It turns out the Marvel Cinematic Universe wasn’t the only franchise Charlie Cox once had his eye on. The Daredevil star was reportedly being considered for the lead role in director Matthew Vaughn’s DC Superman movie, which was never made.
In 2008, Warner Bros considered several filmmakers to direct a new Superman film before settling on Zack Snyder to direct Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavil as Clark Kent. Matthew Vaughn, known for his work on Kingsman and Kick-Ass, was one of the filmmakers under investigation by the studio. Vaughn teamed up with his friend and comics writer Mark Millar to talk about the now-junked flick, and during the two’s conversations, Cox emerged as their pick for the spandex-wearing hero.
In an interview with The Aspiring Kryptonian, Millar opened up all the details about what happened with the Vaughn film and possible Cox debut. “Matthew Vaughn and I had talked about doing a Superman movie years ago. It was around the time Kick-Ass came out, and it’s funny. I’ve seen so many people say, “Unlucky Millar”. I never wrote a pitch,” Millar explained.
“I had an idea of what it might be, but I never really told Matthew what it was and Matthew never told DC what it was because he didn’t know. [He] and I’ve had a lot of conversations about who might play Superman. We never really talked about the story. We talked about specifics, like actors. Oddly enough, his idea was really interesting, which was Charlie Cox, the guy who played Daredevil.”
Millar elaborated on why Vaughn was attracted to the actor, even though Cox didn’t fit the typical Kryptonian form. “Matthew had just worked with Charlie on Stardust a year or two prior,” he said. “He says, ‘There’s just something really likeable about him.’ And he said, “I know he’s not tall, and Superman is always tall” — Charlie’s only about 5’8″, 5’9″ or something — He says, “But he looks a little bit like Superman from the Golden Age when he’s a little more like a normal person.’”
If Cox got the gig, he would have been the shortest Superman to date, and very different from Cavill’s intimidating physique. Unfortunately, Cox is unlikely to be cast as Clark anytime soon, but fans may see him return as Daredevil for a brand new season on Disney Plus in the future.
Warner Bros is reportedly looking to direct a new Superman movie, with Black Panther author Ta-Nehisi Coates penning the screenplay. While not yet confirmed, the film is believed to follow DCEU’s first black Superman, Calvin Ellis, whose story takes place in an alternate universe to Clark Kent.
https://www.thedigitalfix.com/dc-extended-universe/matthew-vaughn-charlie-cox-superman Matthew Vaughn wanted Charlie Cox to play Superman