David S. Goyer has been talking to Empire about his approach to coming up with a story idea, alongside Christopher Nolan, for Man of Steel.
The man who had a story credit on The Dark Knight said the team behind the forthcoming film were “approaching Superman as if it weren’t a comic book movie, as if it were real”.
He then went on to compare his take to the two Richard Donner Superman movies: “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 continued: “He’s [Superman] 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 humanize 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.”
Man of Steel hits theaters on June 14, 2013.