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David S. Goyer Reveals 'Man Of Steel' Will Be "Naturalistic" & "Rooted In Reality" Like 'The Dark Knight' Movies

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by Kevin Jagernauth
October 2, 2012 8:56 AM
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It could be argued that comic book movies didn't really get taken seriously until Christopher Nolan's Batman series came along. While the genre was already a proven moneymaker, they weren't regarded as anything beyond mere pieces of blockbuster entertainment. But from "Batman Begins" onward, Nolan and screenwriter David S. Goyer delved into their conflicted hero's psychological underpinnings, and placed him in a Gotham that closely resembled our own bustling metropolises. It was a far cry from the candy land of Tim Burton's "Batman." And while some geek corners bemoan the lack of comic-book-ness of those movies, Nolan's films are more enriching viewing experiences as a result. And whether you like it or not, that's the same approach being taken with next summer's "Man Of Steel."

While Zack Snyder is directing the film, Warner Bros.' all-important Superman reboot -- following the failed "Superman Returns" of 2006 -- has been overseen by Nolan. And while he downplays his involvement, Goyer, who wrote the script for "Man Of Steel," revealed that he and Nolan brought the same thinking to Clark Kent as they did to Bruce Wayne.

“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," he explained. "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.”

In case you're wondering, that 'Demons' project he's talking about is the series he was hired to pen for Starz last fall about the "secret histories" of Dan Brown's favorite artist. But regardless, for those who were thinking "Man Of Steel" might loosen up a bit, they might want to reorient their expectations. But after seeing the Malick-esque teaser trailers, what else could you have been thinking? "Man Of Steel" opens on June 14, 2013. [Collider]

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  • Jason | October 4, 2012 3:02 AMReply

    The " Failed" Superman Returns? Look I agree the film had issues and wasn't the monster hit Warner's wanted after umpteen years of lighting money on fire developing another Superman movie but "Failed" is a little strong for a movie that made 400 million before it hit home video with no bump from 3d and in 2006 dollars. Replace Kate Bosworth and I'm in on a sequel to that before another reboot.

  • c | October 2, 2012 3:07 PMReply

    Kevin, 'Batman' and 'Batman Returns' is still considered a classic.

  • B | October 2, 2012 2:45 PMReply

    Hello Kevin,

    With lines like: "It was a far cry from the candy land of Tim Burton's "Batman." And while some geek corners bemoan the lack of comic-book-ness of those movies, Nolan's films are more enriching viewing experiences as a result." You sound -so- übercool!

    Will you be my friend?

    I like how you deflected any critique about the superiority of Nolan's versions by decrying anybody who might prefer the (or one of the) Burton versions by, in a roundabout way, calling them as geeks (who are in a corner, and are, therefore, wrong), it's, like, you need to have your texts read out loud to you by your mom.

  • Mark | October 2, 2012 9:26 AMReply

    ' It could be argued that comic book movies didn't really get taken seriously until Christopher Nolan's Batman series came along. While the genre was already a proven moneymaker, they weren't regarded as anything beyond mere pieces of blockbuster entertainment. But from "Batman Begins" onward, Nolan and screenwriter David S. Goyer delved into their conflicted hero's psychological underpinnings, and placed him in a Gotham that was closely resembled our own bustling metropolises. It was a far cry from the candy land of Tim Burton's "Batman." '

    Back in '89 critics said the exact same thing about Tim Burton's Batman compared to the 60s TV series. Funny how times change.

  • Archer Slyce | October 2, 2012 9:12 AMReply

    Alright I hear what Goyer's saying but then again ... Snyder's directing ! Obviously I don't expect something akin to early Rosselini or Dogma95 ... but I don't expect any real naturalist feel either, whatever the team behind.

  • Nbm | October 2, 2012 10:50 AM

    *Dogme 95

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