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David Goyer chimes in on Martian Manhunter and She Hulk

David Goyer
David Goyer

For a guy who is very well known for writing movies based on comics, David Goyer sure has an interesting opinion of some of them -- and the people who read them.

Submitted for your approval, picture if you will a film writer, one who, say, has written for two of the most well-known comic-book characters of all time. Now imagine he's asked about other well known comic characters -- his response, would it be what you might think? Perhaps?

You might think those things, sure. But you'd be wrong -- if the writer you're talking about is Batman and Superman writer David S. Goyer.

Your questions answered, to your surprise, in a Scriptnotes podcast. Naturally, the topic of other comic-book heroes who might deserve movies (but have yet to star in their own yet) came up. In particular, J'onn J'onzz, aka Martian Manhunter, and Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk. The transcripts were all culled from the super-talented gang over at The Mary Sue.

Let's look at what was said one character at a time -- J'onn:

Have heard of Martian Manhunter? Did you know he was on Smallville?

Well, he hasn’t been rebooted but he’s a mainstay in the Justice League. He can’t be called the Martian Manhunter because that’s goofy. He can be called Manhunter. The whole deal with Martian Manhunter is he’s an alien living amongst us. So he comes down to Earth and decides, unlike Superman who already exists in the world now, that he’s just going to be a homicide detective. So instead of using super-powers and mind-reading and like, oh, I could figure out if the President’s lying or whatever, he just decides to disguise himself as a human homicide detective. Dare to dream!

Now let's take a look at She Hulk.

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 picked on every day. And so then they created She-Huk, right? Who was still smart … I think She-Hulk is the chick that you could date 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.

So Goyer has an interesting take on some of our more obscure heroes in the Marvel and DC line. What do you think about these characters?

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