Good news: there’s a new “He-Man” movie in the works!
Bad news: it’ll possibly be directed by David S Goyer.
You’ve almost certainly seen a Goyer movie before. The prolific creator was one of the people responsible for “Batman Begins” and “Blade” (which are good movie), as well as “Green Lantern”, “Blade Trinity”, and “Batman v Superman” (which are not).
Goyer’s career has been somewhat hit and miss, but it seems like his real talent involves successfully shifting the blame when something goes horribly wrong in one of his movies. For the most point, Goyer’s work is uninspired and dull, while other, better creators are responsible for making his few hit movies actually shine.
Goyer isn’t a shoo-in for the “Masters of the Universe” movie just yet, but his potential involvement speaks volumes about the kind of movie we’re going to get – especially when you consider that “Terminator Salvation” director McG was previously going to helm the project before stepping away.
Based on the credentials of both McG and Goyer, it seems that movie studio Sony Pictures (well known for shoveling out uninspired movies to make a quick buck) is looking to make this movie as bland as possible.
This is a real shame – in the hands of a more talented director, a “He-Man” movie could be incredible.
Think, for example, of what was achieved with “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Guardians of the Galaxy”, both of them kitschy, quirky, bright, colorful action comedy adventures.
This kind of treatment would work wonderfully for the camp, stylish and incredibly silly world of He-Man.
One of the characters has a bionic neck! This movie simply should not be a generic gritty action film.
Of course, some of us are still holding out hope to the 1987 Dolph Lundgren movie that was so bad it didn’t get a sequel, despite the studio clearly expecting it to be a hit (and leaving a stinger at the end).
The era of oily musclemen was pretty much over even back in the late Eighties. The only way to make this movie enjoyable to do lean as heavily into its silly premise as possible, making an enormous, colorful B-movie.
David S Goyer is not the director to make that happen. Alas, we may never get the awesome “Masters of the Universe” Saturday Morning Cartoon movie that we deserve.