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Matthew Vaughn to bring in THE GOLDEN AGE of superheroes!


Nordling here.
Matthew Vaughn can't seem to quit the old superhero genre, can he?  With KICK-ASS representing the youthful superhero, and X-MEN: FIRST CLASS representing the superhero in their heyday, now he's going into the retirement years with his hopefully next project, THE GOLDEN AGE, according to Deadline.
In THE GOLDEN AGE, based on a still-to-be-released comic by Jonathan Ross and Tommy Lee Edwards, elderly superheroes come out of retirement to help their grandkids when their middle-age parents threaten disaster for the world.  Vaughn thinks the success of movies like THE EXPENDABLES and RED make the time ripe for a project like this.  "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.”  His cast wish list includes the likes of Clint Eastwood, Warren Beatty, and Jack Nicholson.
The idea of retired superheroes is nothing new, but can you imagine what those guys would be like as superheroes?  Eastwood recently stated that he was asked to play Superman back in the 1970s; maybe his character would be along those lines, although I'd picture him as more of a Batman type.  Nicholson and Beatty together again?  Who else would be in line for something like this?  Burt Reynolds?  Richard Dreyfuss?  Hell, why not even Robert Redford?  I say go for it.
It's uncertain if Vaughn would direct THE GOLDEN AGE - he may produce it.  But it's definitely a project he wants to make at some point.  I say direct it, Mr. Vaughn.  It'll make a nice trilogy.  All three of his films would basically be the Riddle Of The Sphinx of superhero movies.
Nordling, out.
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  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST


    by Damned if I can login

    I'll have to check this out.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a fun idea.

    by eric haislar

    But i doubt you could get all of those guys in one film.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    You know who would be great? Paul Newm...

    by tonagan

    Oh. Right.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4 p.m. CST


    by john

    Watchmen with laughs. Pass.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    maybe but it

    by imagegod

    sounds more like Old Hogs mixed with the latest trend in film - superhero movies.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Dammit I thought he was directing James Robinson's awesome comic book

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    Oh well.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Don and Kiefer sutherland would be awesome

    by Larrylongballs

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    OUCH!!! MY BACK!!!!

    by HaterofCrap

    this movie needs plenty of bad back jokes. and lots of scenes where they take painkillers after fights.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST

    So he's just going to do superhero movies for the rest of his career?

    by rev_skarekroe

    Branch out for awhile, man.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Yeah right

    by MaxCalifornia.

    As if any of those three will touch this. Warren Beatty hasn't acted in over a decade, but he's suddenly going to come out of retirement for a superhero film? They'll probably end up with Michael Caine, Peter Fonda, and the man who really will appear in anything, Robert DeNiro.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Space Cowboys x Zoom: Academy for Superheroes =

    by NinjaRap

    ...what the fuck?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST


    by carlinesque_thinktank

    I bet my hairy ass, that not all of the cast would survive long enough...

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Okay, so this could easily be ass...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...however, Jack Nicholson as a retired super-hero does suggest some interesting possibilities.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    vaughn started off doing Mockney gangster movies

    by emeraldboy

    with guy ritchie but got the hell away from ritchie after he made the mistake of introducing madonna to him at a party. x men first class is what he wanted to do with xmen. now he is stuck doing supero hero movies. he cant go back mockney movies.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Must have Gene Hackman in it

    by SithMenace


  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    I'm all up for him making this but

    by biffy88

    I NEED kick ass 2 at some point in the future!!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    I miss the Matthew Vaughn who made LAYER CAKE.

    by AsimovLives

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    I second Gene Hackman

    by sweeneydave

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Let's bring Bruce Dern into this too

    by sweeneydave

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by Philip M. Hofer

    Are they going to pay Superfogey's creator Brock Heasley any kind of compensation since they're doing a direct rip off of his work?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Harry Potter has all the elderly Brits

    by sweeneydave

    This one should be for the Americans.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Bah, I'd rather have Incredibles 2

    by skycrapper

    Pixar, get on it.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST


    by MaxCalifornia.

    Nuff said

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by jazzandjess

    Sounds like somebody wants to rip off Brock Heasley's amazing webcomic.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Damn for a second I thought this was about a JSA movie

    by Phategod100

    To see Dr. Fate in all his glory on the big screen oh well not yet.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Welcome to Tranquility

    by cookepuss

    Just go with the DC/Wildstorm title about elderly, retired superheroes instead. Fun story. Good characters. Possible marketing muscle of WB. I'd much rather watch this than some unknown property.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    @ sky_crapper deuce

    by Lemure_v2

    Woah, easy there! Only one man is good enough to write/direct another Incredibles film and that's Bird. I'll wait so long as only he does it.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    We also need Martin Sheen

    by sweeneydave

    Maybe Sigourney Weaver and Christopher Walken. If they take this the right way and leave folks like Jack Black or Tim Allen out of this, it could be amazing. It can be funny, but it shouldn't be a comedy. It should be "parents and children not understanding each other but grandparents and grandchildren clicking". Like all the Gen Xers (the parents) so caught up in being "misunderstood" that they don't see that the generation gap between them and their parents and them and their kids is much smaller than they realize. But I don't want the kids to save the day. It takes the wisdom of the grandparents to realize that if you live long enough, everything comes full circle. Utimately, it must be a super hero movie focusing on the Golden Age of comics. Then GenXers could be just as fun to pick as the old folks.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Walken & Weaver would make great bad guys

    by cookepuss

    Maybe even tack on the 60+ year old Robert Englund as an aged toadie. Could be pretty entertaining actually.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    tom hulce

    by ORIONgods

    think about it

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Christopher Lloyd as an elderly mad scientist

    by cookepuss

    Inspired casting. Great recall to Doc Brown without an actual new BTTF film.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    For a Second I Thought it was JSA: The Golden Age

    by Autodidact

    Which is sort of like a poor man's Watchmen.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Will someone get round to making a film of The Boys please..

    by Gabba-UK

    now thats a comic book film I'd want to see.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    I'm too old for this shit........

    by u.k. star

    Gotta have danny Glover in there, Arnold, Alan Rickman and Patrick Stewart.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Eastwood Batman

    by RRRansom

    Can't we just get our Batman Beyond movie with Clint as Old Bruce?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Enough. Fucking. Superheroes.

    by Stifler's Mom

    Seriously, moviegoers outside of this website are STARVED for real stories. Look at how all of the grounded dramatic stuff from the past few months has overperformed (True Grit, The Fighter, The King's Speech, Social Network, etc etc etc) while all of the big-budget superhero stuff underpeformed (Green Hornet, Tron, Megamind).

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Using their super powers to keep kids off the lawn.

    by Snookeroo

    Getting bitch-slapped with a wrinkle can leave a heck of a mark.

  • to do the better ones. There's still a lot of untapped potential in the genre, yet - after over a decade - we're still stuck telling origin stories. There are tons of amazing, non-origin superhero stories out there that would easily put the best action flicks to shame. Technology is catching up so that we can actually tell them. It's now up to Hollyweird to invest some time and effort.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    If I Never See Another Fucking Origin Story It'll Be Too Soon

    by Autodidact

    And fuck stories like the one in THOR, too. Where we have to watch the hero discover himself, etc. Can we please get a comic book movie that is not totally focussed on origins and the personal problems of the heroes? Can we please see a hero being a hero? I bet that's what Arronofsky does with his Wolverine movie... it'll be a samurai story.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Wasn't this a Tick Episode?

    by jarjarmessiah

    Grandpa wore tights.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    I think The Matrix: Reloaded proved that "being"

    by sweeneydave

    is not nearly as interesting as "becoming". But then I remember Spider-Man 2 and realize that this is false.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    IF they want to make a movie about old superheroes . .

    by Lazerman21

    LOOK NO FURTHER than the story done by Alex Ross : KINGDOM COME! THAT is a story of the same caliber, where the old guard has to come in to stop the youngins from destroying the world . .

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST


    by FalconJones

    "Can't we just get our Batman Beyond movie with Clint as Old Bruce? " That's genius. I would love to see that movie. As long as Hollywood doesnt fuck it up by casting Shia Labouf or Zac Efron as the new Batman.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST


    by Baryonyx

    Have you read Ross' comic Turf?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Um...Harrison Ford, anyone??

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    Hell, even Arnie's up there. And apparently he's available for the work.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Clint Eastwood? Bit ambitious....

    by ChickenStu

    Can't see him going for this one guys.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Get Connery and Hackman out of retirement!

    by ahdvd

    If he really wants to make it interesting, get the actors who have 'retired' to come back once for a big screen OAP's lasst bash, would be a great sentimental piece!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Eastwood, Beatty and Nicholson?

    by Cobb05

    Eastwood can probably pull it off. He's still kind of a badass. He was good in Grand Torino. Beatty will never be in this. He's basically retired. And in my opinion Warren Beatty is way overrated as an actor. Nicholson is good, but I don't see him running around, being a superhero. I think they need to go slightly younger. Like DeNiro, Pachino, maybe Stallone.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    The only "The Golden Age" I want to see on film

    by The Krypton Kid

    Is the excellent DC mini-series by James Robinson.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    his description (old ppl having fun) IS 'Red' ... stupid!

    by golden tribw

    "give them the lead again and let them have some fun" = RED, right down to a tee.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Sounds fun

    by donkingkong

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Sean Connery.

    by Yelsaeb

    God, that'd be so fricking awesome.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Meh, I liked my own idea better.

    by D.Vader

    Which I'll probably now never get to do because of fucking Matthew Vaughn. DAMN YOUUUUUUUU VAUGHN!!!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST

    My GOD. Been there, done that . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . to death now. I don't care WHO is directing, it just doesn't intrigue or excite me. They could be stitching together and reanimating some Hitchcock-Kubrick monster to direct it and I woud say, "anything but another spin on comic book heroes where they're real people w/ real problems just like us."

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Hey look, somebody has thought of an idea like this.

    by DementedCaver

    <iframe title="YouTube video player" width="480" height="390" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    not new idea

    by DementedCaver

    3 Doors Down - Kryptonite Music video...need I say more

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST


    by JustUsNerdsHere

    ...we're willing to do anything with superheroes these days, aren't we? What's next? Paraplegic superheroes? This is like the Bubba Ho-tep of superheroes here. Plus, we already did it with Pixar and the Incredibles and they did it better. I like superheroes, but really enough of the formula idea x + superheroes = good movie.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    So it's Red crossed with Runaways.

    by Mechasheeva

    If it has Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, and Warren Beatty in it I'm watching it.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Also Bummed its not a JSA Movie

    by Geekgasm

    James Robinson, unleash your lawyers.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    This sounds good!

    by Super Joker

    I really like this idea. I've always thought that the likes of Captain America would be royally pissed off with how the world has turned out - and would lead a massive rebellion against the apathy of the modern world because he knows exactly what tyranny and apathy leads to. This movie sounds like that sort of thing. Like they'd have it where the older superheroes can't believe how much their kids have fucked up everything even though they had it all made. The younger superheroes are (quite rightly) fed up because they're always picking up the tab for everything their complacent parents have caused, working twice as hard for half the gain. As a result the grandparents resent their kids and decide its up to them to save their legacy by training and helping their grandkids overthrow the current regime fucking with them both. It's just a reflection of modern times in the microcosm of a superhero story, bring it on! Doesn't really have to be about superheroes, but it does sound fun. Kick-Ass dissected modern day paranoia, impotence and apathy and gave us a brilliantly entertaining movie as a result.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Kingdom Come

    by Carl

    If I want to see old superheroes on the screen, it should be Kingdom Come.

  • Heeeeeere's Super Daddy!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Warren "Guaranteed to Flop" Beatty? No way.

    by Meinert Hansen

    Just read the book "Fiasco" about Hollywood's biggest flops. Very entertaining read, and what's fascinating is how many of these fiascos either starred Warren Beatty, or somehow involved him. Keep him of the set!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    OK, so we're not tired of superheroes

    by Bass Ackwards

    But surely we're bored of superhero comedies, right? That sub-genre was DOA.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    "Carry on Kingdom Come"

    by blackflowerX

    Also...Johnathan Ross is an utter twat.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Danny Devito

    by seabiscuits

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:03 p.m. CST

    This would be a comedy?

    by catlettuce4

    Or taken seriously? Something in between?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Watch The Venture Bros. instead.

    by Dennis_Moore

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Damn Baby Boomers!

    by jbs9200

    F'ing Baby Boomers. Now we'll have to deal with an unending stream of movies about geriatrics as the Baby Boomers creep closer and closer to death.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Matrix: Reloaded Didn't Prove Shit

    by Autodidact


  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:48 p.m. CST

    WTF? Sounds like KINGDOM COME to me.

    by zillabeast

    Wouldn't that be some shit? If this "Golden Age" is just a cover title for an actual KINGDOM COME motion picure?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST


    by IceTitan

    is considered a superhero movie now? wtf?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Actors that could be Golden Age

    by My friends call me Killjoy

    Martin Sheen Harrison Ford Timothy Dalton Craig T. Nelson Rutger Hauer James Brolin Ron Perlman John Wesley Shipp Chris Sarandon Scott Bakula John Schneider William Katt John Goodman

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Anyone read Ross's Turf?

    by thinboyslim.

    was it any good, worth a read?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 3:31 a.m. CST

    the krypton kid

    by jasper Stillwell

    My thoughts exactly. This sounds bloody awful

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Clyde Darrow??

    by TheComedian77

    Would be nice to see Beatty act again. He'll always have my respect based purely on Bonnie & Clyde and Bullworth!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 3:43 a.m. CST


    by TheComedian77

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Would like to see the comic first but...

    by Mr.Vengeance

    Like the idea of this and could be a lot of fun if he gets that cast together but hate to say it but time is running out as these guys are not getting any younger.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 4:42 a.m. CST

    Is it a comedy or not? That's the only question here.

    by ImJustSaying

    Is it a mainstream Bubba Ho-Tep, or a Rocky Balboa meets Unbreakable? Either way we better be talking about superheroes with fucking superpowers here.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 6:17 a.m. CST

    How to do KINGDOM COME:

    by ninpobugei

    The video recently posted of the DC Universe video game is how a KINGDOM COME movie should be made - there would be no question of the believability of superheroes if they were animated. You could have the gritty adult superheroes we love from the Alex Ross universe without resorting to WB/CW models-in-spandex. And it would work because it's animated...and not just any animation, but that gritty semi-photorealistic CG used in video games. THAT would be the shit!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 6:52 a.m. CST

    I don't get why people are complaining about too many superhero movies


    I mean, as long as a movie is GOOD then who cares what genre it is?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:06 a.m. CST


    by DannyOcean01

    Same here re. James Robinson. Shame as it's a fantastic piece of storytelling. Would surprise people (along with Starman) who associate Robinson with that awful LOEG adapt. People have already referenced Kingdom Come, but I think it also whiffs of Gail Simone's Welcome to Tranquility

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:16 a.m. CST

    I'll stick with the new Adventures of Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny


  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:27 a.m. CST

    we shall see

    by Wookie_1995


  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST

    The Daltonator

    by JaguarWong

    Get Timothy Dalton for this. Guy's in his 60s and can still do action. (See HOT FUZZ.)

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Old peopel in spandex... well, my lunch is ruined.

    by impossibledreamers

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST


    by Triple_J_72

    ...the movie.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I love the idea

    by Akivaran

    but I'm sure some suit will get ahold of it and screw it up. There'll be a debacle about having licensed characters in it, then one of the start will die before the shooting stops. Man, am I jaded or what?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    maybe NOW

    by Paul DeGeorgio

    ..we'll get a Doc Savage on screen.. I don't think Ron Ely is busy...

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Will the comic book ever come out?

    by Wormie1

    Ross and Edwards' Turf issue 4 is taking forever to come out. That series probably won't finish until 2013! How will they get another comic done? And how can they make a movie of KicK-Ass 2 when that series has stalled after the first issue?

  • Maybe Zack Snyder should direct "KINGDOM COME", considering his eye for detail (having made THE WATCHMEN, along with the talents behind costume/set/art design).

  • Of course, Chris Farley is dead now so I don't know who's play Drinking Buddy. Maybe the guy who plays Snookie on SNL now?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Clint as Batman

    by Dave Neville

    I'm a law abiding citizen... and I still shit my pants in fear at that idea. Mother of God, that would rock for a Batman Beyond film... :O

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Best cast ever assembled

    by Dave Neville

    Especially if they got Tom Baker and Adam West to share scenes. I have no idea how that would work, if it even would... I just like the idea of those two lunatics acting together!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Richard Dreyfuss?

    by Darklighter

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST


    by Darklighter

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Michael Keaton as Batman.

    by DoctorWho?

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Paul Hogan if Clint pulls out

    by hallmitchell

    Would bring the comic element vibe.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Gene Hackman has retired

    by hallmitchell

    He announced it in Empire magazine a while back.