Director Says “Everyone’s Tired Of Dark Superhero Movies”? [Video]

In an interview with SFX (via the Hollywood Reporter), Kingsman: The Secret Service Director Matthew Vaughn said that people have grown tired of dark superhero films like Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight movies. Kingsman: the Secret Service will arrive on February 13. Here are highlights:

On wanting fun superhero movies: “People want fun and escapism at the moment. Look at the success of Guardians of the Galaxy. I think Nolan kick-started a very dark, bleak style of superhero escapism, and I think people have had enough of it.”

On Kingsman being a love letter to 1970s spy films: “I was born in 1971, so they were very formative years for me growing up. I was inspired by all of it. The Avengers, Harry Palmer, The Prisoner, The Man from UNCLE, In Like Flint. Of course, there’s a huge shadow of Bond — Bond is the monolith of spy movies — but it’s not just about Bond; there were a lot of other things that influenced me.”

On the comedy in his film: “The studio was like, ‘What is this — Austin Powers?’ It was a balancing act, but I think we pulled it off. It’s not a comedy, but it’s full of laughs. It’s got everything. It’s what we did with Kick-Ass — it’s a proper movie, but we’re allowed to have a bit more fun with it. Its aim was to be entertaining but not silly.”