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What it means to be an alien: David S. Goyer talks Man of Steel

Jan. 29, 2013by: Jesse Giroux
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In addition to the new MAN OF STEEL images that were released yesterday, some snippets of their interview with writer David S. Goyer (BLADE, BATMAN BEGINS) were released as well.

The fact that Zack Snyder and crew are going for a realistic version of Superman was obvious from the start, probably from the moment Christopher Nolan was hired as Superman's Godfather. So it's not too surprising when Goyer says that "We're approaching Superman as if it weren't a comic book movie as if it were real."

He also goes on to say,"I adore the Donner films. Absolutely adore them. It just struck me that there was an idealist quality to them that may or may not work with today's audience. It just struck me that if Superman really existed in the world, first of all this story would be a story about first contact." Part of the reason for the grittiness/realism of the new Superman movie is because of Nolan's take on Batman, but I agree with what Goyer says about today's audience.

"He's an alien. You can easily imagine a scenario in which we'd be doing a film like E.T., as opposed to him running around in tights. If the world found out he existed, it would be the biggest thing that ever happened in human history,"

Not to say if a flying humanoid alien randomly showed up on Earth in the past we'd all embrace the galactic entity and pass him a blunt, but the world's a little more cynical and less trusting. It may just be the Zack Snyder connection, but I think an argument could be made that this Superman may share similar DNA to Dr. Manhattan from WATCHMEN. Both have God like powers yet allow themselves to be restrained, Manhattan in his government housing and Superman in cuffs from the trailer. While Manhattan was human but feels his connection with humanity is wilting away, Superman lives off that connection. He has no home other than this adopted one. Other characters in the comics have looked at both of them in awe and fear, but that hasn't really been shown for Superman on screen before. So while we may bitch about getting another origins story for Superman, it'll be important in setting the tone for this version.

You can read the full interview in the newest issue of Empire.

MAN OF STEEL is out June 14th, 2013


Extra Tidbit: Let's take a look far into the future: if DC continues to try to mirror Marvel's AVENGERS series, do you think it's a possibility we could actually get a Doomsday movie? For example if DC gets to the point where they're starting their own Phase 2, would they have the balls to do the Death and Return of Superman?

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2:23PM on 01/30/2013
A ballsier choice than Death Of Superman (which would probably have to be two films for it to have sufficient impact) would be to adapt Red Son. Doubt it'll ever happen, but there's plenty of alternate reality or 'what if' stories in comics that would be incredible films, but studios get stuck in a cycle of origin and reboot rather than necessarily telling the most compelling stories.
A ballsier choice than Death Of Superman (which would probably have to be two films for it to have sufficient impact) would be to adapt Red Son. Doubt it'll ever happen, but there's plenty of alternate reality or 'what if' stories in comics that would be incredible films, but studios get stuck in a cycle of origin and reboot rather than necessarily telling the most compelling stories.
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11:54PM on 01/29/2013

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I've been waiting to see a big screen adaptation of the Death of Superman! It wouldn't be a bad idea to have the death happen in the second Superman movie, and then his return happen in the second JLA movie. But so far I'm loving everything I hear about Man of Steel.
I've been waiting to see a big screen adaptation of the Death of Superman! It wouldn't be a bad idea to have the death happen in the second Superman movie, and then his return happen in the second JLA movie. But so far I'm loving everything I hear about Man of Steel.
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3:56PM on 01/29/2013
It did always bother me about the DC cartoons (that I loved so much) that humanity didn't seem to make a bigger deal about the fact that suddenly it wasn't war with other countries that was the biggest threat...it was aliens...whether it be Brainiac, Darkseid or the invasion of Hawk Girl's race. In a real world situation...perhaps the biggest threat was the loose cannon that was Lobo who could destroy Earth for the heck of it. As crazy as Joker was...and you'd be more likely to be killed by
It did always bother me about the DC cartoons (that I loved so much) that humanity didn't seem to make a bigger deal about the fact that suddenly it wasn't war with other countries that was the biggest threat...it was aliens...whether it be Brainiac, Darkseid or the invasion of Hawk Girl's race. In a real world situation...perhaps the biggest threat was the loose cannon that was Lobo who could destroy Earth for the heck of it. As crazy as Joker was...and you'd be more likely to be killed by him than these super powered beings since he actually lives on the planet...as a human...I'd be living in fear constantly. With that frame of mind...not hard to think that someone like Superman present more problems than they prevent. That said, the JL series did have a whole season devoted to Project Cadmus - so I guess they addressed such concerns.

In any case, back to the proposed movies...depending on how GL's world fits in to this...whose to say Superman is first contact...since he won't reveal himself to the world until he's an adult.
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12:32PM on 01/29/2013
Having him as the alien god that the world is afraid of is the only way to go with something we haven't seen before. I think it will be a really exciting, different take on Superman.
Having him as the alien god that the world is afraid of is the only way to go with something we haven't seen before. I think it will be a really exciting, different take on Superman.
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10:17AM on 01/29/2013
Looking at Superman from the point of view of a "first contact" story does make a lot of sense. It's kind of like at what point did visits from alien superheroes/villains become commonplace in the DC Universe? Like in the DC animated universe, there was nothing overtly fantastical about Batman: The Animated Series, even Zatanna didn't seem to have actual magical powers. Then in Superman: The Animated Series, aliens and the like are introduced, and in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited
Looking at Superman from the point of view of a "first contact" story does make a lot of sense. It's kind of like at what point did visits from alien superheroes/villains become commonplace in the DC Universe? Like in the DC animated universe, there was nothing overtly fantastical about Batman: The Animated Series, even Zatanna didn't seem to have actual magical powers. Then in Superman: The Animated Series, aliens and the like are introduced, and in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited it seems like nobody would look twice if an alien dropped in. So it would be a good point of view to take, of Superman as the alien, who eventually becomes accepted and a symbol for humanity in spite of not being human himself.
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9:54AM on 01/29/2013
Extra tidbit: Personally I see Death and Return of Superman as major plot for Justice League movie, i.e. the death of Superman makes Batman realizes he must form Justice League and then Superman returns and so on.
Extra tidbit: Personally I see Death and Return of Superman as major plot for Justice League movie, i.e. the death of Superman makes Batman realizes he must form Justice League and then Superman returns and so on.
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9:58AM on 01/29/2013
Uhhhhh........yea, I'm gonna need you to not give any more ideas OK, and I'm gonna need you to come in to work this weekend too OK thanks!
Uhhhhh........yea, I'm gonna need you to not give any more ideas OK, and I'm gonna need you to come in to work this weekend too OK thanks!
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