Director Eyes Henry Cavill for ‘Superman: Red Son’ Adaptation


Matthew Vaughn, the filmmaker behind hits like ‘X-Men: First Class’, ‘Kick-Ass’, and the ‘Kingsman’ trilogy, is no stranger to the realm of superheroes. As he’s out and about promoting his latest cinematic venture, ‘For Argy’, he’s opened up in interviews about his love for super-powered cinema. Although the celebrated director hasn’t yet left his mark on a DC Comics story, he’s made it clear he’s more than ready to take on a new challenge—to helm a project featuring the iconic Man of Steel.

In his recent conversations, Vaughn has dropped an exciting tidbit: Milly Alcock, known for portraying the young Rhaenyra Targaryen in ‘House of the Dragon’, is slated to star in ‘Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow’. While Vaughn seems interested in potentially directing the project, he admits he’d leap at the opportunity to bring a different Kryptonian tale to life—a live-action adaptation of ‘Superman: Red Son’. This comic is celebrated for its riveting narrative and stands as one of the most intriguing alternative takes on Superman’s mythology.

“Red Son is one of the smartest comics I’ve ever read,” Vaughn commented in an interview with BroBible. He believes that the story’s themes are particularly resonant today, given the widespread lack of understanding about Russia and its history. In his view, a film adaptation couldn’t be more timely or relevant.

Just imagine Henry Cavill, who’s captivated audiences worldwide with his portrayal of Superman, taking on the role in a ‘Red Son’ adaptation. Vaughn can’t help but imagine the possibilities, noting that reimagining Cavill as the Soviet Union’s greatest champion would make for a remarkably captivating movie, although the chance of that happening seems quite slim.

‘Superman: Red Son’, penned by writer Mark Millar in 2003, offers an alternate origin story for the iconic hero. Instead of crash-landing in the heartland of America, young Kal-El’s spaceship touches down in the Soviet Union, where he grows to become a symbol of Russian values and communism. Fans of the story were treated to an animated adaptation back in 2020, but the idea of a live-action film remains a tantalizing ‘what if’ for many.

While Vaughn’s dream of directing ‘Red Son’ might currently be just that—a dream—there is a concrete new Superman project on the horizon. The film ‘Superman: Legacy’ will introduce audiences to James Gunn’s newly envisioned DC universe. Set for release in the summer of 2025, it stars David Corenswet as the Man of Steel and Nicholas Hoult as his cerebral arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor. Gunn, known for his work with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, will take his acclaimed storytelling skills behind the lens to direct what’s sure to be another blockbuster chapter in the expansive DC saga. As fans eagerly await this upcoming superhero installment, one can’t help but ponder the potential of a Matthew Vaughn-directed ‘Red Son’ and the new layers it could add to the Superman legacy.

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