NBC Gives Greenlight to CONSTANTINE, the TV Series Adaptation of the DC Comics Character

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Constantine, the adaptation of the popular, long-running DC Comics series Hellblazer, has survived pilot season and been ordered to series by NBC.  The character has been around since 1988, and was adapted into a surprisingly good movie in 2005.  This new take on the character (played by Matt Ryan) has him working as a supernatural detective protecting the world from dark forces, so its ideal for the mystery-of-the-week plot that networks prefer but also open to season-long arcs.  Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David Goyer (Man of Steel) will serve as executive producers, although I imagine Cerone will handle the day-to-day showrunning duties since Goyer is the de facto coordinator of the DC movie universe.  I have high hopes for the series, and at the very least, NBC will probably give it some time to breathe.  Now I’m curious to see if they’ll keep him a chain-smoker.  It would be kind of funny if NBC said no to smoking, but continued to say yes to the spectacularly gory shit that goes down on Hannibal.

Hit the jump for the press release.  Constantine also stars Lucy Griffiths (True Blood), Harold Perrineau (Lost), and Charles Halford (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

MAN OF STEEL Screenwriter David S. Goyer Says “It’s Too Early” to Think about Creating Cohesive DC Cinematic Universe

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Marvel has been celebrated for their big gamble of bridging together multiple superhero movies and creating a “cinematic universe”.  But where there’s a winner there must also be a loser, and Warner Bros., which owns DC Comics, has come under fire for not being able to have the same level of success with DC superhero movies.  To be fair, DC is under no obligation to follow the same gameplan as Marvel, and it’s not like it would be impossible to have a bunch of great superhero movies that remain in separate universes.  Warner Bros. is already leaning towards that approach by putting superheroes like Green Arrow and The Flash on television but not ruling them out as participants in a big screen feature.

Since David S. Goyer wrote the screenplay for Man of Steel, worked on The Dark Knight Rises trilogy, and is now overseeing the DC Vertigo projects Constantine and Sandman, he’s become the go-to guy for inquiring about the studio’s plans for adapting their DC Comics.  Hit the jump for what he had to say regarding the creation of DC Cinematic Universe.

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.

David S. Goyer Talks DA VINCI’S DEMONS Season 2, Opening the Scope of the Story, Drawing from History and Fantasy & How Many Seasons He Expects to See

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The Starz original series Da Vinci’s Demons is back for Season 2, as Florence, Italy is thrown into chaos.  Leonardo da Vinci (Tom Riley) must push the limits of his mind and body to defend the city against the forces of Rome while also continuing on his quest to faraway lands to find the fabled Book of Leaves.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, show creator David S. Goyer talked about how he always knew he’d be opening the scope of the story so much more for Season 2, that he finds himself drawing from both history and fantasy for the story they’re telling, how challenging it is to do big crowd scenes, teaming up Leonardo da Vinci with Riario, how many seasons he sees the show going, writing to the actors’ strengths, the portrayal of women and minorities, the addition of Amerigo Vespucci as a character, and only being able to direct some second unit this season.  He also talked about the difficulty and pressure of making sure such iconic characters all get their due, in writing the Batman vs. Superman movie.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Warner Bros. and David S. Goyer Agree to Three-Year First-Look Deal

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You might have been under the impression that screenwriter David S. Goyer had an existing deal with Warner Bros. since he’s written for the studio’s Batman trilogy and Superman reboot over the last eight years.  Because Goyer’s been so busy scripting DC’s superhero features, he admittedly didn’t need a deal in the past.  Now, this three-year first-look deal with WB includes upcoming films Batman Vs Superman and Justice League, along with other non-superheroic pics that may have Goyer landing in the director’s chair.  Hit the jump for more, including Goyer’s reaction to Ben Affleck playing Batman.

David Goyer Comments on SUPERMAN/BATMAN Progress; George Clooney Talks about Ben Affleck Playing the Dark Knight

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Today in minor Superman/Batman news, screenwriter David Goyer provided a brief update on their progress for the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.  “One of the things that has been fun for us is we’re a bit further along than I think people realize,” Goyer tells IGN.  I’m a bit confused by what he means when he says, “people realize”?  Is there a popular perception regarding the production’s timeline?  We know that the movie is set to begin filming in Michigan in the first quarter of 2014.  If they’re “further along”, then I guess that’s good for fans?  I don’t think the movie is going to go in front of cameras any sooner, but I suppose more preparation is better than less.

Hit the jump for a fun comment from George Clooney about his time playing Batman, and his thoughts about Ben Affleck putting on the cape and cowl.  Zack Snyder’s untitled Superman/Batman movie is due out July 17, 2015.

David Goyer Says MAN OF STEEL Sequel Could Be Titled SUPERMAN VS. BATMAN or BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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Pre-production is underway on the sequel to Man of Steel, which was announced at Comic-Con on Saturday.  The announcement referenced a classic line from Frank Miller’s comic book, The Dark Knight Returns: “I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.”  The quote is from a moment where Batman has defeated Superman, and then we saw the logo for the new movie.  Away from Hall H and buried in all the hoopla was writer David S. Goyer at the Superman 75th Anniversary Panel.  He told the audience:

“we’re actually not sure whether the title is Superman vs. Batman or Batman vs. Superman but yes, it’s–that rematch, that combination, the two guys onscreen and that’s happening.”

The title makes more sense than World’s Finest since people that don’t know comics won’t understand the title.  It’s better to put “Superman” and “Batman” in there, and spare everyone the confusion.

Director Zack Snyder, Writer David S. Goyer, Producers Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven Talk MAN OF STEEL and Choosing Zod over Lex Luthor

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One of the most highly anticipated summer blockbusters is Man of Steel, which takes the Superman story back to its origins, in a fresh and more grounded way.  When the young Kal-El/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth, he struggles with becoming the hero that he’s destined to be.  From director Zack Snyder, screenwriter David S. Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan, the film also stars Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne.

During a press conference at the film’s junket, director Zack Snyder, screenwriter David S. Goyer and producers Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven talked about what led them to Zod, as a villain, why they decided to exclude Lex Luthor from this particular story, the challenges in taking on the Superman franchise, why they chose a non-linear narrative, and staying true to their vision.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

TOP 5: MAN OF STEEL Set Visit, Confessions of an INDIANA JONES Virgin, AFTER EARTH, THE WOLVERINE Set Visit, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT: Season 4 Review

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All of the hooplah surrounding Arrested Development Season 4′s debut on Netflix last weekend got me waxing nostalgic for another beloved series that was all too short-lived: Paul Feig‘s Freaks and Geeks. When you consider its impressive shelf life, it’s hard to believe the series only aired on NBC for one season and consists of merely 18 episodes. For the sake of comparison, ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager will air its series finale this Monday and will finish with five seasons and 121 episodes in hand. Continuing down that path, Freaks and Geeks averaged just above 6.5 million weekly viewers during its run while Secret Life‘s most watched episode to date (the Season 2 premiere) garnered a little over 4.5 million viewers. In addition to the frustration I feel for having 103 more Secret Life episodes to never watch than Freaks and Geeks episodes to cherish, this also provides an interesting example of the ratings expectations/requirements of a network series in comparison to that of a cable series.

I could go on and on doing my best Brendan Bettinger: Stats Genius impersonation but the real reason I’m here is to present this week’s Top 5. In this installment you have at your disposal our visit to the set of Man of Steel, Allison watching the Indiana Jones movies for the first time, After Earth interviews with Will and Jaden Smith, another set visit for The Wolverine, and Matt’s review of the aforementioned fourth season of Arrested Development. As you’ve grown to expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above makes its home after the jump.

DA VINCI’S DEMONS Preview; David S. Goyer Puts A Modern Spin On An Old Master

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Something about Da Vinci’s Demons, a new 8-part Starz miniseries, felt very familiar as I was watching its first two episodes.  The handsome, fit young man, the flowing blouse (chest always exposed), the leather “tunic” that really just looks like a regular modern leather jacket, a portrait of a genius as a young, lusty rogue — yes, I’ve got it: it’s Shakespeare In LoveTom Riley, as Leonardo da Vinci, is particularly reminiscent of Joseph Fiennes in his portrayal of a young and lusty William Shakespeare, and it’s neither a wholly good or wholly bad thing.  Hit the jump for my preview of this upcoming drama (which is worth a watch) and why, as it says, “history is a lie.”

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

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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 to Direct THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO Remake

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David S. Goyer, best known for his recent DC contributions as a screenwriter for The Dark Knight Trilogy and the upcoming Man of Steel, is now set to direct a remake of The Count of Monte Cristo.  In fact, the film is being pitched as a “19th Century Dark Knight” with a “graphic novel” approach to the script by Michael Robert Johnson (Sherlock Holmes), so make of that what you will.  The latest adaptation of the classic revenge tale by Alexandre Dumas will be made at Constantin Films with Impact Pictures’ Jeremy Bolt (Resident Evil) producing.  Hit the jump for more.

David S. Goyer Says He Wrote MAN OF STEEL “As If It Were Real,” Not a Lowly Comic Book Movie

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David S. Goyer‘s resume is a mixed bag, ranging from a story credit on the stellar The Dark Knight to full authorial control as writer/director of the tepid The Unborn.  Goyer conceived the story for Man of Steel with Christopher Nolan and wrote the screenplay.  The latter fact may be cause for concern when Goyer says things like this:

“We’re approaching Superman as if it weren’t a comic book movie, as if it were real.”

That’s the kind of sound byte that makes Matt Goldberg want to punch things, but I will try to give Goyer the benefit of the doubt.  What I hope he meant is that he wants to take Superman’s world seriously, to ground a larger-than-life story in genuine human emotion.  The problem is what he actually said, distancing his serious work of art from the lowly comic book source material.  That’s silly: Superman is the most comical of comic book characters, a superhero with every strength and practically no vulnerability.  An accomplished screenwriter should be able to distinguish between treating the comic as a real world and the real world.  Of course, Goyer did elaborate, so hit the jump for the full context.

Screenwriter David Goyer Talks MAN OF STEEL; Plus a Larger Image of Henry Cavill as Superman

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The Television Critics Association is currently running through shows from the networks, which means plenty of interviews with showrunners and creators.  David Goyer was there promoting Da Vinci’s Demons, and he was asked about Man of Steel, which he wrote.  Goyer said, “I never thought I would be doing a Superman film.  But I think the only way to top myself, or ourselves on Batman, is to tackle Superman – who’s kind of the Granddaddy of all the Superheroes.”

Hit the jump for more on what Goyer had to say about the Man of Tomorrow.  We’ve also added a larger version of a recent image of Superman (Henry Cavill).  The film also stars Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Russell CroweMan of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th.

Justin Lin to Produce and Possibly Direct Sci-Fi Comedy SUBDIVISION for Universal; Warner Bros Picks Up SOMACELL with David S. Goyer Producing

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Universal Pictures has acquired the sci-fi comedy script, Subdivision, from writers Morgan Jurgenson (Tucker and Dale vs Evil) and Alex Ankeles.  Attached to produce is Justin Lin, who is currently filming The Fast and the Furious 6.  Interestingly, Lin may also  develop the project as a potential directing vehicle.  The logline for Subdivision is under lock and key at the moment.  The picture comes as another win for the writing team of Jurgenson and Ankeles, who previously sold their spec script Hyperdrive to Paramount.  For a list of other projects Lin is involved with, and a look at another recent sci-fi script pick-up, hit the jump.

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