the first significant sign that DC is taking the prospect of a direct sequel seriously. Signing a director would definitely make the project move faster.
But what about Zack Snyder? Is he out of the DCEU? Not exactly, but it does seem like the studio wants to see how Justice League performs to make sure Justice League Part Two is still something they want to move forward with. Either way, Snyder will still be executive producing all future installments. I personally think he should move on to other properties.
Like Michael Bay with Transformers, it would be wise of Snyder to move away from the franchise, focusing on smaller projects to show more of his range of talents, such as his long in-development The Last Photograph.
Whatever Vaughn does next, it's going to get me to the theater no matter what. Let's hope it's Man of Steel 2.
What do you think about Matthew Vaughn directing Man of Steel 2?