Warner Bros. Wants Matthew Vaughn To Direct Man Of Steel 2


It is being reported that Warner Bros. wants Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn to helm the eventual sequel to Man of Steel.

Back in the day, director Bryan Singer was going to direct the third X-Men movie in addition to rebooting the Man of Steel in a new Superman film. Legend goes that 20th Century Fox wasn’t thrilled with the idea and moved the production date up for X-Men 3, making Singer chose between the two projects.

As everyone knows, Singer chose to work on what would become Superman Returns. Fox brought in Brett Ratner to direct X-Men: The Last Stand which would be an adaption of the classic “Dark Phoenix Saga” from the comics.

Neither movie did particularly well, but the effect of The Last Stand lasted for years and almost killed the X-Men movie franchise. It wasn’t until Fox decided to do a soft reboot of the series with X-Men: First Class that things got back on track.

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That film, directed by Matthew Vaughn, did much to save the X-Men on film and Vaughn was set to direct the follow-up before having to bow out to direct Kingsman: The Secret Service. In a strange twist of fate, Singer returned to the franchise that once shunned him and had great success with X-Men: Days of Future Past.

And now in another weird twist, Vaughn may be the man to direct the next big screen adventure of Superman.

According to Collider, Vaughn is the leading candidate to direct Man of Steel 2. The sequel, which has been in development for a while, was again made a priority by Warner Bros. this past summer. Apparently the studio is keen on having someone other than Man of Steel director Zack Snyder helm the sequel, which when you see the mess that was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice make perfect sense.

One thing that is certain is that Vaughn would bring some much needed levity and humor to the movie and character. Both Kingsman and First Class were very funny in addition to being great superhero films. When speaking about what he might so with a Superman movie back in 2010, Vaughn said that the character doesn’t do grim and gritty well and any Superman film should be fun for moviegoers.

"“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.”"

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Of course, as of right now nothing has been signed and no deal is in place. Vaughn and Warner Bros. are still just talking but there can be no question that the studio would love to have him work on the DC Extended Universe. Between Vaughn and the high hopes fans have for Wonder Woman, it could be just what the franchise needs to get back on track.

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