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