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Old 11-21-2013, 12:49 AM   #107
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Default Re: Goyer Admits They Didn't Plan How 'Reporter Clark Kent' Could Make Sense

Originally Posted by InJustice View Post
Also, why would it be any grounds for concern? MOS is a ground zero film in which Kal-El's identity is to be explored before he can accept his "humanity" (for lack of a better term). The whole Clark Kent dichotomy in an origins story is beaten to death (SR to a lesser extent, and SI). Though, what's especially interesting is that the older movies overemphasized the Clark Kent side while ignoring the implications of his alien lineage. On the other hand, this film is placing more emphasis on the alien side than the human side. It's a breath of fresh air.
The reason the human side has been emphasized over the alien side is that the human side is more interesting and more relateable.

Further, even if it were worthwhile to focus on the alien side, Goyer didn't do a very good job of exploring the alien side at all, so that point is moot. The world-building on Krypton was shallow and inconsistent. It was basically a barrage of exposition, infantile bad-assery (Jor-El easily beating up Zod, etc), CGI, undeveloped concepts, and contradictions. They told us Clark was bullied as a child, but it was stated matter-of-factly, they didn't show him as being different at all. He looked the same, behaved the same, and behaved the same as any 9 year old boy would as far as the audience was concerned.

He didn't have a different development curve either intellectually, emotionally, or physically (aside from hidden superpowers other kids would not know about). Under the hands of a better writer who was both more competent and did wish to explore the alien side, Clark might have spoken in a manner that used slightly different rules of grammar, had different circadian rhythms, had a different physical development cycle (i.e. can't walk until age 4), and different emotional responses, etc. Then you would have an explored alien side. You need to have substance for the alien side to be explored.

Originally Posted by InJustice View Post
All writers have some kind of difficulty at some point, especially in blockbusters. The most famous being that Nolan and Goyer had no idea how to progress the story in the third act of TDKR. Does that mean that Goyer and Nolan aren't up to task because they had writer's block and couldn't figure out how to conclude Bruce's character arc? I'll leave that up to debate.
They concluded Bruce Wayne's character by giving him a happy ending. The general audience loved it, but die hard fans of the character didn't because it was original and they think that Bruce Wayne should be Batman for 15,000 nights of his life rather than a more compelling ~300 nights.

And that is hardly the "most famous" case of writer's block.

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