Superman fans, rejoice! Smallville was canceled! Wait ... what? Oh, sorry. Wrong story. No, this is even bigger news. According to Latino Review, David Goyer has been tapped to pen the new script for Superman, which will be called The Man Of Steel. Apparently he's pitched a version of the story that will take Supes back to the days of artist John Byrne, who was responsible for the de-powering of Superman back in the mid-1980s.
"I'm taking Superman back to the basics ... It's basically Siegel and Shuster's Superman meets the Fleischer Superman in 1986." was what Byrne said at the time. In non geek-speak, that means he scaled way, way, way back. No longer could Superman juggle planets and so on, instead he was more like the original creators had envisioned him and closer to the Superman of the Max Fleischer cartoons. He was a tough guy, for sure, but he couldn't move faster than the speed of light and erase memories with a Super-smooch.
According to the article, the film assumes audiences already know about Superman (I think the whole planet knows the guy's backstory at this point), and Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Braniac, and Lex Luthor are all set to be in it. Apparently the Daily Planet is struggling due to the internet, and I'll bet money that they'll make Clark Kent have a blog at some point.
So, is this good news? I'd say yes. Goyer's hits (The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Blade) outweight his misses (Jumper, Blade: Trinity). Let's just hope this doesn't spiral into another piece of development hell. Up, up, and away!