Matthew Vaughn Talks ‘Feel-Good’ Vision For Potential ‘Superman’ Film

Embrace Superman ReturnsLast week, Kingsman: The Golden Circle director Matthew Vaughn confirmed that he has had discussions about directing the sequel to Man of Steel. Although a director has not been attached to the project, Vaughn recently shared his vision for a potential Superman film during an interview with Collider.

Vaughn explained that he would look to Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie to create a “feel-good” take on the DC Comics hero:

“Weirdly if I did do Superman—and I made the mistake of telling someone yesterday I have spoken about it and then wallop (laughs)—I think my main take would be, it’s really boring but make a Superman film. I just don’t feel a proper Superman—I think Donner did it to perfection for that time. Just doing the modern—I wanna do a modern version of the Donner [version]. Go back to the source material… For me Superman is color, feel-good, heroic. He’s a beacon of light in darkness. And that’s what I think Superman should be.”

Personally, Vaughn’s words are music to my ears. Superman has always been a hero who can provide refuge from the dark and often distressing world. While a retread of Richard Donner’s film is something few would like to see, a return to the colorful world and optimistic tone of the original Superman movie is exactly what I would like for the next take on the Man of Steel.

Fans may see Superman return when Justice League arrives in theaters this fall.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, Julian Lewis Jones and Ciarán Hinds.

Justice League will be released in theaters on November 17, 2017.

Source: Collider

5 Things We Want To See From Superman When He Returns In ‘Justice League’

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Henry Cavill Superman Man of SteelThe DC Extended Universe is having a massive year with the overwhelming success of Wonder Woman and the immense hype for the release of Justice League. The upcoming superhero team-up epic is what Warner Bros. has been building towards for the past few years and it is the first time we will the see the League assembled on the big screen. It echoes similarly to when The Avengers first teamed up 5 years ago. Justice League is going to be a huge event with several iconic DC heroes, but the character that most people are waiting to see is the Man of Steel himself, Superman.

At the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Superman makes the choice to sacrifice himself. With him currently being gone and set to make his return in Justice League, there are things that fans would like to see from Kal-El. Henry Cavill’s Superman has so far been the most divisive DCEU character. There are a lot of things that need to be embraced and altered when he returns so that he feels like the Superman from the comics that fans have been clamouring for ever since his debut in Man of Steel

Here are 5 things we want to see from Superman when he returns in Justice League. Click Next to continue.

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Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

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  • Daniel

    First, Vaughn is a terrible filmmaker, so I hope he stays far, far away from this.

    Secondly, everybody says they want a fun and happy Superman. Until they get it and realize how boring a character so perfect actually is to watch. There’s a reason that each of the four Reeve Superman movies made significantly less money than the film before it. There’s only so much you can do narratively with that version of the character. It’s not interesting.

    • Nick Farina

      Eh, the Reeves Superman films made less money with part 3 & 4 because both the story and production value went down with each film, particularly with part 4. It had nothing to do with people being bored with the character. Batman is arguably one of the most “complex” and psychologically interesting characters out there….so explain both the critical and box office failure that is Batman & Robin.

      Point is, it’s possible to find a middle ground with Superman in 2017/2018 that harkens back to what made us love the character to begin with while keeping it in a modern setting. That’s what he’s talking about here. I think Chris Evans Captain America has shown us that you can do it this way as long as it’s self-aware and done with a wink.

    • Ha! Good one.

  • Please do not do the Donner thing again. Move forward not backward.

    Let’s not forget that we have yet to see the resolution of the arc for Snyder’s Superman in Justice League. He undoubtedly will be a “beacon of hope” in Justice League. But to go back to that cornball 1978 vibe? “Updated,” whatever that means? Dear God no. We have a great foundation for a very complex and interesting character now. Use it!

    • David Allen

      While I love and admire the Donner Superman films, they are a vision of Superman from the past. I remember they were saying similar things when Superman Returns came out. Please just NO.

      Man of Steel was an awesome and amazing film; I really enjoyed seeing Superman exist in a realistic world. They just need to continue the story thread that was started in MoS. Now he is an established Superman and can get past his inner demons and become a more happy character, but still the same person who we’ve seen grow since the 2013 film.

      People need to get over the Donner Superman films. They were and are great; I just watched the 1978 film the other day. But I don’t want to see that version of Superman in today’s theaters. He had his place in time, now it’s the modern Superman’s turn. Just grow the character from what he is, don’t try to bring back Christopher Reeve.

      • The Donner films have not aged well! While I loved the first one when it came out (and I saw it in the theater, actually) I have to be honest that I can no longer enjoy it, it is so dated. I have no interest in watching it.

        I think what is done with Krytpon and Jor-El is actually laughably bad in STM and Superman II. Let’s not even talk about III and IV.

        Rosy cheeked, wholesome, glint in his eye… Gah, it’s just not that interesting! We now have a fascinating character that will have wrestled with some darker and more complex issues that he would confront in the real world, and that actually makes him more human and relatable imho than the sort of indefatigably chipper, aw shucks Donner vision.

        It’s ironic that when I first saw Vaughn’s pre-MoS comments of him wanting to make Superman “about color and fun” and “not the Dark Knight thing” (closely paraphrasing), I was actually worried that Vaughn would might end up making a subversive, darkly cynical parody of the 1960s era Silver age Superman. Because that’s what Kick-ass and Kingsman are like for their respective genres. But no, it appears that he wants to make a film more in the vein of what he did with Stardust in the fantasy genre. Very straight-ahead, close to the roots.

        I mean thinking on it more, at some level I think I actually would enjoy seeing Vaughn make a parody of the 1960s Silver Age comics Superman. But only as an elseworld film. It wouldn’t have the gravitas of Snyder’s Superman as alien in our real world (dealing with alienation, no pun intended). But in any case that’s not what Vaughn wants to do. Again, he’s clearly stating that he wants to make a more traditional Superman film that is essentially an homage to Donner’s vision of Superman.

  • Seehle

    Not so sure about this, it could work if it follows the template that Snyder started, I remember reading that it was always his intention to get Superman “there” but he needed to go through a journey first which started perfectly in Man of Steel (I don’t care what anyone says, that’s a masterpiece) Vaughn’s comments make it seem like Superman’s path so far isn’t justified, i’m glad he didn’t start the franchise otherwise we would have gotten this pixie dust wielding, bumbling 70s boy scout from the get go. Perhaps he’s the right person to take it over now that people are expecting Superman’s journey to end up with his triumphant/colorful return, but I thank god he wasn’t the one who helmed Man of Steel, Superman’s journey so far is on the right track.