This Scrapped Superman Sequel to Man of Steel Sounds Cool as Hell

Matthew Vaughn revealed his plans for a Krypton-focused reboot of the franchise.

When it was announced after the Dark Knight trilogy that Christopher Nolan had plans for a Superman reboot, fans of the Son of Krypton were stoked. But years later, the Nolan-produced film, Man of Steel, which ended up being directed by Zack Snyder, is regarded as a mediocre at best.

Though the Henry Cavill-led picture has gained itself a modest fanbase, many Superman devotees were disappointed with the darker, dreary vision for the character. Turns out, Kick-Ass and Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn had a completely different idea for the franchise–one that he'd almost ended up bringing to a Man of Steel sequel.

Vaughn told Polygon that, in 2008, he pitched Warner Bros. on an entire Superman trilogy. The opening of the trilogy would take place almost fully on Krypton, and according to Polygon's interview, it would "focus on Jor-El and the impending explosion of Krypton." In Vaughn's film, which he had been working on with comic writer and collaborator Mark Millar, Superman would spend his formative years on Krypton, not Earth. This major change to the character's origin would see him "maturing into an adult before having to reckon with his loyalty to both planets."

Though Vaughn never got to direct his Superman trilogy, Polygon reports that the director later planned to incorporate some of the ideas from this Krypton-centric film for his potential sequel to Man of Steel. Of course, after the many disasters of the DC Cinematic Universe, this sequel never got off the ground either.

It's anyone's guess as to what will come next for the Man of Steel. With Henry Cavill stepping away from the character, and Zack Snyder's role in the DC Cinematic Universe up in the air, there's really no telling when, if ever, we'll get to see Big Blue onscreen again. The character has been notoriously tough to crack for movies, with his extremely overpowered nature flummoxing storytellers and leading many to believe Superman is too old-fashioned for modern-day moviegoers.


But, it's not as if there is any shortage of good Superman stories to tell. The character has almost an entire century of fantastic writing in the comics and animated series. One would think a keen screenwriter could simply adapt one of those for the screen. Maybe one day.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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