David S Goyer on Christopher Nolan and Man Of Steel

News Simon Brew
26 Mar 2013 - 06:58

How did Christopher Nolan and David S Goyer end up kickstarting Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, Man Of Steel?

David S Goyer is a busy man, not least because he's currently embroiled in publicity duties on his incoming TV show, Da Vinci's Demons for Starz. And while chatting to Collider, he was asked about how he got involved with this summer's Superman reboot, Man Of Steel.

Goyer told the site that it was while he and Christopher Nolan were working on The Dark Knight Rises, that the pair hit a block, hence they went off to do different things for a week or two. "I went back to my home office. I was wasting time and procrastinating and took out an archive edition of some of the original Superman comic books, Action comic books and started rereading them because I couldn’t figure out this plot point on Dark Knight Rises, I just randomly sat down one afternoon and wrote up some ideas for Superman", he recalled.

He and Nolan subsequently met up again, and while the conversation started out chatting about whether they've managed to sort out the blockage with The Dark Knight Rises, it soon turned to Superman. When Nolan asked him what he'd been doing, Goyer said "well I had this idea for Superman". He picks up the story: "And because Chris likes to procrastinate as well, he said 'let's hear it', so I told him".

What happened next? "He literally called Jeff Robinov, who’s the head of Warner Bros, while I was sitting there and said, "Jeff, Dave just told me this take on Superman and you need to hear it, I’d like to produce it. Can we come in?' And we went in the next day. That’s how it happened. No, we weren’t trying to do it, it just happened".

To be fair, if you were Jeff Rubinov, head of a studio that had been trying to sort out what to do with the Superman franchise, that must have been the easiest decision since Michael Mann walked in and pitched Heat, with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro already on board.

Man Of Steel arrives this summer, of course. And Da Vinci's Demons starts in the next few weeks...


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