Can David Goyer do for Godzilla what he did for the Dark Knight?

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Dec 15, 2012

The screenwriter who helped relaunch iconic superheroes like Batman and Superman for the screen is next tackling perhaps his biggest character ever: Godzilla.

Deadline reports that David Goyer will write the screenplay for Legendary Pictures' upcoming reboot of the giant nuclear lizard. Goyer has a long list of genre writing credits under his belt, some good (the first two Blade films), some not so good (The Unborn, which he also directed). But he's probably best known nowadays for co-writing the screenplay of Batman Begins with Christopher Nolan—which restored the Caped Crusader to cinematic glory—as well as contributing to the storylines for both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

In fact, Nolan and Legendary have been so pleased with Goyer's output that they handed him the scriptwriting duties for Man of Steel, next year's Superman epic being directed by Zack Snyder (which Nolan is producing).

According to Deadline, Legendary intends to approach the Godzilla mythology in "the most authentic manner possible," which probably means we can rest assured that we won't see Matthew Broderick smirking his way through this one like he did in Roland Emmerich's disastrous 1998 Godzilla flick. The company has hired Gareth Edwards to direct, and if you don't know who he is, check out a little indie film from last year called Monsters. You'll be glad you did.

No word yet on a release date, but this is looking like a 2013 summer tentpole if everything falls into place. Wouldn't it great if Hollywood finally made a Godzilla film to rival the best of the Japanese series?