One of the most prolific writers of superhero movies isn't particularly open to your ideas.
On the one hand, David Goyer has written Blade and Batman Begins ... but, on the other hand, he also wrote Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Man of Steel. Considering he's got that Superman/Batman film AND Justice League on the horizon, you might wonder what his writing process is and how he decides which stories to tell.
Well, we can confirm one thing he does NOT do -- listen to fans. According to Goyer himself:
You’re dealing with an incredibly vocal but incredibly tiny sort of [group]. That’s a mistake that I think a lot of sometimes networks and movie studios make is sort of listening too much to [them]. I mean, it’s important to listen to the fan chatter but you’re really talking about a tiny, tiny, tiny portion of your audience that may not be representative of what your mainstream audience actually thinks or feels.
That's kind of true, but only in the sense that some fans are overly rigid about what they want from an adaptation and some others will demand the most obscure characters included. But most comic fans just want a good movie, surely? And, from their wealth of knowledge, one might be content to think that some key elements to making a superhero movie successful could be gleaned.
But Goyer paraphrases Steve Jobs in his response:
I’m paraphrasing Steve Jobs, it’s like you don’t give the audience or the consumer what they want, you give them what they don’t even know they want. I mean, being involved in some of these comic book movies and stuff like that, people say, well, this is what they should do. And trust me, if we had just done exactly that I don’t think the audiences would have been completely happy. I mean that’s not to say that filmmakers can’t misfire, but if you try to just do what you think the fan community wants you’ll drive yourself crazy and you won’t actually write anything.
Again, sort of true, but there's a balancing act that should, to some degree, include doing what fans want, right? At least consult with the fans who are so big that they went on to become some of the best comic writers out there before you, say, have Clark Kent's dad tell him he should let people die in order to protect his secret. Not that I'm still mad about that, or anything ...
So, what do you make of Goyer's comments? Certainly he's not the first to say something similar. Russell T Davies repeatedly told his Doctor Who staff never to go to fan forums, for example. Do you think that's the right move, or is more attention to fans what's missing from DC movies right now?
(via Comic Book Movie)