David S. Goyer Writer of ‘Man Of Steel’ Interview


David Samuel Goyer (born December 22, 1965) is an American screenwriter, film director, novelist, and comic book writer. Goyer has written or co-written several screenplays based on numerous comic book series, among them Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider, Batman Begins, The Flash, and Blade. Goyer has recently been working with Legendary Pictures on three of their upcoming projects. He co-wrote the script for Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises. In addition, he did a one-step 4-week rewrite for Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla reboot.


David S. Goyer
David S. Goyer

FROM CBM: During today’s Reddit AMA with David S. Goyer, fans were able to ask the screenwriter questions about past, present and upcoming comic book movies. For the most part, Goyer, tried to dodge the Justice League questions but did relent for a bit and answered a few. Those answers just reiterated the importance of Man Of Steel’s box office numbers as having an effect on Warner Bros. decision to move forward with JLA, while his other answer pertained to director Zack Snyder being more than capable of helming that responsibility.

Q: Does everyone involved with Man of Steel feel a lot of pressure because of all the hype surrounding it?
A: Sure, there’s a ton of pressure surrounding Man of Steel. WB has a lot riding on it – not just the Superman franchise, but the future of DC movies. More importantly, I think Zack, myself, Henry — we just really want to give the fans the Superman film they deserve. The kind of Superman film I dreamed about making since I saw the first Donner film. I HOPE people like it as much as we do. Knock on wood.

Q: Would you be interested in writing the justice league film?
A: As a fan I have loved your work ever since I found it watching the blade trilogy. I’m a teenager and I go to an arts high school for film and your screenwriting has been pivitol in different productions that I have been apart of.

Q: How was your experience working with Christopher Nolan and how does has that effected your future and do you plan on collaborating with him in the future?

A: Working with Chris was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. But also hard as ****. Chris is an exhausting taskmaster. He will push you until you scream. But Chris also works harder than anyone I know and he has an incredible work ethic. I’ve learned a lot from Chris. I definitely think he helped me grow as both a writer and a director. I’d love to work with Chris again. I’d work on adapting the phone book if he asked me to. Chris instills a lot of loyalty in the people he works with.

Q:Who would win in a fight between Batman and Blade?
A: Batman would kick the **** out of Blade. I mean, come on. Given a head start and some planning, Batman might even be able to take down Superman. Seriously, are you REALLY asking that question?????

Q: Do you feel like the tone of films based on comic books is changing and if so is that a good or a bad thing?
A: Yes, I think films are changing because of comicbooks. And yes, I think that…that’s a good thing. It used to be that Hollywood have a very preconceived notion about what a comicbook film should be — basically, the Dick Tracy film, with lots of primary colors. I’d like to think that Blade and Batman Begins helped change that. In a way, I think comicbook films are just catching up to where comicbooks have been for the last 20 or 30 years

Q: You’ve worked with both the Nolan brothers. do they have different creative styles? approaches? or are they more similar than different?
also…your work…it’s good!

A: The Nolan brothers are very different. In part, I think, because Jonah grew up more “American”. He’s got an American accent, as opposed to Chris, who was older when they moved here. But they are both fantastic collaborators.

Q: Which DC Heroes would you like to make a movie about?
A: Wonder Woman would be cool.

Q: The Dark Knight Trilogy is my favorite trilogy out there. My question is, how early on did you and the Nolan Brothers know what direction you were going to go in with the movies? Was is all planned out or did you take it one movie at a time?

A: The Dark Knight trilogy was definitely taken one movie at a time. That’s just the way Chris likes to work. We had no idea whether Batman Begins was going to be successful. And after the Dark Knight, because of Heath and a lot of things, we weren’t sure we had another film in us. It took us a long time to come around to an idea that we felt was a worthy follow-up.

Q: Please help settle a debate….
Is Superman playing monkey in the middle here, or is it two consecutive punches in the same direction?

A: Two consecutive punches in the same direction. He’s beating the $$%% out of someone.

Q: Why do you think a Wonder Woman movie hasn’t happened yet? And if it did, who would you want to play her?

A: I think Wonder Woman is a very difficult character to crack. More difficult than Superman, who is also more difficult than Batman. Also, a lot of people in Hollywood believe that it’s hard to do a big action movie with a female lead. I happen to disagree with that. But that tends to be the prevailing wisdom. Hopefully, that’ll change in the next few years. Who should play here? No idea…

Q: 1)Was it difficult navigating from Demon Toys to Batman?

2)Who came up with “Die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain”

3)What did characters like Joker and Bane look like in your head while you and the Nolan brothers were writing?

A: “Die a hero…” Man, no idea which one of us came up with that line. It was a LONG time ago and a lot of those specific moments tend to blur together. As for Bane and the Joker. The Joker was pretty much spot on. Bane was difficult. Always felt the character in the comics was great, but that the costume was ridiculous. I was impressed with the look that Chris came up with — it was, frankly, a lot scarier than I’d imagined.

Q: Was John Byrne’s Krypton an influence on your approach? Getting that vibe from some imagery and interviews. Miller, Loeb, and Brubaker were pretty key influences on the Dark Knight trilogy. What runs/stories would say are similar touchstones for Man of Steel?

A: Byrne’s Krypton was definitely an influence, but not the only influence. Was also influenced by Alan Moore’s stuff. All Star Superman. Geoff Johns’ stuff. Even the old Curt Swan stuff.

Q: How long do you think you can dodge the JUSTICE LEAGUE questions? 😉
A: Dude, I can dodge Justice League until the end of this AMA.

Q: The Dark Knight trilogy was amazing and im hoping Man of Steel blows us away even more so we can get that ****ing Justice League movie going!
A: In order for a Justice League film to happen, MOS has to be successful. That’s up to you guys and about 80 million other people.

Q: Back during the Batman Begins days, you noted how you preferred Jake Gyllenhaal during the casting rounds. If you were to cast Bale’s successor today, who would it be and why?
A: That’s a hard question to answer — it’s impossible for me to think of Batman as anyone other than Bale at the moment. He approached the role with so much integrity and conviction.

Q: How would David Goyer do Green Lantern?
A: Better.

Q: Can we really trust Zach for a justice league movie?
A: Zack did an incredible job on MOS. Chris and I were both blown away by what he did. I am very proud to be associated with what he’s come up with.

For the rest of the interview click the link at the beginning of post.

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