Director Matthew Vaughn has done some awesome comic book adaptations in his career. Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and Kingsman: The Secret Service. So, it would seem that Warner Bros. discussing the ability to direct a Man of Steel sequel with him makes sense. He would be looking to make Superman lighter and a more inspirational character.
“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,” Vaughn said in an interview with Collider. “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.”
In our recent podcast of The Cheap Seats, we discussed last month Man of Steel and this Friday, we will be discussing Batman v Superman and our opinions match. Superman is not meant to be a darker, brooding character like Batman. Superman is, by design, to be a ray of hope in a world of darkness. Seeing Superman being brought down in BvS was depressing.
Even in the Rebirth world, Superman is still who he has always been. It would be nice to see Superman be Superman. Not this jaded sense that the public think they want. They all wanted him to be darker to make sense in this “new world”. It doesn’t work. He does not have to be campy but we need the Richard Donner version of Superman for this new age.