The scribe penned a foreword for the recently released deluxe hardcover version of DC Comics' 'Superman: Secret Origin' that indicates the six installment miniseries penned by Geoff Johns served as the inspiration for the first draft of his screenplay. This is a departure from Snyder's stance that the reboot would not be based on a specific existing comic or graphic novel, leading many of us to wonder just what parts of the six issues will be included and whether or not they might be mixed with other books as well (earlier rumors indicated that Snyder's film might also borrow elements from 'Superman: Birthright.' That 12-issue series would also fit in nicely with an updating of Superman's origin story).
Hit the jump for some of Goyer's more choice quotes (courtesy of Screen Rant).
Goyer, who has the somewhat unenviable task of updating the character for a new generation, had this to say about Johns' take on the character in his preface. "There is a heart breaking moment halfway through the first chapter in which young Clark is told the truth about his heritage. He races out into the night, sobbing, stumbling through the cornfields. Eventually, his foster father, Jonathan, finds him.
'I don't want to be someone else,' says Clark. 'I don't want to be different. I want to be Clark Kent. I want to be your son.'
Right there in that moment, Geoff contextualized Superman in a way that I'm not sure has ever really been done before. I had an 'aha' experience when I read that. For the first time I was able to grasp how lonely Clark must have been when he was growing up. And what a sacrifice Clark must continually make by being Superman."
Johns was clearly on to something here – taking the character (who has a decidedly goody-two-shoes demeanor) and making him human. Superman has always been hard to relate to on some levels because he's so perfect, but swinging the pendulum too far in an attempt to give him faults doesn't ring true either. Perhaps watching the character struggle with his identity and powers will make him more accessible – which was a large part of what made Johns' miniseries so compelling.
Goyer goes on to discuss how 'Superman: Secret Origin' has influenced his own script. "As I write this, I am midway through my first draft of a new Superman screenplay. It's a task that has stymied many talented fimmakers in the years since Donner's film. And for all I know, it will end up stymying me as well.
But I've got one advantage that the screenwriters who came before me didn't have– and that's access to all the wonderful Superman stories written by Geoff Johns– first and foremost being the 'Secret Origin' issues reprinted in the very volume you are now holding."
While much can change between the writing of a first draft and a shooting script, these insights into the direction Goyer is taking the character are intriguing. 'Superman: Secret Origin' certainly makes for a potentially interesting updating of Superman's origin story and would translate nicely to the screen. What do you think, comic folks? Can you live with a big screen version of Superman based on things found in 'Secret Origin,' or is there another angle you'd prefer to see Goyer and Snyder take?