Not much longer after Tim Burton seemingly expressed the same sentiment, [Kingsman: The Secret Service](movie:713143) director Matthew Vaughn has stated some grievances with dark, broody superheroes on the big screen. During an interview with SFX, the director opened up on the path that he hopes to see comic book movies take in the future:
"People want fun and escapism at the moment ... 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.
This is, of course, a lot nicer than what Burton had to say - but there is a growing opinion that comic book movies need more variety, and it seems like the studios realize as much.
For his part, Vaughn brings us Kingsman, which was adapted from a graphic novel and leans closer to the comedic action-adventure spy thriller area than most comic book movies have allowed. Marvel gave us an incredible espionage film with [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973), then followed up with the previously mentioned [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073), a comic book movie turned space opera.
[Ant-Man](movie:9048) is set up to be a heist-filled comedy, and [Doctor Strange](movie:559685) is promising something "very different" on an "astral plane", according to the star, Benedict Cumberbatch.
As for this writer, I'm fine with more comic book movies with the creative variety that we were given a taste of in 2014. I believe in the mantra, "make new movies, but keep the old - one is silver and the other's gold!"