It wasn’t too long ago that Matthew Vaughn, director of Kingsman, X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass, was circling a Superman movie.
Vaughn, who is a producer on the newly-released Elton John biopic Rocketman, had been among the contenders to direct a Superman film back in 2008, when Warner Bros. was eyeing how best to tackle a DC movie universe. Vaughn’s name was still being whispered around Superman as recently as a year ago, when rumours arose that he was in talks to helm Man of Steel 2. Nothing to go on regarding that sequel, unfortunately, but Vaughn has shed some light on what he had in mind for that first Superman movie.
In an interview with Polygon, Vaughn revealed that he had pitched the first film of a proposed trilogy – and it would have given Kal-El a pretty different origin story from what fans are used to.
In Vaughn’s film, Kal-El would not have arrived on Earth as a baby to be raised by Jonathan and Martha Kent. Instead, the film would have been mostly set on Krypton and would have followed our future Superman as he became a adult. Kal-El would learn of Earth, and his loyalty to both Krypton and Earth would be reckoned with as Krypton’s destruction neared. He would have arrived on Earth already a man, so it would be interesting to know just how this big change in Kal-El’s developmental period would have affected his transition into Earth’s saviour.
Vaughn describes his pitched Superman film as “a massive, uplifting, hopeful thing,” which is in stark tonal contract to what Zack Snyder would go on to deliver. Both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice received criticism for their darker approach.
As of now, Vaughn says he is not attached to any form of a Superman movie, but never say never. Regarding being offered another stab at Superman: “It’d be hard to say no.”
Vaughn is currently readying the third and potentially last film in the Kingsman franchise, the Taron Egerton-less prequel Kingsman: The Great Game.