David Goyer Explains How He and Chris Nolan Came Up With Man of Steel


DC fans all over the world must have breathed a huge sigh of relief when they heard that Chris Nolan was going to produce a new Superman movie. Who wouldn’t be? The Dark Knight was such a success and such an amazing take on the world that all the good will in the world had been built up.


But how did it happen? Well, David Goyer talked to Collider to explain it all – of course, he was promoting his new show on called Da Vinci’s Demons in the process.

“Chris (Nolan) and I were working on The Dark Knight Rises, working on the story; we were blocked. We agreed to part ways for a couple of weeks and just see if something had bubbled at the surface.  So I went back to my home office. I was wasting time and procrastinating and took out an archive edition of some of the original Superman comic books, Action comic books and started rereading them because I couldn’t figure out this plot point on Dark Knight Rises, I just randomly sat down one afternoon and wrote up some ideas for Superman

When I met with Chris Nolan again in another week or so he said, “Have you worked out the problem on the Dark Knight Rises?” I said, “No,” he said, “What have you been doing?” and I said, “Well, I had this idea for Superman,” and because Chris likes to procrastinate as well he said “let’s hear it,” so I told him. And he literally called Jeff Robinov, who’s the head of Warner Bros, while I was sitting there and said, “Jeff, Dave just told me this take on Superman and you need to hear it, I’d like to produce it. Can we come in?” And we went in the next day. That’s how it happened. No, we weren’t trying to do it, it just happened.”

Procrastination is the key here, people. So let that be a lesson to you: procrastination can be a really, really good thing too! But I can’t help but think that Warner Bros. executives must have been giddy as hell when Nolan called them up to make a Superman movie.

Imagine: “What? The guy who made us two of our biggest hits in recent memory (Inception and Dark Knight) wants to take our second biggest property and produce a movie based on him!? I CAN HEAR THE CASH REGISTERS NOW!”

Goyer also told Collider that he has seen the movie and that he was “really happy” with it. That’s good. It’s not like he was going to say anything else, but that’s good to know. It re-assures me in a weird way to know that the guy who wrote the film is happy with how it turned out.

Man of Steel, which can’t get here soon enough, arrives on June 14. Da Vinci’s Demons debuts on Starz on April 12. [Collider]

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