David S. Goyer Reveals Why MAN OF STEEL Wasn't Called Superman

David S. Goyer Reveals Why MAN OF STEEL Wasn't Called Superman

In a podcast interview with Empire Online, Man Of Steel writer David S. Goyer commented on the decision to call the movie Man Of Steel instead of Superman. Read on to find out!

Skip to about the 44th minute for Man Of Steel information

“I would say that the marketing began early on in that we decided not to call it Superman, that was very deliberate.”

“That was Chris [Nolan] and I, Man Of Steel, and Warner Bros. said, ‘Why?” And we started talking about it, and we said, ‘We want a line of demarcation in the sand between the old and the new.’ We always knew we would be using the Superman glyph or the shield as we call it. But Man Of Steel was also supposed to represent our take, which was he’s a man, but he’s not made of flesh and blood, metaphorically he’s a man of steel. So that was sort of like the whole thing wrapped up in a nutshell.”

Man of Steel follows the Last Son of Krypton on his epic journey to become mankind's shinning beacon of hope for a brighter future. With the beliefs and values instilled by his adoptive parents Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) Kent, a young Clark (Henry Cavill) sets out to find his place in the world. But when the nefarious General Zodd (Michael Shannon) arrives on Earth, Clark will have to choose between being a normal human or Kal-el,son of Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and humanity's greatest protector and champion. Filmed in IMAX and shot in Vancouver, Chicago and Plano, Illinois, Man of Steel will be released on June 14, 2013 by Warner Bros. Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) with a screenplay by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) the Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, Inception) produced feature film will surely be the summer blockbuster of 2013.

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Jollem - 5/6/2013, 10:10 PM
AmazingFantasy - 5/6/2013, 10:25 PM
Sounds epic either way

Bring it
TheSuperguy - 5/6/2013, 10:32 PM
Sounds good to me, I like the title. Then the sequel can be called Man of Tomorrow.
sameoldthing - 5/6/2013, 10:38 PM
I like the title...I like Dark Knight title instead of Batman.
Brokensteel1228 - 5/6/2013, 11:05 PM
BS...you just want to go about it and sound cool by naming it what it is....without actually saying it. almost like that scene in amazing spider-man with uncle ben, you knew he wanted to say the "great power" line but he just went around it while still saying the same thing. This is some dumb ass marketing for DC. just call them Batman,Superman,Green Arrow, and Wonder Woman....bot Dark knight,Man of steel,Arrow,and Amazon
P862010 - 5/6/2013, 11:12 PM
man of steel is a better name than just superman it just sounds so powerful
typicalfanboy - 5/6/2013, 11:14 PM
Meaningful titles...how about that?

The dark knight and man of steel are more than just the monikers of the heroes.. They represent the heroes themselves at the metaphorical level. Steel meaning not only his invulnerability but also his will, his state of mind while he's prepping to accomplish a difficult task. Meaningful is what we need to look for. Not just cool sounding.
DutchMovieFan - 5/6/2013, 11:15 PM
Hey guys, I am aware of the basics of the Superman lore but for the rest I might be a total noob. So is was wondering, why does Kal-El have around 20/30 years to grow up (and he looks like it) but does Zod look like he is the as old as when he left Krypton? Unless they put him in the Phantom Zone in this movie as well, but thatv ould be very much like Superman 2 (unless that's how it went in the comics, I don't know)?
DutchMovieFan - 5/6/2013, 11:16 PM
*that *would
Luminus - 5/6/2013, 11:25 PM
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Luminus - 5/6/2013, 11:27 PM
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CavEl - 5/6/2013, 11:55 PM
@ crashrendar - Bingo, they don't call Superman because he's made of Steel, he's the Man of Steel because of his unbendable will.

@ Brokensteel - Batman was called Batman in Nolan's Batman, why wouldn't they call Superman "Superman"? Lois called him Superman in the trailer. Goyer meant they didn't want Superman IN THE TITLE because they didn't want people to think it was attached to the prior Superman movies...all of which have Superman in the title
AmazingFantasy - 5/7/2013, 12:24 AM
Not good enough
killerkooljames - 5/7/2013, 12:49 AM
Batman and Superman films will be tho Kings of CBM!
staypuffed - 5/7/2013, 2:07 AM
@crashrendar hit the nail on the head.
Goyer just seems to get Superman.
miro - 5/7/2013, 2:28 AM
@khan it's glyph not gliff ... Re: the d.s.goyer transcript.
JohnLamb - 5/7/2013, 3:37 AM
This will be.....[frick]ing awesome!
SuperDude001 - 5/7/2013, 4:31 AM
I'm sorry but I don't believe (at least Goyer) thought 'Man Of Steel' had a really emotional in depth meaning. It's from the comics, it sounds cool, and it makes the film stand out.
All that crap about how it's a metaphor and stuff is the exact same pretentious drivel I have to write in my Art coursework when defining my work, it's just to make you seem clever when really you just did something cause it was cool.
deanwilkins - 5/7/2013, 4:48 AM
Will he be called Superman in the film?
Inhuman - 5/7/2013, 6:51 AM
I like the title Man Of Steel. It differentiates itself from all the lame Superman movies made in the past. Not to say Superman 1 and 2 were lame but they were in the 80s. This Superman reboot is going to be the Superman we've been waiting for. Im glad they arent using the old Superman theme. Im glad they're trying to be original and a fresh new take on the character.
sinthegreat - 5/7/2013, 6:52 AM
I see they are running out of news
iPaul - 5/7/2013, 6:55 AM
Man of Steel
Man of Tomorrow
Last son of Krypton
marvel72 - 5/7/2013, 6:58 AM
the best comic book movie of the year doesn't come out until november,i believe october in the uk.
JorL5150 - 5/7/2013, 6:59 AM
Man Of Steel

Man and Superman
(vs lex and metallo)

Man of Tomorrow
(legion of superheroes/brainiac)


"GUSTO: Man of GUST"
"Jor-L5150: man looking at your boobs"

JorL5150 - 5/7/2013, 7:01 AM

sinsear912 - 5/7/2013, 6:52 AM
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I see they are running out of news


because we need a Tv spot, behind the scenes interview, still, blooper reel EVERY 11 minutes... no wait- thats the marvel zombies!

DC fans actually have an attention span.
and jobs.
and we're raising well behaved, not-fat, smart kids.

so we can actually manage with a less-is-more.
GodzillaKart - 5/7/2013, 7:06 AM
If MOS is as good as the trailer makes it look we are going to have one of the best CBM ever.
Danbojohnj - 5/7/2013, 7:18 AM
I bet he is never referred to as Superman directly,nearest will be when Lois almost said it in the trailer,maybe on a Daily Planet headline though?
GeekyCheekyChic - 5/7/2013, 7:19 AM
I like Man of Steel- what is weird though is I have met people who don't know the moniker and when I tell them its Superman they are like "what? oh well damn now I want to see it"
Despite the "S" being one of the most familiar symbol on the planet- going with "SUPERMAN" would have been the wiser marketing choice. It was annoying that when Lois goes to say it its cut off...let her say Superman.
Sometimes it feels like WB/DC is ashamed to say names like Green Arrow, Superman and Batman. Arrow season 2- they need to say Green Arrow and stop with 'the hood'
MediaMan - 5/7/2013, 7:30 AM
All of the average moviegoers are just going to call it "Superman" anyway - as in, "you gonna see the new Superman movie?"
sintzu - 5/7/2013, 7:34 AM
who cares about the name the main thing is the movie is going to be epic
GodzillaKart - 5/7/2013, 7:38 AM
Hey fettastic, check out my review of IM3. I would love to debate with you.
VicSage - 5/7/2013, 7:38 AM
While I believe Goyer and Nolan did go through this process, I always believed that the MAN OF STEEL title for the next movie was born out of the want of having Batman and Superman films reflect one another in their 21st Century age films.



I thought they were leading to a JUSTICE LEAGUE film initially. Then the Superman Returns sequel fell through and Nolan/Goyer's Man of Steel came along, taking the title of the sequel, and running with it.
JeighJeigh - 5/7/2013, 7:39 AM
Best CBM ever. I'm calling it right now. Scott Pilgrim vs The World currently stands at my favorite. Then TDK and then The Avengers. But I like that they went with Man of Steel. It's an awesome metaphor.
RyKnow - 5/7/2013, 7:39 AM
".....but Man Of Steel was also supposed to represent our take, which was he’s a man, but he’s not made of flesh and blood, metaphorically he’s a man of steel. So that was sort of like the whole thing wrapped up in a nutshell.”
- David Goyer

I say bulls**t to that pretentious crap. The Superman Returns sequel was going to be called Man of Steel anyway, they just scrapped the sequel and kept the title. I'm starting to tire of David Goyer's self obsessive attitude and his opinion that his ideas are totally original. I WAS starting to look forward to this film but this interview, add to my dislike of the director and the fact that Henry Cavill looks more like a Boy of Aluminium than a Man of Steel is making me less and less interested in even considering the £8.00 ticket fee.

At least there's The Wolverine.
sintzu - 5/7/2013, 7:39 AM

batman is already king of cbm and from the trailers superman looks to be the new one
codydriscollsrightarm - 5/7/2013, 7:40 AM

But people called Batman "Batman".
codydriscollsrightarm - 5/7/2013, 7:46 AM
I don't get the resentment over the fact that DC/WB actually take these characters seriously.
sintzu - 5/7/2013, 7:56 AM

dc/wb ? don't you mean nolan/goyer cause till now the only good dc movies we have are from theme and when dc/wb make a movie without theme we get green lantern and superman returns and the other movie we don't speak of that came out in 2004
SUPERSHADOWBAT - 5/7/2013, 8:00 AM
Man of Steel, Man of Tomorrow and other desriptive monikers go back decades as does the Dark Knight for Batman. As long as the name Superman is used in the film it's fine as the title. Its an intriguing title and brings one's imagination into play.
This is Superman and with Batman as well are the two most recognized superheroes in the world. It works.
Christuffer - 5/7/2013, 8:08 AM
As long as they actually call him "Superman" in the movie. They had better not pull a Smallville and completely avoid it
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