David S. Goyer On "Reinventing" Superman For MAN OF STEEL

David S. Goyer On "Reinventing" Superman For MAN OF STEEL

In a recent interview, the writer discusses bringing a brand new take on Superman to the screen with Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel. Goyer says he hopes fans will embrace what is being done with the character in the same way they did for The Caped Crusader with Batman Begins..

While chatting to Fastcocreate.com about working on new Starz series Da Vinci’s Demons, David Goyer also spoke about the movie that has everyone here on CBM blue (and red) with anticipation, Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel. The writer acknowledges the fact that many fans feel very possessive about the character, and want to see him interpreted in the best possible way. “We’re very aware, in the case of Superman, many people have possessory feelings about him but then there have been a lot of different iterations", says Goyer. "It’s no small thing to say you’re going to do Superman; but which Superman? Which era are you going to adhere to? Which elements are you going to adhere to?" There is no doubt that most people felt that Bryan Singer stuck too closely to the previous incarnation of the character with Superman Returns, so Goyer tried to take things in a different direction -- much the same way as he and Christopher Nolan did with Batman Begins.

"We’re in the same place we were at with Batman Begins. If you think about Batman Begins, there had been these previous iterations of Batman, the TV show, the Burton films. We were trying to do something that’s different. We were going against the tide. The public perception of Superman comes largely from the Donner films. Superman’s been preserved in amber since something like 37 years ago, and for the general public, he hasn’t really shifted since. Anytime you do something different, shake up the orthodoxy, you risk offending people. Superman has been reinterpreted many times over the decades, and if he is going to remain a vibrant myth, he needs to continue to be reinterpreted. Hopefully, that’s what we’ve done and people will embrace it."

For the full interview click the link below.

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Anton - 4/14/2013, 11:29 AM
Gosh, this is going to be EPIC.
brazilianbatman - 4/14/2013, 11:33 AM
the only reason I am interested in this Superman is because it looks so different from the cheesy and boyscott version of Donner s movies.
SimyJo - 4/14/2013, 11:33 AM
His comments don't really say anything any fan with half-a-brain already knows anyway about the mythos of Superman, that and the obvious necessary risks of reinvention.
Rhysno1 - 4/14/2013, 11:34 AM
Not sure if I'm keen on the idea that the kryptonians are all genetically engineered and what not. Seems to pose a fair few questions such as where does this leave the extended superman family such as Kara.
TheGreenBastard - 4/14/2013, 11:43 AM
This will be a great movie, and I hope it does better than any other CBM before it.
Tony93 - 4/14/2013, 11:44 AM
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Tony93 - 4/14/2013, 11:45 AM
Im gonna be at work when the trailer hits :,(
Anton - 4/14/2013, 11:46 AM
Also, I admire their work on Batman mythology, it was just amazing and very subtle approach. So I think, even without kryptonite, their Superman will be fine.
JULEZ13 - 4/14/2013, 11:48 AM
Wasn't this exact same quote posted the other day?
AlanWarlock - 4/14/2013, 11:52 AM
I wonder if 7-11 paid for that product placement?
soberchimera - 4/14/2013, 11:53 AM
The trailer is so close I can taste it.
Nubase - 4/14/2013, 11:55 AM
it will deliver
RamonSuarez - 4/14/2013, 11:55 AM
Ugh, I hope he doesn't go the Batman Begins route.

Another brooding, loner movie. Lame.
pollix22 - 4/14/2013, 11:56 AM
"Bryan Singer stuck too closely to the previous incarnation of the character with Superman Returns"
Well that's because it was the previous incarnation.
Returns was the third installment of Donner's movies.
That's well established right? Or do some people not know that?
tonytony - 4/14/2013, 11:57 AM
Gonna be epic. Cant wait.
GuardianAngel - 4/14/2013, 11:58 AM
@RamonSuarez Batman... is a loner :/
Jollem - 4/14/2013, 11:58 AM
yeah. he's level-headed. mr. goyer said very true things

can it be june now?
GreenLanternRulez - 4/14/2013, 11:59 AM
Hopefully they can move onto a serious-toned Green Lantern/Wonder Woman/Green Arrow/Hawkman movie next.

(I'm also totally up for flash, but I'd be happy if it were serious or goofy.)
TheGambitFreak - 4/14/2013, 12:00 PM
No Kryptonite, he bleeds, he gets the shit knocked out of him... I actually have a reason to see this movie.
CaptainObvious - 4/14/2013, 12:00 PM
"Another brooding, loner movie."

Well, he is the last of his kind.
Ocelot - 4/14/2013, 12:01 PM
@brazilianbatman took the words right out of my mouth
TheSoulEater - 4/14/2013, 12:02 PM
marvel72 - 4/14/2013, 12:05 PM
shouldn't dis the donner movies they're classic's like it or not.
RamonSuarez - 4/14/2013, 12:05 PM

Very true. But Superman is not a brooding superhero. At least not the type we saw in Batman Begins.

We already won't see this version of Supes in a JLA because of the Nolan contingent. Please don't turn him to another Batman clone.
RamonSuarez - 4/14/2013, 12:06 PM

But not my life in your mother's bedroom. I'm never alone there.
QuestionDAnswer - 4/14/2013, 12:06 PM
Just like Marvel's phase 2 is heading the Dark, and Gritty route you Marvelite hypocrite? Yeah that would be lame.


They are just making his story, and character relatable to the 21st century Einstein.
RamonSuarez - 4/14/2013, 12:07 PM
Serious Nolan. Give us a JLA crossover or GTFO.
ThePowerCosmic - 4/14/2013, 12:08 PM

I agree. It's like the only way they feel a CBM can be good. I think its a cop out from developing a good story. The story is what counts not the tone.
thenerdicon4 - 4/14/2013, 12:08 PM
Uh oh, prepare for the old farts to come in here and say how much better Superman was in the old days and how they fear change. "Everything was better back in the day." Kind of bullshit. I open reinterpretation of a charactr as long as the original essence of the character is still there. I think the only film reinterpretation i would dislike would be if the Speed FOrce was taken away from the Flash film. however, superman needs a new look and style. Hell, he didnt start flying until the old cartoons came out. Same with Batman, he used a gun up until a certain point. Characters change over time people, get used to it!
RamonSuarez - 4/14/2013, 12:08 PM

LOL if you think Nolan invented the dark and gritty comic book movie. Maybe to a thirteen year old like you this is the case. But I remember The Crow and Blade.
MarkV - 4/14/2013, 12:08 PM

TRAILER NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
JorL5150 - 4/14/2013, 12:09 PM
Rhysno1 - 4/14/2013, 11:34 AM
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Not sure if I'm keen on the idea that the kryptonians are all genetically engineered and what not. Seems to pose a fair few questions such as where does this leave the extended superman family such as Kara

actually, if youre familiar with john byrnes superman mini series "man of steel" and "world of krypton" , followed by the 90s era comics ( a continuation of byrnes version) it is spot on!
Supes17 - 4/14/2013, 12:09 PM
Is Batman supposed to be cheerful and outgoing? Lmao
There's always Batman&Robin
bladenite78 - 4/14/2013, 12:10 PM
I liked Donner's movies, they put a superhuman who could move the entire planet on his own strength into situations that made him feel human. This just seems like a Batman with super powers. I don't need my characters dark to believe they can feel human, that seems to be the popular opinion though.
Jollem - 4/14/2013, 12:10 PM
please don't get angry at me marvel studios fans, but the trailers for iron man 3 seem pretty brooding and dark. actually, haven't the people involved in the phase 2 films pretty much said all of them will be "the dark" and stuff? there will probably be "dark" and "light" goin' on. it's okay :)
Supes17 - 4/14/2013, 12:10 PM
Nolan won't be doing JL, bud
RamonSuarez - 4/14/2013, 12:10 PM
I'm all for reinterpretation if it means moving the character out of the Silver Age. I'm not for reinterpretation if it means making Superman another brooding anti-hero. That's not what he's about or what makes him special and unique.
TheGreenBastard - 4/14/2013, 12:11 PM
Pollix22: While I realize that Donner only directed the first two Superman films, the 3rd and 4th ones were also considered part of the already established Donnerverse. Which would make Superman Returns the 5th in the series, and not the 3rd. Bryan Singer even said that it was his addition to those films.
thenerdicon4 - 4/14/2013, 12:11 PM
WOw, so many people have seen the movie! Tell me your review of the movie since you people already know every detail about it, i am very interested.
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