Although “Batman vs. Superman” is one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2016, many fans are worried about its quality given the film’s relatively lackluster springboard, “Man of Steel.” Fortunately, the writer behind both movies, David Goyer, has no problem telling fans to get excited for the sequel despite apprehension about Superman’s introduction.
Goyer, who has perhaps more big screen experience with DC Comic’s superheroes than anyone else alive, recently told Collider that seeing the upcoming movie for the first time filled him with the same excitement he used to feel as a child getting new comics at the store.
“I think just the kind of giddiness in being a kid that grew up going to the comic book store every Saturday and reading comic books in which these two epic characters clashed," he said. "Just the fact that I got to be involved in something like that is crazy. Much less that I got to be involved in two cinematic iterations of Batman is also crazy.”
For those that are unfamiliar, Goyer was the writer for both the Christopher Nolan-led “Dark Knight” trilogy as well as “Man of Steel.” Unfortunately, both critics and fans panned the latter film for its lack of humor and stakes given the main character’s indestructibility. Empire reported it “aches for more depth and warmth and humor” and Variety said that “a humorless tone and relentlessly noisy aesthetics drag down this heavily hyped, brilliantly marketed tentpole attraction.”
In the same interview with Collider, Goyer lent credibility to himself when asked if he felt the same level of excitement he described for “Dawn of Justice” when he first saw “Man of Steel.” The 49-year-old writer looked visibly shaken by the question and politely laughed it off, saying:
“I mean… There’s some cool stuff that happens in the film, let’s just leave it at that.”
So, it seems that even the writer of “Man of Steel” is willing to admit that the movie took a few missteps between the page and the screen. What’s interesting is that he doesn’t appear to have any doubt going into the new movie. Although it will mark the second movie in DC’s upcoming connected cinematic universe, it may very well be the first in terms of quality and tone. That is, assuming Goyer has learned from any mistakes he made in 2013.
Luckily, it seems that “Dawn of Justice” has one key thing going for it to help ease fan’s concerns -- money. According to a new report from Latino Review, rumor has it that the budget for the superhero crossover film has ballooned as big as $410 million, putting it in the running for the most expensive film ever shot.
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