David Goyer

Superman and The Joker

It’s totally fine for Superman to kill people. He’s done it before, he’ll do it again, and in every instance he’ll most likely have strong reasons for doing so. Obviously this question came up over the summer when Man of Steel hit theaters, but it has sustainably permeated the cultural conversation and returned with enthusiasm now that writer David Goyer has weighed in on the subject. Fanning the flame wars of a divisive issue, it’s launched a thousand opinions from those standing their ground on why Superman (as a representation of God, or America or merely the best of the superheroes) shouldn’t take lives. The intention is understandable and powerfully compelling, but it’s still wrong.

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David Goyer

Do you remember back in 2002 when Kevin Reynolds—the guy who made Waterworld—made a movie called The Count of Monte Cristo? It starred Luis Guzmán and some other dudes? The one about the guy who breaks out of prison and then uses a treasure he gets told about to pose as someone else and exact revenge on those who wrongly imprisoned him? Well, it’s a little known fact that this story didn’t actually originate with the 2002 film. It was actually written by a guy named Alexandre Dumas (sounds Italian) quite a bit earlier than 2002. An even more obscure fact is that Dumas is the same guy who wrote that Three Musketeers movie that Paul W.S. Anderson made in 2011. Or something, I dunno, all of these Hollywood guys are tough to keep track of. The point of this helpful and informative history lesson is that we’re about to see another retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo, one that’s going to have very little to do with Kevin Reynolds or Luis Guzmán. THR is reporting is that David Goyer, the guy who wrote The Dark Knight (but he didn’t actually create Batman, that was another guy, I think Stan Lee?), has just signed on to hop into the director’s chair and give us his take on Dumas’ story from 1844 (that’s earlier than I thought, was his script written pre-Code?).

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David Goyer

Given his writing credits on superhero epics like The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, and even the first three Blade movies, David Goyer is no stranger to high profile filmmaking. Which is experience that should serve him well as he transitions over from being a writer to someone who’s doing more work as a producer. Especially considering the latest project he has a hand in putting together is an adaptation of Patrick Lee’s epic end-of-the-world thriller, “The Breach,” a film that Goyer is producing alongside Transformers’ Lorenzo di Bonaventura. What exactly is The Breach going to be about? Well, if you’ve read the book you know, but for those of us ignorant on the subject, the studio seems to be giving the simple synopsis that it’s a story about, “an ex-cop who races to prevent an artifact from bringing about an apocalypse.” Sounds like bad stuff already, but the book’s Amazon description hints at an even larger scope. Its rundown of the novel’s plot reads:

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I know what you’re thinking. With how bad the last attempt at a Hollywood Godzilla movie was, and given the fact that Guillermo del Toro already has a different movie about a big monster coming out of the Pacific in the works, who needs another Godzilla film? Well, turns out Legendary Pictures does, because they keep trying to make one. Or were you asking a rhetorical question? The newest news about their long gestating project is that they’ve hired writer David Goyer to rewrite the current script floating around that was done by David Callaham. Legendary has learned from the mistakes of Sony’s big, glossy Godzilla movie from ’98, so they’re getting the guy who wrote gritty, down to Earth genre stuff like Blade and The Dark Knight to work his magic on the property.

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The Dark Knight

While everyone else is content to just wait for Batman 3, we take the fight to Nolan and Goyer and issue our list of demands.

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Odette Yustman in The Unborn

If you enjoy and follow genre films then you’ve most likely seen David Goyer’s work. The question is, will you enjoy his directorial work on The Unborn?

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Green Arrow

Take a look at some news surrounding the innovative and unique approach to the Green Arrow film “Super Max.”

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