Matthew Vaughn said he’d bring Henry Cavill back as Superman for a Red Son movie

DC Studios co-head James Gunn may be ready to move on from Henry Cavill as Superman in his rebooted film universe, with thirty-year-old David Coronswet taking over the role in future DCEU Superman endeavors, but director Matthew Vaughn think there are still some Superman stories to be told with Cavill at the helm.

When asked what his “dream DC project” would be in light of the DC Extended Universe exploring more Elseworlds-type films, the latter being stories with alternate takes on established characters which take place outside the main DC timeline, Vaughn stated that Superman: Red Son was one of his favorite and most appreciated Elseworlds narratives.

“I thought Red Son was one of the cleverest comics I’d ever read, and [with] the current world we’re living in, it’s certainly become a lot more relevant because ignorance causes more issues, and I think the more we learn about Russia and the Russian history,” Vaughn told Bro Bible.

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“Wow, could you imagine remaking Red Son with Henry Cavill? That would be an interesting movie…” Vaughn added.

Superman: Red Son is an Elsworlds tale written by Mark Millar in 2003 which deals with the question, “What if Superman had been found and raised in the Soviet Union?” instead of landing in Smallville, Kansas and being found by the nurturing, loving Ma and Pa Kent.

Per Wikipedia, “In Red Son, Superman’s rocket ship lands on a Ukrainian collective farm rather than in Kansas. As an adult he becomes a state-sponsored superhero whose civilian identity is kept a state secret, and who in Soviet radio broadcasts, is described not as fighting for “truth, justice, and the American Way”, but as “the Champion of the common worker who fights a never-ending battle for Stalin, socialism, and the international expansion of the Warsaw Pact”.

In the past, Cavill has also expressed his interest in pursuing Elseworlds tales on the big screen, particularly Superman: Red Son.

“I think the offbeat stories are great, and I read Red Son in particular before I did Man of Steel, to get an idea of the baseline of the character because despite the fact that it’s offbeat and he’s grown up in a completely different environment, the character is still, at it’s very core, the same thing, and I love that,” Cavill told EW. “I think what’s important now is to tell a story which is dedicated to sharing the same character in the comic books in the cinematic universe, and then after that’s been established, then we can start exploring some more of the offbeat stuff.”

What do you think of the fact that Matthew Vaughn said he’d bring Henry Cavill back as Superman for a Red Son movie? Would you like to see Superman: Red Son on the big screen or are there other Elseworlds tales which deserve the big screen treatment first? Let us know in the comments.

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