David S. Goyer Talks DA VINCI’S DEMONS, MAN OF STEEL, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Deleted Scenes, Cable vs. Network TV, and More

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Premiering on Starz in the first half of 2013 is David S. Goyer‘s Da Vinci’s Demons.   Starring Tom Riley (as Leonardo Da Vinci), Laura Haddock and Lara Pulver, the show is a “historical fantasy, following the ‘untold’ story of the world’s greatest genius during his turbulent youth in Renaissance.”

At this year’s New York Comic-Con, I was able to talk with Goyer before his panel.  During both a roundtable and exclusive interview he talked about how he got attached to the project, how Da Vinci’s Demons could never air on network TV, the exciting visuals for the show, the fact that he “shamelessly pillaged the crews of Luther, Sherlock and Game of Thrones,” getting Bear McCreary to do the score, and more.  In addition, I also asked when we might see the next trailer for Man of Steel (which he wrote), the difference between working on cable and network TV and why he became frustrated with Flash Forward, and he set the record straight regarding whether there were a lot of deleted scenes from The Dark Knight Rises.  Hit the jump for more.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: Could Leonardo DiCaprio Have Starred as the Riddler?

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With The Dark Knight Rises officially less than two months away from its domestic debut, a Bat-heavy mega-issue of Empire magazine has hit the shelves.  Within the pages, you won’t only find a massive poster that features the Caped Crusader (Christian Bale) on one side and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) on the other, you’ll find a lot of interesting information on how The Dark Knight Rises came about; what has changed since its earliest imaginings by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan and David Goyer and the original plans for a villain.  Apparently, by as early as the premiere for The Dark Knight, the Warner Bros. executives were all hopped up on Leonardo DiCaprio coming on board to play The Riddler for the final picture in the trilogy (we were half right on that guess).  Hit the jump to find out what else has changed and, more importantly, what has stayed the same.

David Goyer Wants to Give THE INVISIBLE MAN the SHERLOCK HOLMES Treatment

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David Goyer has been attached to remake The Invisible Man since 2007.  To give you an idea of how long that is in movie years, in 2008 Steve interviewed Goyer and got details on The Invisible Man and the Magneto prequel.  The Magneto prequel was eventually woven into this year’s X-Men: First Class.  But The Invisible Man is still alive and “working its way through the Universal development channels.”  Disconcertingly, Goyer tells Hero Complex that his take on H.G. Wells’ original 1897 story way (which was adapted by James Whale in 1933 and starred Claude Raines) would expand the mythology of the character (ugh).  Hit the jump for the full quote from Goyer and why I find it disappointing.

David Goyer to Write GODZILLA Reboot

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David Goyer is set to write Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Godzilla reboot.  Deadline reports that Goyer will write a screenplay based off a draft by David Callaham.  While Mike Fleming raves about how Legendary Pictures is smart to get a pro like Goyer on board because he’s had so much success launching franchises, but let’s look at the films Goyer directed because those are the scripts that are almost certainly 100% his: Blade: Trinity, The Invisible, and The Unborn.  All of those movies are terrible.  What about his ABC series Flash Forward?  Also terrible, and then rightfully canceled.  Yes, Goyer has a track record of having a screenwriting credit on movies that make a lot of money, but that doesn’t mean he writes good movies.

I’m also wary that “Legendary intends to approach the film and its characters in the most authentic manner possible,” because that’s not what I want out of a Godzilla movie.  You can have authentic characters, but I don’t want “authenticity” out of a giant mutant lizard whose hobbies include destroying metropolitan areas and fighting other giant monsters.

David Goyer to Adapt Comic Book 100 BULLETS for Showtime

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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.

SUPERMAN Rumors: Superman to Solve Problems in West Africa; Anne Hathaway a Contender for Lois Lane

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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”.

Are Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder Looking for an Older SUPERMAN?

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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.

Why Warner Bros. Hired Zack Snyder to Direct SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL; Plus the Film’s Logline Revealed?

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Earlier this week, we reported that Zack Snyder had signed on to direct Superman: The Man of SteelVulture 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 to Direct SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL

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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. Preemptively Picks up Rights to Sci-Fi Trilogy from David Goyer

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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.

Rumor Debunked: Director Chris Columbus NOT Offered Next Superman Movie

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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.

Christopher Nolan Discusses INCEPTION, 3D, But Not BATMAN 3, at the Hero Complex Film Festival

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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.

Rumor: Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Talks to Play The Riddler in BATMAN 3

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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.

Christopher Nolan Says David Goyer Knows How to Tell SUPERMAN Story in a Modern Context

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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.

THE FLASH Close to Greenlight; SUPERMAN Film for Holiday Season 2012; Movies for Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Mad Magazine

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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).

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