S is for Super
Superman’s newest screenwriter, David Goyer, is also an Ann Arbor native
Published: June 18, 2013
He said Superman was a pretty singular being, and for him to fall in love with this woman, she had to be pretty fantastic.
“So, I did not buy she could not figure his secret out,” Goyer says. “The fact she keeps his secret is that she functions as a proxy for the human race.”
Goyer said it is one of the reasons Superman eventually has faith in the human race.
“We wanted her to be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem, because she is always wading into danger,” Goyer says.
Playing into the themes of fathers and sons, Goyer told Chris Nolan the story was twofold — a first contact story, an element of the mythology he felt had been underplayed both in the comics and movies, and a story about two fathers.
“It is about a man who has been given the chance to decide between his teachings on Earth and those of his Kryptonian heritage,” Goyer says. “He neither may nor may not be allowed to have both.”
He thought that would be a good character introduction for the audience because it is relatable, and Goyer understands that feeling himself.
“I am a father and a stepfather,” Goyer says. “So, I can relate to Jonathan Kent in the film, but also understand the perspective from my stepfather and what it is like to question where you come from or whose son you are.”
Looking to the villain, General Zod was a logical choice for this being a first contact story.
“It made sense the threat would come from outside the Earth,” Goyer says. “I also wanted there to be a big reason for why Clark Kent becomes Superman.”
He said the character did not necessarily need to put on the suit, and announce him to the world but if he did, there would be a big momentous reason for that.
It also represented Superman’s connection to Krypton.
“Zod and those Phantom Zone villains are the last connections he has to his father Jor-El and his home world,” Goyer says. “Zod knew his father.”
Chris, Zack and himself always wanted to see a movie where Superman got to cut loose against real powerful beings.
“The only way to do that was to introduce a non-human being into the mix,” Goyer says. “We wanted someone who could give him a run for his money.”
Goyer does not see Zod as a villain but as an antagonist.
“I think Zod sees he is doing what is genuinely right for his race,” Goyer says. “I think he is genuinely confused and surprised that Kal-El does not go along with what he wants.
He said it is similar to the way the European settlers displaced the Native Americans or how they displaced the Aborigines in Australia.
“They certainly gave no thought to displacing or killing off the indigenous people,” Goyer says. “They were of their own species, and if they are going to choose them or us, they are going to choose us.”
Looking forward, Goyer says he had a fantastic time working with Zack and Warner Bros. on the film, but it is all running on the box office.
In the immediate future, he continues to work on the television show he helped develop, Da Vinci’s Demons, and is working on an adaptation of the graphic novel Y — The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra at New Line. He is also developing another television show that he cannot discuss at the moment.
Tommy Zimmer is a Metro Times intern. You can email him at email@example.com.
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