At Rome Fiction Fest writer and director David S. Goyer was fielding questions after presenting his new series Da Vinci’s Demons. One of the inquiries had to do with the upcoming Superman flick, Man of Steel.
You are quite good at writing two kinds of stories: fantasy completely original stories, with a supernatural aspect, and also adaptations (especially from comic-books) that you reinvent in an original way. We know you’re working on a new comic-book adaptation, a DC Comics adaptation. What does this work have in common with you previous works?
David S. Goyer‘s response:
Are we talking about Man of Steel? What Christopher Nolan and I have done with Superman is trying to bring the same naturalistic approach that we used adopted for the Batman trilogy. We always had a naturalistic approach, we want out stories to be rooted in reality, like they could happen in the same world we live in. It’s not that easy with Superman, and actually this doesn’t necessarily mean we will make a dark movie. But working on this reboot we are thinking about what would happen if a story like this one actually happened. How would people react to this? What impact would have the presence of Superman in the real world? What I really like to do is writing “genre” stories without a cartoonish element. I did the same with Da Vinci’s Demons, and I’ll do the same with Man of Steel.
So what do you guys think? Does this “naturalistic approach” sound like one that’ll work for the Big Blue Boy-scout? Or do you think this stylistic perspective just won’t suite the storied character? Sound off with your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.
The Man of Steel is directed by Zack Snyder and opens June 14, 2013. It stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Christopher Meloni, Ayelet Zurer, Harry Lennix and Richard Schiff.