Matthew Vaughn Would Channel Donner’s Superman for “Man of Steel 2”

by Reid Vanier
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Following the recent news that Matthew Vaughn (KingsmanX-Men: First Class) had talks with Warner Bros. about potentially taking on the sequel to Man of Steel, he elaborated on his vision in an interview with Collider:

For me Superman is color, feel-good, heroic. He’s a beacon of light in the darkness. And that’s what I think Superman should be.

The quote came on the heels of Vaughn praising Richard Donner’s original Superman films, going so far as to state that he would “wanna do a modern version of the Donner [version]”.

Vaughn’s comments are consistent with the direction Geoff Johns and DC Films are heading. Both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice were criticized for being dark and cynical portrayals of Superman, while the critical success of Wonder Woman is largely attributed to its lighter and more hopeful tone.

Though not officially attached to the film, Vaughn’s conversations with Warner Bros. seem to show the studio’s intention to revisit the Superman franchise with a fresh eye.

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