It's Official: Dark Knight Co-Writer Tackling Superman

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David S. Goyer, co-writer of The Dark Knight, will revamp Superman with a new film called The Man Of Steel. Can he do for Supes what he and the Nolans did for Batman? Spoilers ahead. Update: It's confirmed!


Latino Review reports that Goyer's been hired to write the script for the new movie, which will be called The Man Of Steel, in addition to helping to craft the story for the third Nolan Batman film. Sources claim Goyer pitched a Superman idea that gets the character back to the mid-1980s John Byrne era, when he was last rebooted and given a fun, splashy new attitude. Says Latino Review's source, the new version will be "Modern. Believable. Fun!". And no, Bryan Singer and Brandon Routh probably won't be back.

Adds the anonymous source:

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.


Update: Variety has confirmed this report. [Latino Review]

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Fun is a promising word.

IMHO I felt the problem with the reboot is it lost the element that made the first two films so successful. They were fun!

I don't think the Superman franchise will ever be Batman or Iron Man. Superman is best as a light-hearted adventure. In the first film, Luthor was not a bitter schemer as in Singer's reboot but really played as a complete buffoon with an absurdly delicious plan to sink California. And while Superman II was a little darker, it still focused on adventure and humor. The last film had none of that.

The next step is to hire the right director. It shouldn't be someone looking to make their name by creating something new and edgy. You need an experienced hand at the helm to effectively pull this off. I'd give my suggestion, but I'm sure people would think I was nuts.