Matthew Vaughn and Mark Millar Reveals A Superman Trilogy Was Pitched Before Man Of Steel


Zack Snyder's take on the DC Universe, which began with Man of Steel in 2013, has left an indelible stamp on the genre. However, if Matthew Vaughn and Mark Millar's Superman trilogy had been approved, the tale could have taken a very different turn.

It's been ten years since Warner Bros. and DC chose to compete with the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Man of Steel, the first picture in what became known as the Snyderverse. After directing 300 and Watchmen, Snyder was asked to create a series of films based on DC Comics characters. The director chose to depict darker and more realistic versions of the heroes, exploring moral and ethical problems concerning their position in society, in contrast to what Marvel Studios was doing.

Things did not turn out as planned, and a lot has changed since then. In fact, Warner Bros. Discovery is planning to reboot the property with James Gunn and Peter Safran at the helm. But what if Zack Snyder hadn't been chosen to create the original iteration of the DC Universe? It's difficult to say, but there was a suggestion that tried to do something different.

Matthew Vaughn said in an interview with Josh Horowitz's Happy, Sad, Confused Podcast that he and Mark Millar proposed a Superman trilogy to Warner Bros. before Man of Steel: The Movie.

"Mark and I sat down and plotted out a three film trilogy, pitched it to Warner Bros. before Man of Steel… we pitched how to do a trilogy of Superman movies and Warners said they weren't interested. That's as far as it went. [...] I think Donner nailed it. Wonder Woman worked very well because it was basically a Donner/Superman film but reimagined as Wonder Woman. I would've done a modern version of Donner. Our big idea was that Krypton doesn't blow up. It does eventually. The dad was right, but he got his timing wrong. When Superman is grown up, suddenly there's a mass exodus and all hell breaks loose. That was our main idea."


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