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Film Fanatic: Matthew Vaughn in Talks to Direct ‘Man of Steel 2’

Matthew Vaughn May Direct ‘Man of Steel 2’

The hero that jumpstarted the DC Extended Universe may finally be getting a sequel. Man of Steel was released in 2013 and despite earning more than $600 million worldwide, the film was divisive among fans and critics with many declaring it a brooding bore more akin to Batman than Superman.

I found the film to be highly enjoyable despite a third act riddled with endless destruction. But instead of going straight into the sequel, Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder decided to give fans something they’ve never seen on the big screen; Batman vs Superman.

The results ended up being even more mixed than Man of Steel, but the film was still a success. Perhaps the biggest weakness of that film was the portrayal of Superman. The character seemed to take a backseat to Ben Affleck’s turn as the caped crusader. Many of Clark Kent’s scenes were left on the cutting room floor. We know this because the extended cut (Which is much better) featured much more of our hero doing something besides constantly worrying about his place in the world.

Gone however was the charm and earnestness that made the character so likable in the Christopher Reeve iterations. After watching Henry Cavill in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I was reminded that he could indeed pull off such charisma.

Matthew Vaughn wants to put the “fun” back into Superman. | (Warner Bros.)

And we might actually finally see such traits in him because according to Collider, Matthew Vaughn is in talks to direct Man of Steel 2. Vaughn is Warner Bros. top choice, but they are still in the early stages of negotiations. Warner Bros. likes Vaughn so much that if he passes on Man of Steel 2, the studio would still be interested in hiring him for one of their other superheroes in the DCEU.

Vaughn has been focused on the world of Kingsman for the last several years. After the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, the director went right into directing the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which will be released later this year.

If he indeed takes the Man of Steel 2 job, it wouldn’t be his first foray into the genre. Back in 2005, he was hired to direct X-Men: The Last Stand after Bryan Singer left the series to direct Superman Returns (Ironically). Vaughn was heavily into pre-production when he was forced to drop out for personal reasons.

He eventually dipped his toe in the superhero world with the refreshingly violent and fun Kick-Ass. Vaughn also found his way to X-Men with X-Men: First Class which is arguably the best X-Men movie to date.

He also has ideas about what he would want in a Superman movie. Back in 2010, Vaughn and Kick-Ass comic writer Mark Millar pitched their take on the character at Warner Bros. with Vaughn believing the character should be the opposite of Batman.

“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,” said Vaughn.

We haven’t seen Justice League yet to know if Warner Bros. is beginning to steer away from a darker tone with the DCEU, but based on the first trailer, it appears they might be. Hiring Vaughn for Man of Steel 2 would be a smart move in continuing that movement.

 

‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel Finally Coming, But with new Cast

The American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was released in December 2011. Directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, the film was like most Fincher movies; dark, captivating and stylish. The film ended on somewhat of a cliffhanger because we all knew there were two more books to be adapted.

Unfortunately, the sequels never happened due to budgetary concerns between Sony and Fincher as well as Craig wanting more money. I have been holding out hope for years that the studio and Fincher would come to terms. But sadly that’s not going to happen with news that Sony is moving forward with a new cast and director.

According to Variety, Sony Pictures will adapt “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” as a sequel rather than a reboot. The film will be released on Oct. 5, 2018. Fede Alvarez, the director of the Evil Dead remake as well as last year’s Don’t Breathe, will helm the film.

Rooney Mara will not be reprising her Oscar-nominated performance as Lisbeth Salander. | (Sony Pictures)

The cast has yet to be announced, but Variety sites insiders saying Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson are top candidates to play Lisbeth Salander. Johansson vied for the role that eventually went to Mara in the first film.

Losing Fincher and the original cast is heartbreaking, but Alvarez makes sense as a replacement. He’s nowhere near as talented as Fincher (Who is), but his style is very similar and appropriate for the subject matter.

It’s interesting that they’re adapting Spider’s Web and not the other two books written by Stieg Larsson. Larsson passed away many years ago and David Lagercrantz has taken over writing duties. Spider’s Web was his first entry in the series.

I am a fan of the books and Fincher’s iteration so it’s sad that his full vision of the Salander character and the trilogy will not come to fruition. But at least we’re getting something.

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