The Kings Man director Matthew Vaughn thinks that following up Man of Steel with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a mistake.
Once upon a time, there was a DC Extended Universe that was being planned out and partially helmed by 300 and Watchman director Zack Snyder. It started out with Man of Steel and was followed up with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But then the critical and box office response to the film was less than what Warner Bros hoped for and the whole thing was reworked. Five years later some filmmakers are being fairly candid about how they felt about the whole thing.
At one point The Kings Man director Matthew Vaughn was one of Warner Bros’ top picks to direct a follow-up to Man of Steel. This did not happen and despite the fact that Henry Cavill is still eager to reprise the role, the studio seems more interested in taking the character in other directions. Michael B. Jordan is currently developing a Val-Zod Superman project and J.J. Abrams & Ta-Nehisi Coates are making their own Superman reboot. But, before all of that Matthew Vaughn once pitched his own Superman film even before Man of Steel was made.
In a recent interview with The Wrap, Matthew Vaughn spoke about the Superman project he pitched to Warner Bros and how he felt that if given the chance he and Henry Cavill would have made a great Superman movie together:
“I was desperate to do a Superman film. Desperate. I pitched a big Superman movie before they made ‘Man of Steel.’ I just got to work with Henry Cavill, which was lovely, on ‘Argylle’ and he’s unbelievable in it. I still think there’s room for a new Superman film, but a proper Superman film. A colorful, fun Superman movie. Not a dark one.”
Later on, he got more candid about the direction the DC Extended Universe took, thinking that following up Man of Steel with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a mistake:
“I just thought it was a mistake putting the Batman vibe into the Superman world. I just think they’re two separate — they’re just not relatable in any way, in my mind. It should be fun. I mean, look, ‘The Dark Knight’ was obviously different, and it made sense and it was brilliant, as a film and as a comic. But Superman was always… I loved the [Richard] Donner ‘Superman’ movie, and I think ‘Wonder Woman’ worked because, I think, ‘Wonder Woman’ was basically remaking [Donner’s] ‘Superman’ in a weird way. Yeah, I love Superman.”
Superman was last seen in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Here is the synopsis for the film:
“In ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions.”
The Snyder Cut stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, and Ciarán Hinds.
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Source: The Wrap