Superhero Movie Director Predicts Death of Superhero Movies

Director Matthew Vaughn famously passed on the opportunity to helm X-Men: The Last Stand, and most recently produced, co-wrote, and directed Kick-Assdescribed as "a satiric take on the superhero genre." So after all that, why would he agree to direct the upcoming X-Men: First Class film?

Because it may be his last chance.

Talking to The L.A. Times, Vaughn says Hollywood is killing the superhero genre by churning out such high-volume of low-quality films:

"It's been mined to death and in some cases the quality control is not what it's supposed to be," Vaughn said. "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," Vaughn said. "I think [the opportunity to do one], it's only going to be there two or three more times."

"Then," he added, "the genre is going to be dead for a while because the audience has just been pummeled too much."

Next summer, "X-Men: First Class" will join "Captain America: The First Avenger," "Thor" and "Green Lantern" in a parade of costumed heroes in big-budget films at the cineplex. Vaughn said audience fatigue is already starting to set in. The subject material can't sustain the Hollywood trample, he said, and the inevitable box-office duds and derivative projects will mark the end of the gold rush by studios.

"It is a crowded room," Vaughn said "It's too crowded."



Read the full story at The L.A. Times.

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Kevin Fallon is a reporter for the Daily Beast. He's a former entertainment editor at TheWeek.com and former writer and producer for The Atlantic's entertainment channel.

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