DC needs to hit the restart button. I don't think anybody would argue against that. After a make-or-break 2016 that resulted in two films despised by both audiences and critics, Warner Bros. and DC are looking to save the cinematic universe in 2017. Wonder Woman is showing signs of promise, while most people are just hoping for the best with Justice League. But even if those two films emerge as critical disappointments, DC is preparing for a fresh start in the next few years. They hired Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves to helm The Batman, giving the acclaimed auteur total creative control over the project. They've put all of their chips on Aquaman, which is being directed by studio favorite James Wan (The Conjuring series). And now, a report is indicating that Warner Bros. might be going in an entirely different direction for the next solo adventure with Superman.
According to Collider, Warner Bros. is pushing forward with Man of Steel 2, and they're hoping to get Matthew Vaughn behind the camera for the much-anticipated project. Vaughn is pretty much a stylistic genius, directing films early in his career such as Layer Cake and Stardust. In recent years, Vaughn has turned his attention to comic book adaptations such as Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service (he's in post-production on the sequel, The Golden Circle). In addition to that, Vaughn was at the helm for X-Men: First Class, which is commonly known as the film that rejuvenated the X-Men franchise. Vaughn is the opposite of Zack Snyder in every way, so as a fan of Superman who absolutely hated Man of Steel, the possibility of Vaughn being in charge of the sequel is like a fever dream for me.
Per the Collider report, Warner Bros. and Vaughn have not entered any kind of deal-making discussions for the project, but he is their top choice at the moment. In my opinion, there isn't a better choice for this film than Vaughn. I adore Kingsman and First Class, and I would love to see what Vaughn could do with a Superman film. After years of a horribly sad Superman, can you imagine how satisfying it will be to see the Man of Steel soar onto the screen with that classic John Williams fanfare? I really hope this happens.
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