David Goyer Writing Superman Reboot: Man of Steel? [Re-Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 2:59 pm,

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[Update 2: Now we’re hearing Goyer AND Jonah Nolan are involved!]

[Update: Now AICN is weighing with more details on the Goyer/Supes situation!]

Wow, not a day after I get done writing a comprehensive guide on how to reboot the Superman franchise, do our friends over at Latino Review come with the exclusive word that David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) is going to be writing the Superman reboot, which apparently be titled The Man of Steel.

So what will this Superman reboot be about? Who will the villains be? Where will it fit into the continuity of the films? And who will play Supes? The answers await…

According to Latino Review‘s source, Pinche Taco, these are the early details:

  1. Thomas Tull, the head of Legendary [Pictures], got tired of all the discussion and decided…let’s do it.  So he went to Goyer and Goyer had an idea that actually takes the movies back to the John Byrne incarnation.  Modern.  Believable.  FUN!  So Tull got Goyer hired.
  2. The film will not be called Superman and will be called THE MAN OF STEEL.
  3. Brandon Routh will not star in the film.
  4. Nic Cage will NOT star in the fllm (lol)
  5. Bryan Singer is not expected to direct.

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.

Head over to Latino Review for the full word on Pinche’s scoop!

Now, a couple of things to talk about regarding this Superman reboot news:

  • For those wondering about Goyer’s rumored work, prepping Batman 3 for Chris Nolan – Goyer is the story writer for Nolan’s Batman films, not the screenplay writer. Once he comes up with the general story idea it’s passed off to Nolan and his brother Jonathan for script work (at least Batman Begins and Dark Knight worked that way).
  • For those wondering about Goyer’s position showrunning and writing ABC’s FlashFoward: Goyer has left the series to once again focus on his screen writing work (Batman 3 and Man of Steel?).
  • We know that DC Entertainment has been looking to get another Supes film into production and that it would be some sort of reboot to the franchise.

All of these peripheral bits add up to a strong possibility that Latino Review‘s source is on the money. We’ll see how the news pans out in the next few days, when there are sure to be confirmations (or denials) from the DCE camp.

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Update: Well that didn’t take long! AICN is reporting that Pinche Taco might have gotten a bit ahead of himself while breaking this Superman reboot scoop. Here’s Harry Knowles take on the situation:

Hey folks, Harry here… So just a while ago I just got off the phone with Thomas Tull at Legendary Pictures who told me that the story that appeared over on LATINO REVIEW just frankly isn’t true. Tull has not unilaterally hired Goyer to come in and write the new SUPERMAN. He loves Goyer, but frankly – the project isn’t at the Script stage yet. Seems Nolan is still hatching some ideas. But he just wanted me to pass on that they have the highest enthusiasm for this project, but the story on Latino just isn’t accurate. I’ll see what more I can find out, but as of right now, there really isn’t anything else to tell.

Now you see why we throw questions marks in these “breaking news” titles – it often takes a while for this stuff to get sorted out.

Still, I’m a bit curious about one aspect of Harry’s report: he claims that Tull is claiming that Nolan is hatching ideas for the next Superman film, but our own Rob Keyes recently posted a report where DCE president Diane Nelson played the “it’s a rumor” card about Nolan even being involved with Superman.

Does that mean that AICN and/or Latino Review are wrong? Hell no! This is Hollywood, the place where news remains “unconfirmed” until the right people get to break it. But until these scoops get confirmed, keep a slightly open mind about the situation…

Oh Hollywood, isn’t it time you started giving straight answers to the people who dig up the scoops?

Update 2: IGN has an exclusive update on the info revealing that in Harry’s AICN exclusive, Tull is downplaying what’s really going on behind the scenes and that not only is Goyer on board for the Superman reboot, but Jonah Nolan is too.

IGN has heard from reliable sources that Tull is downplaying this report. Goyer is in fact on the project, but not only that — his The Dark Knight co-writer Jonah Nolan will also be scripting Superman: The Man of Steel along with him. Nolan’s brother Christopher is expected to only executive-produce, and not direct, the film. That said, he will be “hands-on” as a producer. Since the Superman film is under the gun because of the ongoing legal entanglements involving the property, Warner Bros. wants the pair to get started on their script on the double.

We tell you guys to stay tuned to Screen Rant and boy do we mean it! Check back for more developments with The Man of Steel!

Source:  Latino Review

Update Source: AICN

Re-Update Source: IGN

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  1. Good news if Goyer IS involved. Bad news IF Luthor IS in it, though :(

  2. Interesting. It seems like having Luthor involved would just sort of be a given, but I wouldn't be surprised if the chief villain was Brainiac. Maybe Luthor would be made a pawn of Brainiac or some such deal. From what I understand about the character, they could easily make Brainiac a recurring element in future films.

    Either way, it's definitely a new direction, though I hope the studio reneges on their choice not to give Brandon Routh another crack at the part. Of the problems in Superman Returns, he wasn't one of them.

  3. Luthor will be a side villain probably.

  4. One wonders how restrained he'll be considering the the constraints put down by Siegel's estate. From my understanding, a lot of stuff that one would naturally associate with Superman would need to be paid for in order for WB to use them in a movie (I don't have the full details, but I think the origin story is off limits as is some other quintessentially Superman things, unless WB pays them a lot of money).

    My guess is, they'll just let Goyer do what he wants in regards to the screenplay, and if they like it, they'll buy what they need.

  5. i agree with u on the luthor/brainiac connection
    brainiac as the main villain and luthor as the secondary [puppeteer] would be better, cuz frankly, luthor has had more than enough screen time on all the movies till date and brainiac has the capacity to be a full blown nemesis to Supes

    since its gonna be a reboot i think a whole new cast should be the way to go

  6. Goyer is my absolute favorite im definitely having high hopes now that hes on Man of Steel i like that its called Man of Steel. With Batman i really think The Dark Knight stood out so well because it didnt have batman in the title it just had TDK i love that and i know he didnt write Begins or TDK but if he's involved then im in. But with Luthor idk hes always the villian but i still have high hopes I think that also notdoing an origins is a good idea we all know who Superman is and where he comes from enough with origins already.

  7. Latino Review, yeah they're so reliable, weren't these the same people who reported that Brandon Routh was still up for Superman in whatever movie they were going to do next for the role? Only to hear him speak in a interview saying he hadn't heard anything on what they were going to do next and that he would not be involved. Did nobody get the memo on the Nolan story being a rumor? Keep drinking that Kool-Aid guys.

  8. yup there the same reliable source that said heath ledger was up for the joker.


  10. Aww I wish Routh was kept, but other than that I hope this rumor pans out… just so long as they don't use the Byrne-era Brainiac.

  11. Im over the lex luthor thing. I understand he has to be there, but id rather see someone else be a problem for supes. if done right, brainiac can be cool, but i want more. MORE. lol

  12. Ign just reconfirmed it!lol

  13. I'm sorry but does any human being on this here planet actually want Lex Luthor as the villain? Cause I don't know about you guys but I'm incredibly sick of the same villain in every Superman movie.

    And what the hell, no origin story? How can they reboot the franchise with no origin story? How can this be the beginning of a new franchise with no origin story? How can this be the beginning of a third group of Superman movies (Reeve, Routh and the new one) yet we've only got one origin story? They haven't told the beginning since the first one many years ago. What's the big deal about them doing it again?

  14. Andrew,
    The important part of the Variety story is at th end.
    “Latino Review broke the news wednesday”
    They are just repeating Latino Reviews original story.
    They are NOT confirming it indepently.

  15. YES! if this is true. I'm fine with Luthor as long as he's NOT involved in a real estate scheme. Brainiac will add that supernormal element we haven't had yet in a Supes movie villain (Nuclear Man doesn't count). Should be fun.

  16. I'd be okay with Routh as Supes. Just no Singer!!! No way Nolan is that stupid.

  17. I totally agree with your point! There has to be an origin story! There hasn't been one since the Reeve's movie, if this is a modernized take on The Man of Steel, you need to have the origin story!!! It would look amazing with the technology that we have today!! Planet Krypton will actually look realistic and not like a big block of ice.
    Lex Luthor actually has to be in the movie, but in a minimized role. There is no need to start the franchise off with him being the main villain. Having Brainiac as the main villain is a great idea! They actually read my mind about that one.

  18. Yes they are, they're just giving Latino Review credit cause they got it first. Variety wouldn't post it if it was false.

  19. It's a legal issue, if WB want to do the origin story, they now have to pay Siegel's family a boat load of money. Not really worth it since everyone knows the origin story already.

  20. Luthor is NO ONES pawn. 😀 If Lex cant have the one alien under control he will take the other….. 😉

  21. I think Goyer's premise and title sound pretty spot-on. I just hopes it taps into the humanity of Superman instead of the humanity of the other characters (SM Returns.)

  22. I understand the whole legal issue with the Seigel/Shuster heirs, but I'm just saying that it would be ridiculously stupid to not show or even mention anything about his origin if this is a complete “reboot”. The origin scenes would be epic if they are done correctly, especially with all the technology we have to our disposal this day and age.
    Because of the legal issues, I would be surprised if they do include it though, if I were in charge I honestly wouldn't care about the cost because I know I will be receiving double in profit because this movie would be so damn good.
    I just think that it'll be stupid to reboot a franchise and not start at the very beginning. I feel as though the beginning is the most important part – its the best way to reintroduce a character to a modern generation of fans and to show what he is really all about.

  23. You know, there's a reason superhero films tend to be a lot better in the sequel and that's because they don't have an origin to deal with. Both Spider-man and Batman Begins, while both good films, were bogged down with origin stuff, having to establish the characters and the powers, whereas in the sequel they are able to play more with characterization and story.

    The same should go for Superman, and since pretty much everyone already knows the origin story (various TV incarnations have taken care of that), there's no real reason to go back to it with this reboot. The 1979 Superman movie spent most of the movie establishing Superman before actually getting to the character we all know, a reboot shouldn't have to tread the same ground.

  24. Personally Brandon had the look but not the feel of Superman. He was trying to be Christopher Reeve and his interpretation of the man of steel was him being a fumblin, bumblin bozo. Pick somebody whose actually a fan!

  25. As long as they make a movie with a different villain I'll be good. Brainiac and Luthor are the perfect pair of brains over the man of steel's brawn. I really think they might hit the bullseye with this one.

  26. Now it's all coming out as being true. just wanted to let you know you sounded like an idiot and a jerk. want some kool-aid? lol