David Samuel Goyer (born December 22, 1965) is an American
screenwriter, film director, novelist, producer, and comic book
His screenwriting works includes the
Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, Dark City, Man of Steel, and its
v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and he directed four
feature films: Zig Zag, Blade: Trinity, The Invisible, and The Unborn.
Goyer was also co-writer of the video games Call of Duty: Black Ops
and Call of Duty: Black Ops II. He won a Saturn Award for Best Writing
and received another nomination for Dark City, and
has been nominated for four Hugo Awards.
1 Early life
5 Other media
5.1 Video games
7 External links
Goyer and his brother Jeff were born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and were
raised by their mother. He is
Jewish on his mother's side, and
attended Hebrew school. He has stated that in regular school, "a lot
of kids beat me up, saying that I killed Christ. I was very
consciously different... I grew up with something of a chip on my
shoulder." Goyer is an alumnus of Huron High School and the
University of Southern California, graduating from the School of
Cinema-Television in 1988.
Goyer was a student of screenwriter
Nelson Gidding at USC and
frequently returned to Gidding's class as a guest speaker. He
graduated in 1988 and sold his first screenplay for Death Warrant in
1989, which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme. With his first paycheck, he
bought a new Isuzu Trooper, which was stolen the very first night he
drove it home.
A professed comic book fanatic, Goyer has written or co-written
several screenplays based on comic book characters and series,
including Batman, Superman, Ghost Rider, and Blade. Goyer wrote a
title based around the
Justice Society of America
Justice Society of America for
DC Comics titled
JSA, which debuted in August 1999. For the first five issues, he
collaborated with James Robinson and, until his departure following
issue 51, with Geoff Johns, who would take over as solo writer.
Alongside Brannon Braga, Goyer co-created FlashForward, a science
fiction TV series that premiered on ABC in Fall 2009. The show was
based on the novel by Robert J. Sawyer. He stepped in as show runner
in October 2009 after the show struggled out of the gate. On Feb. 5,
2010, Goyer announced he would be stepping down as FlashForward
showrunner to focus on feature films and directing.
In 2011, Goyer wrote a short story titled "The Incident" in which
Superman renounces his United States citizenship. Goyer worked with
Legendary Pictures on three of their upcoming projects. He co-wrote
the scripts for
The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Man of Steel (2013).
In addition, he did a one-step 4-week rewrite for Legendary Pictures'
Godzilla reboot. During the same year, Goyer also published his first
novel, Heaven's Shadow, the first in a trilogy co-written by Michael
Cassutt for Ace/Penguin. The novel received generally positive
reviews. Goyer subsequently sold the film rights to Warner Brothers
and is currently adapting the first novel for the big screen.
In late October 2011, cable channel Starz and
BBC Worldwide greenlit
his TV project, Da Vinci’s Demons, which followed the life of a
25-year-old Leonardo da Vinci. "This will be a show about secret
histories, genius, madness and all things profane," according to
Goyer. The show ran for three seasons, and received generally
favorable reviews, including an 81% rating from Rotten Tomatoes.
In March 2013,
The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter announced that Goyer would be
directing a film adaptation of the novel
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo by
In June 2013, he was announced to work on both Justice League and a
sequel to Man of Steel. In September 2013, Goyer delivered a
screenwriting lecture as part of the BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters'
Lecture Series. Goyer-produced the horror film The Forest,
directed by Jason Zada.
Focus Features has the North American
distribution rights to the film, which was Zada's feature film
In December 2013, it was announced that he would work with Joseph
Gordon-Levitt on a film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's comic book The
Sandman, with a story treatment by Goyer and script by Jack
Thorne. By 2014, having already earned a reputation as a
veteran of the superhero genre, Goyer shifted his focus to the
independent production genre, hiring producer Kevin Turen to run his
company. Explaining his thinking, Goyer said: "Everybody talks
about how it seems like studios increasingly are relying on these big
tentpoles and some micro-budget horror films, and that’s the
majority of the slate," Goyer said. "I’ve been a benefactor of that
movement, but there are a ton of films out there I’ve really admired
over the last few years that studios aren’t making, and I wanted to
see if I could help get more of them made."  In 2015, soon after
embracing independent producing, Goyer won a competitive situation to
produce the feature version of Miles. Furthermore, he
executive-produced Nate Parker's feature Birth of a Nation, which
recently sold for a record $17.5 million at Sundance, before sweeping
the festival's awards.
In addition to producing, Goyer continues to write. In 2014, he was
tapped to write and produce the feature Fantastic Voyage, based on the
1966 original, for James Cameron. Breaking the news, the Hollywood
Reporter announced: "The project has been quiet since 2011 but Goyer's
involvement kick-starts and will re-engineer what the studio and
producers hope to be an event-sized tentpole. It is also now placing
the project on the fast track" In January 2016, acclaimed director
Guillermo Del Toro signed on to direct the feature. Goyer co-wrote
Warner Bros.' blockbuster
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016),
Zack Snyder and Chris Terrio. In July 2016 it was announced that
Goyer will write and direct an upcoming interactive virtual reality
film about Darth Vader. Goyer stated that he found creating VR content
very different from other media, but said "it's surprising how much
you feel and how emotional [the VR experience] is [...] there is stuff
that makes you tear up and cry, and its really phenomenal."
In January 2017, Goyer signed on to co-produced and co-write Green
Lantern Corps, an installment in the DC Extended Universe, with Justin
Rhodes based on a story treatment by Goyer and Geoff Johns. By
April of the same year, it was announced that he had signed on to
write the script for the reboot of Masters of the Universe, intended
to be released in 2019. Goyer was later announced as director
along with Lindsey Beer writing a new draft of the screenplay in
January 2018. Filming is set to begin April 2018. By February of
that year, Goyer dropped out as the film's director.
In September 2017, Deadline reported that Goyer and his Green Lantern
Corps partner Justin Rhodes, as well as Chris Eglee and Josh Friedman
were hired to take part in a writers room, in order to write the next
Terminator trilogy, under the direction of collaborating team Tim
Miller and James Cameron.
In a May 2014 interview for the podcast
Scriptnotes by Craig Mazin,
Goyer made the following statement regarding the creation of She-Hulk:
I have a theory about She-Hulk. Which was created by a man, right? And
at the time in particular I think 95% of comic book readers were men
and certainly almost all of the comic book writers were men. So the
Hulk was this classic male power fantasy. It’s like, most of the
people reading comic books were these people like me who were just
these little kids getting the shit kicked out of them every day... And
so then they created She-Hulk, right? Who was still smart... I think
She-Hulk is the chick that you could fuck if you were Hulk, you know
what I’m saying? ...
She-Hulk was the extension of the male power
fantasy. So it’s like if I’m going to be this geek who becomes the
Hulk then let’s create a giant green porn star that only the Hulk
Stan Lee, one of the creators of She-Hulk, initially responded against
Goyer's accusations stating "Never for an instant did I want her as a
love interest for Hulk, only a nut would even think of that." Lee
later apologized for calling Goyer a "nut."
In an October 2015 interview with The Daily Beast, Goyer clarified his
comments from that night
It was part of a very off-the-cuff evening, and if people listen to
the whole stream there was no one on that panel who was being remotely
serious the entire night. My comment was one of a bunch of off-the
cuff-comments. What I was trying to say, and I realize people took
offense to it, was that when I was a kid people were saying this was a
sort of a model character but there were nuances that were lost to me
when I was a 13-year-old. We were saying it in a joking way, but
that’s what everyone was saying. I think that as a kid, as a
prepubescent boy, I said even in my quote that something like 90
percent of the creators were male, as were the readers. So it’s a
very biased view of the world.
In the same interview, Goyer went on to say:
I think the world would be a better place if more filmmakers were
either female or came from more diverse backgrounds, because there are
too many white male directors. I was on the board of the Writer’s
Guild and that was a big issue for us, sort of the chicken-and-the-egg
thing: How do we add more diverse voices, especially when the audience
is so diverse?
Pet Sematary Two
Pet Sematary Two (uncredited)
The Puppet Masters
The Crow: City of Angels
Mission to Mars
Freddy vs. Jason
Freddy vs. Jason (uncredited)
The Dark Knight
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
The Dark Knight Rises
Man of Steel
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The Birth of a Nation
Masters of the Universe
Green Lantern Corps
Writer of the pilot episode.
Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Writer of the pilot episode.
Co-writer of the second episode.
Blade: The Series
Co-writer of the first episode and the season finale.
Directed and co-wrote the pilot episode and the second episode.
Co-writer of episodes 3, 10 and 17.
Da Vinci's Demons
Writer of the pilot episode and episodes 2, 4, 8, 9 and 14.
Co-writer of the pilot episode and the third episode.
Co-writer of the pilot episode.
Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012)
Heaven's Shadow (2011)
Heaven's War (2012)
Heaven's Fall (2013)
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