Matthew Vaughn, director of Stardust, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and the upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service, thinks people are tired of dark superhero movies and even points to Marvel's success with Guardians of the Galaxy as an example.
While speaking with SFX Magazine, Vaughn said, "People want fun and escapism at the moment. Look at the success of Guardians of the Galaxy."
Vaughn continued with specific mention of the Christopher Nolan style of movies, which includes The Dark Knight Trilogy as well as the recent new Superman reboot Man of Steel that spearheaded the WB shared movie universe with Batman Vs. Superman and Justice League.
"I think Nolan kick-started a very dark, bleak style of superhero escapism, and I think people have had enough of it," Vaughn said.
Vaughn then went on to talk about Kingsman: The Secret Service, which seems a bit more light-hearted as initially the studio thought it something akin to Austin Powers.
"The studio was like, 'What is this -- Austin Powers?' It was a balancing act, but I think we pulled it off," Vaughn said. "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."
Kingsman: The Secret Service has a February 13, 2015 release starring Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton and Samuel L. Jackson.
Watch the Red-Band (mature) trailer: