Following the disastrous X-Men: The Last Stand and equally bad X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Matthew Vaughn – of Kick-Ass and Layer Cake fame – directed X-Men: First Class and wrote X-Men: Days of Future Past, thus bringing the Fox series back on course.
Warner Bros. is seemingly hoping Vaughn will hopefully work his magic on their DC franchise, the director being sort out to helm Man of Steel 2, the second solo-Superman film.
According to Collider, the Kingsman filmmaker has had “preliminary conversations” with the studio; no official deal has been struck – and Vaughn may not end up directing the as-yet unnamed sequel – but he’s Warner Bros. current favourite.
Vaughn previously pitched a Superhero film to Warner Bros. back in 2010, written by himself and Kick-Ass collaborator Mark Millar, but was rejected in favour of Zack Snyder and David S.Goyer’s take.
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At the time, Vaughn said of adapting Superman: “I think that’s the one thing not to do with Superman, trying to do the serious The Dark Knight version. Superman is about colour and fun, or it should be, for me.”
Ironically, Henry Cavil’s version of the hero has been a much darker take on the character, winning negative reviews across the board, particularly for his Golden Raspberry Award-winning appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.