When it was revealed in October that filmmaker Christopher Nolan is no longer involved in Warner Bros. future DC Comics slate, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the two-part Justice League adventure, it signaled the end of an era for the dark and gritty superhero movies he introduced with 2005's Batman Begins. While doing press for his upcoming comic book adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service, director Matthew Vaughn revealed to SFX Magazine that he thinks fans "have had enough" of this "bleak style" of superhero movies. Take a look at what the filmmaker had to say below, citing the success of Guardians of the Galaxy.
"People want fun and escapism at the moment. Look at the success of Guardians of the Galaxy. I think Nolan kick-started a very dark, bleak style of superhero escapism, and I think people have had enough of it."
It remains to be seen whether or not Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the rest of the DC Comics slate will mirror Christopher Nolan's gritty tone from The Dark Knight trilogy, or if it will be a more light-hearted affair like Guardians of the Galaxy. Although it isn't exactly a superhero movie, Matthew Vaughn's comic book adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service certainly seems to be a lot funner than Christopher Nolan's Batman movies, and he reveals that it was a tough balancing act to pull off.
"The studio was like, 'What is this - Austin Powers?' It was a balancing act, but I think we pulled it off. It's not a comedy, but it's full of laughs. It's got everything. It's what we did with Kick-Ass - it's a proper movie, but we're allowed to have a bit more fun with it. Its aim was to be entertaining but not silly."