David S. Goyer says Man of Steel’s Superman will be rooted in realityPosted 4:20 pm on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 by John 'Spartan' Nguyen
Fans were wondering how Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer, and Zack Snyder were going to approach telling Superman’s story in the upcoming Man of Steel movie. Nolan and Goyer approached the Dark Knight trilogy with a dark and gritty realism. For Batman, it makes sense, but Superman is a whole other beast. He’s a boy scout who has super strength and the ability to fly.
Goyer says that even though it will be rooted in reality, it won’t necessarily be dark.
“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. 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.”
That is how Bryan Singer approached the first X-Men film when dealing with the real world. As the movies went on, it felt like humans weren’t an issue any more. I’m all for this approach.
Man of Steel flies into theaters on June 14, 2013.
John “Spartan” Nguyen is the editor-in-chief at Nerd Reactor and is based in Orange County, CA. He is a graphic designer and illustrator.