Matthew Vaughn, the director behind the critically acclaimed big screen adaptation of Mark Millar's graphic novel Kick-Ass, was originally supposed to direct X-Men: The Last Stand. But he stepped away when he couldn't meet the budget and time constraints placed upon that highly anticipated project. The man is back though, and he is currently shooting X-Men: First Class. A prequel of sorts that continues and pushes this long running franchise in a new direction.
Matthew Vaughn anticipates death of superhero movies
In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Vaughn explained that he jumped at the chance to return to this series because, frankly, he doesn't see the genre sticking around much longer. Here is what the visionary action auteur had to say about his decision to take on this particular film so close to his own well-received Kick-Ass, and how he feels about the future of super hero films:
"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."
You can read more of Matthew Vaughn's interview by heading over to The Los Angeles Times.
X-Men: First Class was released June 3rd, 2011 and stars James McAvoy, Laurence Belcher, Michael Fassbender, Bill Milner, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, Beth Goddard. The film is directed by Matthew Vaughn.