The DC Extended Universe is a funny place. While still very much in its infancy, the studio has announced a ton of upcoming projects, most of which don't have a release date or concrete plan on when production could start. But that hasn't stopped plenty of fantastic directors to sign on to films, and Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn may be the next one. Vaughn is currently in talks to helm the Man of Steel sequel, possibly taking over the reins from Zack Snyder, who started the entire DCEU with the first film. And now comic book writer Dave Gibbons has voiced his support for Vaughn as a director, saying:
The sort of thing that's popular nowadays is something that's a bit lighter in tone, that's a bit more adventurous and a bit more colorful. And I think of things for instance like, the Guardians of the Galaxy or the new Thor movie, or indeed, Kingsman. I think that's the kind of entertainment that Matthew very much understands. And I'd be really intrigued to see his take on Superman. I'm sure it would be really good for the character.
Dave Gibbons makes a seriously legitimate point, and I think I've officially become a supporter of Matthew Vaughn possibly directing Man of Steel 2. Because like Gibbons said to Comic Book, Vaughn is able to keep both superhero movies and exciting action flicks light and fun, making for a more enjoyable moviegoing experience. And that's exactly what the DCEU, and Superman specifically, need.
Indeed, Zack Snyder's morose tone and colorless world has garnered a ton of criticism from comic book fans. While the source material is vibrant and full of hopeful characters (especially Superman), Snyder crafted characters who were miserable, and a world that was relatively void of color. But Matthew Vaughn can change this if he ends up signing on for the second Man of Steel movie.
Part of what makes Kingsman such a fun ride for audiences is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. The franchise both pays homage and pokes fun at classic spy movies like James Bond, and always has a villain that is equally evil as they are quirky. This sensibility could allow Superman's second solo movie to more closely resemble his comic book adventures, and finally introduce a Man of Steel who is hopeful and happy with his role in protecting the planet.
And Dave Gibbons is certainly spot on in assessing what type of superhero movies are doing the best at the box office. Comedy-focused movies like the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise and Spider-Man: Homecoming provide equal laughs and thrills, and the DCEU should begin following suit- especially considering how successful Wonder Woman was.
You can catch Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Golden Circle in theaters tomorrow. In the meantime, check out our 2017 release list and plan your final trips to the movies this year.