Let’s get one of thing out of the way: I know that “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” is the followup (sort of) to “Man Of Steel.” But “Man Of Steel 2” is more concise and easier to type than “The Second Superman Standalone Movie.” So, with that out of the way….
Collider is reporting that Matthew Vaughn (“Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Kick-Ass“) is Warner Bros. top choice to direct the “Man Of Steel” sequel. They caution that it’s not close to a deal and it’s all early chatter and nothing might ever happen, but it perhaps suggests that DC Films and co. are doubling down on their desire to drop the grim, gritty, serious tone established by Zack Snyder. As Collider reminds everyone, Vaughn and Miller pitched for the Superman job back in 2010, with WB choosing instead to go with David Goyer‘s vision, that was eventually executed by Snyder, with Christopher Nolan offering his two cents. But Vaughn’s description of his approach is notable.
“I think that’s the one thing not to do with Superman, trying to do the serious The Dark Knight version. Superman is about color and fun, or it should be, for me,” he said.
Certainly, that spirit is seen in much of Vaughn’s work, but geez, do we really need another director with bro-y tendencies behind DC Films? Vaughn’s movies tend to be pretty male, adolescent fantasies (maybe not unlike Snyder), though yes, considerably lighter. But in fairness, he did manage to temper his worst qualities with “X-Men: First Class,” so who knows. But there’s no point in getting too worked up until an actual director is signed on the dotted, which as we’ve seen in the past from DC Films, seems to be a hard thing to do.