David S. Goyer IS the Script Writer! - Part 1

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  1. smallville fan

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    Maybe you were meant to watch this and future films back to back? Besides Star Wars did exactly the same thing. In A New Hope, Luke was given this awesome weapon and told about this "Force" and this grand legacy of Jedi Knights he's part of. Yet, that was barely explored in that film by itself. He uses a lightsaber once for barely 5 minutes and the force only in the Death Star trench run. When Empire Strikes Back happened along with Return of the Jedi we only see Luke really embrace his legacy and the lightsaber as well as using the force to the best of his ability. Bottom line is, Luke's story fleshed out in the sequels. Not everybody has to follow "some set of rules" when it comes to coming up with how the movie goes. Some things are just too big to be explored in one movie. As for that scene of the next minute being at Kent Farm, anybody could tell considerable time has passed.
     
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    But the trouble is there was zero acknowledgement of the death and destruction in its aftermath. To continue with the Star Wars analogy, if the force represents the death and destruction, then what transpired in Man of Steel is the equivalent of the lightsaber not making an appearance in A New Hope.
     
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    I foresee plenty of flashbacks to the events of Man of Steel in the sequel which will become important plot devices. The force wasn't even used that much in A New Hope either.
     
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    But we can't. At least, not for three years.

    That's not exactly the same thing. Those are plot details, which isn't the same thing as addressing and dramatizing the things that happen in your movie. Yes, the lightsaber and the Jedi order and the force weren't delved into in great detail in the first movie, there were there to be little story hooks and lay the ground work for the plot of the sequels, but they were still addressed and dramatized within the first film. The lightsaber was shown as Luke's only link to a father he never knew with a past that was hidden from him, the Jedi order was shown to be the great destiny that Luke had always hoped for and learning of it changed his life forever, the force was this great mysterious thing that gave us a glimpse of a larger world and what Luke might one day become. We didn't get all of the answers, but these things were still addressed in the first movie.

    Addressing the destruction and the seriousness of it isn't too big to be explored in the first movie. I'm not saying have a beginning middle and end for a plot about the reconstruction of Metropolis and how it changed the world. I'm talking about reaction shots, I'm talking about taking a moment to acknowledge what happened and why it matters. You don't have to save that for another movie. You can expand on it in another movie, center the sequel's plot around it, but you can still have it in the first film.

    Yes. And? I never argued that the scene at Kent farm took place seconds after the fight. My point is that the movie skipped over that time instead of even taking a moment to address the emotional reality of the aftermath. The movie deemed that to be unimportant. That, I think, is a problem.

    That's all well and good for the sequel, but that doesn't change the fact that those things aren't in Man of Steel.
     
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    Would be more than happy to watch the two movies back to back if the sequel pans out as you described!

    I honestly don't see why acknowledgement of the death and destruction isn't essential to MoS, central even. When the death and destruction is staged for the reason that Superman has to take Zod's life, for Superman to kill in order to establish his no-kill code. In Snyder's words, the death and destruction is the staging of this Superman's mythology.
     
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    THIS!!! I've noticed this trend (maybe it's just me :woot:) in TDKR and now MOS where there's this emotional disconnect that just makes the movie and characters feel off and cold. One example is when Zod and Co. arrived over Metropolis and all the fear among humans (one of the few moments done well) is immediately undone the next day when things just seemingly go back to normal with this looming alien threat. I mean people are going back to work, school etc. like nothing happened and I'm supposed to be invested in this film. You can't raise the question of how would people react if they knew aliens etc.....and not have widespread panic and fear worse when the aliens have threatened you. The big question is posted, clearly a central theme, repeated about a million times and then we get no answers and end on a happily ever after kinda note. WTH? This is only one of the many emotionally and logically detached moments of the film. The thing that drew me (personally) to DC was their attempt to ground their stories as close to reality as possible but the way things are going we might not be able to differentiate between them and the other guys....which is just sad.
     
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    It was still a cruicial part of the movie's dramatic climax though. They didn't introduce it and then forget about it.
     
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    The lack of acknowledgement of the death and destruction ties in with the criticism that the killing of Zod feels tacked on IMO. Since the penultimate act, the Metropolis battle and destruction toll, is set up as the all-compelling reason for Zod to die at Superman's hand, while the happy ever after ending seems to segue more from the Smallville set piece than from the latter.

    The pacing and editing issues seem to stem largely from post-Smallville fight too.
     
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    I thought the pacing was really bad right from the start. The movie absolutely rushed through the character building and expository scenes and lingered a very long time on the action. I nearly got whiplash.
     
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    I was lovin' the pace and flow until 'release the world engine'. By the time the Zod fight came around, I was exhausted and fidgeting in my seat.
     
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    In terms of the death and destruction, some of you may be too young to remember 9/11. I was a month shy of 18 when it happened.

    When 9/11 happened, it was a huge shock, to everybody I've spoken to who is North American and was of political conscious age at the time. It took over the entire national dialogue and everything people were discussing beforehand (California energy crisis, etc) faded into the background. My local newspaper published a special afternoon edition, which I've never seen it do at any other time. Classes were replaced by group discussions. In the following days, blood lust took over America. There was a lot of public support to just nuke Afghanistan, and even 2 years later Americans supported an invasion of Iraq (that cost 5,000 American lives and 3 trillion dollars) because a Saudi-led team crashed planes into the WTC. An Indian restaurant I knew in Columbus had its windows smashed, as revenge for 9/11 (A lot of Americans don't distinguish India from Saudi Arabia from Afghanistan).

    I myself didn't attack any Indian restaurants, but I did write an irrational editorial for my college newspaper calling for an invasion of Afghanistan in the days following. I was angry the afternoon following the event, almost in tears, but mostly angry rather than sad. I certainly wasn't thinking about going to a place surrounded by death and destruction in every direction, and kissing my new girlfriend for the first time, and then cracking a bad joke "I'm pretty sure that only applies to other people".

    As such, we don't need to look to ancient Greece to know how people would react, if we want to be realistic. There is going to be tremendous trauma in the world, as what happened in Metropolis is far worse than what happened in NY on 9/11. With respect to Superman, there will be huge cries of "alien go home" and calls for the government to just nuke him (which would be semi-consistent with the dark knight returns).

    That's the way it needs to be if Snyder and Goyer want to be realistic. We'll see what they do. If Superman is just a hero for saving the world, then their realism will be as sound as Jor-El easily beating up Zod or Krypton having a much higher gravity than Earth.
     
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    ^ Exactly. People are on edge. Some think he's the problem, others start cults, while others don't know what to think.

    MOS2 could be a masterpiece if the writer/director took a good look at what MOST people didn't like, and then went out of their way to avoid such missteps.
     
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    I'm not sure if your post is serious.
     
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    You don't need to beat people up for it to be an action scene. The FBI chasing Lois Lane was very well done, and very convenient to the plot. As was Clark's smashing the sentinel that was going to kill Lois, and then tending to her. Those two are action scenes... they're short, but they raise the heart rate, they're pertinent, and they're fun to watch. I rate them both ahead of Superman vs Zod and the Krypton sequence.

    The Krypton sequence is a terrible action sequence, because it's completely nonsensical. I'd rate them as:

    1. Superman vs Faora/Non
    2. FBI Chasing Lois
    3. Clark saves Lois from the Sentinel
    4. Oil Rig
    5. Military vs Word Destroyer
    6. Superman vs Giant Arm in Indian Ocean
    7. Jor-El rescues Lois and Clark from Zod's ship
    8. Superman vs Zod
    9. Krypton sequence
    10. Tornado

    ETA: There's also the escape from Zod's ship (added in), which is also a terrible action sequence because Jor-El is the one to save Lois and Clark. It furthers Goyer's idiotic agenda of making Jor-El the greatest hero and character of the story.
     
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    I fully expect scenes like this to show up.

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    1)MoS would've already been out on Blu-Ray for some time. Watch it again.
    2)No the Jedi, lightsabers and the force etc were barely delved into nor dramatized and addressed in ANH. All we had was the training scene, final Vader vs Obi-Wan duel and the Trench run. Nobody back then, in 1977, knew the Force could be used for levitating, or shooting lightning or for making yourself a blue ghost etc. The film was pretty much the looming threat of the Death Star and running away from the Imperials. Only in Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi we really delve into Jedi stuff and the Force with Yoda and to an extent the Emperor.
    3) David Goyer specifically wanted to address all that in the sequel and perhaps make the destruction a plot device.

    source: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/06...steels-story-causes-the-justice-league-movie/

    I'm sure that pretty much screams "reaction shots" and "acknowledgement of the death and destruction" etc. Man of Steel's the cause and Superman/Batman's the effect. All they need to do know is cast their Lex Luthor who'll be pretty much a compelling villain who'll use all that destruction against Supes. With comics, you don't delve into everything in the zero issue.
     
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    None of those things have anything to do with what I mean when I say "dramatizing" and "addressing." Addressing and dramatizing aren't the same thing as "telling us every single detail about it." I've described what I mean when I say those things several times.

    A New Hope didn't tell us everything about what The Force is and what it can do. But it showed us that it's powerful, it's mysterious, and it holds the secret to Luke's past and Luke's destiny. It didn't just say "the force is a thing" and only use it when the plot required it. It made us feel what the Force is. Thats addressing. That's dramatization. That's what Man of Steel didn't do for the damage done in the third act.

    Okay. But none of that was in Man of Steel. Man of Steel is still severely lacking because of that.

    1: Movies and comics aren't the same.

    2: You still address and dramatize everything that was in the zero issue.
     
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    I get where Goyer is coming from, but wouldn't the #0 issue in Man of Steel's case be a story about the origins of the codex and the foundation of the Kryptonian society (or something similar)? Zero issue is a prequel that provides further background on an existing, established story.

    Clark becoming Superman is the DCU's main storyline, because he's the first superhero and him publicly donning the red and blue inspires others to follow suit (pun intended). So technically speaking, Man of Steel is DCU Year Zero.

    Back to the death and destruction: If it's compelling enough to be the conceit for Lex's villainy and the starting source of distrust for Batman, all the more it should be posed in relation to these relationships from the beginning. The death and destruction caused is already part of the DCU Superman mythology as it informs Clark's stance on killing.
     
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    Indeed. I do predict that audiences might actually be won over and end up siding with Luthor against Superman and agree to pointing fingers at him for all this. If that's the case, then this portrayal of him might actually be the best Lex Luthor ever and will probably steal the title of the definitive Lex Luthor from Clancy Brown/Michael Rosenbaum/Kevin Spacey/Gene Hackman.
     
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    A lot like how sinestro was the most interesting and likeable character in the green Lantern movie.
     
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    I forgot what happened in that movie(and for good reason). Did people actually like Sinestro?
     
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    David Goyer on Superman killing Zod:

    http://www.superherohype.com/news/a...-goyer-thinks-superman-should-be-able-to-kill
     
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    I agree with pretty much all of what he said there, but I'm confused by this part:

    Does he mean that this Superman can't fly that far away from earth, or is he just saying that he couldn't just fly Zod to the moon and leave him there?
     
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    I think he meant the latter.....maybe he can't fly there without a space suit or ship
     
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    I thought the movie implied Superman had Golden Age Power Levels .
    If that is tthe case,
    Then, he cant fly to the moon .
     
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    Golden Age Superman couldn't even fly. :huh:
     
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