David S. Goyer Talks DA VINCI’S DEMONS Season 2, MAN OF STEEL, THE BREACH, and More; Says He’d Love to Do GREEN LANTERN

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With executive producer David S. Goyer’s Da Vinci’s Demons now airing its second season on Starz Saturday nights, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with the busy filmmaker.  During the extended interview, Goyer talked about making the first season, how they’d written all eight episodes before production began, the cliffhanger, how season two will pay off some loose ends from season one and open new doors, how season two has Da Vinci exploring the Incan empire, filming on location, how this season is easier because it’s more familiar to Starz and they learned many lessons making season one, his admiration for Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead for unexpectedly killing characters, and a lot more.  In addition, he also talked about making Man of Steel, saying it’s “pretty close to my original conception and vision and hope for what it would be,” how he’ll probably direct The Breach later this year, how he’d love to tackle Green Lantern, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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  • They knew from day one how season one would end on a cliffhanger tied to a historical event.  They had written all eight episodes before they started shooting.
  • 0:50 – Talks about the difficulty of pitching and creating a show that “didn’t have a lot of antecedents.”  Says they took a graphic novel approach to history.
  • 2:20 – Season two is ten episodes.  Season 1 was originally supposed to be ten episodes before Starz decided all their freshman series would be eight episodes.  Goyer is more comfortable with the ten-episode rhythm.
  • 3:30 – They will pay off some loose ends from season one and open new doors.  There will be flashbacks.
  • 4:35 – Admires Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead for unexpectedly killing characters.  Wants to do that for Da Vinci’s Demons within the historical constraints.
  • 6:30 – Da Vinci will go on a journey that was promised to the audience when he discovered a map in Season 1 Episode 2.
  • 7:20 – The journey takes Da Vinci to explore the Incan empire.  They shot on sound stages and on location, and had to import extras.
  • 8:35 – Talks about scheduling workload when he writes, directs, and directs second unit.
  • 9:45 – Creating the second season two is easier because it’s more familiar to Starz and they learned many lessons from season one.
  • 11:00 – Says Man of Steel is “pretty close to my original conception and vision and hope for what it would be.”
  • 12:45 – Goyer says he would love to do Green Lantern.  He wanted to highlight Krypton as a truly alien world since Superman a science fiction story.
  • 13:30 – Goyer is attached to direct several projects.  The Breach is the likeliest candidate that he would direct later this year.


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  • Strong Enough

    NO! STAY AWAY FROM GREEN LANTERN!

    • George

      I was so pleased to hear that they brought in a new writer to totally redo his sure-to-be shitty script for Batman Vs. Superman. There’s a reason why he was only relegated to a story/idea man on TDK trilogy.. he’s a total hack at writing and directing, and I really hope WB/DC get on the ball with hiring someone like Kevin Feige over at Marvel. How about getting Bruce Timm or Paul Dini to run the DCCU, much like they did with the DCAU?

      • mattinacan

        Ah the Goyer hate parade is going still. Yawn, I remember when people actually liked Goyer.

      • PKC

        I agree on Goyer but certainly not on Dini. His only good work was in the early 90s. His stint as an editor in comics was nothing but a series of degrading stories and bait and switches to punish segments of the fandom, and he took his toxicity into the Arkham series of games that alienated a big chunk of what should have been new fans.

        Like the old animated series by all means, but don’t lionize the man behind it. He’s done nothing since but hurt the fandom and get away with it.

      • Mitch Moses

        kevin feige….fuck that Disney ass kissing douchebag!!!!

    • mattinacan

      He probably would make a better movie than that Ryan Reynolds piece of garbage.

      • Strong Enough

        he’s a okay writer. i mean who really knows for sure with all the studio re writes going on these days. I just want someone fresh to take on a DC movie

      • Mitch Moses

        fresh doesn’t always mean better.

      • Strong Enough

        change is what we need

  • Aquartertoseven

    “Man of Steel is “pretty close to my original conception and vision and hope for what it would be.””

    So he intended for it to be shit.

    On another note, in what decade are we finally going to be getting a Captain America 2 review from Collider? Literally everyone has a review up and you guys have done nothing. What. The hell.

    • George

      God, Man of Steel was such a disappointment. It’s all Goyer’s fault really. Snyder did a pretty good job directing, but he needs a great script to back up his visual expertise. Without that, you get movies like Man of Steel or Sucker Punch… Imagine how masterful it would have been if Nolan actually gave two craps about the movie, and stepped in to redo the script? Could have easily been the best superhero movie of 2013.

      • mattinacan

        Whoa, really Man of Steel=Sucker Punch, hardly. The script wasn’t that bad.

      • George

        Those were Snyder’s two worst movies imo.

      • mattinacan

        this wasn’t me posting, it’s the guy trolling me using my name. i agree mos and sucker punch were really disappointing.

      • Batt Damon

        Yeah, Sucker Punch was nowhere near as bad as Man of Steel

    • mattinacan

      No it was you who thought it to be shit, he honestly thought he did a good job. A difference of viewpoints there. Not everyone thinks the same as you. I liked Man of Steel for instance. “‘I WILL FIND HIM!”

      • Aquartertoseven

        If you like mediocre films, I can see its appeal.

      • mattinacan

        this wasn’t me commenting, it was the guy trolling me using my name. Man of steel was extremely mediocre.

  • NICK НΛRT

    if goyer is really the “godfather” to the dc/wb universe like feige is with marvel studios, then it’s pretty much game over.

    • Sameer Shahnewaz

      if feige can continuously make plotless stupid one liner movies and fanboys can eat em up then what’s so wrong with goyer ?

      at least MoS had a story , which marvel film did ?

      • lordjim

        yeah, a truly “original” story…besides i can tell you what is wrong with goyer: “ghost rider:spirit of vengeance”, “the unborn”, “jumper”, “blade trinity”…
        at least the avengers had a comic book feeling, which dc movie did?

      • Strong Enough

        green lantern

      • Mitch Moses

        no, the AVENGERS had a DISNEY feeling. watch the film one more time and tell me you don’t see an undercover Disney movie in there. joss see’s his mistake with signing with them, hence why I truly believe AOU is going to be a bomb. ultron makes no FUCKING sense in what was supposed to be the INFINITY GUANLET. quicksilver and scarlet witch, they can’t even explain what they are or who their father is. 4 films a year?!?!?! what ever happened to QAULITY OVER QUANTITY??? 4 films a year will increase the chance that each films quality is going to drop, case in point, IM3 and THOR 2. oh yeah, how about kevin feige announcing that they have no plans to buy back x-men, spider-man or F4, or even include them in the MCU, jointly with fox and sony. man of steel was more comic book then the avengers. quit sucking marvel/mouse cock, and wake the fuck up!

      • lordjim

        i´m not even a fan, i mean i used to love the comic books, and neither of these movies comes close to them.and while i had a good time with the avengers (though i don´t remember anything and i don´t plan to watch it a second time), man of steel wasn´t even fun.but i´m probably in the minority anyway, my favourite comic book movie of all times is “batman returns” ;)

      • RiddleThemThis

        Spirit of Vengeance was amazing in every way.

      • Jeremy Flores

        YEAH BUT RELEASE THE WORLD ENGINE THO

      • Strong Enough

        LMAO

      • Aquartertoseven

        MoS had a story and Marvel films don’t, wishful thinking don’t you think? (Unless the only Marvel films you’ve seen are Thor 2 and Iron Man 2, in which case you have a point)

      • Mitch Moses

        and IM3. sucked from start to finish.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Ha, not even remotely. What an idiot lol, it was such a great film. With flaws sure, but “sucked”? Are you stupid?

      • Sameer Shahnewaz

        Avengers had a plot ? loki’s coming to invade earth with an army so we’ll get a bunch of dysfunctional lunatics and fight back – that isn’t much of a plot
        captain america is a cliched rip off of indiana jones and every other nazi villain movies
        iron man is basically a rip off of batman , main difference being bruce wayne came to his senses in his 20s while tony stark had an epiphany in his 40s

      • Batt Damon

        Because half a dozen super powered aliens terraforming earth so they they can live there completely powerless and repopulate and rebuild the planet themselves is a really fucking solid story that holds up beyond any sort of scrutiny.

      • Seanpb

        It was a comic book film… That particular plot sounds fairly comic booky to me.

      • Mitch Moses

        LMAO @batt damon….you god damn idiot, they were terraforming earth….NOT THE FUCKING SUN!!!! the sun is what gives supes his powers. want to find something else to bitch about????

  • YodaRocks

    He seems to be the guy who studios run to when they need to make a knock-off.
    DC: “Hey, we need something like Avengers”. David S Goyer.
    Starz: “Hey, we need something like GoT”. David S Goyer.

    • Jeremy Flores

      LOL this is great. Very spot on.

  • mattinacan

    this guy sucks unless he has jon and chris nolan helping him

  • bork1138

    his face terrifies me

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  • Basic B.

    Goyer is suddenly doing a lot of interviews like a man on the defensive. Is he just that insecure or has someone with power at Warner Bros finally started to wise up about the toxicity of Snyder and the rest of Frank Miller fan club?

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  • http://www.mcpeppergames.com Chris

    I really was excited to see an adaptation of THE BREACH… but now knowing Goyer is directing it my expectations moved to ZERO! He didn’t even get Superman right… I mean: SUPERMAN!!! There are some things on this character you can’t change. Seeing someone ‘updating’ the character by changing all the wrong things about him doesn’t look like ‘good work’ to me. THE BREACH should be directed by a top level director who understands what makes this books so different and exciting and not an overrated scriptwriter who can’t even get Superman right.

    • Mitch Moses

      the man of steel was based on pre-crisis superman, the best goddamn superman around. dunno who your superman is, but the one on the screen in MAN OF STEEL was the one I had longed for since the horrible days of chris reeve murdering that character!!!!

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  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    Geez! Really? Almost 2 years since Man of Steel and you people still bitching about it? What the hell did you want? The old Donner/Reeve version I grew up with? You can get some nice version on Blu-Ray you know? If you didn’t like his and Snyder’s interpretation of the character fair enough but there were a lot of people who did so get over it! Another thing: the all celebrated Blade? Guess who wrote it. Dark City? Guess who co-wrote the final script. Blade II (with additions by Del Toro)? Batman freaking Begins? You can’t even blame the guy for Blade Trinity (if you look for a few minutes you can find an interview where he says his original idea and what made him change it, also an interview with Patton Oswalt where he details all that went wrong in the shoot) and Ghost Rider 2 (his first draft is actually really good, you can find it online if you look hard enough; it looks like the final writers actually removed the good parts). Look, I won’t say he is the best writer ever but he has a knowledge of comic book materials and it’s actually a good thing that he lets somebody else to make a polish on his material (you know, after a few drafts you get blocked and can’t actually see what doesn’t work) unlike what happened with Star Trek Nemesis where the writer had full control (I still like it though). Look, I don’t like to sound cliched but until you show me a Superman, Batman vs Superman or “insert comic book hero that David Goyer previously wrote about here” script that is better that any of his scripts the please SHUT THE F UP! Because it’s obvious you know nothing about screenwriting!

  • Ax6xK

    Dear interviewer, write down what you want to ask and rehearse asking those questions. That way you don’t sound like a bumbling idiot.

    If your not very good at ad-libbing questions……DON’T.

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