David S. Goyer On MAN OF STEEL

Goyer talks Man of Steel, says he and Christopher Nolan will bring the same 'naturalistic approach' they used on Batman. Do you guys think that same approach will work for a Kryptonian alien who flies and shoots laser beams out of his eyes?

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By Mark Julian - 10/1/2012

David S. Goyer is a frequent scribe of comic book movie adaptations. There's Blade, Blade II, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises. But there's also Blade: Trinity and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance which prevents some superhero enthusiasts from giving the writer a full endorsement. Regardless, the suits at Warner Bros. apparently have strong confidence in Goyer, placing two of the studio's biggest upcoming film franchises, Godzilla and Superman in the hands of Goyer, films the studio hopes can fill a void left by the completion of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogys and the Harry Potter film series. Below, Goyer shares a brief sentiment about his approach to Man of Steel.

What Man of Steel has in common with Goyer’s previous works:
Goyer: What Christopher Nolan and I have done with Superman is try to bring the same naturalistic approach that we adopted for the Batman trilogy. We always had a naturalistic approach, we want our stories to be rooted in reality, like they could happen in the same world we live in. It’s not that easy with Superman, and actually this doesn’t necessarily mean we will make a dark movie. But working on this reboot we are thinking about what would happen if a story like this one actually happened. How would people react to this? What impact would the presence of Superman in the real world have? What I really like to do is write ‘genre’ stories without a cartoonish element. I did the same with Da Vinci’s Demons, and I’ll do the same with Man of Steel.”

I'm sure there are strong opinions out there about how to approach Superman but we'll ultimately have to wait and see how the film turns out. The original Christopher Reeve films and the more recent Superman Returns all had a bit of kitsch and self-awareness of the genre they were representing. In the brief trailer that was released for Zack Snyder's take there was no hint of that so I'd wager we'll definitely be seeing a unique take this June.

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Running Time: Unknown
Release Date: 14 June 2013 (USA)
MPAA Rating: Unknown
Starring: Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner,Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni, Richard Schiff, Harry Lennix
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written by: Christopher Nolan (story), David S. Goyer screenplay)

Man of Steel is an upcoming American superhero film under the development of Zack Snyder, Christopher Nolan, and David S. Goyer. Based on the DC Comics character Superman, the film will be a reboot of the Superman film series. Using Chicago and Vancouver as a backdrop, with production to be based in west suburban Plano, Illinois, the film entered principal photography in August 2011, for a planned theatrical release on June 14, 2013 by Warner Bros., which also includes IMAX venues.

Clark Kent is a journalist in his twenties who was adopted as a child by Martha and Jonathan Kent after he was transported to Earth from the dying planet Krypton. Raised with the values of his adoptive parents, he feels alienated because of his unique super abilities and struggles to find his place in life. When the world is attacked, he becomes the hero Superman to protect its people.

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superotherside - 10/1/2012, 10:25 AM
Interesting idea. Weather it works or not, remains to be seen. Still I like it that he didn't just say they made it "dark", dark is alright in somethings but not everything.
Tymminator - 10/1/2012, 10:31 AM
I really hope this rocks. Been way to long for a good representation of Supes on any screen, big or small.
Wingding - 10/1/2012, 10:31 AM
I agree. I think obviously, with a modern Superman movie, making it a little dark is good. But not too dark.

I'm definitely super stoked about MOS, going to be amazing. Come quickly 2013!
SageMode - 10/1/2012, 10:33 AM
Oh boy..................
jimpinto24 - 10/1/2012, 10:35 AM
MOS does have a dark feeling to it. I can't wait to see Superman on the big screen again.
RedeyeJedi - 10/1/2012, 10:37 AM
I can't wait for the full trailer.I'm hoping it will give me a better idea of the tone and look of the film. But I love the suit and Shannon should be awesome as Zod, so at least there's that.
Zarog - 10/1/2012, 10:39 AM
I love how he talks about how he and Nolan tried to do this....Wow. The only reason I was excited was Zack Snyder was directing, but it's clear his ideas have been shoved out of the equation and he's been told to STFU. That's just great, because now I know I don't have to waste my money on this piece of shit.
Superman1974 - 10/1/2012, 10:41 AM
I like David S. Goyer but you CAN`T HAVE THE SAME look or feel of nolan movies to Superman, TDKR SUCKED BAD, one of the worst movies I have ever watched...
RedeyeJedi - 10/1/2012, 10:44 AM
@tea- Wow, I think that's the first time I've seen you make a compelling argument without showing some boobs as an afterthought. Bravo!!! Now where's my boob's?
GoILL - 10/1/2012, 10:45 AM
I think this approach will work.
BSingerFoxMen - 10/1/2012, 10:50 AM
I will see this, but I have the feeling that the combination of WB/Snyder/Goyer/Nolan will [frick] this movie up. It's ok though because it will automatically get a free pass as the "Greatest movie ever!!" by those who would follow, and worship Nolan.
CCR - 10/1/2012, 10:51 AM
The "naturalistic" approach seems a given, that's just how most superhero movies SHOULD be made. As in "what if this sh!t really happened in our world as it is?" And of course all the babies that have no room for plausibility and need everything spoon-fed to them in their movies *TDKR haters* will also hate on this. Well, I feel sorry for you, but the rest of us will get an awesome Superman movie :) Good day.
pud333 - 10/1/2012, 10:54 AM
I wouldn't put 100% faith in Goyer, but paired with Nolan, my confidence is much better. I think they work well together, and if Superman is even half as good as TDK trilogy, I will be very happy.
nowtheresaBATman - 10/1/2012, 10:57 AM
Just like boobs. Natural is better :)
AC1 - 10/1/2012, 11:00 AM
@RamonSuarez you're misunderstanding the concept. It's how our world would react to someone like Superman existing in our world. All the aliens, extradimensional entities, metahumans, etc are introduced after he is. He paves the way for a changed world.

If it's not approached like that, then it becomes boring, because if the world was already filled with other aliens and superheroes, then another one coming along would be nothing special. And Superman HAS to be special.
Ha1frican - 10/1/2012, 11:00 AM
On a sorta unrelated not i really like the black filler for the s-shield
Fortress - 10/1/2012, 11:12 AM

TheAbomination - 10/1/2012, 11:14 AM
So basically, they're going to Nolan-ize Superman.
pintoman - 10/1/2012, 11:15 AM
Doesn't matter, the suit sucks.
GoILL - 10/1/2012, 11:17 AM

LMAO, that gif is hilarious.
chuckg313 - 10/1/2012, 11:20 AM
The "naturalistic" approach works for Batman...it suites him better...not sure about sup's though....I love super man for the fantastical stories , feats, worlds,villains or adventures i read... it may dumb him down to something i dont care to see
AlexDeLarge87 - 10/1/2012, 11:24 AM
tea@ LOL

Cant wait to see the film and i really hope they give justice for dear old Supes. :)
GoILL - 10/1/2012, 11:26 AM

I would report you for not liking TDKR but you get a pass because you thought Jonah Hex was awesome.;)
GoILL - 10/1/2012, 11:29 AM

LOL, I was joking dude.
GoILL - 10/1/2012, 11:34 AM

Hopefully they aren't as annoying as Marvelites or Nolanites.
AlexDeLarge87 - 10/1/2012, 11:34 AM
I understand if they want to make him struggle little bit inside while finding his place in the world but toning down his powers i dont really wanna see like they previously suggested.

Anyway not judging yet.
JatevinM - 10/1/2012, 11:37 AM
Let the Nolan hate begin. This is probably going to be another article whose comment section I won't be reading.
jaewest215 - 10/1/2012, 11:40 AM
@ Azazel1 - You are definitely right! BB has had a tremendous influence on the making of comic book origin films. BB started it off and The Avengers blew it up. I think you can use the Batman series and The Avengers on how to create a great comic book movie and/or series.
MrReese - 10/1/2012, 11:41 AM
this movie will definitely be a unique look at Supes. It does seem a bit cliche tho they try 2 make Supes look as the bad guy (outta fear) only 2 have Zod interfere & Supes finally becomes the hero that the world needs. X)
Ranger14 - 10/1/2012, 11:45 AM
I just wish they would drop all the "realistic" references when promoting comic book films. There were so many unnatural and unrealistic elements to TDKR. I think by touting a film that way they end up doing more harm than good. Just produce and release the film and let people make up their own minds rather than trying to sell what ends up in the long run as an "unrealistic" notion.
AC1 - 10/1/2012, 11:48 AM
@RamonSuarez, honestly, from the sounds of what WB has planned for the Justice League film, I think Man Of Steel should be kept as far away from it as possible. Their approach to the Justice League sounds awful, they're just rushing the film out to market on The Avengers' success without taking the proper care and giving it the attention that made The Avengers successful in the first place.
AC1 - 10/1/2012, 11:53 AM
I also kind of think Superman's powers need to be toned down, specifically his invulnerability should be reduced to the point that it'd take a grenade to cause minor damage to him, I mean he's a fantastic character, and my second favourite superhero, but the lack of vulnerability makes him a bit boring too... they can't keep using kryptonite. I wanna see a Superman movie where there is more of a threat involved with him flying around the world as Earth's protector, and I don't want that threat just to come from chunks of his home planet or other aliens. All he needs is to be a little bit weaker, and then he'd be a much more interesting character.
batfan175 - 10/1/2012, 11:59 AM
I think making the idea of people reacting to a superhuman being the central theme of the film is really interesting.
Jollem - 10/1/2012, 11:59 AM
goyer is the man

three good batman movies. and next, the man of steel

@MrEko - i dig that gif

GoILL - 10/1/2012, 12:02 PM

LMAO, I once saw on another site where someone referred to Burton followers as Burtonians so i'll call them that we still have to come up with something for the rest though.
batfan175 - 10/1/2012, 12:02 PM
@ranger14: i don't get it. people here claim that olan wanted a realistic batman when that's clearly not the case; he wanted a realistic reaction to extraordinary situations. It was trying to get a sense of heightened reality, not to present batman in real life. i wished people would get their facts straight on this. just because it looks less fantastical does not mean that Nolan is selling it to us as something that could happen in real life.
AlexDeLarge87 - 10/1/2012, 12:07 PM
ACira@ That is a good point. It would bring little more excitement to the story if he would be little bit weaker. I would change the grenade to a missile thou.
Deschain12 - 10/1/2012, 12:07 PM
Cool stuff. Psyched for MOS.
superman141 - 10/1/2012, 12:07 PM
Are you guys on drugs???? Where the F did you read his powers would be dumbed down? A realistic approach isn't dumbing him down... He is not taking about Superman he is talking about the world. Putting a unrealistic Superman in a Realistic world!
Making how the world and Humans will react to a superpower extraterrestrial living amoung us!
Read what he says guys, Jeez..."what would happen if a story like this one actually happened. How would people react to this? What impact would the presence of Superman in the real world have?"

Not hey lets make Superman a Realistic person and take powers away... Did you see him flying at insane speeds in the trailor?? I did!

They aren't make Superman himself weaker.. They are putting Superman in a "world like we live in".. Think of what the world would really do if this story was real??
SHHH - 10/1/2012, 12:13 PM
I'll Wait Til It's Actually Released...
MOS Will Be A Must See....
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