I have been an X-Men nut since watching the first X-Men movie back in 2000. Since then I have been following the franchise like a stalker watches Jessica Alba. Watching its every move and getting excited with each turn and movement. When Bryan Singer left to do Superman Return I had mixed feelings. I was glad because the X-Men movies were basically Wolverine movies. I thought that Bryan leaving would enable other characters to shine a little. However, Singer’s X2 was a great movie, and most people agreed.
Vaughn was announced, (during his Layer Cake promotions I may add, I doubt that was a coincidence) then a few weeks later Vaughn left for ‘family reasons’ after giving Vinnie Jones and Kelsey Grammer a job. He was no doubt silenced by a contract of some sort, went on to direct Stardust, and didn’t really say much about his experience, apart from that he wanted to make a movie as good as, if not better, than X2.
The Movie Blog noticed that Vaughn had spoke to British newspaper, The Daily Telegraph:
“As it happens, I could have made something a hundred times better than the film that was eventually made. It sounds arrogant, but I could have done something with far more emotion and heart. I’m probably going to be told off for saying that, but I genuinely believe it.”
I haven’t seen Stardust, but it looks better than Eragon so that’s a plus. I do believe he could have made it better than Brett Ratner. Although I enjoyed it, there were a few too many jokes for a film where people were being killed off left, right and center. There were also a few too many behind the scenes events that stood out in the film, such as Cyclops being written off, the introduction of pointless Brotherhood members, who are Ratners actor friends, and Rogue having about three scenes.
Maybe Vaughn could have been what Gavin Hood may be for Wolverine. I guess we will never know. However, Vaughn’s talks with Marvel during his X-Men visit lead him to Thor, so he will still get his hands on Superheroes yet!