Some directors would be content with one big comic book movie, maybe even two, but not Matthew Vaughn. The Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class director has just announced that he will tackle a new comic book property from British talk show host Jonathan Ross, titled The Golden Age. The comic book and film will tell the story of heroes from the ‘Golden Age’ of comics (the era which gave birth to Superman, Batman and Captain America, to name a few) coming out of retirement to save the world with the help of their grandchildren. According to Deadline Vaughn is looking to assemble an all-star cast for the project before the script is even completed, doubtless to make the film more marketable in a traditionally youth-oriented industry. Among the names already discussed: Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood and Warren Beatty. How appropriate. Just like the Golden Age comics inspiring the story, Vaughn has no interest in thinking small.
With the comic not yet released we can’t say for certain if the story is worth adapting to the screen, but it has marked similarities to other excellent comic book series with similar storylines. Gail Simone’s excellent Welcome to Tranquility told the story of a retirement community for superheroes and supervillains alike, in which the old-timers frequently clashed with their younger counterparts. (Or favorite: Emoticon, a criminal whose face constantly displays his emotions in punctuation form.) Mark Waid and Alex Ross’s seminal DC series Kingdom Come also told the tale of retired Golden and Silver Age heroes suiting up once more to teach their successors a lesson in heroism and responsibility. We’re not going to say that The Golden Age sounds unoriginal – because after 70 years of superhero stories, we can’t think of a single comic that qualifies – but at least the material has proved dramatically successful in the past.
Matthew Vaughn has not yet confirmed if he will direct or simply produce the film (before becoming a director he was the successful producer of Guy Ritchie’s early films, like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), or if his regular screenwriting collaborator Jane Goldman will be writing the script. Vaughn is optimistic about the project after the success of Sylvester Stallone’s all-star oldster action vehicle The Expendables, saying, "You have these great star names and they’re mainly playing supporting roles now. I want to give them the lead again and let them have some fun."
We’ll say this much: The Golden Age sounds like a lot of fun. CraveOnline will be back with more developments on the upcoming movie as we remove them from their airtight plastic covers.