UPDATE: IGN is now reporting that Jonah Nolan, co-writer The Dark Knight and writer of The Prestige, will be co-writing The Man of Steel with David Goyer. Previous story follows.
It's a good day for comic book movie news. First, let's get to the confirmed items. Batman Begins and The Dark Knight co-writer David Goyer has been hired to write The Man of Steel, the new Superman film that Christopher Nolan is overseeing. Latino Review brings the news, and their source provides some plot details as well. Apparently the film will feature both Brainiac and Lex Luthor, and will not be a retread of one of the most famous origin stories in history. It also looks like there will be some real-world parallels, with The Daily Planet suffering due to the internet. They claim the story is "Modern. Believable. FUN!"
The next bit of news is more surprising. John Krasinski's name is one of seven that are being tossed around by Marvel Studios for the role of Steve Rogers, aka Captain America. Jim Halpert as Cap? Bizarre. I don't know if I could buy that. There seems to be a groundswelling of support for Chris Pine to hold the shield, but at this point it's nothing but wishful thinking. Other names on Marvel's list? Mike Vogel (Cloverfield), Scott Porter (Caprica, Speed Racer), Michael Cassidy (Smallville), and Patrick Flueger (Brothers). There's also a slight chance of seeing Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl) or Garret Hedlund (Tron Legacy) suit up, but those are less likely than the main players listed above. But the aspect that raised my eyebrows the most? Whoever eventually scores the role has to sign a nine-film contract for potential spinoffs, cameo appearances, and team-up films (ahem, The Avengers).
So what do you think about these two announcements? David Goyer's involvement seems like a logical connection, given Nolan's newfound "godfather" role over the Superman franchise, and since they've worked together multiple times one assumes they have a good working relationship. I'll be more interested to see who eventually signs on to direct The Man of Steel (that title has been long-rumored but is confirmed in today's report). As far as the Captain America casting goes, the only two people on that list I'd like to see in the red, white, and blue are Mike Vogel and Garret Hedlund. How about you?