David S. Goyer – Working for the audience

David S. Goyer is one of the most experienced professionals in Hollywood who has brought comic book stories to life on the big screen. Not many people have more experience than him and his resume speaks for itself.

His work extends across Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity, Blade: The Series, Batman Begins,The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises,Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman (pre-production). He is also currently working on Constantine (television series).

In a recent interview with Comic Book Resources he gives us an insight into the comic book fans out there and if he pays attention to what they want.

“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… 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.”

Source: Flickering Myth


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