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The fallout over David S. Goyer’s comments continues. For now, tell us your thoughts. Listen to Goyer’s comments in context on the podcast, and tell us if he was attempting to make a joke, or if his views on the role of female superheroes has you concerned about the influence he has on the developing DC Cinematic Universe.
At the moment, both James Cameron and David S. Goyer are just a tiny bit busy. The former has been spending the last few months making sure that absolutely everything is perfect and in place before embarking on the three-features-at-once shoot for Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 that will start later this year, and the latter is working hard behind the scenes of the epic upcoming Batman vs. Superman, which he developed the story for with director Zack Snyder.
His name was strong enough to start a bidding war for his latest project, and Lionsgate is the victor. Goyer is directing The Breach, an adaptation of a Patrick Lee novel being written by Justin Rhodes. Big shot producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers) is also behind the scenes of this package.
Goyer has pitched an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's signature comic Sandman to Warner Bros, but warns this could-be project is in the very earliest of stages. Essentially now it's just talk. But, their source says that Geoff Johns notable comic book writer is lending his weight to Goyer's proposition.
Goyer and production company Lava Bear have brought in director Jason Zada to helm the supernatural thriller The Forest, which will take place in – get this – a forest! Fortunately, it’s the Aokigahara, which lies at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. Also known as the Sea of Trees, this peaceful and picturesque setting has long been associated with demons and the spiritual remains of those who died there, and a lot of people have died there.
“We were pretty sure that was going to be controversial. It's not like we were deluding ourselves, and we weren't just doing it to be cool. We felt, in the case of Zod, we wanted to put the character in an impossible situation and make an impossible choice.”
Since it's directed by Snyder and stars Henry Cavill and is written by David S. Goyer, it's certainly got enough of the Man of Steel creative team behind it to qualify as a Man of Steel sequel… but come on. Everybody is going to go into this movie talking about it as Superman vs. Batman… or Batman vs. Superman… or both? Warner Bros. doesn't only know that, but they seem to be as confused about the order as we are
Part of me thinks that Snyder and his team should be given time to develop what they have started in Man of Steel. At the same time, I can understand Warner’s sense of urgency, and a desire to strike while the iron is hot.
There's no moment in Man of Steel that explicitly announces itself as the beginning of a larger superhero universe, the way Nick Fury arrived at the end of Iron Man to tell him he wasn't the only superhero on their radar. But if you pay even the slightest attention to the way superhero movies are made these days, you know that Man of Steel is intended as the kickoff to a much, much bigger world of films
On whether or not Goyer would be willing to follow the natural progression of this storyline and write a potential Justice League movie, the writer said, “If I were offered, I wouldn’t say no.”
Well, it was really only a matter of time before this news crossed our desk. Even though Man of Steel isn't set to open until Friday, positive buzz and a swell of anticipation amongst movie-goers has led Warner Bros. to officially green light a sequel to the Superman film, with Zack Snyder attached to return as director and David Goyer once again working on the script.
June has arrived, and with it, comes a new 13-minute featurette for Man of Steel, courtesy of Warner Bros. In addition to showing off some of the more exciting glimpses of the film, the featurette also includes comments from screenwriter David S. Goyer, director Zack Synder and some of the cast and producers, who speak about the film, the story, the characters and the tone, scope and scale of the movie.
Goyer was asked about the decision to leave Lex out of this incarnation of Superman’s story. But instead of explaining why, Goyer threw the journalist – and the Internet – a curveball. “I don’t think anyone has every confirmed that we haven’t included him,” Goyer said. What the what?
It’s unclear whether there are more water molecules in the world or filmed adaptations of Alexandre Dumas novels. It’s probably water molecules, but that might change with another ten years of directors with “new ideas” plus the downfall of the environment.
Goyer spoke to press during the Television Critics Association conference on behalf of Da Vinci’s Demons, yet took a moment to address Man of Steel, which he says he’s “really proud” of, even though working on a Superman movie ended up being far more difficult than the Batman, in Goyer’s mind.