I'm not sure where this "grounded in reality" wave crashed upon Hollyweird but it has been invading the superhero genre for some years now. I do actually prefer that approach, which is why I much rather balance a beer on my stomach as I watch The Dark Knight Trilogy as opposed to watching The Fantastic Four. Although, are there many that would argue that stance?
David Goyer is obviously a proponent of the "grounded in reality" era. He certainly brought that to Batman and you can even see it in his short lived television venture Flash Forward. Kind of a tall order to attempt such a feat with Superman, but him and WB's Golden Ticket Christopher Nolan are surely trying with Man Of Steel.
Moderator: You are quite good at writing two kinds of stories: fantasy completely original stories, with a supernatural aspect, and also adaptations (especially from comic-books) that you reinvent in an original way. We know you're working on a new comic-book adaptation, a DC Comics adaptation. What does this work have in common with you previous works?
David Goyer: Are we talking about Man of Steel? What Christopher Nolan and I have done with Superman is trying to bring the same naturalistic approach that we used adopted for the Batman trilogy. We always had a naturalistic approach, we want out stories to be rooted in reality, like they could happen in the same world we live in. It's not that easy with Superman, and actually this doesn't necessarily mean we will make a dark movie. But working on this reboot we are thinking about what would happen if a story like this one actually happened. How would people react to this? What impact would have the presence of Superman in the real world? What I really like to do is writing "genre" stories without a cartoonish element. I did the same with Da Vinci's Demons, and I'll do the same with Man of Steel.