David S. Goyer

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David S. Goyer
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Born David Samuel Goyer
(1965-12-22) December 22, 1965 (age 49)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, novelist, comic book writer
Nationality American
Genre Screenwriter; comic books
Spouse Marina Black

David Samuel Goyer (born December 22, 1965) is an American screenwriter, film director, novelist, and comic book writer.

His screenwriting works includes the Blade trilogy, Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, Dark City and Man of Steel, and he directed four feature films: Zig Zag, Blade: Trinity, The Invisible, and The Unborn.

Goyer was also co-writer of the video games Call of Duty: Black Ops and its sequel Call of Duty: Black Ops II. He won a Saturn Award for Best Writing for Batman Begins and received another nomination for Dark City, and has been nominated for four Hugo Awards.

Early life[edit]

Goyer and his brother Jeff were born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and were raised by their mother. He is Jewish on his mother's side, and attended Hebrew school. He has stated that in regular school, "a lot kids beat me up, saying that I killed Christ. I was very consciously different... I grew up with something of a chip on my shoulder."[1][2][3] Goyer is an alumnus of Huron High School and the University of Southern California, graduating from the School of Cinema-Television in 1988.[4]

Goyer was a student of screenwriter Nelson Gidding at USC and frequently returned to Gidding's class as a guest speaker. He graduated in 1988 and sold his first screenplay for Death Warrant in 1989, which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme. With his first paycheck, he bought a new Isuzu Trooper, which was stolen the very first night he drove it home.[5]

Career[edit]

A professed comic book fanatic,[6] Goyer has written or co-written several screenplays based on comic book characters and series, including Batman, Superman, Ghost Rider, and Blade.

Goyer wrote a title based around the Justice Society of America for DC Comics titled JSA, which debuted in August 1999. For the first five issues, he collaborated with James Robinson and, until his departure following issue 51, with Geoff Johns, who would take over as solo writer.

Alongside Brannon Braga, Goyer co-created FlashForward, a science fiction TV series that premiered on ABC in Fall 2009. The show was based on the novel by Robert J. Sawyer. He stepped in as show runner in October 2009 after the show struggled out of the gate. On Feb. 5, 2010, Goyer announced he would be stepping down as FlashForward showrunner to focus on feature films and directing.

In 2011, Goyer wrote a short story titled "The Incident" in which Superman renounces his U.S. citizenship.[7]

Goyer has recently been working with Legendary Pictures on three of their upcoming projects. He co-wrote the scripts for The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Man of Steel (2013). In addition, he did a one-step 4-week rewrite for Legendary Pictures' Godzilla reboot.

Goyer also recently published his first novel, Heaven's Shadow, the first in a trilogy co-written by Michael Cassutt for Ace/Penguin. The novel received generally positive reviews. Goyer subsequently sold the film rights to Warner Brothers and is currently adapting the first novel for the big screen.[8]

In late October 2011, cable channel Starz and BBC Worldwide greenlit his new project called Da Vinci’s Demons. The project will follow the life of a 25-year old Leonardo da Vinci. "This will be a show about secret histories, genius, madness and all things profane," according to Goyer.[9]

Goyer has been announced as the director to a new adaption to Alexandre Dumas, père's novel The Count of Monte Cristo, which is still in development.[10]

In March 2013, Goyer was reported to have been chosen as writer for a film adaptation of the video game Metal Gear Solid. In June, he was announced to work on both Justice League and a sequel to Man of Steel.[11]

In September 2013, Goyer delivered a screenwriting lecture as part of the BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters' Lecture Series.[12]

In November 2013, Jason Zada was signed by Lava Bear Films and David S. Goyer to helm the Goyer-produced upcoming film The Forest.[13] Focus Features picked up the North American distribution rights to the film,[14][15] which will act as Zada's feature film directorial debut.[13]

In December 2013, it was announced that Goyer would work with Joseph Gordon-Levitt on a film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's comic book, "The Sandman" with a story treatment by Goyer and script by Jack Thorne.[16][17]

Controversy[edit]

In a May 2014 interview for the podcast Sciptnotes by Craig Mazin, Goyer made the following statement regarding the creation of She-Hulk:

"I have a theory about She-Hulk. Which was created by a man, right? And at the time in particular I think 95% of comic book readers were men and certainly almost all of the comic book writers were men. So the Hulk was this classic male power fantasy. It’s like, most of the people reading comic books were these people like me who were just these little kids getting the shit kicked out of them every day… And so then they created She-Hulk, right? Who was still smart… I think She-Hulk is the chick that you could fuck if you were Hulk, you know what I’m saying? … She-Hulk was the extension of the male power fantasy. So it’s like if I’m going to be this geek who becomes the Hulk then let’s create a giant green porn star that only the Hulk could fuck."[18]

The statements drew criticism from the comic community as an example of the misogyny rampant among comic fans. Accordingly, Stan Lee, one of the creators of She-Hulk responded against Goyer's accusations stating "Never for an instant did I want her as a love interest for Hulk, only a nut would even think of that."[19]

Works[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Director Producer Writer Screenplay
1990 Death Warrant No No Yes No
1991 Kickboxer 2: The Road Back No No Yes No
1992 Demonic Toys No No Yes No
1994 The Puppet Masters No No Yes Yes
1996 The Crow: City of Angels No No Yes No
1998 Dark City No No Yes Yes
Blade No No Yes No
2002 Zig Zag Yes No Yes Yes
Blade II No No Yes Yes
2004 Blade: Trinity Yes Yes Yes No
Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys No No Yes No
2005 Batman Begins No No Yes Yes
2007 The Invisible Yes No No No
2008 Jumper No No Yes Yes
The Dark Knight No No Yes No
2009 The Unborn Yes No Yes No
2012 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance No No Yes Yes
The Dark Knight Rises No No Yes No
2013 Man of Steel No No Yes Yes
2016 The Birth of a Nation No Yes No No
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice No No Yes Yes
2017 Justice League Part One No No Yes No
2019 Justice League Part Two No No Yes No
TBA The Forest No Yes Yes No
Principia[20] No Yes No No

Television[edit]

Year TV Series Director Producer Writer Note
1997 Sleepwalkers No Yes Yes Writer of the Pilot episode
1998 Nick Fury: Agent of Shield No No Yes Television film; Written by Goyer
2000 FreakyLinks No No Yes Writer of the Pilot episode
2005 Threshold No Yes Yes Writer of Episode 2
2006 Blade: The Series No Yes Yes Writer of the Pilot episode and Episode 13
2009-2010 FlashForward No Yes Yes Co-writer of the Pilot episode and writer of Episodes 2; 10 and 17
2012-Ongoing Da Vinci's Demons Yes Yes Yes Creator; Writer of the Pilot Episode and Episodes: 2; 4; 8; 9 and 14
2014-2015 Constantine No No Yes Creator; Co-writer of the Pilot Episode and Episode 3
TBA Krypton No Yes Yes Creator

Video games[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Heaven's Shadow (2011)
  • Heaven's War (2012)
  • Heaven's Fall (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Unborn Set Visit: Writer-Director David Goyer". BloodyDisgusting. 
  2. ^ "Man of Action - Arts". Jewish Journal. 
  3. ^ "‘Da Vinci’ goes rogue in new STARZ historical fantasy - The Ticket". Jewish Journal. 
  4. ^ Notable Alumni, USC School of Cinematic Arts.
  5. ^ http://www.monstersandcritics.com/people/David-Goyer/biography/
  6. ^ Allstetter, Rob (August 1997). "Special Report: Blood on the Big Screen". Wizard (72). pp. 122–3. 
  7. ^ Hudson, Laura. "Superman Renounces U.S. Citizenship in ‘Action Comics’ #900 Read More: Superman Renounces U.S. Citizenship in ‘Action Comics’ #900". comicsalliance.com. Comics Alliance. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "David Goyer To Adapt His Debut Novel ‘Heaven’s Shadow’ For Film". Screen Rant. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (October 25, 2011). "Starz Orders David Goyer's 'Da Vinci's Demons' To Series". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  10. ^ "David Goyer to Direct 'Count of Monte Cristo' Remake (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  11. ^ Of Steel’ Sequel Underway With Zack Snyder And David S. Goyer
  12. ^ "Goyer Delivers her BAFTA Screenwriters' Lecture". BAFTA. September 28, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Fleming Jr, Mike (November 5, 2013). "Lava Bear Sets Jason Zada To Helm David Goyer-Hatched ‘The Forest': Video". Deadline.com. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (May 22, 2014). "Focus Picks Up David Goyer Supernatural Thriller 'The Forest'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  15. ^ McNary, Dave (May 23, 2014). "David Goyer’s ‘The Forest’ Gets North American Distribution". Variety. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  16. ^ Greenwood, Carl. "Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dark Knight writer to produce movie based on Neil Gaiman's The Sandman". Mirror. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  17. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike. "Jack Thorne To Script ‘Sandman’ For Joseph Gordon-Levitt". Deadline. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "Man of Steel Sequel Writer David Goyer Calls Marvel’s She-Hulk “A Giant Green Porn Star,” Insults Geeks". themarysue.com. 
  19. ^ Michael Cavna (21 May 2014). "SHE-HULK co-creator Stan Lee weighs in on David Goyer debate: ‘Only a nut would even think of that’". Washington Post. 
  20. ^ "Sir Isaac Newton will fight crime in new Warner Bros. thriller". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. 

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