Executive Producer David S. Goyer Talks CONSTANTINE, the Character’s Bisexuality, Casting the Lead, Dropping a Character from the Pilot, and More

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From executive producer David S. Goyer and director Neil Marshall, Constantine is based on the wildly popular comic book series Hellblazer from DC Comics.  John Constantine (Matt Ryan) is a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult, armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wicked wit, but his soul is already damned to hell.

While at the NBC portion of the TCA Press Tour, David S. Goyer talked about when he was first introduced to Constantine in the comics, what he loved about the character, why they decided to call the series Constantine instead of Hellblazer, how they saw over 500 people for the role of John Constantine, the comic book storyline they were inspired by for the start of the show, how they’ll handle things like the smoking and his bisexuality, the creative input they get from Geoff Johns and DC Entertainment, introducing other characters from the supernatural and occult universe, why they chose to replace the character of Liv (played by Lucy Griffiths in the pilot) with Zed (Angelica Celaya), and how he’d like to find the time to write a comic book again.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura Talks David S. Goyer’s THE BREACH; Says It Involves an Accident with the Large Hadron Collider

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Filmmaker David S. Goyer has been very busy in the superhero realm these past few years as the co-writer of The Dark Knight Trilogy and the screenwriter behind last year’s Superman reboot Man of Steel.  Goyer most recently penned the first draft of the Man of Steel follow-up, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it’s been five years since he was last in the director’s chair on a feature film.  That’s poised to change soon, as Goyer is attached to direct The Breach for Lionsgate, which will see the filmmaker navigating present day sci-fi territory.

While speaking with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura in anticipation of the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction, Steve also steered the conversation towards The Breach.  Di Bonaventura provided an update on the project, saying they’re currently in the process of budgeting and are beginning to talk about cast.  Moreover, the producer provided more details about the story, which will apparently involve an accident with the Large Hadron Collider.  Read on after the jump.

David S. Goyer Boards James Cameron’s FANTASTIC VOYAGE Remake

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20th Century Fox is breathing new life into its long-developing remake of Fantastic Voyage.  An update of the 1966 sci-fi film of the same name has been in the works for years with producer James Cameron, and most recently Shawn Levy was onboard as director and moving towards production.  That iteration of the project never came to fruition, and though various drafts of the screenplay have been written, Fantastic Voyage has been dormant for the last couple of years.  But all of that is now changing, as Fox is intent on fast-tracking the project by enlisting Man of Steel architect David S. Goyer to pen a new treatment.  Read on after the jump.

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.

Matt Ryan to Play Lead in NBC’s CONSTANTINE Pilot

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The DC television universe is looking to expand with NBC’s Constantine pilot, a project that sees Matt Ryan (Layer Cake) finalizing a deal to play the lead role of John Constantine.  For those who are unfamiliar with the character from the comics or the 2005 film starring Keanu Reeves, Constantine is “an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond.”  Ryan’s John Constantine is described as “a working-class Londoner with rakish good looks, scruffy blond hair, deadpan humor, and signature trench coat, who has been studying the dark arts since he was a teenager.”  The plot, co-written by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer, sees the daughter of a late friend targeted by demons, forcing Constantine to step in to save her.  (Via Deadline)

David S. Goyer to Direct THE BREACH for Lionsgate

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David S. Goyer has set up his next directorial effort, but it won’t be a DC Comics property and it won’t be at Warner Bros.  Heat Vision reports that Goyer will helm an adaptation of the Patrick Lee novel The Breach for Lionsgate, which is an action-thriller that follows a former cop and ex-convict who stumbles across a crashed 747 and a mysterious artifact that will determine the fate of the future.  Goyer has been developing this project for some time with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, but it now looks to be moving forward fairly quickly.

Goyer originated the take on Superman that resulted in Man of Steel and penned the screenplay for the film, and he’s been seen as the man steering some of WB’s DC Comics adaptations.  He wrote the script for the untitled Man of Steel follow-up involving Batman and Superman, but the project recently enlisted Oscar-winning Argo scribe Chris Terrio to do further work on the script.  Hit the jump for more on the project and Goyer’s current slate.

CONSTANTINE Coming to Small Screen as NBC Pilot

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The television landscape is about to get a bit more crowded as far as superheroes are concerned, as NBC has just greenlit a pilot for Constantine.  Based on the DC Comics character John Constantine, the script for the project was written by Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel).  Constantine is “an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond.”  Hit the jump for more.

David S. Goyer Reportedly Pitching a SANDMAN Movie to Warner Bros. with Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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An adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic series Sandman has been through various stages of development over the years, but it appears that things might be heating up on a feature film iteration at Warner Bros.  The comic, which first launched in 1989, revolves around Morpheus (aka Dream) who is the personification of dreams.  Initially captured by a cult ritual and held captive for 70 years, Dream is released in modern day to find his kingdom in disrepair.  A new report claims that Warner Bros. has become taken with pitch for a Sandman movie by Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer, with none other than Joseph Gordon-Levitt mentioned in connection with the lead role.  Hit the jump for more.

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.

Screenwriter David S. Goyer Says He Thinks Superman Should Be Able to Kill; Might Be Writing JUSTICE LEAGUE

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While this summer’s Man of Steel went on to gross over $660 million worldwide, the film divided some longtime fans of the Superman comics with its controversial ending.  It marked a significant departure from canon, and while screenwriter David S. Goyer and director Zack Snyder definitely set out to make a wholly new Superman, many comics fans felt they took it too far.  Now Goyer has spoken up a bit about their approach and veering from the comics, adding that he disagrees with some of his fellow comic book writers on a key trait of the Superman character.  Moreover, he went on to hint that he may very well be writing Warner Bros.’ Justice League film.  Hit the jump to read his comments.

Production on MAN OF STEEL Follow-Up to Begin February 2014; Ben Affleck Reportedly Signed to Play Batman in Multiple Films

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If all goes according to plan, three of the biggest films in recent memory will be in production at the same time.  Marvel’s superhero team-up sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron is slated to begin production next March, J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII is set to start filming in “early 2014,” and now word comes that director Zack Snyder’s untitled Man of Steel follow-up will start filming next February.  For those of you just now coming out of a coma, Ben Affleck has been tapped to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in the Warner Bros. film, and the pic appears to be moving full-speed ahead towards its July 17, 2015 release date.

In addition to the filming dates of the Batman vs. Superman film, though, a new report also has confirmation that Affleck has indeed signed on to play Batman in multiple films.  Hit the jump for more, including the specific shooting dates of Batman vs. Superman.

Everybody Needs to Calm Down: Why Fan Outrage over Ben Affleck Playing Batman Is Premature

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When it comes to a character as old and popular as Batman, everybody has an opinion.  Following the announcement that a Batman/Superman movie was in the cards for Warner Bros., we knew there would be some debate over who the studio and director Zack Snyder should choose to don the cape and cowl for their Man of Steel follow-up.  Early word was that they were looking to cast an older, more experienced Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s young Superman, and names like Josh Brolin and Jon Hamm were bandied about.  However, when the studio announced last night that Ben Affleck has been cast in the role, the reaction was unsurprisingly vehement.

The internet specializes in snap judgments, and the casting of Affleck as Batman is no different.  But fan outcry and caps-lock rants are premature; people are already rating a performance that we won’t see on screen for nearly two years.  Hit the jump for more on why everybody needs to calm down.

Rumor: Warner Bros. Seeking Older Batman for BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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While this year’s San Diego Comic-Con was filled with plenty of moments that had the crowd going wild, no one blew the roof off the place quite like Zack Snyder when he marched out and announced that the Man of Steel sequel will in fact be a Batman vs. Superman movie.  Though the news in and of itself would have been enough to rile fans up, the announcement was made considerably more impactful when, before even uttering the word “Batman,” Snyder brought out Man of Steel actor Harry Lennix to read an excerpt from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.  Screaming ensued, goosebumps were felt, and hyperventilations were witnessed.

While Snyder is currently working with screenwriter David S. Goyer on the proposed Man of Steel follow-up, we know very little about how exactly The Bat will be portrayed in the superhero pic.  However, a new rumor has surfaced claiming that the studio is looking to cast an older actor in the role, playing a more experienced version of the character.  Hit the jump for more.

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