David S. Goyer talked about the film and TV industry’s obsession with telling reimagined origin stories while promoting Starz’ “Da Vinci’s Demons,” a pseudo-historical origin story in its own right.
“I think we kind of started the trend with ‘Batman Begins,'” said Goyer, who wrote the Christopher Nolan Batman films as well as the upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” “They sort of did it again with ‘Casino Royale.’ I can’t tell you how many times people have said ‘we want you to do a ‘Batman Begins’ version of X.”
Goyer said that the “‘Batman Begins’ version of X” was the pitch for “Da Vinci’s Demons.”
“It’s the story before the story,” Goyer said. “How these iconic characters became the people they are — when you’re dealing with these iconic characters, that is fun territory to mine.”
The multi-hyphenate’s next project is arguably the “Batman Begins” version of the Superman mythos — Goyer is currently working on a prequel series called “Krypton,” which will take place 200 years before the destruction of the Man of Steel’s home planet and follow Superman’s grandfather.
“It involves more of the mythology than I think people realize,” Goyer teased. “A lot more.”
The comic book medium is a well that has been significantly tapped by the movie and TV industry in the last 10 years. Goyer, who has arguably been at the center of that trend, thinks that the industry had just been waiting for the technology to match their imaginations.
“Part of it is the technology has caught up,” Goyer said. “You can do shows like ‘The Flash’ on CW and have it look good and be economically viable, whereas you couldn’t do that in the John Wesley Shipp era.”
The “Man of Steel” scribe also attributes the genre trend to creators like himself, Sam Raimi, Guillermo del Toro, Zack Snyder and Damon Lindelof who grew up and entered the industry wanting to adapt the heroes from their youth.
“A lot of us grew up during the Marvel Age and now these are the people actually making film and TV,” he said. “It’s natural that we’d want to bring some of those characters that we grew up with into our work.”
Goyer certainly plans to keep himself busy with comic-related series after “Da Vinci’s Demons” concludes its final season and “Batman v Superman” premieres in March; in addition to “Krypton,” Goyer is working on an adaptation for USA based on IDW comic “Brooklyn Animal Control,” a thriller anchored in the world of New York’s organised crime families.