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'Batman vs Superman' Screenwriter Heeds Fan Mail, But Just a Bit

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By Clyde Hughes   |   Monday, 24 Mar 2014 07:23 AM

Customers – or fans – are not always right, but they are worth listening to, said the screenwriter who has the task of putting Batman and Superman together on the big screen.

David Goyer's writing credits includes the Christian Bale "The Dark Knight" trilogy and the last summer's hit "Man of Steel," movie reboot of the Superman franchise. Goyer told Comic Book Resources' Spinoff Online that he's aware there is a lot of online chatter about the upcoming movie, but it's a small slice of the movie-going public.

"That's a mistake that I think a lot of networks and movie studios make is sort of listening too much to (them)," Goyer told Comic Book Resources during a Los Angeles interview. "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."

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While Henry Cavill received rave reviews as the latest movie incarnation of Superman, the Internet fans howled when it was announced that Ben Affleck will take on the role of Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel, scheduled to premiere in 2016, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Goyer told Comic Book Resources that as a filmmaker he has to think beyond what fans are saying on the Internet and go with his own gut instinct based on his past experience.

"I think (fan interaction is) helpful, but at the same time, it's also, and 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," Goyer said.

"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," Goyer continued.

Goyer's television series "Da Vinci's Demons" kicked off on Starz Saturday.

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