It was recently revealed by Matthew Vaughn that he pitched Warner Bros. a new Superman movie that would essentially reboot the origin of Clark Kent Kal-El, by having him growing up on Krypton before it’s destruction instead of Kanas.

Well, while there had been rumblings that Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie was in the mix for a Man of Steel sequel. Last fall, McQuarrie told Collider there really wasn’t anything behind the rumors of him tackling Superman or even Green Lantern.

“So I just sit quietly off to the side, and people say, ‘Hey, would you make Superman?’ And I just keep responding, ‘Well, they know where to find me. They know where to call me,’ but I don’t expect the phone to ring. I don’t expect that to happen.”

“I’ll address the other one, which is Green Lantern. Every couple of months it’s ‘Tom Cruise is in Green Lantern, which means McQuarrie must be directing,’ or ‘McQuarrie is directing Green Lantern, which means Tom Cruise must be in it.’ I had a conversation with the previous regime about Green Lantern. I’m not a comic book guy. I’m a story guy. So I don’t care if it’s Superman, or Green Lantern, or some superhero you’ve never heard of, to me it always comes down to, is there a good story? And can we make a good movie out of it? I don’t really have that kind of… that comic book fan, thing. Which, I think, and I’ll get myself into trouble, I think that’s one of the things that’s kind of crippling those movies, is everybody’s got these moments in a comic book that they want to see put into a movie. That’s not always necessarily the most cinematic thing, or the movie has to jump through hoops to get it. And I watched as other franchise movies try really hard to keep stuff that’s canon, and strangles the movie to death, and I’ve been in meetings where I’m like, ‘Can we just move this?’ ‘No, no, no, don’t move that! Don’t! Seven people saw that in a comic book ten years ago! It’s established! It’s canon!’ And I was like, ‘But the movie sucks. Can we just do it?’ ‘No you can’t!”

He recently reiterated this previous statement from the fall on his Twitter account posting “Exclusive: They never asked. They never will. Carry On” in response to a suggestion that he should now direct a Man of Steel sequel.

McQuarrie is just too busy with Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 next on his plate, the former expected to begin filming later in the year.

There is also chatter that a Supergirl movie could begin shooting as soon as early 2020 with a director yet to announced.



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