In an attempt to get the best possible script, Warner Bros. commissioned two separate writers to craft screenplays for the new Aquaman film. This dual-track strategy allows the studio to set a release date based on the assumption that they will approve at least one of the screenplays. Warner Bros. wants Aquaman to be part of a multi-film series for a cinematic universe based on DC Comics characters.
Will Beall, who penned the 2013 crime drama Gangster Squad, is one of the two competing writers. Beall has experience with superhero scripts, having helped out with Justice League.
Kurt Johnstad, known for 300 and its sequel, 300:Rise of an Empire, is writing the other screenplay.
Although the Aquaman release date hasn’t been announced yet, we do know that Warner Bros. is planning to release nine films in the series between 2016 and 2020.
Aquaman was originally created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger back in 1941. Although the “king of the seven seas” has remained popular over the decades, it has not always been smooth sailing. Being featured the 1970’s animated series Super Friends added to the character’s pop culture recognition, but it also made him the butt of jokes that his superpowers were limited to his ability to talk to marine animals.
Rumors suggest that Jason Momoa of Game of Thrones will be cast in the title role, but there has been no official confirmation.