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Date Of BirthDecember 22, 1965
SpouseMarina Black
FactThe January 6, 1991, draft of the screenplay for Pet Sematary II (1992) credits revisions to Goyer. He is not credited in the final film.

David S. Goyer is an American screenwriter, film director, novelist, producer, and comic book writer. He is best known for his work on the Blade film trilogy, The Dark Knight trilogy, and Man of Steel. He has also written for television shows such as Da Vinci’s Demons and Constantine.

Goyer was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Barbara and Thomas Goyer. He has a sister, Laura. His mother is of German-Jewish descent and his father is of French-Canadian ancestry. Goyer was raised in a secular household. He attended Hebrew school and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.

Goyer attended the University of Southern California and graduated from their School of Cinema-Television in 1988. He also attended the DePaul University Goodman School of Drama.

Goyer’s first professional screenwriting credit was for the film The Crow: Salvation (2000). He has since gone on to write or co-write a number of films, including The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Batman Begins (2005), Man of Steel (2013), and Blade: Trinity (2004).

Goyer has also written for television shows such as Smallville, FlashForward, and Constantine. He is currently a co-executive producer on the Starz show Da Vinci’s Demons.

Goyer has been married twice. His first wife was Marla Maples, with whom he has a daughter, Chloe. His second wife is Liz Friedlander, with whom he has two sons, Jack and Levi.

Goyer has a net worth of $20 million. His salary is not publicly known.

Goyer is 6 feet tall and has brown hair and blue eyes.

General Info

Full NameDavid S. Goyer
Date Of BirthDecember 22, 1965
Height1.68 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Film producer, Film director, Novelist, Television Director
EducationUniversity of Southern California, Michigan State University


SpouseMarina Black
SiblingsJeff Goyer


NominationsHugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, Nebula Award for Best Script
MoviesMan of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, The Unborn, Blade: Trinity, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Blade II, Dark City, Blade, The Invisible, The Forest, Jumper, Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Crow: City of Angels, Death Warr...
TV ShowsDa Vinci's Demons, Constantine, FlashForward, Blade: The Series, Sleepwalkers

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1[on exploring possibilities for developing a series based on a real historical figure] As soon as [Leonardo] Da Vinci was mentioned, I went online and saw that he's the most recognized figure in history other than Christ. So I said, 'Well, sounds like he's the guy we should do a show about', just in terms of pre-existing awareness.
2People think of Leonardo Da Vinci as this sort of professorial bearded figure who painted 'The Last Supper' and the "Mona Lisa'. If you drill down a little further, you see he's a guy who invented some crazy inventions. But if you read his actual notebooks - at the least the pages still existing - you get a pretty good sense of his character, And there were a lot of contemporaries who were writing about him. He was a fascinating, mercurial character - a but of a braggart. He clearly had a chip on his shoulder because he felt he should've gotten more respect and credit for things he'd done. He clearly was a dilettante, a procrastinator, a practical joker. He had a sense of humor. He published a book of jokes during his lifetime. He was bisexual. He was arrested twice and put on trial. He came in contact with a lot of interesting people of the time, from Machiavelli to Borgia. He was also kind of a jerk, in the way a lot of geniuses are. He was selfish and he had feuds. He was a friend of Botticelli's, but was dismissive of his artwork. If we get there - but this would probably be in season four or five - he and Michelangelo hated each other. They got into fistfights. He was not this dry, kind of beard-stroking guy. He was this vibrant bigger-than-life character. You just think, 'My God, this guy had enough crazy things in his life to base ten shows on'.
3I was immersed in comic books and hero figures when I was a kid. I like writing about characters that have really big responsibilities foisted on them
4[on possible ideas for a Man of Steel (2013) sequel] I think that the challenge for us moving forward is how to depict Superman in a world like this. Could he solve hunger in the horn of Africa? What would he do with the Arab Spring, what would he do with Syria? Partly you could argue, how could he NOT intervene in Syria? But then, is it a hornet's nest if he intervenes? Does he have the wherewithal, or the knowledge, to intervene in things like this? It's easier for Batman, he exists in his own pocket of the world, he's not violating sovereign airspace everyday.
5[on why no live action superhero movie of Wonder Woman has been made so far] I think Wonder Woman is a very difficult character to crack. More difficult than Superman, who is also more difficult than Batman. Also, a lot of people in Hollywood believe that it's hard to do a big action movie with a female lead. I happen to disagree with that. But that tends to be the prevailing wisdom. Hopefully, that'll change in the next few years. Who should play here (sic)? No idea.
6(On Demonic Toys) Simple. Charlie Band said that if I wrote a film for Full Moon I could direct one. I wrote the film in 8 days based on a poster Charlie had previously designed, then decided I was insane to think I could've busted my ass on such a ridiculous directorial debut I think Charlie was going to give me 18 days to direct the thing. A sane move, I think.
7[on his upcoming project, The Flash (2018)] "We're going to go into the 'Speed Force' and a lot of the cosmic aspects of the character from the more recent past, trust me, we're going to do a lot more than have the Flash run on water and create vortexes. I have a guy from M.I.T. helping me with all of this. We're going to be playing with relativity, Doppler effects and all kinds of things like that. Audiences will be amazed."
8[on Batman Begins (2005)] "Chris was a real taskmaster about justifying everything in the real world, He kept saying, 'It's gotta be grounded. It's gotta be real'."
9I love casting against type and doing things you wouldn't expect, because I think you get more interesting performances that way. Hollywood loves to pigeonhole people and there's nothing an actor loves more than to do something different.
10We definitely set it up and kind of provided Warner Bros. a rough plan of what the next three movies would be. So it's not like we'll do one and then figure on the next. There is a road map of what the next three movies would be and who the various characters would be. [on Batman Begins (2005)]


1One of the many screenwriters to submit a draft for the film Freddy vs. Jason (2003).
2Had originally planned on becoming a homicide detective, but was inspired to take up screen writing, after hearing a lecture by Lawrence Kasdan.
3His script for the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops became the largest grossing entertainment property ever.
4Goyer's movies have grossed over three billion dollars worldwide.
5He has very long sleeves of tattoos on both of his arms.
6Has spoken about growing up as a victim of intense Anti-Semitic bullying.
7Bought a car, with his first paycheck for Death Warrant (1990), that was stolen the same night he drove it home.
8Began production of Blade: The Series (2006) TV pilot for the Spike network. Goyer is Executive Producing, and co-writing the pilot with Geoff Johns. The two previously co-wrote the "Justice Society of America" comic book. [November 2005]
9Uses several different pseudonyms such as Cynthia Verlaine and Ricardo Festiva.
10He is a big fan of H.P. Lovecraft books.
11Was approached to direct The Avengers (1998).
12Was going to write the screenplay for Superman Returns (2006) due to his work on Batman Begins (2005) but the screenplay was later written by Dan Harris.
13Was considered as a director for Hellboy (2004) before Guillermo del Toro was involved.
14Created the character Abraham Whistler for the film trilogy based on the Blade comic book. Ironically, the character ended up making his first appearance before the film came out, in an an episode of Spider-Man (1994) in which Blade made a guest appearance. Whistler was voiced in that episode by Malcolm McDowell. Whistler subsequently was adopted into the continuity of the comic books.
15The January 6, 1991, draft of the screenplay for Pet Sematary II (1992) credits revisions to Goyer. He is not credited in the final film.
16Sold his comic book collection en masse to John Dolmayan, the drummer from System of a Down.
17Was a teaching assistant to screenwriter Nelson Gidding at USC.
18Graduated from Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
19Graduated from USC School of Cinema-Television (1988).




KryptonTV Movie creator pre-production
The Sandmanannounced
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice2016written by
Da Vinci's DemonsTV Series creator - 18 episodes, 2013 - 2014 created by - 10 episodes, 2015 written by - 5 episodes, 2013 - 2014 story - 1 episode, 2013 teleplay - 1 episode, 2013
ConstantineTV Series developed by - 13 episodes, 2014 - 2015 written by - 1 episode, 2014 story by - 1 episode, 2014
The Dark Knight in the Playroom2013Video short story - uncredited
Man of Steel2013screenplay / story
Call of Duty: Black Ops II2012Video Game
The Dark Knight Rises2012story
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance2011screenplay / story
Call of Duty: Black Ops2010Video Game
FlashforwardTV Series creator - 22 episodes, 2009 - 2010 written by - 3 episodes, 2009 - 2010 teleplay - 2 episodes, 2009 story - 1 episode, 2009 television story - 1 episode, 2009
Demonic Toys: Personal Demons2010Video characters - uncredited
The Unborn2009written by
The Dark Knight2008story
Batman: Gotham Knight2008Video screenplay - segment "In Darkness Dwells", as David Goyer
Blade: The SeriesTV Series developer - 12 episodes, 2006 writer - 2 episodes, 2006
Threshold2005TV Series written by - 1 episode
Batman Begins2005Video Game based on the movie wrriten by
Batman Begins2005screenplay / story
Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys2004TV Movie characters - uncredited
Blade: Trinity2004written by
Blade II2002written by
Zig Zag2002screenplay - as David Goyer
FreakyLinks2000TV Series 1 episode
Blade1998written by
Nick Fury: Agent of Shield1998TV Movie written by - as David Goyer
Dark City1998screenplay
Perversions of Science1997TV Series screenplay - 1 episode
Enemy1996TV Movie written by
The Crow: City of Angels1996written by
The Puppet Masters1994screenplay
Dollman vs. Demonic Toys1993Video characters - uncredited
The Substitute1993TV Movie written by - as Cynthia Verlaine
Arcade1993Video screenplay
Demonic Toys1992Video screenplay
Kickboxer 2: The Road Back1991written by
Death Warrant1990written by


Miles2017producer filming
Assassination Nation2017producer pre-production
Tau2017producer post-production
Brooklyn Animal ControlTV Series executive producer / producer post-production
FBP: Federal Bureau of Physicsproducer announced
KryptonTV Movie executive producer pre-production
SnowblindTV Series executive producer announced
The First Omenproducer announced
The Sandmanproducer - 2014 announced
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice2016executive producer
The Birth of a Nation2016executive producer
The Forest2016/Iproducer
Da Vinci's Demons2013-2015TV Series executive producer - 19 episodes
Constantine2014-2015TV Series executive producer - 8 episodes
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance2011executive producer
Flashforward2009-2010TV Series executive producer - 22 episodes
Ghost Rider2007executive producer
Blade: The Series2006TV Series executive producer - 12 episodes
Threshold2005-2006TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
Blade: Trinity2004producer
Blade II2002executive producer
FreakyLinks2000-2001TV Series consulting producer - 12 episodes
Mission to Mars2000co-producer - as David Goyer
Sleepwalkers1997-1998TV Series executive producer - 9 episodes
Enemy1996TV Movie executive producer
Kickboxer 2: The Road Back1991associate producer


Da Vinci's Demons2013TV Series 2 episodes
Flashforward2009TV Series 2 episodes
The Unborn2009
The Invisible2007
Threshold2005TV Series 1 episode
Blade: Trinity2004
Zig Zag2002


The Test of Time2015Short special thanks
Flashforward2010TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
TMNT2007special thanks - as David Goyer
Batman: The Journey Begins2005Video documentary short special thanks - as David Goyer
Freddy vs. Jason2003thanks


Last Call with Carson Daly2014TV SeriesHimself
DC Comics Night at Comic-Con 2014 Presenting Gotham, the Flash, Constantine and Arrow2014Video shortHimself - Exec. Producer (Constantine)
Creative Continuity2014TV SeriesHimself
Buzz: AT&T Original Documentaries2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Strong Characters, Legendary Roles2013Video shortHimself
The Iconic Characters of 'Man of Steel'2013Video documentary shortHimself
Da Vinci's Demons: Genius in the Making2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ending the Knight2012Video documentaryHimself
Live from Studio Five2009TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2009TV SeriesHimself
Writers on Genre: Action/Adventure/Thriller2009Video documentaryHimself
Dark City: Memories of Shell Beach2008Video documentaryHimself
Bloodsucking Cinema2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Turning Blade2007Video documentaryHimself
The Dialogue: An Interview with Screenwriter David Goyer2006VideoHimself
Batman: The Journey Begins2005Video documentary shortHimself - Co-Writer
Batman: The Tumbler2005Video documentary shortHimself - Co-Writer
Batman Begins: Path to Discovery2005Video documentary shortHimself - Co-Writer
Batman Begins: Reflections on Writing2005Video shortHimself
Cape and Cowl2005Video documentary shortHimself - Co-Writer
Genesis of the Bat2005Video documentary shortHimself - Co-Writer
Gotham City Rises2005Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
HBO First Look2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Nightstalkers, Daywalkers, and Familiars: Inside the World of 'Blade Trinity'2005Video documentaryHimself
Night Bites: Women and Their Vampires2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Blood Pact: The Making of 'Blade II'2002Video documentaryHimself (as David Goyer)
Warp1999TV SeriesHimself
La magra1998Video documentary shortHimself (as David Goyer)
Origins of 'Blade': A Look at Dark Comics1998Video documentary shortHimself (as David Goyer)
The Blood Tide1998Video documentary shortHimself (as David Goyer)


Won Awards

2008Scream AwardScream AwardsBest Scream-PlayThe Dark Knight (2008)
2006Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingBatman Begins (2005)
2006Scream AwardScream AwardsBest Scream-PlayBatman Begins (2005)
1999Bram Stoker AwardBram Stoker AwardsScreenplayDark City (1998)
1999FCCA AwardFilm Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Screenplay - OriginalDark City (1998)

Nominated Awards

2010HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Short FormFlashforward (2009)
2009Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsAdapted ScreenplayThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Long FormThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Adapted ScreenplayThe Dark Knight (2008)
2007Nebula AwardScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of AmericaBest ScriptBatman Begins (2005)
2006HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Long FormBatman Begins (2005)
1999Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WriterDark City (1998)
1999HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationDark City (1998)

2nd Place Awards

2008ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayThe Dark Knight (2008)
2005Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Screenplay of the YearBatman Begins (2005)
2003Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest ScreenplayBlade II (2002)

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