Superman We Never Got: Matthew Vaughn Believes Snyder Wasted Cavill

Superman We Never Got: Matthew Vaughn Believes Snyder Wasted Cavill
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The acclaimed director thought it was a mistake to bring Batman and Superman together.

The massive DC fandom was enamored with Henry Cavill 's portrayal of Superman in 2013's Man of Steel.

Among those fans was director Matthew Vaughn, who has considerable experience with the superhero genre after working on franchises like Kick-Ass and X-Men.

But even though Vaughn turned out to be a huge fan of both Superman and Henry Cavill, he was less than enthusiastic about Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman, which was released three years after Man of Steel.

Speaking to The Wrap, Vaughn weighed in on what he sees as Snyder's missteps when it comes to Cavill's Superman. He even went so far as to call Snyder's interpretation "a mistake."

"I just thought it was a mistake putting the Batman vibe into the Superman world. I just think they're two separate — they're just not relatable in any way, in my mind," the director explained.

Apparently, Vaughn thinks that Superman movies should be "colorful and fun," not dark and gritty like Snyder's crossover.

And this is exactly the vibe he was going for when he presented his own Superman movie idea to Warner Bros. execs even before Man of Steel came out.

"I was desperate to do a Superman film. Desperate," Vaughn shared.

And bid bosses did consider him as the director for the Man of Steel sequel. But the release of Justice League got in the way. It was met with scathing reviews and lackluster box office, and after that, Cavill only donned his blue and red Superman costume for a brief cameo in Black Adam last year.

In the wake of that brief appearance, new DC boss James Gunn issued a statement that Superman would be recast for the next project, and Cavill himself announced his departure from DC.

But Gunn added that Cavill's future involvement in the DC Universe is not out of the picture, and fans sure hope that the star will consider returning if the opportunity present itself.

So Vaughn may still have a chance to work with the iconic actor on his ideal version of a lighthearted Superman movie. At least he is not giving up hope.

"I still think there's room for a new Superman film, but a proper Superman film. A colorful, fun Superman movie. Not a dark one," the director said.