The story in which Superman announces he is to renounce his American citizenship, in Action Comics #900 has received all sorts of publicity this week. And led DC Comics to issue a press release indicating that the story wasn’t going to be followed up on. Not in the comics anyway.
The nine page story was written by one David Goyer, whose involvement in the comic, alongside the likes of Damon Lindelof and Richard Donner was because of his media profile. He wrote the screenplays for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, as well as for Superman: Man Of Steel, the upcoming movie directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan.
Talking to the LA Times, Christopher Nolan talked about the origin of the upcoming film;
Nolan and Goyer, a key collaborator on both Batman films, were at a story impasse on the third Batman film (which is now picking up steam as well) when, as a distraction, Goyer gave the filmmaker a daydream version of how he would tackle a story about the last son of Krypton.
“He basically told me, ‘I have this thought about how you would approach Superman,’” Nolan recalled. “I immediately got it, loved it and thought: That is a way of approaching the story I’ve never seen before that makes it incredibly exciting. I wanted to get Emma and I involved in shepherding the project right away and getting it to the studio and getting it going in an exciting way.”
Goyer is now writing the screenplay and Nolan is keeping it close to the vest.
Has David Goyer’s nine page story given us the very inkling as to the tone and the politics of the next Superman movie? They certainly would be rather…. exciting.
And if this is how the right wing blogosphere react to a nine page comic most of them haven’t read, how will a film addressing similar issues go down when it’s being seen by everyone?
Superman Versus… America??
Or, as usual, is it all supposition and nonsense…