Matthew Vaughn previously talked to ComingSoon about wanting to bring in a younger Wolverine to the X-Men franchise played by Tom Hardy. Another project that didn’t come together is his Man of Steel 2 idea with comic book creator Mark Millar. While sitting down with Polygon during the press rounds for Rocketman (Vaughn produced), Matthew revealed a couple of details about how they wanted to tackle Superman in a new movie.
Speaking to Polygon, Vaughn revealed that the first film in the proposed trilogy was meant to take place almost entirely on Krypton, and focus on Jor-El and the impending explosion of Krypton. Though the alien planet would still face destruction, Vaughn and Millar’s take would have the event take place much later in the timeline, allowing Superman to grow up on his home planet and gradually become familiar with Earth, maturing into an adult before having to reckon with his loyalty to both planets.
It kind of sounds like what they were pitching was actually a reboot of Clark’s origin story and would seemingly either retcon Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel or completely reboot the Superman origin entirely. Given they had wanted to see Clark grow up on his home planet of Krypton before it was destroyed, something that would have conflicted with established canon from Man of Steel by tweaking the origin story slightly to give him slightly more of connection to his alien roots.
Vaugh also suggests he could be swayed to still make a DC Comics movie in the future.
Though the negotiations Vaughn was reportedly in have since dissipated, the filmmaker didn’t entirely rule out the possibility of returning to the DC universe. “It’d be hard to say no,” he said, of being offered the opportunity to helm a new Superman film.
Currently, Warner Bros. had pivoted to developing a Supergirl film instead of Man of Steel 2. It remains to be seen when they’ll get that movie up and running as they haven’t officially announced a director, the only person seemingly attached at the moment is screenwriter Oren Uziel (Cloverfield Paradox, Detective Pikachu 2, 22 Jump Street).
It doesn’t seem like Henry Cavill will continue with the role and if Warner Bros. liked the template from Vaughn/Millar they could circle back to it down the line, possibly with a new actor (if Cavill can’t reach a deal).
Matthew Vaughn is busy though, he revealed that his next project will be Kingsman 3 and suggests two more movies are ready to go if the studio lets him make them.