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Man of Steel screenwriter says Superman film isn’t just The Dark Knight-lite

Superman’s new film won’t be grim and gritty

Here’s some great news for those of you all you were worried that Man of Steel was going to feature a brooding, depressing take on Superman a la the very successful Batman trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan.

It would be hard to knock the strategy as Nolan’s Batman saga have been the lone comic book related bright spot for Warner Bros. who’ve seen other DC Comics films Superman Returns and Green Lantern fail to significantly connect with audiences.


That provided Warner Bros. with enough incentive to have Nolan serve as a producer for Man of Steel, but fortunately the filmmakers understand that Superman and Batman need to be approached very differently on the big screen.

In an interview with Total Film, Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer revealed that those of you who think we’re just gonna have a Christopher Nolan style Batman-like take on Superman (thankfully) don’t know anything:

David S. Goyer Man of Steel screenwriter

‘It’s something Chris [Nolan] tried hard to do with the Batman films. I’m genuinely pleased with how much secrecy we’ve been able to maintain. There’s so much of the movie that people don’t know, that hasn’t been touched upon. The trailer’s just the tiniest, tiniest tip of the iceberg.’


Goyer also addressed the ‘dark Superman’ speculation:

‘Relatable and realistic doesn’t necessarily mean dark. I think it would be inappropriate for us to approach a Superman film as if we were doing The Dark Knight. The Batman films are a lot more nihilistic; Superman has always been a story about hope.’

One critic’s already seen Man of Steel and is calling it one of the best films of the year so there definitely sounds like a lot of reasons to be optimistic about this latest spin on Superman when it comes to theaters on June 14.