Matthew Vaughn : Saving The DCEU and Man of Steel 210 min read
Matthew Vaughn , as you can all recall, is the director of X-Men : The First Class and Kingsman : The Golden Circle. He has been in talks with Warner Bros. for days now regarding a Man of Steel sequel but we are yet to receive anything official regarding the project. Below Matthew discusses about the project and how he is interested in saving the DC Films universe.
Since the days of Man of Steel , the word had been polarizing on the DC Films Universe ( or DCEU , as the fans call it unofficially ; there is no official name to the franchise). The consequent movies just added to the fact with churning out movie critically back-lashed. DC Films first found their success in Wonder Woman , which apart from being a massive critical and commercial success , is regarded one of the best comic book movie / superhero movie ever made. But it was not long enough that Justice League came out with a roster of the World’s finest heroes. We were not expecting it to be something extraordinary for Zack Snyder had to turn over the helm to Joss Whedon after a devastating personal tragedy. But inspite of the hiccups in production and rumors regarding studio meddling ( many of which came to be true) no fan could have anticipated the way the final product and its acceptance to the audience turned out to be. Not only was it critically back-lashed , the movie suffered massively in the box office with word coming out that it is ” the highest earning flop of all time”.
Now Matthew Vaughn had been talks to helm a sequel to the Man of Steel ( commonly regarded as Man of Steel 2 in the fan community). The X-Men : The first class director was able to save the X-Men universe back in 2011 and wishes to do the same with the DC Films Universe . “I do love the world of DC, and I’ve been talking to them at the moment about a few things,” he revealed in a chat with IGN. “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 be… 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 added. “It’s much more fun saving and reinventing something — I’d be more intimidated trying to do a new Guardians [of the Galaxy], for example.”
“If I was going to do Batman, there’s no point doing the Dark Knight, because it’s been done to perfection — if I was doing Batman, I’d go ‘Christ, let’s bring out the Adam West version,'” Vaughn added , most probably a joke hidden somewhere in his statement . “I’m not interested in copying somebody else’s take on the genre. I’ve got to figure out what I’m doing next and I feel like flexing a muscle which I haven’t used before. And I’ve filmed quite a few superhero movies.”
Additionally , Mark Miller , a reputed name in the comic book industry appeared on the El Fanboy Podcast yesterday as well , where he discussed about hum talking the Man of Steel sequel with the director. Matthew Vaughn has helped bring some of Mark’s material come to the live action screen with his direction and thus , this news should come as no surprise to the fans. Speaking on the podcast, Miller talked about one of his previous conversations with Vaughn about a potential Man of Steel 2:
“He and I are massive Superman fans. I mean, we worship Richard Donner. We love the Christopher Reeve movies. He actually phoned me up a few months ago, and he said, “Hey, listen, DC, they’re very interested in me doing Man of Steel 2. Do you want to come in and do this?’ And I was like, ‘I’m exclusive to Netflix for years. We can’t even have that conversation.’ And he was like, ‘Oh, man. What’s the chances of this?’ And then he kind of drifted away. And he’s attached himself to a couple of things and all that. Y’know so, it’s one of those things that might, I mean- if somebody phones Matthew up and offers him enough money it could all change tomorrow.”
Interestingly, Millar also disclosed that he and Vaughn had once pitched a Superman trilogy back in 2008 which teases a Superman quite different from Snyder’s Man of Steel version :
“It was actually a massive, uplifting, hopeful thing. There’s no point doing Superman unless you feel good. You should walk out of ‘Superman’ just feeling like a million dollars. You should feel great after a Superman film. The movie itself was going to be a big, vast fun epic. But ‘Superman’s got to be a laugh, as well.”
All this seems quite hopeful similarly if one considers the current says of the DC Films Universe. Zack Snyder’s vision was polarizing to the fans right from the beginning , but the current DC universe need more potential directors which can help lift DC from the hole it has fallen into. With Disney acquiring rights to the 20th Century FOX , they have now a mountainous 40 % market share hold .If DC can not churn out movies both impeccable and admirable by the modern CBM standards , there is very little hope left for Time Warner . So comment down your thoughts down below. Who do you want to take the leadership to let the last son of Krypton fly in the sky once more ?