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David Goyer says Man of Steel will be a realistic take on Superman

Oct. 2, 2012by: Alex Maidy

Many of us assumed the involvement of David Goyer and Christopher Nolan with the Superman reboot MAN OF STEEL would result in a product similar to that of THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy. Even the teaser did not completely rule out a grittier and darker take on DC Comics' signature hero. Well, Goyer has decided to set the record straight and tell us what we can expect from Zack Snyder's movie.

Goyer says he wanted MAN OF STEEL to be a "genre story without the cartoonish element." Similarly to what he brought to THE DARK KNIGHT, Goyer wanted the movie to have "a naturalistic approach, we want our stories to be rooted in reality, like they could happen in the same world we live in."

Okay, with Batman you can set your stories in universe ruled by logic. Sure, there were fantastic elements to the Nolan films, but overall they operated in a "real" world. With Superman, you have a flying alien with powers from the son fighting other aliens and super-villains. How can you make that realistic?

Per Goyer: "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 the presence of Superman have in the real world?"

So, maybe not realistic but rather a real world setting clashing with an unreal character. I can see that. It truly depends on if the movie treats Superman as if he were an alien that could not be trusted rather than truly embracing him as a savior.

It is difficult for me to tell how MAN OF STEEL is going to play based on the limited footage we have seen. The teaser appears very un-Snyder. I am waiting to see how much slow motion the movie has before I make any final judgements.

MAN OF STEEL opens June 14, 2013.

Source: Digital Spy

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2:01PM on 10/04/2012

New 52

This looks like the Superman in the "New 52" new continuity...
NOT in a good way !
This looks like the Superman in the "New 52" new continuity...
NOT in a good way !
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5:45PM on 10/03/2012
Soooo, Superman wears a jetpack? Is it that the kind of reality at work here?

How about two hair dryers instead of heat vision?
Soooo, Superman wears a jetpack? Is it that the kind of reality at work here?

How about two hair dryers instead of heat vision?
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4:13PM on 10/03/2012
"How would people react to this? What impact would the presence of Superman have in the real world?"

Simple, the same way how [Insert: Movie with aliens] are treated:
- Get the military to fire a sh*t-storm of artillery at the perceived/prejudiced threat.
- Hold a press conference/senate hearing/UN Assembly (ala TDK, TF2, IM2) chaired by some uptight a-hole to agree on what middle ground, if any, both parties can accept
- For 'SCIENCE' ! Steven Hawking would have a blast!

I really
"How would people react to this? What impact would the presence of Superman have in the real world?"

Simple, the same way how [Insert: Movie with aliens] are treated:
- Get the military to fire a sh*t-storm of artillery at the perceived/prejudiced threat.
- Hold a press conference/senate hearing/UN Assembly (ala TDK, TF2, IM2) chaired by some uptight a-hole to agree on what middle ground, if any, both parties can accept
- For 'SCIENCE' ! Steven Hawking would have a blast!

I really hope this move wont spend too much time on the [link] melancholic tone, otherwise this will be a snooze fest.
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9:32AM on 10/03/2012

Grounding in reality = Someone who thinks Superheroes are too adolescent

Will we ever get a filmmaker who GETS Superman? Or are we going to keep getting these non-Superman Superman movies?

I love Donner's movie, but that was a reflection of the older campier Superman. I fear today's filmmakers keep wanting to turn superheroes into pretentious oscar bait.
Will we ever get a filmmaker who GETS Superman? Or are we going to keep getting these non-Superman Superman movies?

I love Donner's movie, but that was a reflection of the older campier Superman. I fear today's filmmakers keep wanting to turn superheroes into pretentious oscar bait.
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9:02AM on 10/03/2012

Will be more boring than Superman Returns

I understand how you ground Batman in reality, but Superman?! The guy is an alien, his has super human strength, can fly, cold breathe, laser eyes. Come On!!! I know they said it was grounded before but seriously grounding superman is going to make it the most boring movie of the year. Even the teaser was worthless.
I understand how you ground Batman in reality, but Superman?! The guy is an alien, his has super human strength, can fly, cold breathe, laser eyes. Come On!!! I know they said it was grounded before but seriously grounding superman is going to make it the most boring movie of the year. Even the teaser was worthless.
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8:46AM on 10/03/2012
We ain't seen much yet, and it really could go either way. I'll gve them the benefit of the doubt for the time being. Even with what Goyer's saying, I genuinely can't predict what sort of movie this'll end up becoming. I really hope they nail it, to be honest.
We ain't seen much yet, and it really could go either way. I'll gve them the benefit of the doubt for the time being. Even with what Goyer's saying, I genuinely can't predict what sort of movie this'll end up becoming. I really hope they nail it, to be honest.
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7:31AM on 10/03/2012
Well I agree with what a few people have said but all been downvoted for saying in that I absolutely hate the "realistic" approach. I dont want to see a shaky cam Superman movie where hes a down on his luck fisherman set in some generic personality-less city (like what they did to Gotham). I cant wait for Matthew Vaughn and Guillermo Del Toro make more superhero movies they seem to be the only ones that really get it.
Well I agree with what a few people have said but all been downvoted for saying in that I absolutely hate the "realistic" approach. I dont want to see a shaky cam Superman movie where hes a down on his luck fisherman set in some generic personality-less city (like what they did to Gotham). I cant wait for Matthew Vaughn and Guillermo Del Toro make more superhero movies they seem to be the only ones that really get it.
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4:38AM on 10/03/2012

Dum Da Da Da Dum

I'm a massive Superman fan, a SuperGeek for all intents and purposes and I can't wait for this movie. Everything I have read and seen reminds me why I was the kid with a towel tied around my neck pretending to fly. Christopher Nolan: TICK - David Goyer: TICK but Zack Snyder: makes me helluva nervous. Please let this be awesome!!!
I'm a massive Superman fan, a SuperGeek for all intents and purposes and I can't wait for this movie. Everything I have read and seen reminds me why I was the kid with a towel tied around my neck pretending to fly. Christopher Nolan: TICK - David Goyer: TICK but Zack Snyder: makes me helluva nervous. Please let this be awesome!!!
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2:10AM on 10/03/2012

Bring it on

I love the 78 version and supes duece in 80, but as much as I love them they are , by today's standards, camp. I'm in a solid minority that liked Singer's 2006 version, which was the boyscout supes, so they had no choice but to go in a new direction. I am comforted that he said it isn't so much that Superman is different but how this current world would react to him.
I love the 78 version and supes duece in 80, but as much as I love them they are , by today's standards, camp. I'm in a solid minority that liked Singer's 2006 version, which was the boyscout supes, so they had no choice but to go in a new direction. I am comforted that he said it isn't so much that Superman is different but how this current world would react to him.
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12:19AM on 10/03/2012

Do you ever wonder...

Why you never see Goyer and Stanley Tucci in the same place at the same time?
Why you never see Goyer and Stanley Tucci in the same place at the same time?
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11:38PM on 10/02/2012

Tucci?

I didn't know David Goyer and Stanley (The Tooch) Tucci were the same guy!
Sweet.
I didn't know David Goyer and Stanley (The Tooch) Tucci were the same guy!
Sweet.
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11:05PM on 10/02/2012
Not a fan of the realistic approach. It kinda worked for batman, which to be honest there wasnt much really anything realistic about the dark knight films beside being darker and people just saying it was more realistic. While we all enjoyed the dark knight films Nolan took soo much away from the actual character that makes batman so awesome in the comics because he tried to make it "more realistic." The biggest loss was his version of gotham city. I really do hope that they dont change much of
Not a fan of the realistic approach. It kinda worked for batman, which to be honest there wasnt much really anything realistic about the dark knight films beside being darker and people just saying it was more realistic. While we all enjoyed the dark knight films Nolan took soo much away from the actual character that makes batman so awesome in the comics because he tried to make it "more realistic." The biggest loss was his version of gotham city. I really do hope that they dont change much of superman mythos. For a superman film I have more trust in Snyder then I do with Nolan. I do think Snyder knows what hes doing and in that I have faith we'll see a good flick hopfully. This is my most anticipated flick for next year!!
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10:22PM on 10/02/2012
Well, I can't count the chickens before they hatch, but it has to be said that you can't Nolan-ise every superhero out there. When asked about period-set superhero films like Captain America and X-Men: First Class, writer Andy Diggle said something interesting - how about a 30s-set Superman film, with art deco Metropolis and everything? That would be an interesting thought and would bring it all back to the Fleischer animated shorts. For the time being though, I'm still really, really looking
Well, I can't count the chickens before they hatch, but it has to be said that you can't Nolan-ise every superhero out there. When asked about period-set superhero films like Captain America and X-Men: First Class, writer Andy Diggle said something interesting - how about a 30s-set Superman film, with art deco Metropolis and everything? That would be an interesting thought and would bring it all back to the Fleischer animated shorts. For the time being though, I'm still really, really looking forward to Man of Steel - and if nothing else, Michael Shannon as General Zod is sure to kick all kinds of behind.
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10:05PM on 10/02/2012

Seriously?

Why do they act like they're so above the comics and feel the need to make it darker and more plausible? It's SUPERMAN! They did a fine job in 1978 when they made it realistic so what needs to change so drastically? They're also using the same villain they used 32 years ago in Superman II. The Nolan Batman films are a mixed bag and they did border on boring in many cases, don't do the same crap to Superman.
Why do they act like they're so above the comics and feel the need to make it darker and more plausible? It's SUPERMAN! They did a fine job in 1978 when they made it realistic so what needs to change so drastically? They're also using the same villain they used 32 years ago in Superman II. The Nolan Batman films are a mixed bag and they did border on boring in many cases, don't do the same crap to Superman.
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9:21PM on 10/02/2012
You hire Zack Snyder to direct your movie then say you're going to take the cartoonish element out of it? Good luck with that.
You hire Zack Snyder to direct your movie then say you're going to take the cartoonish element out of it? Good luck with that.
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9:11PM on 10/02/2012

Meh!

Realistic? A comic about an alien humanoid landing on Earth with fantastic powers? Realistic? By God, I know that's what I always read comic books for...realism.

C'mon, give us a good Superman. Not nitty gritty bullshit. Where would The Avengers be with all the "realism"? Nowhere.
Realistic? A comic about an alien humanoid landing on Earth with fantastic powers? Realistic? By God, I know that's what I always read comic books for...realism.

C'mon, give us a good Superman. Not nitty gritty bullshit. Where would The Avengers be with all the "realism"? Nowhere.
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9:10PM on 10/02/2012

Meh!

Sorry for the double post.
Sorry for the double post.
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8:28PM on 10/02/2012
If it succeeds in marrying Snyder's telekinetic action with Nolan's storytelling and characterization, it could be spectacular. And if it works I wouldn't mind them teaming up in the same way for more Batman or even JLA.
If it succeeds in marrying Snyder's telekinetic action with Nolan's storytelling and characterization, it could be spectacular. And if it works I wouldn't mind them teaming up in the same way for more Batman or even JLA.
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7:58PM on 10/02/2012
This is exactly what Bryan Singer did with X-Men.
This is exactly what Bryan Singer did with X-Men.
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7:55PM on 10/02/2012
Idk, everytime I see that trailer- I think Aquaman. Which isn't a bad thing, I just think it fits him more.
Idk, everytime I see that trailer- I think Aquaman. Which isn't a bad thing, I just think it fits him more.
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7:54PM on 10/02/2012
Wasn't the last one supposed to be more 'realistic' and 'gritty' like the latest Batman Trilogy was? And that turned out great
Wasn't the last one supposed to be more 'realistic' and 'gritty' like the latest Batman Trilogy was? And that turned out great
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7:53PM on 10/02/2012

Looking forward to it.

I love that teaser. I know there's not much too it, but I love it.
I love that teaser. I know there's not much too it, but I love it.
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7:31PM on 10/02/2012
The teaser looks more Terrence Malick than Michael Bay to me. I have faith that this will be great. Those that call Nolan's Batman movies boring need to check their eye sight.
The teaser looks more Terrence Malick than Michael Bay to me. I have faith that this will be great. Those that call Nolan's Batman movies boring need to check their eye sight.
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7:13PM on 10/02/2012
I'm hoping that this becomes a self-contained trilogy, and not just one movie leading into Justice League. There's so much of Superman's universe that would be awesome to see on the big screen, if done right, that I'd prefer a few films just focusing on him, like Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy.
I'm hoping that this becomes a self-contained trilogy, and not just one movie leading into Justice League. There's so much of Superman's universe that would be awesome to see on the big screen, if done right, that I'd prefer a few films just focusing on him, like Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy.
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6:59PM on 10/02/2012

Boring Superman

So, like Nolan's Batman trilogy, the Superman movie is destined to be an excruciatingly boring movie.. Nolan destroyed the Batman characters and its villains, now the same is going to happens to Superman..
So, like Nolan's Batman trilogy, the Superman movie is destined to be an excruciatingly boring movie.. Nolan destroyed the Batman characters and its villains, now the same is going to happens to Superman..
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6:46PM on 10/02/2012

Bay-ish

You're exactly right. This doesn't feel Snyder-ish at all. Seems more in the vein of Michael Bay, style-wise. The trailer looks like something pulled from the montage pieces of PEARL HARBOR or ARMAGEDDON (slice of Americana scenes).
Yet, I am very excited for this. And I think this team of magic movie-makers are gonna hit it out of the park!. Here's hopin'!
You're exactly right. This doesn't feel Snyder-ish at all. Seems more in the vein of Michael Bay, style-wise. The trailer looks like something pulled from the montage pieces of PEARL HARBOR or ARMAGEDDON (slice of Americana scenes).
Yet, I am very excited for this. And I think this team of magic movie-makers are gonna hit it out of the park!. Here's hopin'!
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6:46PM on 10/02/2012

Not Surprised

These days it's pretty much a given directors are going to try the realistic route.
These days it's pretty much a given directors are going to try the realistic route.
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6:20PM on 10/02/2012
This is what I wanted. Superman needs to be a marvel for mankind. I think the best way to make him seem that way is to put him into our world. When its cartoony and cheesy then he loses a bit of what makes him super. He will appear more super to us as an audience if he is defying the logic of our world and not one that feels artificial.
This is what I wanted. Superman needs to be a marvel for mankind. I think the best way to make him seem that way is to put him into our world. When its cartoony and cheesy then he loses a bit of what makes him super. He will appear more super to us as an audience if he is defying the logic of our world and not one that feels artificial.
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5:57PM on 10/02/2012
Trying to humanize and make a relatable character out of a ridiculously powerful superhero is tough. Very few writers have been able to do that in the history of Superman. This should end up being pretty interesting to say the least.
Trying to humanize and make a relatable character out of a ridiculously powerful superhero is tough. Very few writers have been able to do that in the history of Superman. This should end up being pretty interesting to say the least.
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