Matthew Vaughn Speaks Out On Why He Agreed To Direct X-Men: Says It’s Because Superhero Movies Will Be Dead Soon
When we first heard of X-Men: First Class we, much like everyone else thought it was a bad idea. The negativity was warranted. It is an unnecessary prequel. And, with FOX’s mishandling of every superhero franchise they’ve laid their fingers on (*ahem- Daredevil, Elektra, Fantastic Four…to name a few) you could say that fans were shaking their heads at the thought of a another X-Men movie fucked up comic-book movie. That was, until we heard director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) and his screen writer partner Jane Goldman (also Kick-Ass. Note: she is smokin hot and has massive BEWBS check it out) were to helm X-Men: First Class The Younger Years . Those two names made First Class go from a movie we probably wouldn’t piss on if it was on fire, to our most anticipated movie of 2011. While Kick-Ass is one of the best comic-book movies known to nerd kind, and the prime reason we think Vaughn is a good choice for a new X-Men movie, he has only directed two other films. Layer Cake and Stardust. The latter being a massive disappointment. Vaughn is film maker who has proven to make good creative choices, but he is a young director with a lot of room to grow. While it’s fair to be excited we must be cautiously optimistic. For all we know after a few more films he could turn out to be the next Brett Ratner.
Though, in a recent interview with LA Times found a new level of respect for this young upstart. The director spoke out on the current state of superhero films, and his thoughts are quite prescient.
In the interview, Vaughn admits that he took First Class because it may have been his last chance to helm a big-budget superhero film—something that he’s been keen to do for a long time.
I think we’ve kind of crossed the Rubicon with superhero films. It’s been mined to death and in some cases the quality control is not what it’s supposed to be. People are just going to get bored of it. I think [the opportunity to do one], it’s only going to be there two or three more times. Then, the genre is going to be dead for a while because the audience has just been pummeled too much. It is a crowded room. It’s too crowded.
The dude is speaking openly and honestly. It’s nice to see a director show some balls and not be afraid to comment on a genre he’s attempting to make a movie in. His words carry a lot of truth. Well some may look at his comments as a sign that he’s just trying to cash in on fading genre the subtext of his comments shows that he has a lot of care and concern for comic-book based movies. Just when superhero movies are finally starting to get good the cultural window for them is quickly closing.