The DCEU seems to be in a state of flux as the disappointment of Justice League is said to be causing a host of changes scheduled to take place next month.
Only one DCEU movie to date has been considered a success by both fans and critics, which is Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman movie.
While both Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman exploded right out of the gate, audiences quickly snubbed Zack Snyder’s take on the flicks, which carried over to Justice League. In addition, while David Ayer’s Suicide Squad performed well at the box office, many critics and fans loathed it.
With the past few movies having underperformed, maybe it is time to breathe some new life into the DCEU, and that might just come from Matthew Vaughn.
Matthew Vaughn is the writer and director behind such comic book film hits as Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and the Kingsman movies (Stardust with Henry Cavill is a cool movie, too). It’s already known that Matthew Vaughn has been in talks with WB, and now while speaking with IGN, Matthew Vaughn goes into further detail, which includes mention that he has been talking with WB about what sounds like multiple projects:
“I do love the world of DC, and I’ve been talking to them at the moment about a few things. It’s more fun getting involved with franchises when they’re on the down, because then it’s easier to make a good film. So if I got involved with a few of the superhero films out there that have been disappointing, it’s going to be… if I do OK, it’ll probably be better.
So when I did X-Men there was, you know, a pretty low bar — X-Men 3, no offense, was not a fantastic piece of work. It’s much more fun saving and reinventing something — I’d be more intimidated trying to do a new Guardians [of the Galaxy], for example.”
Matthew Vaughn continues, with what sound like he won’t be doing a new take on Batman (Matt Reeves is also directing a new Batman movie, which would rule out Vaughn):
“If I was going to do Batman, there’s no point doing the Dark Knight, because it’s been done to perfection — if I was doing Batman, I’d go ‘Christ, let’s bring out the Adam West version. I’m not interested in copying somebody else’s take on the genre. I’ve got to figure out what I’m doing next, and I feel like flexing a muscle which I haven’t used before. And I’ve filmed quite a few superhero movies.”
So if not Batman, than who?
Matthew Vaughn previously expressed interested in Superman:
“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.”