February 25, 2010 / 8:14 AM / 9 years ago

Comic book veteran may shape next Superman film

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - After helping director Christopher Nolan bring Batman back to the spotlight, writer David Goyer is coming on board to rejuvenate Superman.

Warner Bros. has a lot of incentive to move forward on “Man of Steel,” as the project is rumored to be called at this stage; under a deal with the heirs of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, a movie needs to be in production by 2011 or the studio will have to fork over millions.

The studio previously attempted to revive Superman in 2006 with “Superman Returns,” which was directed by Bryan Singer.

Goyer may end up working with Nolan on “Man of Steel,” as Nolan is rumored to be taking on a consulting role in the Superman franchise. Goyer and Nolan worked on developing and writing the story for “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight.” (Goyer wrote the screenplay for “Begins” with Nolan, but the screenplay for “Knight” Nolan wrote with his brother Jonathan Nolan.)

No dealmaking has taken place; only meetings are happening at this stage. Reps for Warners and Goyer had no comment.

Goyer, who is wrapping up his involvement with his ABC show “FlashForward,” is no stranger to the DC Universe. He wrote a draft of “The Flash” several years ago, and back in 2000 he wrote the “Justice Society” comic book with Geoff Johns (who last week was appointed DC’s chief creative officer.)

Latino Review initially wrote the story of Goyer’s involvement with “Steel.”

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