Matthew Vaughn believes that moviegoers “have had enough” of the mature superhero movies that began with Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins.
The English director is currently out promoting his upcoming adaptation of Mark Millar’s graphic novel, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and during his discussion with SFX Magazine, via The Hollywood Reporter, Vaughn argued that audiences are now pining for less serious and more lighthearted movies.
“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.”
James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy was ultimately the second highest grossing film in the world in 2014, as it took in $772.7 million. It was only beaten by Transformers: Age Of Extinction, which took in $1.1 billion across the globe.
James Gunn’s adaptation of the cult comic was heavily praised by critics and audiences alike, as its lighter, more comical tone was lapped up by moviegoers.
Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, which was ultimately followed by The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, had a vastly different style. Nolan decided to take a more realistic, mature, and darker look at the character of Batman, and the success of Batman Begins immediately saw the film inspire a myriad of other superhero films. In fact, its impact can still be spotted in the genre over a decade later.
Mark Millar’s 2012 comic book Kingsman: The Secret Service revolves around Harry Hart, a stereotypical English gentleman who dresses marvelously and is a member of an underground British spy organization. He takes Eggsy, a rudderless teenager from a poor area, and turns him into a trained spy. In Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, Harry Hart will be played by Colin Firth while Eggsy will be portrayed by newcomer Taron Egerton.
Matthew Vaughn admitted that Kingsman: The Secret Service is actually an homage and a “love letter” to the British spy film genre of the 1970s. In fact, Vaughn went on to admit that he was inspired by Harry Palmer, The Prisoner, and The Man from UNCLE while making the film.
“I was born in 1971, so they were very formative years for me growing up. I was inspired by all of it. The Avengers, Harry Palmer, The Prisoner, The Man from UNCLE, In Like Flint. Of course, there’s a huge shadow of Bond – Bond is the monolith of spy movies – but it’s not just about Bond; there were a lot of other things that influenced me.”
Kingsman: The Secret Service will be released in the United States Of America on February 13.
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