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Christopher Nolan Initially Disagreed With The Ending Of 'Man Of Steel,' 'Superman: Birthright' Writer Hates The Result

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 18, 2013 9:25 AM
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If you haven't already caught the biggest June box-office opening of all time, you've no doubt witnessed the division of critics' opinions over Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, “Man of Steel.” As much as a sequel is secured, the film is certainly a mixed bag, as we discussed yesterday in our look at its strengths and weaknesses; but while one of the latter gripes focused on the ending -- spoilers, naturally -- during the climactic Metropolis fight between General Zod (Michael Shannon) and Superman (Henry Cavill), now a few perspectives closer to the material have spoken up on the bold decision.

The Best & Worst Of 'Man of Steel'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 17, 2013 4:34 PM
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If you listen to the internet -- and that’s always a precarious thing to do -- Warner Bros. “Man Of Steel” is either the worst movie of all time or the best movie of all time and of course, nothing in between (and lord there’s been some kicking and screaming by people who disagree with one another). It’s either all due Zack Snyder inability to direct or David Goyer’s (and to an extent Christopher Nolan’s) writing genius. Granted some Playlisters did not like this movie much and some of it thought it was decent-to-ok, but we’d still like to think there’s a middle ground to be found when looking at this latest Superman movie (in fact, we’re happy to say our original review does just that).

'Man Of Steel' Writer David Goyer Talks Superheros & How World May React To Superman In Next Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2013 10:22 AM
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With "Man Of Steel" now in theaters, the weekend will find everyone discussing Zack Snyder's job on the Superman reboot, which even on amongst the Playlist stuff has caused a wide range of reactions. But the one thing we can mostly all agree on is that while the execution may rankle some, the ideas contained within the film are bold and brave tweaks on the established canon. In short, Superman has been updated for our times and as writer David Goyer suggests, his story won't just be an American one, but a global one.

David S. Goyer Says 'Man Of Steel' Teases Justice League Founder Cyborg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 12, 2013 1:31 PM
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"The plan is for a universe that will allow for other DC characters,” Warner Bros. honcho Jeff Robinov recently said about the launch of "Man Of Steel." And while "Justice League" doesn't look like it'll happen until after the now fast-tracked "Man Of Steel" sequel. But that doesn't mean there won't be world-building and it has started already. The LexCorp logo has already been glimpsed on a building in the trailer, while director Zack Snyder has already revealed that Wayne Enterprises make an appearance. And what else? Well, something a bit surprising.

'Man Of Steel' Sequel On Fast Track With Zack Snyder & David Goyer Returning To Direct & Write

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2013 9:02 PM
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How can you tell when a studio is feeling confident? Well, with reviews for "Man Of Steel" officially landing in just a couple of hours (ours too), it looks like a follow-up is not only on deck, but coming faster than... well, you know...

New 'Man of Steel' Photos & Banner; Zack Snyder Calls It His "Most Realistic" Film

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 5, 2013 11:01 AM
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So far. filmmaker Zack Snyder's made a zombie movie ("Dawn Of The Dead"), a glossy testosterone-addled swords and sandals epic ("300"), an ironic, deconstructed super hero film (which isn't that ironic or deconstructed, but whatever, let him have fun with words; "Watchmen") and a fantasy-filled femme fatales music video ("Sucker Punch"). Curiously, Snyder calls a movie about an alien who comes from another planet, is fostered by human beings and then grows up to be a god, only to see his new adopted planet become besieged by overlords from his former home, "the most realistic movie I’ve made.” Of course he's talking about his latest picture, the Superman film, "Man Of Steel."

'Man Of Steel': 5 Key Moments In The Trailer

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 17, 2013 1:21 PM
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Are Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer the best thing to ever happen to filmmaker Zack Snyder? An amazing visual stylist that deserves full credit there, Snyder's films like "Watchmen" and "300" look fantastic, but... how do we put it? They're often lacking real characters, heart and soul (or in the case of "Sucker Punch" just look like a bad video game meets a music video with little substance). But last night's "Man Of Steel" trailer looks as though Snyder may have turned a corner, perhaps thanks to the script, tones and world set up by Nolan and Goyer. Yes, it's only a trailer, but as far as mainstream tentpoles go, it's certainly the most impressive one in recent memory (perhaps since "Prometheus" last year, and yes, we realize that one didn't turn out the way we hoped).

"It's All Emotional Kryptonite": Zack Snyder & David Goyer Talk 'Man Of Steel''s Fears, Reluctance & Existential Woes

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 12, 2013 1:02 PM
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Entertainment Weekly's summer movies issues is on stands right now and it's, as per usual, a rather powerhouse edition. You've seen the "Man Of Steel" EW cover and images from the Superman film as directed by Zack Snyder ("300," "Watchmen"), written by David S. Goyer ("The Dark Knight" trilogy) and godfathered/executive produced by Christopher Nolan. But the excellent article dives deeper into the themes and texture to the movie, which sounds much moodier and existential than any Superman movie before it. While not going as dark as "The Dark Knight" films, it seems that Nolan, Snyder and Goyer have done what they set out to do: put Superman into a modern context and thus affect moral dilemmas into the hero that we've never seen before. Here's 5 quick things we learned.

David S. Goyer Won't Confirm Or Deny Lex Luthor Or Female Jimmy Olsen In 'Man Of Steel'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • March 27, 2013 10:04 AM
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There’s no doubting the challenges that screenwriter David S. Goyer faced when attempting to tackle the next Superman movie. It has been the thirty-five years since Richard Donner’s “Superman” and after the disappointment of 2006’s “Superman Returns,” the pressure to successfully reboot the franchise and make people relate to the superhero would be a difficult task for anyone, let alone for the writers of The Dark Knight Trilogy

'The Dark Knight' Trilogy Writer David S. Goyer To Direct Reimagined 'Count Of Monte Cristo'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • March 19, 2013 2:42 PM
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“The Count of Monte Cristo” has been made into at least twelve films (including one with Eugene O’Neill’s father in the titular role and most recently that 2002 version with Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce) and has been credited as inspiration for many a soap opera character and television series. Just two years ago, Warner Bros. snapped up a script that was a “futuristic take” on the story but we haven’t heard of any further development yet. With so many adaptations and incarnations, what is left of the 19th century Dumas epic for director David S. Goyer to explore? Well, the word is that he plans to make a “19th century Dark Knight."

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