Speak to his spotty track record all you want. When David Goyer’s shit works, it works. No more so than with the success he and Christopher Nolan achieved with their Dark Knight Trilogy. With the upcoming Superman revival The Man of Steel, Goyer brought a kernel of an idea he had to Nolan and the two later pitched it to Warner Brothers. If you guessed that idea was “Let’s just sort of do what we did with Batman,” you’d be 100% correct. Via BadTaste (translated):
“What Christopher Nolan and I have done with Superman is try to bring the same naturalistic approach that we adopted for the Batman trilogy. We always had a naturalistic approach, we want our stories to be rooted in reality, like they could happen in the same world we live in. It’s not that easy with Superman, and actually this doesn’t necessarily mean we will make a dark movie. But working on this reboot we are thinking about what would happen if a story like this one actually happened. How would people react to this? What impact would the presence of Superman in the real world have? What I really like to do is write ‘genre’ stories without a cartoonish element. I did the same with Da Vinci’s Demons, and I’ll do the same with Man of Steel.”
The naturalistic (read: Malick-esque) trailer for Man of Steel was solid, so no complaints thus far. With their Batman films, Nolan and Goyer were at times too occupied with over-explaining certain aspects of the Batman mythos into a real(er) world setting. I have no doubt they’ll try to do the same thing here. But at least this time you have the frenzied, hyper-kinetic approach of Zack Snyder to somewhat balance that out.