David S. Goyer

David S. Goyer
David S. Goyer

Goyer at ComicCon, July 26, 2008
Born David Samuel Goyer
December 22, 1965 (1965-12-22) (age 45)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Nationality American
Genres Screenwriter; Comic books

David Samuel Goyer (born December 22, 1965) is an American screenwriter, film director and comic book writer.


Early life

Goyer was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He attended Hebrew school and has described himself as "half Jewish".[1][2][3] Goyer is an alumnus of Huron High School and the University of Southern California, graduating from the School of Cinema-Television in 1988.[4]

Goyer was a student of screenwriter Nelson Gidding at USC and frequently returned to Gidding's class as a guest speaker. He graduated in 1988 and sold his first screenplay for Death Warrant in 1989. With his first paycheck, he bought a new Isuzu Trooper, which was stolen the very first night he drove it home.


Goyer has written several screenplays based on numerous comic book series, among them Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Flash, and Blade.

Goyer wrote a title based around the Justice Society of America for DC Comics titled JSA, which debuted in August 1999. For the first five issues, he collaborated with James Robinson and, until his departure following issue 51, with Geoff Johns, who would take over as solo writer.

Goyer is co-creator with Brannon Braga of FlashForward, a science fiction TV series that premiered on ABC in Fall 2009. The show is based on the novel by Robert J. Sawyer. He stepped in as show runner in October 2009 after the show struggled out of the gate. On Feb. 5, 2010, Goyer announced he would be stepping down as FlashForward showrunner to focus on feature films and directing. Replacing him as showrunners are Jessika Borsiczky, Lisa Zwerling and Timothy J. Lea.

In 2011, Goyer wrote a short story titled "The Incident" in which Superman renounces his U.S. citizenship.

Goyer has recently been working with Legendary Pictures on three of their upcoming projects. He finished writing the script for Superman: The Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises. He is currently writing a new screenplay for the upcoming Godzilla reboot after David Callaham's first draft was rejected by Legendary Pictures.

In late October 2011 cable channel Starz and BBC Worldwide has greenlit his new project called Da Vinci’s Demons. The project will follow the life of a 25-year old Leonardo Da Vinci. "This will be a show about secret histories, genius, madness and all things profane," according to Goyer.[5]





  • Sleepwalkers episode "Pilot"
  • Nick Fury: Agent of Shield (1998)
  • FreakyLinks episode "Subject: Fearsum" (2000)
  • Threshold episode "Trees Made of Glass: Part 2" (2005)
  • Blade: The Series episodes "Pilot", "Death Goes On", "Descent", "Bloodlines", "The Evil Within", "Delivery", "Sacrifice", "Turn of the Screw", "Angels & Demons", "Hunters", "Monsters", and "Conclave" (2006)
  • FlashForward (Co-creator with Brannon Braga, premiered on ABC in Fall 2009)

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