David S Goyer

David Goyer is a busy fellow. He’s more or less the main man in charge of bringing DC Comics to the big screen; a sort of shadowy, unofficial Kevin Feige, if you will. And with that responsibility comes a hefty workload. Goyer’s had to churn out drafts of Batman vs. Superman, supervise the writing process for Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Sandman adaptation and executive produce Constantine for NBC. Soon he’ll be in charge of sedating Jesse Eisenberg, thus allowing a team of hair and makeup professionals to safely shave off those chestnut-brown curls. That’s a lot for a single Goyer to manage. Especially so when it’s all comic book films; the genre may appeal to the inner pimply-faced nerd who lurks within us all, but a strict diet of superheroes isn’t enough to sustain a full-grown human being. And so Goyer, who’s reportedly been jonesing to helm something non DC-related, is now attached to direct The Breach, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Originally a 2009 novel written by Patrick Lee, The Breach is the story of a corrupt cop who loses his job and is trying to turn his life. His quiet, introspective self-improvement gets put on hold, however, after he finds a crashed plane in the Alaskan wilderness with the body of the First Lady amongst the casualties. Somehow, this leads our hero towards “a beautiful survivor, assassins, a secret organization, alien technology and an end-of-the-world scenario.” It may not sound like the subtlest film ever created, but it also […]

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Batman vs. Superman

The image above has been circulating around the web all day, passing itself off as the official logo for the upcoming Batman/Superman team-up movie. The still-untitled, Zack Snyder directed project is in the writing stages and as far as we can tell, Warner Bros. has not officially produced any artwork. So it could be the creation of an excited, intrepid fan. Either way, it’s close to the logo that appeared on screen at Comic-Con over the weekend. All that aside, the world is already trying to dig into what this movie is all about. We don’t know what it’s called for sure — many are calling it World’s Finest, after the popular comic series — but writer David S. Goyer has started talking about his script and its potential titles.

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Screenwriter David S. Goyer and his bank account must be very pleased with the audience turnout for Man of Steel, but this Superman reboot wasn’t always an easy bet. Remember in 2006 the months leading up to Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns? The buzz and box-office expectations were all around hyperbolic. So much so even Entertainment Weekly predicted it would make over 300 million dollars domestically It didn’t. Was that because audiences no longer had an interest in Superman or that they just couldn’t get behind Singer’s idealistic ode to the Donner films? Maybe both. Goyer, producer Christopher Nolan, and director Zack Snyder realized audiences needed a more modern take on the character, which they delivered on with large-scale action sequences, shades of science-fiction, and no bumbling Lex Luthor goons. We spoke with screenwriter David Goyer after the film’s opening weekend about the project’s conception, grounding an alien who flies, and how we still haven’t seen a fully-formed Superman in our SPOILER-filled discussion:

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Man of Steel

Man of Steel made all the money this weekend, rocking the third highest opening June weekend (adjusted) with $125M domestic and another $71.6M international for good measure. The extent of its success will depend on whether audience reactions are positive enough to propel it to large numbers in the following weeks (because getting to a billion isn’t easy), but it’s not surprising that the team at Warners is excited about the sequel/franchise possibilities. In fact, according to The Wall Street Journal, they might be looking to release Man of Steel 2 as early as next year. But how realistic is that? It’s true that Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer are both back as director and writer respectively, but even with main talent in place, the timeline seems truncated. After all, it was three years between Christopher Nolan sharing Goyer’s concept with Warners and the release of the new Superman. Plus, Man of Steel took at least 7 months to shoot — that’s without counting post-production and effects. So, essentially, they’d better start tomorrow if they want a Summer 2014 slot.

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Man of Steel

Warning: there are mild spoilers ahead for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. Haven’t seen the movie yet? Go see it, then come on back. Man of Steel couldn’t have a more perfect release date. This Sunday is Father’s Day, which makes it a very appropriate weekend for an action flick about a superhero with two dads and the wisdom imparted by each of them. Meanwhile, today is also Flag Day, and while the latest Superman movie isn’t overbearingly jingoistic, it is significant for explicitly returning the character’s national allegiance. “I’m about as American as you get,” he says when his loyalty to the U.S. is questioned. The line wouldn’t be so notable if it weren’t for the way the previous live-action movie we got, Superman Returns, represented the hero. When Perry White (Frank Langella) references a familiar catchphrase by asking if Superman still stands for “truth, justice and all that stuff,” that made many conservative fans upset. Never mind that the original “American way” version wasn’t even introduced until years after his comics debut (on the radio show in 1942 and then resurfacing on the 1950s TV series). “The truth is he’s an alien,” said Returns co-writer Dan Harris in 2006, “He was sent from another planet. He has landed on the planet Earth, and he is here for everybody. He’s an international superhero.”

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There are few comic books that so obviously needed to be adapted into a mini-series, and “100 Bullets” is one of them. It’s a fantastic neo-noir that works issue to issue just as well as it works as a long-form story with far more going on underneath its surface. Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso created an engaging underworld where a mysterious agent hands you a briefcase with proof of who ruined your life, a gun, and 100 bullets that, if analyzed, will instantly halt any police procedure by federal mandate. It’s a violent golden ticket to get away with murder. Now, according to Deadline Dimsdale, that golden ticket will be heading to Showtime as a new series under the writing and executive producing of David S. Goyer. There’s no doubt that this material is rich and ready for the screen, but Goyer is a bit of a wildcard. He has some phenomenal credits under the umbrella of Christopher Nolan, but he’s also been a part of middle projects and downright unwatchable crap. This is not quite the abomination that Akiva Goldsman writing The Dark Tower is, but it’s not exactly the perfect pairing this show deserves. It’s not like he’s shown off noir chops as of yet (unless you loosely count the Blade movies), and there are definitely a few names that would have caused more of a spark here. Or, like the comic book itself, maybe Goyer has a few surprises up his sleeve.

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With all that Comic Book Convention 2010 stuff slowly dying out, someone out there in the superhero world had to pipe up and keep the train rolling down the track. After all the Marvel talk, it might as well be a DC property. The rumor of the day is that Jon Hamm – the actor known as Mad Men’s Don Draper and Liz Lemon’s impossible boyfriend – might be up for the role of Clark Kent (a man who, if you look at him without the glasses, resembles Superman an awful lot). This isn’t a done deal, but if it’s headed that way, it’s enough prompting to take a look at the pros and cons of what casting him might mean.

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The prize fight of breaking comic book movie related news has begun. 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.

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Chances are that you and yours are keeping an eye on the world of Christopher Nolan and his movement (or lack thereof) on the next film in his Batman franchise. After the tour-de-force that was The Dark Knight, who can blame you? We’re keeping an eye on it as well. And by we, I of course mean everyone who writes about movie on the internet. Thus, this may not sound like news to many of you. But follow along anyway, lest ye be strapped with the dull-drums of your real life.

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This week on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we discuss spoilers (what they are and where to find them), zombie attacks, and why Ricky Gervais really loves being told he’s a fat slob.

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With Lost coming to a close at the end of its next season, the folks at ABC are looking for their next big primetime hit. And they seem pretty confident that they might have something with their upcoming series FlashForward…

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Cinematic Creepy Children

There is nothing creepier than small children. Except clowns. Oh, crap, what if someone makes a horror film featuring child-clowns? We’d be screwed, but until that frightful day, these are the Ten Creepiest Children in Film.

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The Unborn opens with a dream sequence that includes a dog wearing a mask. And yes, the rest of the movie is just as funny. In fact, if you go into the movie expecting a comedy you’ll come out extremely satisfied. Just don’t expect anything resembling a competent horror film.

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While writer/director David S. Goyer is currently out there doing press for his upcoming film The Unborn, the talk of the town is still all about what he will do next.

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The new international poster for David Goyer’s upcoming ghost movie, The Unborn, has just been released at Empire Online, and it’s a stunner. By “it” I’m referring strictly and solely to star Odette Yustman’s ass.

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We got some plot details for the forthcoming origin story for one of the most famous Marvel villains.

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Mike Mignola’s working with Christopher Golden on an adaptation of their novel, “Baltimore, or the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire,” and we’re hoping it goes into production ASAP.

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So far the battle lines have been drawn and the draw-bridge is up on the castle that holds all the answers for fans of The Dark Knight — no one is talking about another film. Fans appear to be excited, though.

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Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight

The tagline of one of the movie’s posters is “welcome to a world without rules” and it could not be more fitting. Nolan’s vision is no-holds-barred and all the better for it. This movie is dark and complex, and never shies away from collateral damage or the potential thereof, which rewards the audience with one of the most suspenseful climaxes in recent memory.

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The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight’s writing duo David Goyer and Jonah Nolan talk about where the film’s story comes from, how they crafted the very unique dynamic between Batman and The Joker, and where Harvey Dent fits into the picture.

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