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Warner Brothers still hasn't confirmed or scheduled a Man of Steel sequel, let alone officially brought Superman back from the dead. Yet after he does return in Justice League, Warners now wants recurring superhero director Matthew Vaughn to helm his first post-resurrection solo movie, according to a report from Collider.
Vaughn is currently the studio's "top choice" according to Collider's sources, who also claim he's had "preliminary conversations" about the film. Collider's Adam Chitwood also claims Warners wants Vaughn to do another DCEU movie if they can't work out anything for a new Man of Steel.
Yet Vaughn has already been through this process with Warners and gotten nothing from it, as he claimed back in 2010 that he had "very brief" talks to direct the original Man of Steel. In fact, he told MTV News back then that he hoped Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan wouldn't "make it too serious" and that they shouldn't be "trying to do the serious 'The Dark Knight' version." Of course, Vaughn turned out to be hopelessly naive with such hopes.
Those supposed talks happened before Vaughn broke out with the original Kick-Ass, with X-Men: First Class and with Kingsman: The Secret Service. Now that he may have the clout to be seriously pursued by the DCEU this time, especially with Kingsman: The Golden Circle coming out several weeks before Justice League, he could get to prove "Superman is about color and fun" after all.
This wouldn't actually be the first time Vaughn got the chance to save a superhero universe on the ropes. The X-Men world was struggling after two straight critical bombs, before Vaughn started a whole new prequel series with X-Men: First Class and gave the mutants life again. However, making the X-Men colorful and fun again was far less daunting than fixing the brooding, brutal and far from joyful image that Snyder forced onto Superman, although hopes are that Justice League will start the turnaround first.
If Vaughn picks it up from there, he would actually have to tone things down more than usual, since his films have mostly been R-rated except for First Class and Stardust. But Snyder made R-rated movies almost exclusively before taking on Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and only did the bare minimum to keep them PG-13.
Collider reminds that Vaughn and Warners are far from "the deal-making stage," although he is allegedly who they want "at this point in time." But first and foremost, Vaughn has to deliver a far different and likely even more violent comic book sequel in Kingsman: The Golden Circle on Oct. 6, before Superman rises again with the Justice League on Nov. 17.