There’s something quite demanding and very challenging in creating a familiar character and his/her storyline into something more layered than just the simple truth of the matter. Apparently, this may be what screenwriter David S. Goyer had in mind when writing out Christopher Nolan‘s ‘Batman’ trilogy, and then in writing Zack Snyder‘s ‘Man of Steel.’
“We’re approaching ‘Superman’ as if it weren’t a comic book movie, as if it were real… I adore the Donner films. Absolutely adore them. It just struck me that there was an idealist quality to them that may or may not work with today’s audience. It just struck me that if Superman really existed in the world, first of all, this story would be a story about first contact.
“He’s an alien. You can easily imagine a scenario in which we’d be doing a film like ‘E.T.,’ as opposed to him running around in tights. If the world found out he existed, it would be the biggest thing that ever happened in human history… It falls into that idea of trying to humanise the inhuman. He’s made out of steel, he’s not made out of flesh, metaphorically speaking. We are portraying him as a man, yet he’s not a man.”
We’ve seen the simplicity of superheroes before, and they would fail nowadays, because fans what to have a reason to be more invested in what the movie and the characters are about and why they do what they do, instead of just seeing good buy beat up bad guy and everything is all and well. However, we also do want the action and the superhero quality and the romance and all that interlaced with it. And I believe that’s what David had endeavored to write.
“It is obviously a much longer process with a character like Superman. It is much easier to do a realistic take on Batman. You know nothing can hurt Superman, presumably other than Kryptonite. The challenge was simply: Can we figure out a way to make those elements work, quote unquote, in the real world? It’s very much a story of a man with two fathers.”
There hasn’t been too much to go on regarding the movie. We can only cross our fingers for now that everything fits into place and the fans will be satisfied with how it all came together, both the realistic and fantastic combination of the ultimate superhero.