Dave Gibbons might be most well-known for his seminal work co-creating Watchmen, but the comics creator has had his hand in a variety of other projects, including the "For the Man Who Has Everything" issue of Superman Annual in 1985. With rumors swirling that Matthew Vaughn, who Gibbons worked with for Kingsman: The Golden Circle, could direct Man of Steel 2, the comics legend shared his thoughts on what he'd like to see in a new version of Superman.
"I know no more than you about Matthew being involved with a Superman movie," Gibbons revealed to ComicBook.com. "To me, off the cuff, it sounds like a really good idea. And I do think it's the way that these things are evolving. You know, there was a time when superheroes had to be really dark. And I think of the Dark Knight movies."
One of the critiques of the newest installments in the DC Extended Universe is the intense tone, something which Gibbons accepts responsibility for.
"Of course, I also feel a bit guilty, because Alan Moore and I very much instituted the idea of dark superheroes. We never thought it would persist for 25 years, you know," Gibbons confessed.
Vaughn has previously directed X-Men: First Class and Kingsman: The Secret Service, which ditch moody heroes for fun adventures.
"The sort of thing that's popular nowadays is something that's a bit lighter in tone, that's a bit more adventurous and a bit more colorful," Gibbons noted. "And I think of things for instance like, the Guardians of the Galaxy or the new Thor movie, or indeed, Kingsman. I think that's the kind of entertainment that Matthew very much understands. And I'd be really intrigued to see his take on Superman. I'm sure it would be really good for the character."
While waiting to see if the director ever takes on Superman, we can see Gibbons' and Vaughn's partnership in theaters this Friday when Kingsman: The Golden Circle premieres.
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