After recently co-writing the scripts for the highly anticipated 2012 DC Comics films The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel, writer David S. Goyer is staying in the comic book realm with a new project on cable. Deadline reports Goyer is in the midst of taking the Vertigo comic 100 Bullets to Showtime in the form of a new drama series. Written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Eduardo Risso, the comic is considered to be one of the best in the past decade with 100 issues published between 1999 and 2009. Described as a dark noir-style story, the comic focuses on the staple moral question, “What would you do if you were given the opportunity and the means to get away with murder, scot-free?” More after the jump.
If all those Batman rumors aren’t your thing, then how about some rumors regarding upcoming film for DC’s other major superhero. What’s Playing is reporting a couple interesting rumors regarding Zack Snyder’s Superman: The Man of Steel. WP reports that while Man of Steel will feature Superman, the primary focus is on Clark Kent. Per What’s Playing, “A character breakdown issued to casting agencies this week says that the plot involves Clark getting involved in some sort of battle between two tribes in West Africa. When he is compelled to use his secret powers to intervene in a crisis in West Africa, Clark returns to Smallville to learn more about his origins and the hero he was born to be.” Yeah, who wants to see Superman fighting Lex Luthor or Brainiac when you can see how lifting heavy things will somehow solve generations of violent power struggles. Is the “modern context” producer Christopher Nolan and screenwriter David Goyer were talking about?
Hit the jump for more on the film and Anne Hathaway as a “contender for Lois Lane”.
Prepare to be confused about what direction Superman: The Man of Steel is going. Our previous reports indicated that the new film would be a reboot of sorts. Director Zack Snyder said the new film would “focus on early days of Superman.” There was also a logline that said the new film would have Clark Kent traveling the world and wondering if he should even become Superman. However, screenwriter David Goyer previously indicated that the new film would not be an origin story.
Now comes the baffling report that the production may be looking for an actor that is around “35-40″ to play the Man of Steel. Hit the jump for why Jon Hamm may be smiling.
Earlier this week, we reported that Zack Snyder had signed on to direct Superman: The Man of Steel. Vulture now reports that slightly unsettling news that Snyder was hired because Warner Bros. knew he could get the job done fast. Warner Bros. needs a Superman movie in production by 2011 or they’ll be subject to potential lawsuits by the heirs of the character’s creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Here’s the really disconcerting line from Vulture’s story:
We’re told by knowledgeable insiders the reason Warner Bros. picked Snyder for Man of Steel is that the script by David Goyer was rushed, is still a bit of a mess, and that Warner Bros. needs someone who won’t spend months or even years trying to get it just right (i.e. [Darren] Aronofsky).
Vulture adds that even Snyder believes that the script needs work, but he’ll be able to get the movie made faster than Aronofsky. While we all want to have faith that Christopher Nolan’s guiding hand can push Superman to a great movie, this report casts a shadow over the production. Hit the jump for what we know about the movie thus far plus the film’s newly-revealed logline.
Zack Snyder is directing the upcoming Superman: The Man of Steel (Deadline). Snyder was on a shortlist that also included Tony Scott (Man on Fire), Matt Reeves (Let Me In), Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles), Duncan Jones (Moon), and Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler). As we’ve previously reported, the new Superman is being overseen by Christopher Nolan and David Goyer is handling the script. It’s safe to assume that his producing partner/wife Debbie Snyder will come on board to produce.
Hit the jump for what we know about The Man of Steel and my thoughts on Snyder getting the gig.
Warner Bros. has picked up the film rights to a planned trilogy of sci-fi novels written by David Goyer (Batman Begins, the upcoming Superman: The Man of Steel) and Michael Cassutt. Goyer will also adapt the first book in the trilogy, Heaven’s Shadow. The book, which will hit shelves in July 2011, “begins when an object is discovered heading for earth. Initial panic gives way to a competition between governments to be first to intercept what they believe is a breakaway meteor. What the astronauts discover leads to an encounter with alien forces that are a threat to humanity.” Oh, aliens. Why do you find us so threaten-able?
According to Deadline, the following books in the series Heaven’s War and Heaven’s Fall, will be released in subsequent summers. Obviously, since the prose isn’t finished, Warner Bros. bought the trilogy on a pitch from Goyer. The studio clearly likes his stuff since they’re already trusting him to help reboot the Superman franchise, which is being “godfathered” by Christopher Nolan.
Contrary to yesterday’s online rumor, trusted sources have told us that Chris Columbus has NOT been offered the chance to helm the next Superman movie. Yesterday’s rumor was just one of those cases of a titillating story catching fire and igniting intense speculation. And it wasn’t the craziest rumor ever. Columbus is known for putting together big franchise pictures (the first two Harry Potter movies; Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief). But Columbus hasn’t been offered the opportunity to put together Superman’s next adventure on the big screen.
The new Superman movie, tentatively titled The Man of Steel, is being written by David Goyer (Batman Begins) with Christopher Nolan producing. Hit the jump to learn more about where the film movie currently stands.
Day two of the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood put director Christopher Nolan on display. The director’s 2002 film Insomnia and 2008 masterpiece The Dark Knight both screened and the man himself showed up for an extended Q&A between movies.
The one downside to the evening was that the words “Batman 3” were not uttered once. It was almost as if the host, LA Times writer Geoff Boucher, wasn’t allowed to say them. Other than that, though, Nolan proved he is a highly intelligent and articulate filmmaker who has really grown from his second film to his latest. We learned some news about Inception (it’s about one week from being totally done), Nolan’s thoughts on 3D (he prefers post conversion) and a whole bunch of other stuff.
Click here to read about Friday night at the festival with Leonard Nimoy, check back Sunday for the final day with Ridley Scott an hit the jump for a full rundown of the evening’s session, including the way Nolan almost got tricked into talking about Batman 3.
This item will probably end up being filed under “crazy Batman 3 casting rumors” when all is said and done, but it’s reasonable and interesting enough to report. Joseph Gordon-Levitt reportedly joked with director Christopher Nolan on the set of Inception that he’d love to read for the next Batman film. The more they joked, the more they actually came to like the idea. And now Hollywood Life reports that Levitt is “on the shortlist” to play The Riddler.
This makes a lot more sense than the rumor that pegged Eddie Murphy as The Riddler. But David Goyer is still working on the script, and there are two summers between us and the announced July 20, 2012 release date, so we’re likely months away from any official casting notices. Though I am rather fond of the idea… At the very least, you can enjoy the pair’s work in Inception when it hits theaters on July 16th.
In the new issue of Empire Magazine [via Nolan Fans], Christopher Nolan, who is “godfather-ing” the next Superman movie, said that David Goyer had figured out a way to address the character of Superman in a modern context. Said Nolan:
It was the first time I’ve been able to conceive of how you’d address Superman in a modern context I thought it was a really exciting idea. What you have to remember about Batman and Superman is that what makes them the best superhero characters there are, the most beloved after all this time, is the essence of who they were when they were created, when they were first developed. You can’t move too far away from that.
Setting aside the point that Batman and Superman are the “best” superhero characters, I believe Nolan is right that you can’t forget the context of when a superhero was created. In the case of Superman, it’s an immigrant story (the parents of creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were immigrants). For my thoughts on what Goyer could do with The Man of Steel, hit the jump.
Speaking to investors, Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Barry Meyer revealed that they were “nearing” a greenlight on The Flash. According to Heat Vision, Meyer also spoke about their other superhero properties. He repeated that Christopher Nolan’s Batman 3 was set for July 20, 2012 and that the new Superman movie—produced by Nolan and written by David Goyer (Batman Begins) and rumored to be titled The Man of Steel—was scheduled for the 2012 holiday season.
Meyer also revealed that the studio was had films for Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Mad Magazine characters in development. Hit the jump for what we know about all of these projects, including Steve’s interview with rumored Flash director Greg Berlanti (Life as We Know It).
It looks like The Flash is finally picking up speed as IESB reports that Warner Bros. is interested in getting Greg Berlanti to direct the superhero flick. For those who don’t know, Berlanti co-wrote another upcoming WB superhero flick, Green Lantern, and was considered to direct before the studio settled on Martin Campbell. Keep in mind, this is not a confirmation, but IESB says he’s the leading contender to take the job. Since I imagine most folks (myself included) haven’t seen Berlanti’s 2000 film, The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy, his second movie, Life as We Know It, is slated to hit theaters at the end of this year.
For more about how DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson has revived the cinematic opportunities for the company’s cherished superheroes, hit the jump.
News just broke that David Goyer, heavily involved in Christopher and Jonathan Nolan’s other DC franchise (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), will be writing the next Superman film, according to Latino Review. Goyer has extensive experience with comic book films adapted to the big screen, and even wrote and directed Blade: Trinity. No, he likely won’t be directing this, but it does appear that this is one step closer to getting a good Superman flick.
For various plot details and who won’t be involved with the film, hit the jump.
Yesterday, we reported on David Goyer leaving his showrunning duties for ABC’s FlashForward focus on his film career, which included a mention of the inevitable Batman 3. At the time, it seemed like a continuation of the logical but as-of-yet unconfirmed rumor that director Christopher Nolan and screenwriter Goyer would return to Gotham. A new report Deadline, advances said heresay and ups the ante by about a million chips. Not only has Nolan cracked the story of the sequel to The Dark Knight and committed to participate, but Warner Bros. has recruited the modern auteur to “godfather” the newest film in the Superman franchise. It’s unlikely that Nolan will direct the Superman sequel, but any portion of the reins handed to the man indicates a serious effort on the studio’s part to make the best Superman while they still have the time.
For speculation on the future of two of the biggest superhero franchises on the planet, hit the break.
David Goyer is leaving ABC’s sci-fi/adventure TV series FlashForward and Deadline believes it’s because he’s going to go work on the script for the third Batman film. Says Nikki Fink(e): “Of course, Goyer’s feature career is really heating up, since he co-wrote Batman Begins, and penned the story for The Dark Knight, and is now writing the third Batman installment with Chris Nolan’s brother Jonah [aka Jonathan].” I’m slightly skeptical that Goyer is just now starting work on Batman 3 since the film is so highly-anticipated that any spark of information will ignite the online world (remember those delightful villain casting rumors?).
Of course, the third movie in franchises rarely excel past the first two installments. I imagine Batman 3 will be a slight disappointment, but not a franchise killer. However, Warner Bros. will reboot the series anyway with an intent to skew younger. Wait, sorry. That was another successful superhero franchise.
Then again, a re-launch for Batman after the third film wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. Hit the jump for my argument why plus information on Goyer’s other projects.