Kevin Smith On David Goyer’s Comic Book Knowledge And The Movies’ Road To A ‘Massive’ JUSTICE LEAGUE Story
Kevin Smith is a director and giant fanboy. There are a lot of Batman fans out there, but few of them have their own podcast dedicated to the Caped Crusader that regularly has guests from the worlds of comic books, television, and movies. Even fewer have gotten as close to the new Batman as Smith has (and you can see above to Stan Lee‘s amazement). That’s why folks pay attention to what Smith has to say about the DC Cinematic Universe, even more so since he got the inside track on Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice from director Zack Snyder during the fan Q&A he hosted last year. Smith weighed in on David Goyer‘s rather ridiculous comments recently about She-Hulk and Martian Manhunter on the latest episode of Hollywood Babble-On then dropped some rather teaser-y hints about what the Warner Bros. DCU is doing as it builds to a ‘massive‘ Justice League story.
You may remember last week DC movie super scribe David Goyer got in a lot of hot water thanks to his comments during a Scriptnotes Podcast where he said She-Hulk was little more than a porn star and Martian Manhunter was a dumb characters beloved by virgins (read it here if you somehow missed it). Stan Lee weighed in on those comments shortly thereafter, saying “only a nut” would think such things. Smith was a little nicer with his response, though he does think Goyer‘s comic book knowledge is severely lacking (transcription via ComicBook):
At the end of the day, it’s not like the dude is Hitler of something like that. He was on a podcast. There were people in the room, and he was trying to make them laugh. And he went in a direction that look be honest, this is material that you [Ralph Garman] and I would f****** do.
[Ralph Garman mentions they don’t hold the “keys to the kingdom of DC movies though]. That’s the problem. And it’s number one, like you’re going to make comments like that, and you’re the person who is responsible for introducing Wonder Woman. That’s why there’s a lot of cats upset online. And then beyond just the icky girl stuff or whatever, the like ‘oh nerd stuff,’ the thing that I found really troubling too was the Martian Manhunter thing as well. Because that idea could never work, because it’s only existed for what like forty or fifty years, tried and true. These things are all make pretend anyway. It’s a comic book. Why couldn’t there be a Martian Manhunter?
I wonder what’s going to happen at this point, probably nothing at the end of the day. But there was a big, f****** loud noise about it online. I’m not jumping on the bandwagon and being like f*** Goyer or something like that, but I always liked She-Hulk. I always thought it was a cool character. And also having known that they were cousins and stuff, like that made sense, it wasn’t…when I read his comments, that’s what I found weird too. I’m like, ‘I don’t think David Goyer reads comic books whatsoever man.’ He got a lot of things f****** wrong.
It wasn’t all controversy and negativity though. Smith also talked about the recently titled Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Up until last week we have been calling the upcoming flick Batman vs. Superman, but now it’s official with the dropped “s” and fresh subtitle. The Batman mega-fanboy weighed in on the title and teased how all these DC movies are actually leading up to a ‘massive‘ Justice League story:
It’s a bit of a mouthful. And also, I don’t know why Batman V. Superman. Why not just throw the “s” in there? Or spell it or something like that. Or honestly, every comic book fan on the planet, who is a DC comic book fan, I think we all wanted to see Batman/Superman: World’s Finest. But look, they’re obviously beginning something, and there’s a stretch of these flick. And so this is the beginning of the Justice League, as we all suspected as they were announcing that cast. We were like, ‘This is the beginning of a Justice League movie.’ From what I understand now, it’s no longer like, ‘This is Superman 2.’ They’re not doing these things. They’re doing like, ‘Here’s Man of Steel. Here’s Batman/Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ The next one is not like a sequel to one of the characters. They’re just going to keep building their universe for about five or six movies. But all of them…it’s supposed to tell one massive story, which is all Justice League oriented.
We pretty well figured the movie was no longer a Man of Steel sequel and was now a Justice League prequel, but Smith has the inside track so that serves as something of a confirmation. It’s interesting that he says the next one is going to be a sequel to one of the characters. The word on the web is that Batman will be getting his own solo movie and that Ben Affleck will be directing it. If that’s true, we can probably expect the next round of solo movies to come after Justice League. There’s a lot going on in the DC movie universe and it looks like the studio is finally getting their ducks in a row. What do you think about Smith‘s comments?
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