Why Man Of Steel Wasn't Called Superman

Writer and producer David S. Goyer speaks

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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."

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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