“Batman Begins” and “Blade” scribe David Goyer has been hired to pen “The Man of Steel”, the new Superman film at Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures claims an insider for Latino Review.
Goyer apparently has “an idea that actually takes the movies back to the John Byrne incarnation. Modern. Believable. FUN!”. This incarnation would have no link to “Superman Returns”, so Brandon Routh will not star and Bryan Singer won’t direct.
Their source even went into detail about what to expect content-wise – “I can tell you that Goyer’s story involves Luthor and Brainiac. It is NOT an origin and assumes audiences already know about Lois, Clark, Jimmy and Perry. I know the Daily Planet is struggling due to the internet. And I know it sets up a huge Kryptonian mythology.”
The source also indicates that “Wanted” and “Kick Ass” author Mark Millar’s comments about ‘almost’ getting a new trilogy pitch of his considered are “bullsh*t… he was never even discussed to write it.” Millar himself has since repudiated that claim on his message board
The hiring of Goyer, if accurate, is not a big surprise after the news a few weeks back that “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” director Chris Nolan had been brought onboard to produce and oversee a restart of the Superman franchise. Goyer and Nolan co-wrote ‘Begins’ and Goyer scored a story credit on ‘Knight’ which Chris and his brother Jonah Nolan co-penned.
When Goyer announced a few weeks ago that he was leaving the day-to-day showrunning of “FlashForward” to concentrate on script work, many jumped on the idea that the work in question was a third Nolan-directed Batman. Instead it’s likely that film will follow the ‘Knight’ formula with Goyer and Nolan planning the story and the Nolan brothers going off to write the script. Chris Nolan is famous for not even considering other projects until his work on his current one (in this case “Inception”) is complete around mid-year.
The ‘John Byrne incarnation’ of Superman mentioned above refers to acclaimed author/comic writer Byrne’s reboot of the character in the comics in 1986 in a six-part mini-series entitled, funnily enough, ‘The Man of Steel’. Byrne took the character back to basics by significantly reducing Superman’s powers. In this incarnation his foster parents are still alive, Clark Kent himself is more of an extrovert, there is no Fortress of Solitude and people are unaware of Superman having an alter-ego (thus aren’t suspicious of Kent).
*UPDATE* (12/25): IGN is now claiming that “The Dark Knight” co-scribe Jonah Nolan will be working with Goyer on the project and that the studio is gunning to get the project moving. IESB claims that Jonah Nolan has already handed in a first draft of “Batman 3”. No-one has yet made any official comment on any of this at present, making this still all conjecture for now.