Now that Matthew Vaughn is fully on board with Fox’s superhero spin-off, X-Men: First Class, he has some wise words to share about comic book movies. According to a recent interview he did with The Los Angles Times, Hollywood has pushed the genre into the ground and he thinks that in a couple of years it will be time for a break — a huge, no capes allowed break.
In regards to the over saturation of heroes in the film market, Vaughn said,
“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’ve always wanted to do a big-budget superhero film and I think we’ve kind of crossed the Rubicon with superhero films. 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.”
I wholeheartedly agree. Comics are awesome, superheroes are awesome, but Hollywood’s interpretation of them aren’t. It’s rare that you get a comic film that actually sticks to the source material or gives you the real history that you know and love from a character. For every Dark Knight there are 3 Ghost Riders, and unfortunately the bad often outweigh the good. The quality level isn’t there. The studios don’t know how to take their time and study material before pushing it into production.
Speaking of pushing into production, Vaughn was initially supposed to direct 2006′s X-Men: The Last Stand but opted out causing Fox to hire Brett Ratner instead. To say that the end result was terrifying would be an understatement. Here’s what Vaughn had to say about that.
“As it happens, I could have made something a hundred times better than the that was eventually made. It sounds arrogant, but I could have done something with far more emotion and heart.”
No, that’s not arrogance. That’s cold, hard fact. A lot of people could have done a better job than what we ended up seeing on the screen. Hopefully, First Class will be Vaughn’s way of saying sorry for leaving us with X3 as the last installment of the X-Men trilogy.
What do you think of Vaughn’s views on the genre? Do you think superhero movies are dying?
Source: The Daily Telegraph