David Goyer

May 13, 2014 | 3:49 p.m.

‘Constantine': Matt Ryan confronts his demons in trailer for NBC show

The first trailer for NBC’s pilot “Constantine” has arrived, offering a sneak peak into Matt Ryan’s portrayal of the beloved antihero. The show is based on the DC Comics character John Constantine, a chain-smoking con man and occult detective from Liverpool, England, known for his cynicism and foul-mouthed snark. Constantine, who served as the lead character in the “Hellblazer” series, made his comics debut in a 1985 issue of “Swamp Thing.” More recently, he’s the star of his own New 52 title, “Constantine,” and a major player in “Justice League Dark.” Judging from the new trailer, the NBC series, created by executive producers Daniel Cerone (“Dexter”) and David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight” film trilogy), appears more faithful to Constantine’s cynical, disaffected origins than 2005’s feature film “Constantine,” starring Keanu Reeves as the reluctant paranormal investigator. The “Constantine” pilot was […]
March 20, 2014 | 8:01 a.m.

‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ composer Bear McCreary scores with Calder Quartet

Bear McCreary conducts an orchestra while performing the score for a second- season episode of "Da Vinci's Demons" at the Bridge Recording Studio  in Glendale. (Chris Pizzello/Invision for Starz/AP Images)
As a classical-music ensemble with a sterling critical reputation and a flair for the contemporary, the Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet is used to playing at some of  the most prestigious concert venues around the world. On a recent winter morning, however, the musicians were in a modest studio in a not-so-glamorous stretch of Glendale dominated by shabby industrial warehouses. Passing freight trains emitted a repetitive ka-chink as they moved through the area on rusty tracks. Inside, a rhythm of a different sort was at play. The quartet was recording (and re-recording… and re-recording) a staccato passage for the soundtrack of the Starz drama series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” Leading them from the podium was the series’ Emmy-winning composer Bear McCreary. The 35-year-old McCreary demanded the musicians repeat the passage several times, suggesting slight changes in their interpretation with each take. “Maybe […]
March 13, 2014 | 11:56 a.m.

‘Constantine’ first look: Matt Ryan looks the part for NBC pilot

Matt Ryan in character as John Constantine, the DC Comics character that serves as the inspiration for the NBC pilot "Constantine." (Warner Bros. Television)
The first official image for the upcoming NBC pilot “Constantine” is out, offering a glimpse of British actor Matt Ryan donning the DC character’s trademark trenchcoat. The show is based on DC Comics’ antihero John Constantine, a chain-smoking con man and occult detective from Liverpool, known for his cynicism and foul-mouthed snark. Constantine, who served as the lead character in the “Hellblazer” series, made his comics debut in a 1985 issue of “Swamp Thing.” More recently, he’s the star of his own New 52 title, “Constantine” and a major player in “Justice League Dark.” The NBC and Warner Bros. Television pilot comes from executive producers Daniel Cerone (“Dexter”) and David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight” film trilogy) and director Neil Marshall (“Game of Thrones”). “I’ve been a fan of John Constantine since he was first introduced in 1985,” Goyer said […]
Aug. 23, 2013 | 12:25 p.m.

Ben Affleck’s Batman casting in ‘Man of Steel’ sequel sparks backlash

Ben Affleck (featured image)
Word that Ben Affleck will play Batman in the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel disappointed Dark Knight fans, who took to Twitter and Facebook to voice their displeasure — and to poke some fun at the former “Daredevil” actor. Friday morning, #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck was trending on Twitter, with users offering suggestions as to who would make a better Batman. A few examples: I would have even been ok with them giving it to Joseph Gordon-Levitt #betterbatmanthanbenaffleck pic.twitter.com/tLFmo1G8b7 — Kevin Neely (@kevnee96) August 23, 2013 #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck Josh Brolin — MARIO (@Mik3hawk_) August 23, 2013 Matt Damon would do a better job #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck — klassiqkal (@klassiqkal) August 23, 2013 #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck Sorry guys, but Christian Bale will always be THE BATMAN pic.twitter.com/Arjayw6Mvj — Mitz Ü/ (@mitZ1507) August 23, 2013 #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck 2 Chainz pic.twitter.com/utwZmkFHgm — Mikey (@fsmikey) August 23, 2013 #betterbatmanthanbenaffleck Meryl Streep pic.twitter.com/cLcyqxuBmZ — […]
Aug. 22, 2013 | 6:22 p.m.

Ben Affleck will play Batman in ‘Man of Steel’ sequel, due July 17, 2015

Ben Affleck. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)
Ben Affleck will play Batman opposite Henry Cavill in the “Man of Steel” sequel, Warner Bros. announced today. In a statement, director Zack Snyder expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck, noting, “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman.  He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne.  I can’t wait to work with him.” Snyder, who directed “Man of Steel,” is set to co-write the story with David S. Goyer, who will pen the screenplay. Production is expected to begin next year, with a July 17, 2015, release date. POLL: Who should play Batman instead of Ben Affleck? Affleck, of course, has a history […]
June 12, 2013 | 7:27 p.m.

‘Man of Steel’ writer: Superman and Batman will always ‘have the edge’

“Man of Steel” flies into theaters Friday hoping to reinvent Superman for a new era, no small feat for the original superhero, a character who debuted in the pages of “Action Comics” No. 1 in 1938 and celebrates his 75th anniversary this year. Filmmaker David S. Goyer teamed with his “Dark Knight” trilogy collaborator Christopher Nolan on the story and wrote the screenplay for the Zack Snyder-directed movie, and Goyer recently spoke to Hero Complex about the project — its incredibly high stakes, his detailed approach to writing the script and why Superman matters to so many people (and maybe something about “Justice League” too). HC: You’ve said previously that you never really understood Superman as a character. How did you ultimately find your way in to the story? DG: I had just become a stepfather and my now wife […]
June 07, 2013 | 11:36 a.m.

‘DaVinci’s Demons': Exclusive clip, David S. Goyer talks season finale

Tom Riley as Leonardo Da Vinci in "Da Vinci's Demons." (Starz)
The first season of “Da Vinci’s Demons” comes to a close Friday with an episode titled “The Lovers,” and the show’s creator, David S. Goyer, is promising that some secrets will be revealed — namely the identity of the Prisoner. “We’re going to reveal who the Prisoner is in the eighth episode,” Goyer confirmed. “We’ve got to answer some questions and introduce some new mysteries as well. So, we decided we’re going to say who the Prisoner is at the end of the first season. You still don’t fully understand why he’s the Prisoner. We’re going to reveal that in the second season.” Hero Complex readers can check out an exclusive clip from the season finale below — an emotional moment between DaVinci, played by English actor Tom Riley, and Lucrezia Donati, actress Laura Haddock. “Da Vinci’s Demons,” starring English […]
May 21, 2013 | 11:47 p.m.

‘Man of Steel’ trailer: Zod demands Superman’s surrender [video]

The latest trailer for “Man of Steel,” the new Superman film that sees Henry Cavill don the red cape of the famous hero, begins with a cryptic transmission from Michael Shannon’s General Zod, warning citizens of Earth, “You are not alone.” Zod’s chilling speech, in which he demands that the last son of Krypton surrender or bring about the destruction of his adopted planet, serves as the backdrop for a number of scenic shots from the film, set for a June 14 release. “Man of Steel” is directed by Zack Snyder from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, the writing team behind the “Dark Knight” trilogy, which modernized Batman and broke box-office records. But reviving the world’s first comic-book superhero on the big screen — Superman turns 75 this year — is no small task. “In the comic-book […]
Jan. 22, 2013 | 10:33 a.m.

‘Following,’ ‘Bates Motel,’ ‘Defiance': Next in promising genre TV

'Defiance,' 'The Following,' 'Bates Motel'
“Fringe” might have just concluded its run last week with an emotional two-hour finale, but that’s hardly reason for discerning genre television fans to despair. AMC’s hit zombie series “The Walking Dead” picks up its run of third season episodes next month, while HBO’s lavish fantasy serial “Game of Thrones” returns for its third season in March. And there’s a host of new, interesting offerings as well. Some, such as “Continuum” and “Ripper Street,” have been road-tested in other countries. Others, such as “Defiance,” are totally unknown properties with serious world-building potential. And then there’s “Bates Motel,” which might be the only show that can tout links to Alfred Hitchcock and “Lost.” Not too shabby. Following is a look at some of the most interesting options heading your way this spring — and yes, “The Following” made the list. “Continuum” […]
Jan. 05, 2013 | 11:30 a.m.

David Goyer: ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ takes ‘Batman Begins’ approach

David S. Goyer, right, and Tom Riley, who plays Leonardo da Vinci, on the set of "Da Vinci's Demons." (Ollie Upton/ Starz Entertainment)
David S. Goyer has made a living inventing outsized mythologies for some of pop culture’s most beloved figures — Batman, Superman, he’s even working on a new Godzilla movie due out in 2014. Now, he’s giving Leonardo da Vinci the superhero treatment. Starz’s “Da Vinci’s Demons” presents the gifted Renaissance artist as a born-out-of-wedlock tortured genius with a penchant for opium who is branded as a heretic by the all-powerful church. All of which, Goyer points out, is true. The eight-episode series, which is set to premiere April 12, concentrates on Da Vinci (played by English actor Tom Riley) as a young man beginning at 25 and imagines his development as a free thinker in a rigid, often-secretive society. There is surprisingly little known about the Italian artist, often regarded as one of the greatest geniuses of Western civilization, during […]
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