KINGSMAN's VAUGHN: Moviegoers Tired of NOLAN's 'Dark, Bleak' Superheroes, NOLAN: 1978 SUPERMAN Inspired BATMAN BEGINS

Christopher Nolan in front of Bat-Signal

Are movie fans tired of dark superhero stories like director Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy? Yes, says Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn. In an interview with the print magazine SFX magazine caught by The Hollywood Reporter, the director said that movie-goers have shown they want something else when it comes to superhero fare.

"People want fun and escapism at the moment," said Vaughn, whose next film Kingsman: The Secret Service opens in a few weeks. "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."

Although Kingsman is not a superhero film, it is an adaptation of a comics work - Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons' The Secret Service - and Vaughn says it's "full of laughs" but not a strict "comedy."


Christopher Nolan: 1978's SUPERMAN Inspired BATMAN BEGINS

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Speaking of Christopher Nolan, the director might have moved on from Batman, but he had no trouble remembering the origins of his first Bat-film, Batman Begins in an expansive interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Although he cites Tim Burton's Batman from 1989, he says an earlier superhero film — with an entirely different tone — was the primary inspiration for his take on the Dark Knight.

"I can remember the trailers for it, I can remember about Superman: The Movie, all of that. And it was very clear to me that however brilliant — and it was very brilliant — Tim Burton’s take on Batman was in 1989, and it was obviously a worldwide smash, it wasn’t that sort of origin story, it wasn’t that real-world kind of epic movie; it was very Tim Burton, a very idiosyncratic, gothic kind of masterpiece," Nolan explained. "But it left this interesting gap in pop-culture, which is you know, you had Superman in 1978, but they never did the sort of 1978 Batman, where you see the origin story, where the world is pretty much the world we live in but there’s this extraordinary figure there, which is what worked so well in Dick Donner’s Superman film. And so I was able to get in the studio and say, 'Well, that’s what I would do with it.'"

Nolan elaborating on this, pointing out that up until Batman Begins, the Dark Knight had never had his origin story told in a complete way, as a "a piece of action filmmaking, a sort of contemporary action blockbuster."

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