According to report coming out of Collider, WB wants none other than Layer Cake, Kingsman, and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn to save *ahem* I mean direct their Man of Steel sequel.
While I still believe that rebooting would be the DCEU’s best course of action, especially with the rumor is that Ben Affleck wants out, Vaughn might just be the perfect person to salvage the wreck that is currently Superman’s character. Vaughn has already saved one superhero franchise with X-Men: First Class, what’s one more?
Plus, Vaughn has essentially made a career out of adapting terrible comic book source material into enjoyable blockbusters (see: Kick-Ass and Kingsman). All of his comic book films have been colorful and fun, which would translate fantastically to Superman. Hell, in a 2010 interview with MTV he hinted at what a potential Superman film from him would be like, in stark contrast to the current miserable incarnation:
“I think that’s the one thing not to do with Superman, trying to do the serious The Dark Knight version. Superman is about color and fun, or it should be, for me.”
Take note, Zack Snyder.
On one hand, I’d hate to see Vaughn attach himself to the rapidly sinking ship that is WB’s DC Universe. But on the other, chances are he’d make a pretty dope Superman movie. Note, they are still in very early talks, so there’s a good chance this won’t even amount to anything. But if it does, it may be the smartest thing Warner Brothers has done with the DCEU since…shit, what is the last smart thing they’ve done? Hiring Ben Affleck as Batman, I guess? Although, in hindsight that might be blowing up in their face as well.