Matthew Vaughn talks X-Men trilogy studio battle and His Superman plans


With “Rocketman” now in cinemas, the film’s producer Matthew Vaughn has been doing interviews left and right and in the process has touched upon a number of high-profile projects he was either involved in or linked to.

Vaughn, who helmed “Kick-Ass,” “X-Men: First Class” and the two “Kingsman” films thus far, was at one time linked to a proposed Superman reboot at Warner Bros. Pictures. Speaking with Polygon this week, he says his take on the character would have been very, very different than Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel.”

Vaughn’s version was meant to take place almost entirely on Krypton, and focus on Jor-El and the impending destruction of it. The alien planet would still face destruction, but the event would 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.”

Another was a second “X-Men” after ‘First Class.’ Vaughn’s prequel/refresh was well liked but didn’t do enough business for Fox who went back to franchise regular Bryan Singer after that which yielded both the revered “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and the reviled “X-Men: Apocalypse.”

Speaking with Coming Soon, Vaughn was asked why he didn’t continue with his “X-Men” trilogy plans and instead jumped over to “Kingsman”, and he responded:

“That’s one of the reasons I didn’t continue because they didn’t listen to me. My plan was ‘First Class,’ the second film was new young Wolverine in the 1970s to continue those characters, my version of the X-Men. So you’d really get to know all of them, and my finale was gonna be ‘Days of Future Past.’ That was gonna be my number three where you bring them all… because what’s bigger than bringing in McKellen and Michael and Stewart and James and bringing them all together?

When I finished the ‘Days of Future Past’ script with it ready to go I looked at it and said, ‘I really think it would be fun to cast Tom Hardy or someone as the young Wolverine and then bring it all together at the end.” Fox read ‘Days of Future Past’ and went ‘Oh, this is too good! We’re doing it now!’ And I said, ‘Well what do you do next? Trust me you’ve got nowhere to go.’ Then they did ‘Apocalypse’ and it’s like… If you flip that ’round even it would have been better. Hollywood doesn’t understand pacing. Their executives are driving 100 miles-per-hour looking in the rear-view mirror and not understanding why they crash.”

Talk has also turned towards the “Kingsman” franchise with Vaughn helming the upcoming period prequel film starring Ralph Fiennes, that movie coming ahead of a proper third film which will wrap the Eggsy & Harry films. Speaking about the prequel, Vaughn tells The Playlist:

“Next year you’re getting ‘The Great Game.’ It’s wrapped. [But] it’s not actually called the ‘Great Game.’ I don’t know what it’s going to be called. That’s a working title. We wrapped last week, so we’re very excited about it. It’s incredibly different. Like I said, I love spy movies, and this is a very very different tone and style and as a spy film, that no one’s made in a long, long time.

And then we hope to shoot ‘Kingsman 3′ either late this year or early next year, but it won’t be out until 2021, so, who knows? You can expect the unexpected is all I’ll say. But they [Eggsy & Harry] both go on a journey that – we’re literally finishing the script off as I speak – but they go on a journey that, if anyone sees it coming, then I’ll give up. People will either freak out in a good way, or freak out in a bad way, but they will freak out.

If everyone likes the next two movies – there’s two more to come, hopefully, people like them enough that we can count on making another one. MARV Films loves spy films, so I’d love to always be making them, and, ‘Kingsman,’ I think, the whole point about ‘Kingsman’ is a celebration of espionage. And ‘Kingsman’ will always make the spy film that no one else is touching.”

Vaughn also confirmed Liam Neeson is not in any of the upcoming “Kingsman” films despite a report the other week suggesting he was, and he hopes Disney and Marvel focus on a new “Fantastic Four” first before they get around to reviving the X-Men.

“Rocketman” is now in cinemas, while the new “Kingsman” prequel opens early next year.