It’s been a rough time for DC movies. Justice League disappointed at the box office and even more so with critics, Ben Affleck is on his way out as Batman and the fate of the expanded universe seems to be hanging in the air with no solid roadmap to guide the way. It doesn’t look good, but there is a silver lining: Warner Bros. may nab Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn to lead a movie.
Vaughn is no stranger to comic book movies. He directed Kick Ass and X-Men: First Class, rebooting an X-Men franchise that was in the rut. This is actually the important reason why Vaughn is open to directing a DC movie and not a Marvel movie. He opened up about entertaining the possibility during an interview with IGN.
“It’s more fun getting involved with franchises when they’re on the down, because then it’s easier to make a good film, so if I got involved with a few of the superhero films out there that have been disappointing, it’s going to be…if I do OK, it’ll probably be better,” related Vaughn. He continued, “So when I did X-Men there was, you know, a pretty low bar — X-Men 3, no offense, was not a fantastic piece of work. It’s much more fun saving and reinventing something — I’d be more intimidated trying to do a new Guardians [of the Galaxy], for example.”
Essentially, there’s no way to go but up. That makes it easier to make a movie since there is no high standard you need to live up to and the expectations are very low.
Vaughn is very astute in pointing this out. It’s much easier to create a follow up to Justice League than Thor: Ragnarok. The former was not good while the latter was warmly received.
This doesn’t mean Vaughn will direct a DC movie, but it seems like a no-brainer for Warner Bros. and DC to do everything in their power to sign him up. He has a unique style that embraces outlandish ideas and creates interesting worlds. That’s exactly what DC movies need right now.