No New Batman Script For Awhile; David S. Goyer Is A Busy Man

Published 7 years ago by , Updated June 23rd, 2014 at 10:14 am,

The whole blogosphere has been going nuts lately, trying to predict which villains and story lines will make it into the next installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins franchise, following the monster success (numbers never lie) of The Dark Knight.

We’ve all heard the rumors, such as “Angelina Jolie is going to star as Catwoman!” or “Johnny Depp is going to be the Riddler!” But unless some of us have developed precognitive vision, it’s all been a lot of wishful thinking, at best, blatant propagandizing at worst. (Count me among the guilty in the latter case.)

Well, there’s one man who definitely isn’t letting all the Internet uproar get him in a tizzy–and ironically enough, he’s the man who truly matters in this case: David S. Goyer, the red-hot screenwriter of both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight will have his plate nicely filled between now and another Batman script.

Yes, I’m sorry to report folks: David S. Goyer is NOT a Batman-movie-making machine. He (unfortunately) has an existence beyond sitting in a room with no windows, chained to a chair, trying to crank out the next great bat-flick. If you haven’t seen Goyer’s list of credits on IMDB, you need to. You’ll realize (as I did,) that the man has been writing great movies of all flavors, for years now. (Even Jumper was pretty good. On paper, at least.)

So the obvious question is: if not trying to appease rabid Dark Knight fans, what WILL Goyer be using his golden pen for in the next few months? Well, the answers have recently come to light and on the whole, they sound pretty promising.

“I’m writing a new version of ‘The Invisible Man’ for Universal,” said the red-hot writer/director, who was at Comic-Con recently to promote “The Unborn,” a horror flick due in theaters next year. “I’m in the process of doing ['Invisible Man'] right now, and I’m working with some conceptual artists in tandem with writing the script. I’m actually working with one of the artists from ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight…’”

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An Invisible Man movie? Hmmmm… Well the only examples I have to draw upon are a bunch of old TV series, a crap Chevy Chase flick (is that an oxymoron?) and that creepy “what if The Invisible Man was a psycho?” knock-off, Hollow Man. And while hearing the name “Invisible Man” doesn’t quite make me do the Pee-Wee Herman dance with excitement, it does intrigue the mind what Goyer would have in store for the character:

“My take is kind of an extrapolation. It actually deals with a nephew of the first character…It involves Scotland Yard getting their hands on the current Invisible Man and basically saying, ‘Wow, you’d be a really good secret agent to send into Imperial Russia right now,’” an enthusiastic Goyer said of the plot. “It starts off from there… I don’t want to give too much away, but I took what being invisible could mean to the next logical extreme,” he explained. “We do a lot of crazy things in it that are sort of far beyond what anyone’s done with it yet.”

Far beyond Hollow Man 2? If you say so.

Further up MY alley, however, is the report that Goyer will also be writing and directing the second installment in the X-Men Origins franchise, X-Men Origins: Magneto. In the same interview, Goyer stated that Magneto will likely be the first of his projects to hit the big screen, and seemed more than eager to prove that he could direct a blockbuster comic book film, just as well as could work a pencil and paper writing one. (We’ll forgive him for Blade: Trinity.)

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Personally, I’ve always thought that opening scene with Magneto imprisoned in a Nazi Death Camp was by far one of the more interesting sequences in X-Men. I would love to see that story stretched out to its full length; though even Goyer will have to walk a tight line to avoid a Hannibal Rising quagmire–i.e., ruining a great villain by trying to “humanize” him through some crap back story. It’ll also be interesting to see how Magneto balances with the continuity of the recently announced X-Men: First Class. (I mean there is a potential intersection when you get to the point where Magneto and Xavier construct the school together. But I’m sure Goyer has a plan for that.)

So which David S. Goyer film are you chomping hardest at the bit for? X-Men Origins: Magneto? The Invisible Man? (Perhaps that long-awaited Flash movie he’s rumored to have turned in a script for?) Or do you plan to keep riding the band-wagon for that next Batman flick? Let us know where you stand.

Source: MTV News

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  1. x-man origins: magneto for the win!

    Although I dunno how this will turn out…Fox studios right? As I said before in some other thread, that means random inappropriate-but-popular characters will be included and the film won’t really match the comics…at all, lol.

    In any case, it should be tons of fun (I hope), I’m more curious of what kinda cast this would have…and if it would tie into the X-men first class flick, who would that cast be?

    I’d love to see James Marsden back as leader…and actually be portrayed as leader, ever since the X-films he’s been on fire with tons of roles.

  2. The X-Men films were so good until 3, and then it just hit the wall,,,

    Personally could give a poop about Magneto, or the X-kids First Class,,,

    Its looking like its gonna be years before we see the next Batman adventure. :-(

  3. What about the original Invisible Man movie, the old black and white one? That’s pretty good.

    Goyer seems a very good writer, but not sure about the writing AND directing idea. He did that with Blade 3 and eek!

  4. There were a couple of sequels to that as well, the first with Vincent Price. Plus The Invisible Boy with Robbie the inexplicably-included Robot. I’m all for Goyer tackling something else to give him time to recharge his BATteries, and let the foaming and thrashing subside.

    “A wonderful Chevy Chase flick” would have been an oxymoron, surely?

  5. Lmao, Big Dentist,,,
    So were looking at 2012 possible release of TDK3.
    Shucks,,, :-(

  6. Oh yeah, the Invisible Boy. I have the special ed of Forbidden Planet and that is tagged on, simply because of the Robbie link. Bit goofy and serious at the same time – the computer threatening to have Robbie cut the kid up was surprising!

  7. Yeah, my fingernails are going to be non-existent 790, but I think it’ll be a mistake if he starts 3 right now. Even though there was more time between Spider-Man 2 and 3 than there was between 1 and 2, it felt like the pressure was on and they’d rushed blindly into it, y’know?

    Steven, notice how there wasn’t another Robbie film after that!

  8. Well yeah I agree its way to soon for a sequel as far as the studio goes. There gonna milk TDK till it drops, and lets not forget the dvd sales on TDK are gonna just burn down the stores.

    But,,, you know Nolan prob allready has the sequel planned out in his head. Im sure of it.

  9. And if Memento’s anything to go by he probably had it mapped out before he even started Batman Begins…

  10. I don’t know who did the research for this article, but David Goyer was involved in developing the story for TDK, but he didn’t write it… Jonathan Nolan wrote it in collaboration with his brother and TDK director Chris Nolan.

    Goyer is definitely one of the people who is at the center of constructing the Nolanverse Batman story-arc and I don’t mean to diminish his awesome work on Batman Begins. But just cause he’s not available to write anytime soon, doesn’t mean the next Batman film isn’t gonna get written faster than this article makes it seem. It’s more about Christopher and Jonathan Nolan’s time now… not Goyer’s.

  11. At this point we dont know for sure that Nolan wil direct again .
    if he does come back ,
    I hope Goyer is a part of the next film as well.

  12. Hey now, let’s not hate on Chevy Chase. He’s made some damn funny movies that are classics: Vacation, Christmas Vacation, Vegas Vacation and Fletch are all great comedies that make you laugh without being vulgar.

  13. Actually, “Memoirs of an Invisible Man”, the so-called “crap Chevy Chase flick”, is pretty good.

    His director is John Carpenter (I guess you know him, one of the greatest american horror movies directors of the last thirty years), and it’s miles ahead of every other Chase picture. I love Carpenter, although I think that he hasn’t made a “perfect” movie in his entire career.

    Memoirs… isn’t exactly a comedy, it’s more of a neo-noir, with a solid script and beautiful cinematography.

    Solid script? Oh, I think that’s something Goyer should try to write.

    In my opinion, the person who wrote this article hasn’t seen Memoirs… at all, and prejudges the movie just because there’s Chase in it. Perhaps has never seen a Carpenter movie. And that’s a pity.

  14. Solid script, hell I’d be happy with something original for a change.

    Dark Star, They Live, Escape from NY, and The Thing, are as perfect as the guy can get. 8-) ;-) :-)

  15. I’m sure Goyer will be a part of fashioning the story for the next Bat-flick, provided Nolan directs.

    Absolutely, positively, can’t wait for Supermax, Goyer’s proposed Green Arrow film. It’d be a fantastic way to introduce the character while avoiding yet another origin, not to mention the awesomeness factor of including a ton of DC Comics villains.

    Get on it, WB, and greenlight it!