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[Movies] David Goyer Says Marvel Isn't Impacting DC's Approach to Their Films
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.07.2014

David Goyer recently spoke with IGN about the DC universe films and more. Check out the highlights:

On whether it's a challenge to make a "Boy Scout" character like Superman relatable: "Yes. Also, and he's alien. Yeah, I think it's a lot easier to make Batman relatable than it is to make Superman relatable. I mean, writing the script for Man of Steel was a lot more challenging for that very reason."

On whether there are plans to merge DC's TV shows and films together: "I mean, it's too early. I know that Warner Bros. would love to make their universe more cohesive. There have been a lot of general conversations about that, but it's really, really early. I'm not sure. Marvel has had enormous success, but I'm not sure that everybody should try to emulate them either. It's just been vague conversations so far."

On whether it's prohibitive the Flash on a CW show and then in a Justice League film: "I don't think so. You know, Smallville was running while Bryan Singer's Superman came out, and no one had a heart attack over that. I don't know...There was a poll when they released some stills from Season 2 of Da Vinci with long hair about whether they preferred Tom with long hair or short hair, and 50 percent of the people said "long hair" and 50 percent of the people said "short hair." So you can't win."

On whether Marvel's Cinematic Universe is impacting their approach: "I mean, I know this is going to sound cheap, but I don't really. There's just our approach to how we want to tell a story, and hopefully we can convince Warner Bros. or whatnot of that. We don't sit in a room with cigars and say, "Look at what these guys are doing!" It doesn't work that way. I don't know...I'm a fan. I see all these movies. Some are great, some aren't great. I never thought I'd see the day when there'd be a Guardians of the Galaxy movie or an Ant-Man movie. I mean, that's nuts -- in an amazing way. I just never in my wildest dreams imagined that that would be happening."

On Marvel's direction: "You have to admire what Marvel's done. It's really hard to create a brand, I mean, where people will follow your brand. Pixar's done it, and now Marvel has done it. It's really, really hard to do, because there's not a lot of brand loyalty anymore. They've created a cohesive universe, so I really admire what they've done."

On whether he feels pressure for DC to do the same: "I mean, yes and no. Look, we've been pretty lucky with the films we've done so far. I think right now it's just kind of, "More of the same, please." I'm trying to branch off with Sandman."

On how he's planning to crack Sandman: "We'll see. It's tricky. There's a reason why it hasn't been adapted for 15, 16 years. It's really dense and wonderful. Neil is a genius and cerebral. We're just getting into that right now. We'll see."


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