DC Wants ‘X-Men: First Class’ Director Matthew Vaughn to Direct ‘Man of Steel’ Sequel

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If you, like many comic book movie fans, have become so jaded by this point that you think there’s no possible DC movie news that could make you excited for one of Warner Bros’ dour, grumpy comic book movie adaptations, I have two words for you.

Matthew Vaughn.

No matter how much you might dislike Zack Snyder or David Ayer, and no matter how suspicious you are about Wonder Woman or heck, even Nightwing, it’s hard to argue with the director of Kingsman as an excellent grab for the comic book movie universe that’s desperately trying to change its reputation as the boring alternative to Marvel.

According to Collider, Vaughn is DC’s top pick to helm the long awaited sequel to Man of Steel, because apparently, the studio has just gone nuts greenlighting as many projects as possible in a post-Matt Reeves/The Batman euphoria.

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If, for whatever reason, you haven’t seen Kingsman, you’ve probably seen X-Men: First Class.

Remember how that was the first movie in the franchise that wasn’t about a pointy Hugh Jackman desperately trying to overcome a serious mental illness?

Remember how it revitalized the franchise and kept things ticking over long enough for Deadpool and Logan to shake up the standard formula?

This is the kind of innovation and strength of storytelling that the DCEU lacks. If Matthew Vaughn can rescue the X-Men franchise from The Last Stand and Origins Wolverine, he can certainly fix the problems caused by Batman v Superman.

This is, of course, assuming that Vaughn wants the job. As appealing as it would be to believe that this is a done deal, Collider’s report of Vaughn’s involvement with the project is still fairly speculative. Vaughn is one among many that DC is attempting to sign on for this movie.

That said, Vaugh has expressed interest in making a Superman movie in the past. He pitched a treatment around the time that DC decided on Man of Steel, which begs the question as to what DC’s franchise might have been like if they’d made a better judgement call.

At the time, Vaughn said publicly that the one thing DC should definitely not to with Superman was make a grimdark Batman movie with Clark Kent in it. You might recognize this as exactly what DC chose to do.

Said Vaughn:

“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.”

Color and fun? Yes please.

Can you imagine the idea of a fun Superman film? It seems strange that this most basic concept – the idea of actually portraying the Man of Steel on film in the way he traditionally appeared on the printed page – would seem so revolutionary.

But that is, of course, part of the problem. We haven’t had a fun Superman movie in a very long time, thanks in no small part to Bryan Singer, whose Superman Returns didn’t exactly light the world on fire.

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Perhaps that’s the worst-case scenario here, and why, even if Matthew Vaughn signs on to Man of Steel 2, we should probably avoid getting too excited.

With Superman Returns, we got a movie by a director who did a great job with an X-Men film, but who completely missed the point with Superman.

Will history repeat itself if Matthew Vaughn takes on Man of Steel 2? It’s hard to say, but one thing’s for certain – it’s the best chance of a truly stellar DC movie that we’ve had since Christopher Nolan decided he’d rather make a film about Matthew McConaughey yelling in a cornfield.

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