The Info List - David S. Goyer

David Samuel Goyer (born December 22, 1965) is an American screenwriter, film director, novelist, producer, and comic book writer. His screenwriting works includes the Blade
trilogy, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, Dark City, Man of Steel, and its sequel Batman
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 for Batman Begins
Batman Begins
and received another nomination for Dark City, and has been nominated for four Hugo Awards.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Controversy 4 Filmography

4.1 Films 4.2 Television

5 Other media

5.1 Video games 5.2 Novels

6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] 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."[1][2][3] Goyer is an alumnus of Huron High School and the University of Southern California, graduating from the School of Cinema-Television in 1988.[4] 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.[5] Career[edit] A professed comic book fanatic,[6] 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
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.[7] Goyer worked with Legendary Pictures
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.[8] In late October 2011, cable channel Starz and BBC Worldwide
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.[9] The show ran for three seasons, and received generally favorable reviews, including an 81% rating from Rotten Tomatoes.[10] 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 Alexandre Dumas.[11] In June 2013, he was announced to work on both Justice League and a sequel to Man of Steel.[12] In September 2013, Goyer delivered a screenwriting lecture as part of the BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters' Lecture Series.[13] Goyer-produced the horror film The Forest, directed by Jason Zada.[14] Focus Features
Focus Features
has the North American distribution rights to the film,[15][16] which was Zada's feature film directorial debut.[14] 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.[17][18] 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.[19] 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." [19] In 2015, soon after embracing independent producing, Goyer won a competitive situation to produce the feature version of Miles.[20] 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.[21][22] 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.[23] 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"[23] In January 2016, acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro signed on to direct the feature.[24] Goyer co-wrote Warner Bros.' blockbuster Batman
v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), with Zack Snyder
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."[25] 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.[26] 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.[27] 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.[28] By February of that year, Goyer dropped out as the film's director.[29] 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.[30] Controversy[edit] 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 could fuck.[31]

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."[32] Lee later apologized for calling Goyer a "nut."[33][34] 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.[35]

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?[35]

Filmography[edit] Films[edit]

Year Film Director Producer Writer

1990 Death Warrant No No Yes

1991 Kickboxer 2 No Associate Yes

1992 Demonic Toys No No Yes

1992 Pet Sematary Two
Pet Sematary Two
(uncredited) No No Yes

1994 The Puppet Masters No No Yes

1996 The Crow: City of Angels No No Yes

1998 Dark City No No Yes

Blade No No Yes

2000 Mission to Mars No Co-producer No

2002 Zig Zag Yes No Yes

II No Executive Yes


Freddy vs. Jason
Freddy vs. Jason
(uncredited) No No Yes

2004 Blade: Trinity Yes Yes Yes

2005 Batman
Begins No No Yes

2007 The Invisible Yes No No

Ghost Rider No Executive No

2008 Jumper No No Yes

The Dark Knight No No Story

2009 The Unborn Yes No Yes

2011 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance No Executive Yes

2012 The Dark Knight Rises No No Story

2013 Man of Steel No No Yes

2016 The Forest No Yes No

v Superman: Dawn of Justice No Executive Yes

The Birth of a Nation No Executive No

2019 Masters of the Universe No Yes Yes

2020 Green Lantern Corps No Yes Yes


Year TV series Director Producer Writer Creator Notes

1997 Sleepwalkers No Yes Yes Yes Writer of the pilot episode.

1998 Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. No No Yes No Television film.

2000 FreakyLinks No No Yes Yes Writer of the pilot episode.

2005 Threshold No Yes Yes No Co-writer of the second episode.

2006 Blade: The Series No Yes Yes Yes Co-writer of the first episode and the season finale.

2009–2010 FlashForward Yes Yes Yes Yes Directed and co-wrote the pilot episode and the second episode. Co-writer of episodes 3, 10 and 17.

2012–2015 Da Vinci's Demons Yes Yes Yes Yes Writer of the pilot episode and episodes 2, 4, 8, 9 and 14.

2014–2015 Constantine No No Yes Yes Co-writer of the pilot episode and the third episode.

2018 Krypton No Yes Yes Yes Co-writer of the pilot episode.

Other media[edit] Video games[edit] Writer:

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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Renounces U.S. Citizenship in 'Action Comics' #900". comicsalliance.com. Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on 10 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.  ^ "David Goyer To Adapt His Debut Novel 'Heaven's Shadow' For Film". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on 2012-07-06.  ^ Goldberg, Lesley (October 25, 2011). "Starz Orders David Goyer's 'Da Vinci's Demons' To Series". The Hollywood Reporter.  ^ "Da Vinci's Demons". www.rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2016-02-18.  ^ "David Goyer to Direct 'Count of Monte Cristo' Remake (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2014.  ^ ‘Man Of Steel’ Sequel Underway With Zack Snyder
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And David S. Goyer ^ "Goyer Delivers her BAFTA Screenwriters' Lecture". BAFTA. September 28, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2013.  ^ a b Fleming Jr, Mike (November 5, 2013). "Lava Bear Sets Jason Zada To Helm David Goyer-Hatched 'The Forest': Video". Deadline.com. Retrieved October 30, 2014.  ^ Kit, Borys (May 22, 2014). "Focus Picks Up David Goyer Supernatural Thriller 'The Forest'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 30, 2014.  ^ McNary, Dave (May 23, 2014). "David Goyer's 'The Forest' Gets North American Distribution". Variety. Retrieved October 30, 2014.  ^ Greenwood, Carl. " Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
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David S. Goyer
Taps Kevin Turen President As Superhero Vet Takes Indie Turn". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-02-18.  ^ Jr, Mike Fleming. "David Goyer Tapped To Produce Feature Version Of Oliver Daly Short 'Miles'". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-02-18.  ^ Yamato, Jen. "Armie Hammer Joins Nate Parker's Nat Turner Biopic 'The Birth Of A Nation'". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-02-18.  ^ Hipes, Dominic Patten,Patrick. "'Birth Of A Nation' Sweeps Sundance Grand Jury & Audience Awards". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-02-18.  ^ a b "David Goyer Joins James Cameron
James Cameron
for 'Fantastic Voyage' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-02-18.  ^ McNary, Dave. " Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
in Talks for 'Fantastic Voyage' Remake". Variety. Retrieved 2016-02-18.  ^ Sciretta, Sciretta (July 6, 2017). "David Goyer Says His Darth Vader VR Project Will Make You Cry". Slashfilm.  ^ Fleming, Jr, Mike (January 12, 2017). "Warner Bros Sets David Goyer, Justin Rhodes For 'Green Lantern Corps'". Deadline.  ^ Lawrence, Derek (April 26, 2017). "McG no longer directing Masters of the Universe". Entertainment Weekly.  ^ Marc, Christopher (January 10, 2018). "Sony's Masters Of The Universe Eyeing April 2018 Production Start". Omega Underground. Retrieved January 14, 2018.  ^ Lang, Brent (February 8, 2018). "Masters Of The Universe Still Needs Director As David Goyer Passes". Variety. Retrieved February 8, 2018.  ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray. "Linda Hamilton Set To Return To Terminator". Deadline. Retrieved September 27, 2017.  ^ "Man of Steel Sequel Writer David Goyer Calls Marvel's She-Hulk
"A Giant Green Porn Star," Insults Geeks". themarysue.com.  ^ Michael Cavna (21 May 2014). "SHE-HULK co-creator Stan Lee
Stan Lee
weighs in on David Goyer debate: 'Only a nut would even think of that'". Washington Post.  ^ Sotoodeh, Sarah. " Stan Lee
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Publicly Apologizes to David Goyer Over the She-Hulk
Scandal! - PopStop TV". PopStop TV. Retrieved 2016-03-16.  ^ " Stan Lee
Stan Lee
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Vs. Superman's David Goyer A Nut". Comicbook.com. Retrieved 2016-03-16.  ^ a b Yamato, Jen (2015-10-27). "DC Movie Universe Creator: 'There Are Too Many White Male Directors'". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 

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Allan Carr
(1980) Mommie Dearest – Frank Yablans, Frank Perry, Tracy Hotchner and Robert Getchell (1981) Inchon – Robin Moore and Laird Koenig (1982) The Lonely Lady
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– John Kershaw, Shawn Randall and Ellen Shephard (1983) Bolero – John Derek
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(1984) Rambo: First Blood Part II – Sylvester Stallone, James Cameron
James Cameron
and Kevin Jarre (1985) Howard the Duck – Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz (1986) Leonard Part 6
Leonard Part 6
– Jonathan Reynolds and Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1987) Cocktail – Heywood Gould (1988) Harlem Nights
Harlem Nights
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
(1989) The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
– Daniel Waters, James Cappe & David Arnott (1990) Hudson Hawk
Hudson Hawk
– Steven E. de Souza, Daniel Waters, Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
and Robert Kraft (1991) Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
– Blake Snyder, William Osborne and William Davies – (1992) Indecent Proposal
Indecent Proposal
Amy Holden Jones (1993) The Flintstones – Jim Jennewein, Steven E. de Souza, Tom S. Parker and various others (1994) Showgirls
Joe Eszterhas (1995) Striptease – Andrew Bergman (1996) The Postman – Eric Roth and Brian Helgeland (1997) An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn – Joe Eszterhas (1998) Wild Wild West
Wild Wild West
– Jim Thomas, John Thomas, S. S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman (1999) Battlefield Earth – Corey Mandell and J. David Shapiro
J. David Shapiro


Freddy Got Fingered
Freddy Got Fingered
Tom Green
Tom Green
& Derek Harvie
Derek Harvie
(2001) Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones – George Lucas
George Lucas
and Jonathan Hales (2002) Gigli
Martin Brest (2003) Catwoman – Theresa Rebeck, John Brancato, Michael Ferris and John Rogers (2004) Dirty Love – Jenny McCarthy
Jenny McCarthy
(2005) Basic Instinct 2
Basic Instinct 2
– Leora Barish and Henry Bean (2006) I Know Who Killed Me
I Know Who Killed Me
– Jeffrey Hammond (2007) The Love Guru
The Love Guru
Mike Myers
Mike Myers
& Graham Gordy (2008) Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – Ehren Kruger, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci
Roberto Orci
(2009) The Last Airbender
The Last Airbender
M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan
(2010) Jack and Jill – Steve Koren and Adam Sandler, story by Ben Zook (2011) That's My Boy - David Caspe
David Caspe
(2012) Movie 43
Movie 43
- Steve Baker, Ricky Blitt, Will Carlough, Tobias Carlson, Jacob Fleisher, Patrik Forsberg, Will Graham, James Gunn, Claes Kjellstrom, Jack Kukoda, Bob Odenkirk, Bill O'Malley, Matthew Alec Portenoy, Greg Pritikin, Rocky Russo, Olle Sarri, Elizabeth Wright Shapiro, Jeremy Sosenko, Jonathan van Tulleken and Jonas Wittenmark (2013) Saving Christmas
Saving Christmas
- Darren Doane and Cheston Hervey (2014) Fifty Shades of Grey - Kelly Marcel (2015) Batman
v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer (2016) The Emoji Movie
The Emoji Movie
- Tony Leondis, Eric Siegel and Mike White (2017)

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William Peter Blatty
(1973) Ib Melchior/ Harlan Ellison
Harlan Ellison
(1974/75) Jimmy Sangster
Jimmy Sangster
(1976) George Lucas
George Lucas
(1977) Elaine May
Elaine May
and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1978) Nicholas Meyer
Nicholas Meyer
(1979) William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1980) Lawrence Kasdan
Lawrence Kasdan
(1981) Melissa Mathison
Melissa Mathison
(1982) Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury
(1983) James Cameron
James Cameron
and Gale Anne Hurd
Gale Anne Hurd
(1984) Tom Holland (1985) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1986) Michael Miner and Edward Neumeier
Edward Neumeier
(1987) Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg (1988) William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1989/90) Ted Tally (1991) James V. Hart
James V. Hart
(1992) Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton
and David Koepp (1993) Jim Harrison
Jim Harrison
and Wesley Strick
Wesley Strick
(1994) Andrew Kevin Walker (1995) Kevin Williamson (1996) Mike Werb and Michael Colleary (1997) Andrew Niccol
Andrew Niccol
(1998) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(1999) David Hayter
David Hayter
(2000) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2001) Scott Frank and Jon Cohen (2002) Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2003) Alvin Sargent (2004) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
and David S. Goyer
David S. Goyer
(2005) Michael Dougherty
Michael Dougherty
and Dan Harris (2006) Brad Bird
Brad Bird
(2007) Christopher and Jonathan Nolan
Jonathan Nolan
(2008) James Cameron
James Cameron
(2009) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2010) Jeff Nichols
Jeff Nichols
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Christopher and Jonathan Nolan
Jonathan Nolan
(2014) Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams, and Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2015) Eric Heisserer (2016)

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