Why is Man of Steel's story so secretive? Blame Nolan's TDKR

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Mar 18, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT (Updated)

Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy might be long gone, but that doesn’t mean Nolan’s legacy doesn’t still linger at DC. Just ask Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer, who says he took more than a few pages out of the Dark Knight playbook along the way.

Nolan was notoriously secretive when it came to his Batman films, which became more evident than ever with all the secrecy surrounding last year’s Dark Knight Rises. But most would agree the secrecy kept fans surprised once the film finally opened, and whipped up a media feeding frenzy in the months leading up to the release.

Goyer, who also helped write all of the Nolan’s Dark Knight series, noticed the perks as well—and that’s why we know next to nothing about Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.

He told Total Film:

“It’s something Chris [Nolan] tried hard to do with the Batman films. I’m genuinely pleased with how much secrecy we’ve been able to maintain ... There’s so much of the movie that people don’t know, that hasn’t been touched upon. The trailer’s just the tiniest, tiniest tip of the iceberg.

Relatable and realistic doesn’t necessarily mean dark. I think it would be inappropriate for us to approach a Superman film as if we were doing The Dark Knight. The Batman films are a lot more nihilistic; Superman has always been a story about hope.”

So, if you’re wondering why we don't know much about Superman’s (hopefully) glorious return, blame Nolan. But, here’s hoping Goyer and company don’t forget the reason we were willing to put up with Nolan’s secrecy. The Dark Knight films were great, and therefore worth the wait. We still have to see if Man of Steel keeps up its end of that tough bargain.

What do you think about all the secrecy surrounding movie productions these days? Are you a fan of spoilers?

(Via Total Film)

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