His screenwriting works includes the Blade trilogy, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, Dark City, Man of Steel, and its sequel Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and he directed four feature films: Zig Zag, Blade: Trinity, The Invisible, and The Unborn.
Goyer was also co-writer of the video games Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Black Ops II. He won a Saturn Award for Best Writing for Batman Begins and received another nomination for Dark City, and has been nominated for four Hugo Awards.
David S. Goyer
Goyer at the San Diego Comic-Con, 2013
|Born||David Samuel Goyer|
December 22, 1965
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter, novelist, comic book writer|
|Genre||Screenwriter; comic books|
Goyer and his brother Jeff were born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and were raised by their mother. He is Jewish on his mother's side, and attended Hebrew school. He has stated that in regular school, "a lot of kids beat me up, saying that I killed Christ. I was very consciously different... I grew up with something of a chip on my shoulder." Goyer is an alumnus of Huron High School and the University of Southern California, graduating from the School of Cinema-Television in 1988.
Goyer was a student of screenwriter Nelson Gidding at USC and frequently returned to Gidding's class as a guest speaker. He graduated in 1988 and sold his first screenplay for Death Warrant in 1989, which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme. With his first paycheck, he bought a new Isuzu Trooper, which was stolen the very first night he drove it home.
A professed comic book fanatic, Goyer has written or co-written several screenplays based on comic book characters and series, including Batman, Superman, Ghost Rider, and Blade. Goyer wrote a title based around the Justice Society of America for DC Comics titled JSA, which debuted in August 1999. For the first five issues, he collaborated with James Robinson and, until his departure following issue 51, with Geoff Johns, who would take over as solo writer. Alongside Brannon Braga, Goyer co-created FlashForward, a science fiction TV series that premiered on ABC in Fall 2009. The show was based on the novel by Robert J. Sawyer. He stepped in as show runner in October 2009 after the show struggled out of the gate. On Feb. 5, 2010, Goyer announced he would be stepping down as FlashForward showrunner to focus on feature films and directing.
In 2011, Goyer wrote a short story titled "The Incident" in which Superman renounces his United States citizenship. Goyer worked with Legendary Pictures on three of their upcoming projects. He co-wrote the scripts for The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Man of Steel (2013). In addition, he did a one-step 4-week rewrite for Legendary Pictures' Godzilla reboot. During the same year, Goyer also published his first novel, Heaven's Shadow, the first in a trilogy co-written by Michael Cassutt for Ace/Penguin. The novel received generally positive reviews. Goyer subsequently sold the film rights to Warner Brothers and is currently adapting the first novel for the big screen.
In late October 2011, cable channel Starz and BBC Worldwide greenlit his TV project, Da Vinci's Demons, which followed the life of a 25-year-old Leonardo da Vinci. "This will be a show about secret histories, genius, madness and all things profane," according to Goyer. The show ran for three seasons, and received generally favorable reviews, including an 81% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. In March 2013, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Goyer would be directing a film adaptation of the novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.
In June 2013, he was announced to work on both Justice League and a sequel to Man of Steel. In September 2013, Goyer delivered a screenwriting lecture as part of the BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters' Lecture Series. Goyer-produced the horror film The Forest, directed by Jason Zada. Focus Features has the North American distribution rights to the film, which was Zada's feature film directorial debut.
In December 2013, it was announced that he would work with Joseph Gordon-Levitt on a film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's comic book The Sandman, with a story treatment by Goyer and script by Jack Thorne. By 2014, having already earned a reputation as a veteran of the superhero genre, Goyer shifted his focus to the independent production genre, hiring producer Kevin Turen to run his company. Explaining his thinking, Goyer said: "Everybody talks about how it seems like studios increasingly are relying on these big tentpoles and some micro-budget horror films, and that's the majority of the slate," Goyer said. "I've been a benefactor of that movement, but there are a ton of films out there I've really admired over the last few years that studios aren't making, and I wanted to see if I could help get more of them made."  In 2015, soon after embracing independent producing, Goyer won a competitive situation to produce the feature version of Miles. Furthermore, he executive-produced Nate Parker's feature Birth of a Nation, which recently sold for a record $17.5 million at Sundance, before sweeping the festival's awards.
In addition to producing, Goyer continues to write. In 2014, he was tapped to write and produce the feature Fantastic Voyage, based on the 1966 original, for James Cameron. Breaking the news, the Hollywood Reporter announced: "The project has been quiet since 2011 but Goyer's involvement kick-starts and will re-engineer what the studio and producers hope to be an event-sized tentpole. It is also now placing the project on the fast track" In January 2016, acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro signed on to direct the feature. Goyer co-wrote Warner Bros.' blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), with Zack Snyder and Chris Terrio. In July 2016 it was announced that Goyer will write and direct an upcoming interactive virtual reality film about Darth Vader. Goyer stated that he found creating VR content very different from other media, but said "it's surprising how much you feel and how emotional [the VR experience] is [...] there is stuff that makes you tear up and cry, and its really phenomenal."
In January 2017, Goyer signed on to co-produced and co-write Green Lantern Corps, an installment in the DC Extended Universe, with Justin Rhodes based on a story treatment by Goyer and Geoff Johns. By April of the same year, it was announced that he had signed on to write the script for the reboot of Masters of the Universe, intended to be released in 2019. Goyer was later announced as director along with Lindsey Beer writing a new draft of the screenplay in January 2018. Filming was set to begin April 2018. By February of that year, Goyer dropped out as the film's director.
In September 2017, Deadline reported that Goyer and his Green Lantern Corps partner Justin Rhodes, as well as Chris Eglee and Josh Friedman were hired to take part in a writers room, in order to write the next Terminator trilogy, under the direction of collaborating team Tim Miller and James Cameron.
I have a theory about She-Hulk. Which was created by a man, right? And at the time in particular I think 95% of comic book readers were men and certainly almost all of the comic book writers were men. So the Hulk was this classic male power fantasy. It's like, most of the people reading comic books were these people like me who were just these little kids getting the shit kicked out of them every day... And so then they created She-Hulk, right? Who was still smart... I think She-Hulk is the chick that you could fuck if you were Hulk, you know what I'm saying? ... She-Hulk was the extension of the male power fantasy. So it's like if I'm going to be this geek who becomes the Hulk then let's create a giant green porn star that only the Hulk could fuck.
Stan Lee, one of the creators of She-Hulk, initially responded against Goyer's accusations stating "Never for an instant did I want her as a love interest for Hulk, only a nut would even think of that." Lee later apologized for calling Goyer a "nut."
In an October 2015 interview with The Daily Beast, Goyer clarified his comments from that night:
It was part of a very off-the-cuff evening, and if people listen to the whole stream there was no one on that panel who was being remotely serious the entire night. My comment was one of a bunch of off-the cuff-comments. What I was trying to say, and I realize people took offense to it, was that when I was a kid people were saying this was a sort of a model character but there were nuances that were lost to me when I was a 13-year-old. We were saying it in a joking way, but that's what everyone was saying. I think that as a kid, as a prepubescent boy, I said even in my quote that something like 90 percent of the creators were male, as were the readers. So it's a very biased view of the world.
In the same interview, Goyer went on to say:
I think the world would be a better place if more filmmakers were either female or came from more diverse backgrounds, because there are too many white male directors. I was on the board of the Writer's Guild and that was a big issue for us, sort of the chicken-and-the-egg thing: How do we add more diverse voices, especially when the audience is so diverse?
|Pet Sematary Two (uncredited)||No||No||Yes|
|1994||The Puppet Masters||No||No||Yes|
|1996||The Crow: City of Angels||No||No||Yes|
|2000||Mission to Mars||No||Co-producer||No|
|Freddy vs. Jason (uncredited)||No||No||Yes|
|The Dark Knight||No||No||Story|
|2011||Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance||No||Executive||Yes|
|2012||The Dark Knight Rises||No||No||Story|
|2013||Man of Steel||No||No||Yes|
|Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||No||Executive||Yes|
|The Birth of a Nation||No||Executive||No|
|Masters of the Universe||No||Yes||Yes|
|1997||Sleepwalkers||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Writer of the pilot episode.|
|1998||Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.||No||No||Yes||No||Television film.|
|2000||FreakyLinks||No||No||Yes||Yes||Writer of the pilot episode.|
|2005||Threshold||No||Yes||Yes||No||Co-writer of the second episode.|
|2006||Blade: The Series||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Co-writer of the first episode and the season finale.|
|2009–2010||FlashForward||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Directed and co-wrote the pilot episode and the second episode. Co-writer of episodes 3, 10 and 17.|
|2012–2015||Da Vinci's Demons||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Writer of the pilot episode and episodes 2, 4, 8, 9 and 14.|
|2014–2015||Constantine||No||No||Yes||Yes||Co-writer of the pilot episode and the third episode.|
|2018||Krypton||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Co-writer of the pilot episode.|
Arcade is a B-movie science fiction/horror film directed by Albert Pyun, written by David Goyer and produced by Full Moon Entertainment and released in 1993.Blade (film)
Blade is a 1998 American supernatural superhero film directed by Stephen Norrington and written by David S. Goyer based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The film stars Wesley Snipes in the title role with Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson and N'Bushe Wright in supporting roles. In the film, Blade is a Dhampir, a human with vampire strengths but not their weaknesses, who protects humans from vampires.
Released on August 21, 1998, Blade became a commercial success by grossing $70 million at the U.S. box office, and $131.2 million worldwide. Despite mixed reviews from film critics, the film received a positive reception from audiences and has since garnered a cult following. It is the first film in the Blade franchise, followed by two sequels, Blade II and Blade: Trinity, both written by Goyer who also directed the latter.
Blade was a dark superhero film for its time. The success of Blade began Marvel's film success and set the stage for further comic book film adaptations.Blade (franchise)
Blade is a film and television franchise based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name, portrayed by Wesley Snipes. They were written by David S. Goyer, based on the comics by Marv Wolfman, and Gene Colan. The three films were directed by Stephen Norrington, Guillermo del Toro and Goyer respectively, and distributed by New Line Cinema.
The character was created in 1973 for Marvel Comics by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan and was a supporting character in the 1970s comic Tomb of Dracula. In the comic, Blade's mother was bitten by a vampire while she was in labor with Blade.Da Vinci's Demons
Da Vinci's Demons is a historical fantasy drama series that presents a fictional account of Leonardo da Vinci's early life. The series was conceived by David S. Goyer and stars Tom Riley in the title role. It was developed and produced in collaboration with BBC Worldwide and was shot in Wales. The series has been distributed to over 120 countries.The show follows Leonardo as he is implicated in the political schemes of the Medici and Pazzi families and their contrasting relationships with the Catholic Church. These events occur alongside Leonardo's quest to obtain the Book of Leaves as he finds himself entangled with a cult known as the Sons of Mithras.
The series premiered in the United States on Starz on 12 April 2013, and its second season premiered on 22 March 2014. The series was renewed for a third season, which premiered on 24 October 2015. On 23 July 2015, Starz announced that the third season would be the show's last. However, Goyer has left it open for a miniseries return.FlashForward
FlashForward is an American television series, adapted for television by Brannon Braga and David S. Goyer, which aired for one season on ABC between September 24, 2009, and May 27, 2010. It is based on the 1999 novel Flashforward by Canadian science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer. The series revolves around the lives of several people as a mysterious event causes nearly everyone on the planet to simultaneously lose consciousness for two minutes and seventeen seconds on October 6, 2009. During this blackout, people see what appear to be visions of their lives on April 29, 2010, a global "flashforward" six months into the future.
In May 2010, ABC announced that FlashForward had been cancelled. The season finale for Season 1 was shot before it was known the show would be cancelled and showed another flashforward event happening more than 20 years in the future. This more closely followed the original book, which featured a flashforward that peered 21½ years into the future.Johnny Sorrow
Johnny Sorrow is a fictional character that appears in publications published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in Secret Origins of Super-Villains 80-Page Giant #1 (Dec. 1999) and was created by writers Geoff Johns and David Goyer and artist Phil Winslade, though he was first mentioned in passing in Starman #8 (June 1995) in a story written by James Robinson.Kickboxer 2
Kickboxer 2 (also known as Kickboxer 2: The Road Back) is a 1991 American martial arts film directed by Albert Pyun and written by David S. Goyer. It is the first sequel in the Kickboxer franchise, and stars Sasha Mitchell in the role of David Sloane, the brother of Kickboxer's lead character Kurt, portrayed by Jean-Claude Van Damme.Krypton (TV series)
Krypton is an American television series developed by David S. Goyer for Syfy. The series takes place on the eponymous fictional planet, approximately 200 years before the birth of Kal-El / Superman and eventual destruction of the planet, focusing on his grandfather, Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe). Krypton premiered on March 21, 2018. Its first season consists of ten episodes. In May 2018, Syfy renewed Krypton for a second season, which is expected to premiere in 2019.Nemesis (DC Comics)
Nemesis is the name of two fictional characters in the DC Comics universe. Thomas Andrew Tresser first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #166 (September 1980) and was created by Cary Burkett and Dan Spiegle. Soseh Myrkos first appeared in JSA Annual #1 (October 2000) and was created by David S. Goyer and Uriel Caton.Onimar Synn
Onimar Synn is a fictional extraterrestrial demon, a comic book character published by DC Comics. He first appeared in JSA #23 (June 2001), and was created by David S. Goyer, Geoff Johns, and Stephen Sadowski.Shiera Sanders Hall
Shiera Sanders Hall is the name of a fictional supporting character and later superheroine as Hawkgirl appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Shiera Sanders Hall was created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Dennis Neville, and first appeared in Flash Comics #1 (January 1940) as a romantic interest of Hawkman (Carter Hall). Then later as one of DC's earliest super-heroines, she has appeared in many of the company's flagship team-up titles including the Justice Society of America.Sleepwalkers (TV series)
Sleepwalkers is an American science fiction series which began airing on NBC in late 1997. It tells the story of a team of researchers who used technology to enter the dreams of psychiatric patients in order to diagnose their problems. It briefly replaced the previous season's Dark Skies in NBC's Saturday night supernatural/paranormal programming block, Thrillogy.
The show was created by Stephen Kronish and David S. Goyer.Terminator 6
Terminator 6 is a currently untitled upcoming 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Tim Miller with a screenplay written by David S. Goyer. The film's story was conceived by Miller, and series co-creator James Cameron, with Cameron also serving as a producer alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger. It will be the sixth installment in the Terminator franchise and serves as a direct sequel to The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, disregarding all other Terminator works as occurring in alternate timelines. The film will star Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna, Natalia Reyes, and Diego Boneta. The film will be distributed by Paramount Pictures domestically and by 20th Century Fox in other territories, and is scheduled to be released on November 1, 2019.The Invisible (film)
The Invisible is a 2007 Swedish-American teen supernatural thriller starring Justin Chatwin, Margarita Levieva, Chris Marquette, Marcia Gay Harden, and Callum Keith Rennie. The movie, directed by David S. Goyer, was released in theaters on April 27, 2007, and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 16, 2007. The Invisible is a remake of the Swedish film Den osynlige, which was based on the Swedish YA novel The Invisible by Mats Wahl. It was filmed mostly in and around the city of Vancouver. It was the last film distributed by Hollywood Pictures before the label was once again dissolved, this time permanently by Disney.The Justice Society Returns
"The Justice Society Returns" is a nine issue story arc that ran through a number of comic books published by DC Comics in 1999, reviving the Golden Age superhero team, which had previously been revived in the 1980s.The Puppet Masters (film)
The Puppet Masters is a 1994 science fiction film, adapted by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio and David S. Goyer from Robert A. Heinlein's 1951 novel of the same title, in which a trio of American government agents attempts to thwart a covert invasion of Earth by mind-controlling alien parasites. The film was directed by Stuart Orme and stars Donald Sutherland, Eric Thal, Keith David, Julie Warner and Andrew Robinson.The Unborn (2009 film)
The Unborn is a 2009 American supernatural horror film written and directed by David S. Goyer. The film stars Odette Yustman as a young woman who is tormented by a dybbuk and seeks help from a rabbi (Gary Oldman). The dybbuk seeks to use her death as a gateway to physical existence. The film is produced by Michael Bay and his production company Platinum Dunes. It was released in American theaters on January 9, 2009, by Rogue Pictures.Zig Zag (2002 film)
Zig Zag is a 2002 American drama film directed and written by David S. Goyer, based on the 1999 novel Zigzag by Landon J. Napoleon.