Matthew Vaughn: ‘Superhero genre has been mined to death’

Director wants to make 'X Men: First Class' before the bubble bursts

Director Matthew Vaughn has declared the superhero genre will be “dead for a while because the audience has just been pummelled too much”.

In an interview with the LA Times, Vaughn revealed he chose to direct the upcoming X Men:First Class because the opportunity “is only going to be there two or three more times”.

“It’s been mined to death and in some cases the quality control is not what it’s supposed to be,” he said. “People are just going to get bored of it.”

Vaughn directed, produced and co-wrote recent superhero film Kick-Ass, and is set to direct X Men: First Class, which stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Kevin Bacon.


X Men: First Class will be released next summer alongside comic book superhero movie adaptations Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor and Green Lantern.

Of the glut of superheo movies, Vaugh observed: “It is a crowded room. It’s too crowded.”

Vaughn had been tipped to direct X Men: The Last Stand, the critically panned third film in the franchise, directed by Brett Ratner, which made the most money in the trilogy despite the negative reviews.

In a 2007 interview with The Daily Telegraph, Vaughn said: “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.”

X Men: First Class is due for release in June 2011.