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Writer David S. Goyer talks about the "darkness" of Man of Steel and secrecy

Mar. 18, 2013by: Jesse Giroux
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I think it's safe to say that MAN OF STEEL is at the top of most people's lists for most anticipated summer movie. We haven't seen the character portrayed in this way before (in film at least) and I think a lot of us are interested in seeing how MAN OF STEEL holds up compared to the other Superman films.

There has been plenty of discussions about the story and the darker tone (based on the trailers) of MAN OF STEEL and Total Film sat down with writer David S. Goyer to talk about the new concepts for the film. The full interview is in the new issue of Total Film but here are some tidbits that have been released.

First up, here's Goyer talking about the "secrecy" that has surrounded the plot to MAN OF STEEL and how the trailer hasn't really given us a glimpse at what's to come:

It’s something Chris [Nolan] tried hard to do with the Batman films. I’m genuinely pleased with how much secrecy we’ve been able to maintain. There’s so much of the movie that people don’t know, that hasn’t been touched upon. The trailer’s just the tiniest, tiniest tip of the iceberg.

David S Goyer had script or story credits for all three of Christopher Nolan's Batman films and with Nolan producing MAN OF STEEL the secrecy that has surrounded the movie comes as no surprise. They've done a really good job of raising our anticipation for MAN OF STEEL without spoiling too much.

Next Goyer brings up the "darkness" of MAN OF STEEL, something that has been discussed in great lengths amongst us film and comic nerds:

Relatable and realistic doesn’t necessarily mean dark. I think it would be inappropriate for us to approach a Superman film as if we were doing The Dark Knight.

I completely agree with that statement. While the tone of MAN OF STEEL may be darker, I don't think think Superman will be uncharacteristically dark for the film. It's not like your going to see Superman dropping mobsters from the top of buildings to get information out of them.

Goyer also adds that "The Batman films are a lot more nihilistic; Superman has always been a story about hope," which is a perfect way to describe the difference between the two characters (and their films) in my opinion. Superman has such immense powers that there's always a chance that he will not only save the day but everyone involved, where Batman (while also powerful) has had to use scare tactics and more brutal methods to keep the peace. Because of that it's not always a given that everyone makes it out alive for Batman...friend or foe. I can't wait to see what director Zack Snyder has in store for us.

MAN OF STEEL is in theaters June 14th, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Which 2013 superhero movie are you most anxious to see and why?
Source: Total Film

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10:06PM on 03/18/2013

Awesome!

I'm glad to see a writer who actually seems to get "Superman." He can be a really great character when he is written well and a really poor character when not and it looks like this time he just might be written very well.
I'm glad to see a writer who actually seems to get "Superman." He can be a really great character when he is written well and a really poor character when not and it looks like this time he just might be written very well.
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7:38PM on 03/18/2013

Great

I have a friend who works on post production on films, and this one came through, he didn't spoil anything but said that the person who wrote the early review for this film that this site gained access to is completely correct, said this movie is going to blow people away, I am super excited for this one now! He also said that there's so much they're not showing in the trailer, which mirrors what's said here, awesome!
I have a friend who works on post production on films, and this one came through, he didn't spoil anything but said that the person who wrote the early review for this film that this site gained access to is completely correct, said this movie is going to blow people away, I am super excited for this one now! He also said that there's so much they're not showing in the trailer, which mirrors what's said here, awesome!
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3:20PM on 03/18/2013
"Relatable and realistic doesnt necessarily mean dark. I think it would be inappropriate for us to approach a Superman film as if we were doing The Dark Knight."

This is the most positive statement about the film I've read so far. Let's hope it doesn't end up being akin to Rick McCallum's statements about Episode I.

Now all we need is for someone to clean off the 10W-30 from the suit.
"Relatable and realistic doesnt necessarily mean dark. I think it would be inappropriate for us to approach a Superman film as if we were doing The Dark Knight."

This is the most positive statement about the film I've read so far. Let's hope it doesn't end up being akin to Rick McCallum's statements about Episode I.

Now all we need is for someone to clean off the 10W-30 from the suit.
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12:56PM on 03/18/2013
I agree with everything said in the article and in the posts below me. Everything from this movie has looked great and fantastic. And I am glad that the film will be darker tone wise, but Superman won't be dark as Batman was in The Dark Knight films. But I expect the film to offer alot more than what we have been seeing in the trailers and photos.

Even though I am very excited for the film, Iron Man 3 is still my most anticipated film of the summer. Man of Steel is inches behind though.
I agree with everything said in the article and in the posts below me. Everything from this movie has looked great and fantastic. And I am glad that the film will be darker tone wise, but Superman won't be dark as Batman was in The Dark Knight films. But I expect the film to offer alot more than what we have been seeing in the trailers and photos.

Even though I am very excited for the film, Iron Man 3 is still my most anticipated film of the summer. Man of Steel is inches behind though.
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11:58AM on 03/18/2013
Very glad Goyer recognises Superman has to be hopeful, and that the tone won't be the same way the Batman films were even if it is also realistic. I think this really will be a great Superman film.
Very glad Goyer recognises Superman has to be hopeful, and that the tone won't be the same way the Batman films were even if it is also realistic. I think this really will be a great Superman film.
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11:46AM on 03/18/2013
Extra tidbit: Man of Steel. Reason: I really want to know what Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan (even as a Producer) can do with Superman. Everything that has been released so far looks fantastic.
Extra tidbit: Man of Steel. Reason: I really want to know what Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan (even as a Producer) can do with Superman. Everything that has been released so far looks fantastic.
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11:20AM on 03/18/2013
It's just an awesome year for comic book movies.
It's just an awesome year for comic book movies.
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10:55AM on 03/18/2013

Excitement Overload

I couldn't be more excited about the upcoming Man of Steel movie. I have complete faith that it will be at least better than Superman Returns ever could have been. Other than this, of course I am excited for Iron Man 3 and Thor 2.
I couldn't be more excited about the upcoming Man of Steel movie. I have complete faith that it will be at least better than Superman Returns ever could have been. Other than this, of course I am excited for Iron Man 3 and Thor 2.
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7:07PM on 03/18/2013
I'm actually really excited for Thor 2. It's probably my third favorite of the Marvel movies so far.
I'm actually really excited for Thor 2. It's probably my third favorite of the Marvel movies so far.
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