Now that the curtain has fallen on the Dark Knight trilogy with the release of The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros. is pinning its hopes for superhero movie success firmly on the shoulders of the the Last Son of Krypton courtesy of director Zack Snyder’s (Watchmen) upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel.
Set to arrive next summer, Man of Steel is produced by Nolan from a script by comic book movie veteran David S. Goyer, whose previous credits range from good (Blade, Blade II, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises) to bad (Blade: Trinity) and just downright ugly (The Crow: City of Angels, Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance). Despite this somewhat mixed track record, Superman fans will be hoping that Goyer picks up where he and Nolan left off on the Dark Knight trilogy with Man of Steel, and the screenwriter took a few moments to discuss their approach to the reboot during the Rome Fiction Fest (via Collider):
“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.”
So, does Superman lend itself to the same ‘naturalistic approach’ as Batman? I guess we’ll find out when Man of Steel arrives on June 14th, 2013…