The Dark Knight screenwriter David S. Goyer recently participated in a Q&A about his upcoming Starz series Da Vinci's Demons, and he took a few moments out to talk about writing next summer's big superhero tentpole picture Man of Steel, which is reviving the Superman mythos for a new generation of fans.
Mostly, he talked about how the film will stay true to The Dark Knight's naturalism.
"The work we did was to bring the same naturalism as the Batman trilogy. Our approach has always been a naturalist, realistic, approach. We always try to imagine these stories as if they could happen in the same world in which we live. It is not an easy thing with Superman, and this does not necessarily mean that it will be a dark film. But in working on this reboot, we are thinking about what would happen if a story like this really happened. How would people react? What consequences would there be? What I like to do are stories set in "genres", parts of "gender", which, however, are not cartoons, or comics. I did the same thing with Da Vinci's Demons, and I did the same with Man of Steel.
Let's say that every time I work on a piece of fiction, whether it's Superman, Call of Duty, Da Vinci's Demons, I try to understand what issues are going on in the world, and I try to reflect on that, in all of my current projects. That said, when we wrote The Dark Knight, the Occupy movement was not there yet. Let's say that we have "predicted" that there would be very popular discontent, and we thought it would be a good opportunity to generate additional reflections related to this story. Working on relevant elements from the point of view of society can only make things more interesting ...
In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent / Kal-El is a young man in his twenties who feels alienated by powers beyond his imagination. Transported long ago on Earth from Krypton, a planet technologically advanced and distant, the young Clark is gripped by the question, "Why are we finished here?" Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha and Jonathan Kent, Clark discovers that he has the extraordinary ability to take on difficult decisions. And when the world is in dire need of stability, there arose a threat even greater. Clark must become the Man of Steel to protect the people he loves and to stand as a savior of mankind."