Warner Bros. Commissions Two Separate AQUAMAN Scripts

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Just last week, Warner Bros. threw the hammer down and announced release dates for nine untitled DC Comics adaptations all the way through 2020.  The slew of release dates was part of WB’s plan to go head-to-head with Marvel Studios in putting together its own comic book movie universe, and all signs point to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as the entry point for many of the characters that will subsequently land standalone movies.  Gal Gadot is already set to appear as Wonder Woman in BvS and one of the nine untitled films is no doubt a Wonder Woman movie, but today news comes about a standalone film for a different DC superhero: Aquaman.  Warner Bros. is aggressively putting together an Aquaman movie by hiring two writers to work on two separate screenplays for the film in the hopes of putting together the best possible version.  More after the jump.

aquaman-moviePer THR, Warner Bros. has hired Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire) to pen two separate scripts for Aquaman.  This has become a common practice at major studios, as the aim is to put together the best version of a movie by commissioning two different scripts at the same time.  With the added pressure of having a release date window closing in by the day, WB wants to ensure that Aquaman is ready to roll sooner rather than later.

Beall has experience with DC properties as he was hired to write the Justice League script before the film became part of the current DC movie universe plan.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Argo scribe Chris Terrio is currently working on the Justice League script for Zack Snyder to direct, and now it appears that Aquaman will likely be one of the first films to follow Justice League right out of the gate.  Snyder has a relationship with Johnstad as the two worked together on 300 and the sequel, and it appears that Snyder is quickly becoming the filmmaker that is spearheading this series of DC films—at least for now.

Jason Momoa is poised to appear as Aquaman in Batman v Superman, and while his casting has yet to be officially confirmed by the studio, the trades are now acknowledging him as the actor who will be filling the role.  Snyder himself brought up Aquaman recently by calling into a Detroit radio show, where he defended the easy-target character and said he could “cut the flesh of Superman if they came in contact.”  It will definitely be interesting to see what this new version of the character looks like within the context of the world set up in Man of Steel.

Now attention turns to figuring out which of the DC release dates belongs to Aquaman.  The first untitled date is August 5, 2016, while two more are set for June 23, 2017 and November 17, 2017.  Perhaps Aquaman will follow Batman v Superman in August 2016, with Justice League hitting in June 2017?  With Snyder shooting BvS and Justice League back-to-back, it’s also possible (though not likely) that Justice League may arrive as early as August 2016.  Though with Batman v Superman arriving in March 2016, that’d be an incredibly tight squeeze.

What say you, readers?  What do you want to see out of an Aquaman film?  Which filmmaker would you like to see bring the movie to fruition?  Sound off in the comments below.

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  • DoremusJessup

    Jason Momoa as Aquaman? For real? That about zaps any anticipation that I would’ve had for the movie.

    • LK

      Yes, for real. Where have you been? :P

      • DoremusJessup

        I never saw it confirmed anywhere, just rumors. Either way, I’ve never seen him in a good movie. Plus, if we’re supposed to be getting excited about a Justice League movie I’m not getting too psyched about the idea of seeing Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa on screen together. I hate to be the negative guy, but there’s not much charisma or personality there. Ben Affleck has his work cut out for him.

      • DoremusJessup

        I never saw it confirmed anywhere, just rumors. Either way, I’ve never seen him in a good movie. Plus, if we’re supposed to be getting excited about a Justice League movie I’m not getting too psyched about the idea of seeing Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa on screen together. I hate to be the negative guy, but there’s not much charisma or personality there. Ben Affleck has his work cut out for him.

      • DoremusJessup

        I never saw it confirmed anywhere, just rumors. Either way, I’ve never seen him in a good movie. Plus, if we’re supposed to be getting excited about a Justice League movie I’m not getting too psyched about the idea of seeing Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa on screen together. I hate to be the negative guy, but there’s not much charisma or personality there. Ben Affleck has his work cut out for him.

    • GrimReaper07

      It’s perfect casting if you ask me.

  • NICK НΛRT

    aquaman could make suuch a cool movie, but it needs to be bright and colorful not dark like man of steel. fingers crossed this turns out well.

    • Jack Dennis

      I agree. They can use Snyders visuals but make it lighter which they kinda have to do as its set mostly underwater. At least I hope it is . I also hope for Justice League its not all dark and gloomy. It wouldn’t hurt to have some sunshine.

      • Mezmero

        Dude you only saw posters how do expect a movie with Batman to like??

      • Jack Dennis

        please rephrase

      • mattinacan

        this is how he always talks, like there is nothing between his ears

      • Django9000

        Young Aqua lad’s father told him he was an Atlantean, to protect ordinary citizens of rural sea farms from the horrifying truth. That he was in fact, half Human. (Young Aqua lad begins breathing air thru his lungs & is terrified that he can exist on land … While other Atlantean children DIE on contact with the air.)

        “Maybe it’s for the better son. I just want to keep our Kingdom SAFE. … from the likes of half worlders. Like You.”
        Then, Triton gets swallowed by a whale…

        When does a boy stop being a fish … and start becoming a Man.
        Directed by Zack Snyder.

      • Jack Dennis

        haha. damn us all if he directs every movie in DCCU.

    • King of Atlantis

      I really hope they hire Terrio or someone of equal screenwriting talents to help rewrite the script once they’re done. Might as well keep Terrio on for the entire universe if he’s doing a good job on BvS and Justice League. Maybe even have Affleck help pitch in

    • Mezmero

      It won’t be like that the whole movie because their has to be a dark turn just like in any movie that has a villan that tries to rule and kill people! Your asking for a kids movie now but I bet you had complaints about The Dark Night. That is what we call a “Sneek Diss”. Why do you fanboys hate Superman so much without him you would never get JL. Get over it.

  • anthonyg1500

    “Remember that guy that wrote the Justice League script we all hated and trashed immediately?? Lets hire him to write Aquaman!” – WB

    • DeathoftheEndless7

      Pretty sure its a different guy.

      • World’s Finest Comments

        No, it’s the same guy unfortunately.

  • Person

    The writer of Gangster Squad and the failed Justice League movie vs. the guy who wrote the 300 sequel. This battle of mediocrity should be a movie unto itself…

  • Jack Dennis

    really? I’m all for an Aquaman movie , but Gangster Squads script was the worst thing about that movie.

  • LEM

    DC/WB have the opportunity to almost print money with a Batman/Superman movie but they seem hellbent on ruining all the properties at once.

  • Cyberpunk14

    Director: James Cameron
    Actor: Vincent Chase

    The best Aquaman movie ever.

    • Mezmero

      ?????

      • World’s Finest Comments

        It’s an Entourage reference.

      • Mezmero

        Oh he did play him on the show Lmao

      • mattinacan

        you are mentally challenged

  • Oliver Queen

    YYYYEEEESSSS!!!! Just please title (or subtitle) it “Throne of Atlantis”. This is what i imagined for the DCCU since the release of the dates…

    1. Man of Steel (June 10, 2013) (You are not alone!)
    2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25, 2016) (i want you to remember Clark, my hand at your throat)
    3. Shazam! (August 5, 2016) (two words: THE ROCK)
    4. Justice League (July 23, 2017) (BRING IT BABY)
    5. Wonder Woman (November 17, 2017) (aftermath story v origin story, hmmmmmmm)
    6. The Sandman (March 23, 2018) (JGL now please!)
    7. The Flash & Green Lantern (July 27, 2018) (honestly i tried and i cant get the right title for this film)
    8. Throne of Atlantis (April 5, 2019) (cause it sounds better than Aquaman…… fine, Aquaman: Throne of Atlantis would work, i guess!)
    9. Legend of Batman (June 14, 2019) (…yes, i love this title!)
    10. Booster Gold (April 5, 2020) (or maybe Lobo, Suicide Squad or even Metal Men?)
    10. Justice League: Apokalips Now (June 19, 2020) (if the rumours of Darkseid being saved for JL2 are true then Justice League: Apokalips Now is a fitting title)
    11. Man of Steel: Doomsday (June 2021) (the true sequel MOS fans deserve)

    • Mezmero

      At least you have hope the rest of these so called fans once again want to shoot this down LMMFAO

      • Pernell Whitaker

        What does the extra ‘M’ in LMMFAO stand for?

      • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

        “Mother”

      • Pernell Whitaker

        Cool, thanks homes. Mezmero got a real good laugh out of that then…

    • Person

      Throne of Atlantis is already getting a DCAU adaptation early next year, they’re not gonna use the same story for the live-action movie.

    • Christopher Sims

      For No. 7…The darkest, fastest night lol

  • Oliver Queen

    YYYYEEEESSSS!!!! Just please title (or subtitle) it “Throne of Atlantis”. This is what i imagined for the DCCU since the release of the dates…

    1. Man of Steel (June 10, 2013) (You are not alone!)
    2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25, 2016) (i want you to remember Clark, my hand at your throat)
    3. Shazam! (August 5, 2016) (two words: THE ROCK)
    4. Justice League (July 23, 2017) (BRING IT BABY)
    5. Wonder Woman (November 17, 2017) (aftermath story v origin story, hmmmmmmm)
    6. The Sandman (March 23, 2018) (JGL now please!)
    7. The Flash & Green Lantern (July 27, 2018) (honestly i tried and i cant get the right title for this film)
    8. Throne of Atlantis (April 5, 2019) (cause it sounds better than Aquaman…… fine, Aquaman: Throne of Atlantis would work, i guess!)
    9. Legend of Batman (June 14, 2019) (…yes, i love this title!)
    10. Booster Gold (April 5, 2020) (or maybe Lobo, Suicide Squad or even Metal Men?)
    10. Justice League: Apokalips Now (June 19, 2020) (if the rumours of Darkseid being saved for JL2 are true then Justice League: Apokalips Now is a fitting title)
    11. Man of Steel: Doomsday (June 2021) (the true sequel MOS fans deserve)

  • World’s Finest Comments

    Wasn’t Will Beall’s Justice League script supposedly terrible? And wasn’t Gangster Squad ACTUALLY terrible? Why is Warner keeping this guy around?

    • Strong Enough

      His first draft was pretty good. These major studios are always making writers work more terrible

    • Strong Enough

      His first draft was pretty good. These major studios are always making writers work more terrible

  • World’s Finest Comments

    Wasn’t Will Beall’s Justice League script supposedly terrible? And wasn’t Gangster Squad ACTUALLY terrible? Why is Warner keeping this guy around?

  • https://www.facebook.com/MyPassion4Life?ref=hl Javan Clark

    Would have liked to see Michael C. Hall as Arthur Curry. But Momoa in the roll signifies he will be a warrior and that’s not a bad thing.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Hall would have been interesting, and he could have bulked up for the role.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Hall would have been interesting, and he could have bulked up for the role.

  • appolox

    It’s. About. Damn. Time……

  • blueorangeny

    08/05 is going to be JL, 2017 one is Wonder Woman while the other spot might be either Aquaman or Shazam.

  • blueorangeny

    08/05 is going to be JL, 2017 one is Wonder Woman while the other spot might be either Aquaman or Shazam.

  • cuteview

    Josh Halloway for Aquaman…

    • appolox

      Hell no! Hugo Weaving!

    • appolox

      Hell no! Hugo Weaving!

    • Vulcan

      well Jason Momoa has already been cast for the role so…

      • Mezmero

        Don’t tell them that SMDH now they will find out Ben Afflack is Batman LMAO

    • Vulcan

      well Jason Momoa has already been cast for the role so…

  • John

    Just another reason that WB/DC doesn’t know what the fuck they are doing. Leave this to the big boys.

    • Mezmero

      Didn’t know WB was small but learn something new everyday (-_-)

  • Batt Damon

    Jesus, those are some terrible writers. WB really wants this movie to fail.

  • Batt Damon

    Jesus, those are some terrible writers. WB really wants this movie to fail.

  • ʝoe βloggs

    I doubt they will actually call him “Aquaman” in the script/film.
    Arthur Curry sounds so ho-hum as well.
    So I’d go for Orin and refer to him as the Atlantean King in passing.

    Elements in the Modern Age Aquaman story could work well in film treatment.

    • bidi

      i bet the general public on land will call him Aquaman, like they did with Superman in MOS. sort of just like a nickname and not an actual identity a la Batman

      • ʝoe βloggs

        Yes, you have a point there…

        But let’s say in a room full of superheroes, they’ll probably call him Orin or whatever they decide to name him.
        Same thing with Diana (WW).
        Superman and Batman will likely be referred to in their heroic names since their identity is secret.

      • Mezmero

        Well that is what they did only people who knew their identities would refer to them by name.

  • ʝoe βloggs

    I doubt they will actually call him “Aquaman” in the script/film.
    Arthur Curry sounds so ho-hum as well.
    So I’d go for Orin and refer to him as the Atlantean King in passing.

    Elements in the Modern Age Aquaman story could work well in film treatment.

  • Mezmero

    Really their is handful of you who know nothing about the movies you hate. I bet your all just going to see these movies when they come out,so why do you bitch?

    • Hunter

      You must be new here.

    • mattinacan

      can you stop posting brain dead comments everywhere, jesus you are killing my brain cells with your stupidity

  • Mezmero

    Really their is handful of you who know nothing about the movies you hate. I bet your all just going to see these movies when they come out,so why do you bitch?

  • DougW

    Can Jason Momoa and Gal Gadot carry films? I barely remember her in the Fast & Furious movies.

  • Redjester

    I’m willing to bet that a clean-shaven and blonde Jason Momoa will look far more like Aquaman than what you’re giving him/them credit for. Still, it’ll be pretty hilarious to see Batman and Superman being dwarfed by Aquaman in every way imaginable.

  • spaceMONkeyx01

    golden age for comic geeks but wut about the rest of us?

  • Farrell

    Two separate screenplays at the same time to mash together the “best” version…

    That should tell you everything you need to know about how much studios respect the screenwriting process…truly like a sausage factory. If anybody expects this movie to be good based on this process, they’re a fool.

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