Posted on Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, Christopher Nolan comments on the upcoming Superman reboot that David Goyer is writing and he is producing:
“..What it is, while David Goyer and myself were putting together the story for another Batman film a few years ago, you know thrashing out where we might move on from the Dark Knight, we got stuck. We were just sitting there idly chatting and he said ”by the way, I think know how you approach Superman”.. and he told me his take on it. I thought it was really tremendous. 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.”
There are two interesting things of note in this quote.
First off, Nolan believes that Goyer has finally figured out a way to “address Superman in a modern context.” One of the big problems with Superman, is that his attitude/design is almost too corny for the post-9/11 era. Secondly, Nolan basically says that you can’t move far away from the essence of who Superman was when he was created. The whole thing makes me a big more curious about how exactly Goyer is appraoching the property.
In April we posted a video clip of Goyer saying:
“In the case of Blade, he is acting heroically, but the rest of the world thinks he’s a vigilante. As is the case with Batman. … I don’t think I’d ever be good to write Superman because it is the opposite… [the interviewer says "he's angst free"] Yeah. And I wouldn’t know the angle because I’m so angst ridden so I wouldn’t know what to do with a character like that.”
As funny as Goyer’s statement may be, could it give us a glimpse of what to expect? What Goyer said four years ago about why he wouldn’t be the right screenwriter to tackle the Man Of Steel might be the reasons why he is the right screenwriter today. Will Goyer/Nolan’s vision of the superhero be a more angst-ridden Superman? Could he be unaccepted by the people of Metropolis? Any guesses?
The film has an announced December 2012 release date, so I’m sure we’re going to start finding out sooner than later.