Matthew Vaughn's retired superhero flick stirs comics controversy

With X-Men: First Class well on its way to the theaters, director Matthew Vaughn has his eye set on a flick about superheroes in the sunset of their years: sort of an Expendables with capes.

Based on a forthcoming comic by writer Jonathan Ross and artist Tommy Lee Edwards, The Golden Age is about a retirement home filled with superheroes who get called back into action to help their grandchildren save the world. Inspired by the success of films like Red and The Expendables, Vaughn wants to lock up his dream cast—Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty—before a script is even finished:

"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."

And just after the news of The Golden Age broke, it sparked some interesting online commentary—namely from comic luminaries Mark Waid (who wrote the landmark DC saga Kingdom Come, featuring a retired Superman) and Gail Simone (who hatched Welcome to Tranquility, which was about, yes, a superheroic retirement community). To wit:

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As for what The Golden Age comic'll look like, Bleeding Cool got a blurry look:

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(via Deadline)

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