David S. Goyer Talks About How He Got Involved with MAN OF STEEL and His Reaction to Seeing the Film

     March 25, 2013

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While this summer is loaded with huge movies like Iron Man 3Fast and Furious 6Pacific RimStar Trek Into DarknessWorld War ZWhite House Down, and so many others, the one at the top of my list is Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel.  Written by Davis S. Goyer and produced by Christopher Nolan, I really believe this is the Superman film we’ve been waiting for and everything I’ve seen and learned tells me it’s going to be one hell of a ride.  In addition, I’ve spoken to a few people that have seen the film and everyone is raving.  June 14th cannot arrive soon enough.

This morning I got to speak with Goyer for his new Starz show Da Vinci’s Demons, which premieres April 12.  While I’ll have the full interview online soon, I wanted to share what he said about Man of Steel today.  Since I knew going in he wouldn’t be able to say much about the movie, I asked how he got involved with the project and his reaction to seeing the finished film.  Hit the jump for more.

david-s-goyer-man-of-steelAs I already mentioned, Warner Bros. has screened Man of Steel for a few people and I figured Goyer had seen it.  While I wasn’t even sure he would confirm anything, he did say he’s seen it and when I asked if it was everything he hoped it would be, he said:

“Yes, yes. I was very happy.”

In addition, the way Goyer and Nolan initially became involved with Man of Steel is pretty crazy.  They were stuck on a section of The Dark Knight Rises and during a break, Goyer came up with some ideas for a Superman movie.  Here’s how Goyer describes it:

“Chris (Nolan) and I were working on The Dark Knight Rises, working on the story; we were blocked. We agreed to part ways for a couple of weeks and just see if something had bubbled at the surface.  So I went back to my home office. I was wasting time and procrastinating and took out an archive edition of some of the original Superman comic books, Action comic books and started rereading them because I couldn’t figure out this plot point on Dark Knight Rises, I just randomly sat down one afternoon and wrote up some ideas for Superman

When I met with Chris Nolan again in another week or so he said, “Have you worked out the problem on the Dark Knight Rises?” I said, “No,” he said, “What have you been doing?” and I said, “Well, I had this idea for Superman,” and because Chris likes to procrastinate as well he said “let’s hear it,” so I told him. And he literally called Jeff Robinov, who’s the head of Warner Bros, while I was sitting there and said, “Jeff, Dave just told me this take on Superman and you need to hear it, I’d like to produce it. Can we come in?” And we went in the next day. That’s how it happened. No, we weren’t trying to do it, it just happened.”

Pretty crazy.  Here’s Goyer and I talking about Man of Steel.  Look for more of the interview soon.

Finally, I’ve seen the first three episodes of Da Vinci’s Demons.  It’s really well done and if I’d had the 4th episode I would’ve already watched it.  Definitely check it out when it airs on Starz April 12th.

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