According to reports, Warner Bros. is currently eyeing Kingsman and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn to helm the UNTITLED MAN OF STEEL SEQUEL, taking over the directing reigns Zack Snyder, who directed the first film in 2013.
The story of the sequel is currently under wraps, but it would follow the first film as well as last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which were both directed by Snyder. Star Henry Cavill will return as the titular Superman.
There are several layers to this story. First, there’s a good chance Vaughn won’t direct the film as the deal is still only in preliminary stages. Another interesting thing of note is that it continues Vaughn’s track record of only directing films based on existing IPs. So far, Vaughn has only directed films based on novels (Layer Cake, Stardust) or graphic novels and comic books (Kick-Ass, First Class, and Kingsman, the sequel of which he’s currently working on).
Furthermore, WB and their DC Extended Universe have been under scrutiny and criticism for their past several films, Man of Steel included, and several directors have recently left projects, namely Ben Affleck stepping down as director from The Batman.
Vaughn’s past movies reveal his talent for fast-paced action and witty scripts. In 2010, reports stated Vaughn had pitched a Superman story to WB, but that the studio went with Christopher Nolan and David Goyer. At the time, however, he revealed that his take on Superman would include “color and fun” and not be a “serious The Dark Knight version,” which is decidedly different from what Snyder has done with the character.
The Tracking Board has reached out to WB for comment.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by Collider.