Did David Goyer Base His Superman Script On The Secret Origins?

With no less than six comic book movies set to be released, 2012 is likely to go down in history as the year of the superhero. The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, the Spider-Man reboot, the Superman reboot, The Wolverine and Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance are all scheduled to premiere within the twelve month period and fans are clamoring to know about every last detail (well, maybe not for Ghost Rider, but let's just roll with it). One such detail is the storyline that David S. Goyer will be using in his Superman screenplay. Now it appears that he's given us a bit of a hint.

In the front of the newly released Superman: Secret Origin graphic novel by Geoff Johns, CBM has discovered a forward by Goyer in which the screenwriter talks about his upcoming project. He starts by describing a scene from the book in which Clark Kent is told by his parents how he was discovered and who he really is. Breaking down into tears and running off, Clark's step-father finds him and the boy who would eventually become Superman says, "I don't want to be different. I want to be Clark Kent. I want to be your son." Reflecting on this scene, Goyer mentions that he is halfway through his screenplay and expects to be "stymied" like many of the Superman screenwriters before him. He then says that one thing that may prevent this is the fact that he has access to the Superman stories by Geoff Johns, "first and foremost being the SECRET ORIGIN issues reprinted in the very volume you are now holding."

Now, it's entirely possible that Goyer simply needed something to write about and wanted to heap praise onto the book he was writing the forward for, but, then again, how stupid would he look if the movie comes out and is nothing like the Secret Origin storyline? I will say that the story, particularly the excerpt that he mentions, sounds a lot like the plot description we heard a few months back that said that the film would be about Clark Kent as a young journalist trying to discover if he even wanted to become Superman. We're still probably months away from finding out any concrete details about the project so sit tight, folks. We'll be with you every step of the way.

Eric Eisenberg
Assistant Managing Editor

NJ native who calls LA home and lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran who is endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.