Warner Bros. Hires Two Writers for Two Separate 'Aquaman' Scripts

August 12, 2014
Source: THR


Just last week, director Zack Snyder called into a radio station in Detroit with a brief defense of the DC Comics superhero Aquaman. The filmmaker went out of his way to mention the fact that he wasn't confirming the oceanic hero's involvement in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but some recent action on behalf of Warner Bros. would seem to indicate otherwise. THR has learned that the studio has hired two writers of previous properties at the studio to work on two different scripts for an Aquaman feature film to fit into their DC Comics cinematic universe. The studio will pick the best version for the film.

The writers in question are Will Beall, who wrote Gangster Squad and was previously hired to write a script for Justice League in 2012 before some bigger plans were revealed the following year, and Kurt Johnstad, fresh off working on 300: Rise of an Empire and the original 300, which was directed by Zack Snyder. Sounds like both Warner Bros. and Snyder are keeping things in the family to continue whatever plans they have in store following Batman v. Superman. This is undoubtedly the first individual effort that will follow the film intended to introduce a handful of DC characters for future films.

The studio just laid out a whole slew of plans for movies dated through 2020, but it's not clear which one of those slots Aquaman might fill at this point. But if the studio is acting now, it could end up with the earliest August 5th, 2016 date to follow Batman v. Superman, which was just switched to an earlier release date on March 25th, 2016. There still hasn't been confirmation as to whether Jason Momoa is playing Aquaman, but he's been spotted around Detroit where Batman v. Superman is filming, and all the evidence points to it being true. We'll just have to wait and see how this all shakes out.

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  • mooreworthy
    Over Wonder Woman?
    • Chris Groves
      I think it makes sense. It is pretty clear that by introducing her in BvS and by casting Gal Gadot as the character....that they view her more as an 'awesome supporting role' than anything else. She is essentially a much bigger/badder version of Black Widow for this DC Universe.
      • Rock n Rollllll
        Everyone will eventually get their own movie down the road. The introductions of everyone else is exactly what they are, introductions. This movie will be about how superman and batman learn to coexist. Once that foundation is laid down, then thats when Justice League will begin to come together.
      • mooreworthy
        I think that is tragic. She stands toe with Bats and Supes, that's why DC calls them the Trinity. Nothing against Aquaman and DC trying to get more out there, but people would line up for a WW film.
  • prantsdagger
    "Ya know, we're really not quite sure where we want to go with this. Howbout both of you just write a script, and we'll just use whichever one is better! There's no way this could turn out bad!" -DC/Warner Bros
  • josef20
    i thought vincent chase was aquaman?
    • Rock n Rollllll
      God i hate that reference.
      • josef20
        okay :(
  • Hugh Jass
    Betting it will be environmental.
  • Chris Groves
    I'm glad, it doesn't make sense to give obscure characters like Shazam and Sandman their own movies. I mean, especially if Wonder Woman and Aquaman are going to be featured in BvS and Justice League, why would they NOT get their own films in favor of Shazam? Aquaman and Wonder Woman aren't big enough to warrant their own films, so we introduce them as supporting characters, but Dwayne Johnson as Shazam! Now THAT is a stand-alone movie! Same thing. Flash and Green Lantern? Maybe we'll team them up? Sandman, HE gets his own movie. I know I'm going off of the rumored Finke line-up of the films. But honestly. I think The Flash and Aquaman ARE deserving of their own films, and that Green Lantern IS deserving of a reboot....all of those should come before characters like Shazam and Sandman get movies. They don't have to take a full-on Marvel approach of 'Every major character gets a solo film before the crossover' but it would make sense to give as many of the "majors" attention prior to the big crossover: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Green Lantern.
  • Just do it right if you're going to give Aquaman his own movie. He has a great canon if you give it the right attention.
      I agree. The only thing will be making the audience believe in the character. Similar to GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY's biggest hurdle. World crafting.
      • Exactly, which is why I'm concerned he isn't getting his own film beforehand. I think Aquaman needs a stand alone film and be pulled into the conflict somehow for Justice League. Anyway, it seems that Superman being identified and officially "out there" for the world to see somehow inspires other "heroes" to identify themselves to save the world. Hence, in my estimation, the reason they all aren't getting their own stand alone films before Justice League (Aquaman, Wonderwoman). Even though I'm certainly intrigued for DOJ and JL, I still feel like it's a little rushed. I wish WB would take a little more time and develop these a little slower.
        • DAVIDPD
          Totally on board with everything you said. DC/WB might really be screwing the pooch with this gun blazing approach.
          • DAVIDPD
            Finesse, baby!
          • Rock n Rollllll
            Lets not overspeculate. Those arent really horrible directors so give it a chance.
    This is could be totally epic or a huge GREEN LANTERN style failure. I don't really think fanboys will give it any wiggle room for mediocrity.
  • davidshaw
    Didn't they confirm today that Mamoa would be playing Aquaman? I mean like really, officially confirm it?
  • Avi
    I want a movie about the six million dollar man! :)
    • theslayer5150
      But with today's economy it is the 2 million dollar man with 4 million in non-guaranteed subsidies and a workforce provided by the lowest overseas bidder!
      • Avi
        yes and America's favorite company producing there I phones in China...
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  • Rock n Rollllll
    Everyone will eventually get their own movie down the road. The introductions of everyone else is exactly what they are, introductions. This movie will be about superman and batman learning to coexist. Once that foundation is laid down, then thats when Justice League will begin to come together.




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