David S Goyer On Finding The Right Approach For A Modern Audience
After the unparallelled critical and commercial success of The Dark Knight Trilogy, attempting a similar reboot for Superman was always going to be a challenge.
Superman is the Daddy of all superheroes. How do you update such a beloved character?
David S. Goyer who helped Christopher Nolan craft the tone and story for his Batman, and who has written the screenplay for Man Of Steel, has been explaining his love of the character and how they approached the project.
“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.”
“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. It falls into that idea of trying to humanize the inhuman. He’s made out of steel, he’s not made out of flesh, metaphorically speaking. We are portraying him as a man, yet he’s not a man.”
And on the challenge of finding the right tenor and story, he admitted it had been difficult:
“It is obviously a much longer process with a character like Superman. It is much easier to do a realistic take on Batman. You know nothing can hurt Superman, presumably other than Kryptonite. The challenge was simply: can we figure out a way to make those elements work, quote unquote, in the real world? It’s very much a story of a man with two fathers.”
There is something about Superman on film that taps into our formative years as cinema lovers. We simply can't wait.
Man Of Steel is released on June 14th
Source: Empire via Collider