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Why Man Of Steel Wasn't Called Superman
Writer and producer David S. Goyer speaks

17 May 2013  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: Exclusive / SoundCloud

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It's not that unusual for interviews on the Empire Podcast to include news stories that jump out of the podcast and onto the internet at large. Ryan Reynolds (on both the Justice League movie and the Deadpool script), Iron Man 3's Drew Pearce and Shane Black (on Pepper Potts sex scenes and more). Now writer / producer / director David S. Goyer is talking about why Man Of Steel has that title in the first place.

The interview in question went live two weeks ago, in Podcast #59, which also included the delightful Rian Johnson talking about directing or writing a Doctor Who project, but instead of fanfaring the news snippet we thought we'd leave it in there as a kind-of-sorta present for regular listeners. 

Now time has passed, here's a transcript of what Mr. Goyer said for anyone who's allergic to podcasting and/or doesn't have headphones they can use in the office.

"We decided not to call it Superman, that was very deliberate. Chris [Nolan] and I [suggested] Man Of Steel, and Warner Bros. said, ‘Why?' And we started talking about it, and we said, ‘We want a line of demarcation in the sand between the old and the new.’"

"We always knew we would be using the Superman glyph or the shield as we call it. But Man Of Steel was also supposed to represent our take, which was he’s a man, but he’s not made of flesh and blood, metaphorically he’s a man of steel. So that was sort of the whole thing wrapped up in a nutshell."

You can listen to the whole podcast below - the David S. Goyer interview starts at around 44.29 - or you can make sure you don't miss out next time around by subscribing to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed.

Man Of Steel lands on June 14. The latest trailer can be found lurking below and for lots more on the movie, pick up the new issue of Empire in shops or on the iPad


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Actually in sweden "superman" has always been called "Stålmannen" witch translates into "man of steel". So I think that the name comes from the Swedish name. More

Posted by Man Of Danks at 16:15 on 24 April 2015 | Report This Post

L: His Dudeness Ha!! you said Sunger!! be he didnt want to use that dirty S word around here! dont blame him! More

Posted by Dannybohy at 15:40 on 20 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: He's over thinking it a bit.
Using a nickname also worked for the lead character of TDK. And, Man of Steel, by being completely free of the word Superman, wont get lost among other Superman related material in search engines. Story and marketing reasons for it not being called superman, as well as the S symbol already being well enough known for the symbol not to need the name attached. More

Posted by jobloffski at 11:25 on 19 May 2013 | Report This Post

He's over thinking it a bit.
I think Chris Nolan suggested Man of Steel because it's to Superman what Dark Knight is to Batman so it gives the DC movies (or at least the ones he's involved with) a more cohesive feel. More

Posted by bobson13 at 23:24 on 17 May 2013 | Report This Post

Make The Break
it helps to make a break with past 'superman' movies and they can use 'man of tomorrow' as title for a sequel. More

Posted by spark1 at 14:15 on 17 May 2013 | Report This Post

Ha!! you said Sunger!! More

Posted by His Dudeness at 13:58 on 17 May 2013 | Report This Post

I thought this was going to be the title for sunger's unmade sequel More

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