David S Goyer on the controversy of Man Of Steel

News Simon Brew 25 Sep 2013 - 07:12

Screenwriter David S Goyer addresses one of the controversial aspects of Superman reboot, Man Of Steel...

This piece contains spoilers for Man Of Steel.

Earlier this week, Man Of Steel screenwriter David S Goyer took part in a special BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters' Lecture in London, and almost inevitably, the subject of this summer's Superman reboot, Man Of Steel, came up.

In particular, Goyer addressed the decision to turn Superman into a killer, with the moment where he snaps General Zod's neck cited. "We were pretty sure that was going to be controversial", he admitted. "It's not like we were deluding ourselves ... in the case of Zod, we wanted to put the character in an impossible situation and make an impossible choice".

Goyer admitted that he doesn't believe in the Superman doesn't kill rule, arguing that "it's a rule that exists outside of the narrative and I just don't believe in rules like that. I believe when you're writing film or television, you can't rely on a crutch of rule that exists outside of the narrative of the film".

And where does all this lead to? The Batman Vs Superman film, which Goyer is writing. "Our movie was in a way Superman Begins", Goyer continued, saying that "he's not really Superman until the end of the film". As such, they "wanted him to have had that experience of having taken a life and carry that through onto the next film. Because he's Superman and because people idolise him he will have to hold himself to a higher standard".

Batman Vs Superman is set for release in July 2015.

Digital Spy.

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