The prize fight of breaking comic book movie related news has begun. And of course, it’s all happening on a day when I’m trying to watch Olympic hockey. My life is so hard. The punches are being thrown from the corners of both Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment, from bloggers Nikki Finke and Latino Review. Earlier, I broke down the 6 contenders for the role of Captain America, as reported by Deadline’s Mike Fleming. Now, the folks at Latino Review have word from their inside source that David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) is joining the oncoming production of Man of Steel, the next Superman movie, at Warner Bros.

According to their scooper Pinche Taco, these are the facts:

  1. Thomas Tull, the head of Legendary, got tired of all the discussion and decided chingate, let’s do it.  So he went to Goyer and Goyer had an idea that actually takes the movies back to the John Byrne incarnation.  Modern.  Believable.  FUN!  So Tull got Goyer hired.
  2. The film will not be called Superman and will be called THE MAN OF STEEL.
  3. Brandon Routh will not star in the film.
  4. Nic Cage will NOT star in the fllm (lol)
  5. Bryan Singer is not expected to direct.

He also went on to mention a certain amount of disdain for the rumors that Mark Millar was trying to get a Superman project off the ground, calling those rumors “bullshit.” It’s hard to follow that stretch, as Millar has been talking about such a project for a long time. But that’s all in the past now, it appears. Bringing on Goyer would also lend credence to the rumblings of Christopher Nolan being involved in Superman’s next step, despite reports from the heads of DC Entertainment that those rumors are false. With Goyer writing, Nolan’s influence is certainly there somewhere.

As for Goyer, his work as a writer has been solid. He and Jonah Nolan did solid work on The Dark Knight, as you know. His work only becomes suspect when he decides to direct, as was the case with The Unborn. Assuming he stays behind his keyboard and Warner Bros. brings on a talented director, there’s hope for this Man of Steel movie yet.

More as the story develops…

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