In 2017, Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn was rumored to be the top choice for directing a Man of Steel sequel. While that never ended up happening, the director still remembers exactly how he wanted to approach a Superman film.
Speaking with TheWrap, Vaughn revealed that he had, in fact, pitched a Superman film prior to the release of Man of Steel and that his idea for a film was more colorful and fun than what the studio ended up going with.
“I was desperate to do a Superman film. Desperate,” Vaughn said. “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.”
While Vaughn did note that Man of Steel was “a great Superman movie,” he did note that he thought it was a mistake to follow up Man of Steel with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
“I just thought it was a mistake putting the Batman vibe into the Superman world,” Vaughn said. “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.”
While it’s unknown if Vaughn will ever get the chance to direct a Superman film, it’s clear that the director has great respect for the character, and with some fans clamoring for more light-hearted comic book films from DC, it’s not impossible that he’ll get the chance to direct one in the future.