David S. Goyer Talks ‘Man of Steel’; Would ‘Love’ to Do ‘Green Lantern’

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It’s strange to think that few knew how much the success of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy would change the future for Warner Bros. and DC Comics, given the financial and critical success of the series when it was released. But with only a few years having passed since then, it seems more and more like Christian Bale’s Batman will usher in an entire age of DC Comic adaptations.

At present, David S. Goyer appears to be leading the charge, having worked on the scripts for Nolan’s trilogy as well as Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. As WB gears up with Goyer’s plans for a Constantine TV series, an adaptation of The Sandman and the anticipated Batman vs. Superman, Goyer reveals that yet another Justice League member would be of particular interest as well.

It should be obvious to anyone paying attention, but David S. Goyer is quickly holding claim to one of the most expansive and varied slate of ‘in-development’ projects. As the writer/director previously explained, his recent three-year deal with Warner Bros. merely formalized a working relationship that has spanned the past decade, but the writing on the wall is clear: where DC comic book properties are concerned, Goyer has become the gatekeeper.

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While Goyer won’t be supplying the script for Sandman, it was his initial pitch for the film with Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached that got it into motion, and it seems the writer has also pointed to several other projects on WB’s short list. But as comic book fans look years into the future, it’s important to remember that writers look backward just as often. Speaking with Collider regarding Season 2 of Da Vinci’s Demons (another of his ongoing projects), Goyer addressed the question of whether there are elements of Man of Steel‘s story he looks back on with regret:

“Every creative person – whether it’s TV, or a novel, or whatnot – you go back and look at things you’ve done and say ‘Ah, I wish I would’ve changed that little thing.’ Or you hope you do.

“There were some scenes we didn’t end up doing because at some point, it was a long movie. The original draft of the script was like another 20 pages longer… That film was pretty close to my original conception, and vision and hope for what it would be. You can never get 100% accurate, but I think it was pretty damn close.”

It’s easier than usual to believe the screenwriter’s words, given just how much time was spent prior to the film’s release emphasizing its ‘realistic’ approach (similar to Batman Begins) to the Superman mythology, and the themes of fatherhood, adoption and contradiction – all on full display in the finished product. While those missing twenty pages will be sought after by many a Superman fan, the studio has already been convinced to hand the reins of their comic book universe over to Goyer; a universe that, according to all experts, must include a big screen take on the Justice League.

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Depending on how you read the rumors, it’s possible that Goyer is already hard at work on the finishing touches of DC and WB’s first Justice League picture. The upcoming sequel to Man of Steel was confirmed to be introducing a brand new Batman, but with Wonder Woman confirmed as well, and rumors swirling of a potential appearance of Cyborg and others, Zack Snyder may already be putting the team-up film together.

Of course, there’s one member of the League’s roster that will prove problematic for reasons not tied to the comic book source material: Green Lantern. With the criticism of the original film pushing star Ryan Reynolds to claim he’s in no rush to reprise his role, and every fan knowing GL is a must for a team-up film, what is the studio to do? For his part, Goyer didn’t hesitate when asked about Man of Steel‘s depiction of an alien world when compared to that of Green Lantern:

“I would love to do ‘Green Lantern.’ I really wanted to showcase Krypton as a truly alien world. That was one of the things I wanted to do from the beginning when I got involved in the project. At his heart, Superman’s always been a science fiction story. I wanted to lean into that, and so did Chris, and so did Zack, so I was just glad we were able to.”

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Obviously, Goyer’s comments should be taken as a simple statement from the writer, not necessarily a hint at a potential reboot in the works. However, in a recent NY Times piece concerning WB’s newest CEO Kevin Tsujihara, the boss confirmed that besides Arrow and The Flash on CW, and Fox’s upcoming Gotham adding to the slate of DC Entertainment projects, “a film series will be announced in the near future.” It seems more likely that the “series” in question would be tied to a secondary property, or a confirmation of Justice League, but fans have more than enough evidence to hope.

We’ve already given our view that saving the Green Lantern movie franchise is far from impossible, and given that the Krypton-focused portions of Man of Steel were some of the most praised among even disappointed fans, Goyer being given the job wouldn’t be a worrying announcement in the least. While the studio focuses on launching new franchises, the task of rebooting or correcting one is likely not at the top of their list of priorities. But if Goyer’s role continues to grow, he may get his opportunity before long.

What do you think of Green Lantern‘s chances of being rebooted along the lines of Man of Steel‘s notion of galactic society? Would you be happy to see Goyer tackle Oa and the Guardians, or stick with his current list of projects? Share your thoughts in the comments.


Batman vs. Superman hits theaters on May 6th, 2016.

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Source: Collider, NY Times

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  1. Man of Steel was an Okayish to Good Movie I suppose but thats about it. It had cool action scenes, ambitious portrayal but incoherent story structure and sub-par dialogues which failed to build any dramatic tension to what could have been potentially a game-changing movie.

    I dont mind Goyer doing screenplay but they need to get someone else to write dialogues. And some one to assist Snyder in direction maybe someone who has a knack for structural story telling. Otherwise this team will get bunch of cool scenes but not a supercool movie.

    • That’s why I’m glad they brought on the Argo writer to flesh out the script for BvS. Goyer can do a screen play, get a nice concept going, but the details and fine tuning should be left someone else. Despite the controversy about Affleck playing Batman, I think he may be filling more roles than just actor in this movie. He was clearly the one who brought on the Argo writer and he’ll probably be assisting Snyder with direction and keeping things cohesive.

  2. Am I the only one who prefers John Stewart over Hal Jordan?
    I don’t know why but John Stewart always seemed a better fit as a GL than Hal for me.
    Maybe I’m remembering John in JL & JLU and the scenes he had with the Flash, which were some of the funniest moments in animation history.
    Oh how I hope that the recent news about the Rock meant that he is in talks about portraying John Stewart.


    • Didn’t he all but say he wasn’t doing Green Lantern, and that it was a character that hadn’t been done before?

  3. While I’d love another GL movie, espcially one done better.
    If The Rock’s Martian Manhunter couldn’t they get away with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Martian Manhunter for the 1st movie. Then bring Hal Jordan’s GL(and maybe Amell and Gustin’s Green Arrow and Flash if the tv series go well) for a 2nd Justice League film?

  4. They do need GL in any Justice league. Perhaps the way to “reboot” would be to start with GL as part of the JLA and spin him off from there. Does Ryan Reynolds have to reprise his role as GL? I suppose not, but I don’t think he was the problem in the movie. He clearly loved the role and it showed. Give him another shot, see how it goes and if in JLA the GL role is flat, then the spin-off could be the reboot, with or without Ryan Reynolds. I would also recommend bringing the TV Green Arrow and Flash to the big screen if for no other reason, it would hype the series, which in turn could be used to set the stage for another movie….

    • @Libradad

      Don’t you think an A-lister is preferable for a major character like the Flash, someone like Ryan Gosling ?? Flash needs to be a seperate project for DCU with more focus on Barry’s childhood trauma of losing his mom, a better explanation of the speed force plus a homage to Jay Garrick, the original Flash.

      • They have “The Flash” TV series they are about to release. Personally, I say why not just utilize the main character from the show as Flash in the “Justice League” film? They can do this. It’s just a question of whether or not they WANT to.

  5. Ryan Reynolds was goofy. And Greg Berlanti ruined almost every aspect of the GL movie into campy sh**. David Goyer should Nolanize in his GL reboot the sequences where Hal gets summoned by the ring to Abin Sur’s ship (instead by a green flying ball) and Abin Sur should communicate telepathically to Hal (as in the Silver Age) to make it more believable instead of Oa aliens talking in English.

    • I agree that Ryan Reynolds was goofy but I thought it made sense that Abin Sur spoke English. He was the green lantern of sector 815 which is Earth. He should be able to speak all the languages of Earth since he is an alien. Telepathically would work though too.

      • Itc’s actually Sector 2814. I agree with ypu that that Oa’s Book of Knowledge holds infinite wisdom of all worlds and their languages. With the Book supplying this knowledge to a Lantern’s ring for commmunicating in ant foreign language, it also has a translator. Can’t believe I answered my own question, but I think telepathy can be a nice touch too.

  6. While I don’t think Green Lantern was a good movie, I still find it to be rewatchable. I think there were obvious elements that need to be improved, but I don’t doubt that RR could be awesome in a better story. The suit was really cool and the effects were too. I found the villain to be awful, but that is of no concern to future movies.
    I actually think that more good could be done by redeeming the character with RR because seeing him in evolve from hot-shot/smartass to a protector of the galaxy would be awesome.

  7. Bottomline, there’s never been a perfect film but only good and bad. if you don’t like it then tell like it is! So I guess Superman aka Man of Steel is a horrible film! LOL!

    People complained that MOS was serious, dark and destructive while The Avengers was also Destructive yet the Super Heroes are always cracking jokes and smart-@$$! What gives?? Just enjoy the film! smh..

    • I disagree. The Avengers was perfect.

      • …not even close to perfect. “The Avengers” was fun and cool to look at, but it was more “cotton candy” than anything else.

        • The Avengers was absolute cinematic perfection.

          • Yikes.


            No, it wasn’t.

            • Wait, lemme check . . . yep, it was perfect.

              • Clearly, we are NOT going to agree…ONE of us is stating his opinion; then, there’s YOU simply spouting embarrassing silliness.

                Good luck…and really: Yikes.

                • I reject your reality and substitute my own.

                  The Avengers is the perfect cinematic experience.

          • Cinematic Perfection ????!!! *In Mark Hamill voice* HA! HA! HA! HE! HE! HO! HO! HAA!!!

  8. In any event of a Green Lantern Corps reboot, Chris Pine is the best fit for Hal Jordan’s role. Dwayne Johnson would make a better Cyborg than John Stewart. Jeremy Renner has got that Guy Gardner frown but he’s already on Marvel contract. Mark Strong totally nailed Sinestro so I’d recommend him for actually saving Reynold’s GL movie from being a complete washout. And Dr. Soranik Natu kinda reminds me of Rihanna.

  9. Whether you loved or hated Man Of Steel (I’m in the former) at the very least it got people talking about Superman again and has made him relevant for modern audiences.

    Yes there have been a lot worse CBMs that Green Lantern, but it was still such a disappointment. AT least 80% of that movie should’ve been in space but DC were too scared to fully embrace the source material and have been cautious over it’s failure ever since. Fortunately the character can be rebooted easily so it’s not too much of an issue

    What we really should be getting is a 2 1/2 hour plus epic Wonder Woman movie starring Gina Carano. That’s the real disappointment over DC’s supposed cinematic universe.

    • I definitely do NOT want to see two-and-a-half hours of Gina Carano on film…especially as the headliner. The only way it would work is if she fought silently the ENTIRE time (or spoke minimally). Wonder Woman needs to communicate with something other than her fighting skills. Carano, in a movie, canNOT.

      I’m looking forward to seeing what Gadot can do with the role.

    • GL should have followed First Flight more closely but with most of the earth scenes, Sarsgaard’s character shouldn’t have been infected with anything just shown as resenting everyone, Parallax shouldn’t have been in the film, I loved the bit where Lively knows it’s Hal under the mask. I liked having Hal come to terms with being a GL on earth, and it should have been used to set up Sarsgaard’s character.
      Wonder Woman should’ve been Alexandra Daddario imo, but even with Gadot she does need her film, if for nothing else than to see if she can carry a film.

    • @lebsta

      I seconded the Gina Carano cast for WW

  10. Reboot GL and disregard Ryan Reynold’s GL out of canon like Marvel did with Eric Bana’s Hulk.