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To say that there has been quite a large amount of hype surrounding superhero franchises lately, would be an understatement larger than the Incredible Hulk’s biceps. With Marvel Studios’ cinematic future mapped out farther than we could even imagine, Warner Bros surprised (and delighted) movie fans earlier this month, with the long overdue announcement of a catalogue of DC Comics film adaptions.
Although the titles of these films remain a mystery, we can quite easily make a few educated guesses as to what they may be. Based on the numerous cameo appearances lined up for 2016′s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, it’s long been assumed that Wonder Woman and Aquaman will receive their own spin-off films after Justice League hits theatres. Jason Momoa has still not been officially confirmed for the role of Aquaman in Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel sequel, however at this point it »
- Ben Read
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Aquaman, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Batman: Assault on Akrham, Constantine, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Inhumans, Captain America 3, Luke Cage, Big Hero 6, The Sinister Six, Powers, Henchmen and more….
We’ll kick things off this week with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and as filming continues on the Zack Snyder-directed superhero ensemble a few more set photos have arrived online from Detroit, showing Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne [see images here and video here], as well as our first look at returning Man of Steel star Amy Adams as Lois Lane [see here]. Meanwhile, executive producer Michael E. Uslan dismissed the rumour that Affleck’s Batman would be in his 50s, revealing that he is in fact mid-40s in the film, while Affleck himself took a moment to once again »
- Gary Collinson
Jason Momoa will reportedly play DC Comic’s Aquaman, and will not only appear in the Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice flick and the planned Justice League feature, but also launch his own franchise within the comic book movie empire.
Jason Momoa To Play 'Aquaman'
Momoa’s casting as Aquaman was all but confirmed back in June by HitFix. According to the website, though Momoa had been denying he would be assuming the superhero role for months, Batman Vs. Superman director Zach Snyder had finished conceptualizing Momoa’s Aquaman.
It’s believed that Momoa will have only a small role as Aquaman in Batman Vs. Superman, but that he would take on a greater part in the forthcoming Justice League film, which will also have Snyder at the helm. Justice League would bring together Aquaman, Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and potentially Flash, »
Warner Bros. and DC Comics have outlined their plans to release a whole lot of movies between now and 2020 – and one of those titles will be a stand-alone Aquaman film with Jason Momoa donning the tights and talking to the fishes. Now the studio and its comic partner have revealed who will be writing the script that brings the character to the screen. In an unusual move, Warners has tabbed Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad to adapt the comic for the screen. The catch is that they’re not working together. Essentially, Warner Bros. has commissioned two scripts and will choose the one they prefer. It’s like a screenwriting showdown at the Ok Corral... or something. It remains unclear why this approach was selected. IndieWire speculates that it could be because each guy...
- Mike Bracken
Warners has hired competing screenwriters for their post-Dawn of Justice Aquaman movie. That’s super crappy for the writers (and really all writers), but it’s also another sign that the studio hasn’t planned out their break-neck push into connected superhero universes beyond cameo (and subplot) introductions for a shotgun blast of potential Justice League members in a movie supposedly focused on Batman and Superman. Drew McWeeny compared the process to a reality show (picture an anthropomorphic script doing a rose-less walk of shame), and I agree 100%. While far from conclusive, the method points to another shaky element of Warners’ planning. Specifically, that they have no firm planning. Meanwhile, they’re pointing their bat to the bleachers. To be fair, while they’ve hired differently-skilled (yet pulpy) writers in Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300), it’s unlikely that their personal styles will stray too far from each other. The »
- Scott Beggs
Warner Bros. is wasting no time in trying to do with DC what Marvel has been able to do with its movies. The Hollywood Reporter reports two writers, Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire), are set to take on scripting an Aquaman movie. Here's the fun part: They aren't working together. Each will be writing a separate movie, and Warner Bros. will pick the best one. It's a script-off! There is no exact date set for Aquaman, but Warner Bros. has stuck its flag in many dates over the next few years, so this might be coming as early as summer 2016. This news comes after speculation about Jason Momoa's casting made its way around the internet again earlier this week. That still has yet to be confirmed. It's almost like the producers are leaking that rumor just to gain a negotiating upper hand »
- Jesse David Fox
As Warner Bros. attempts to fill out their slate of DC Comics films, we can now rest assured that one of them will be an Aquaman feature as the studio has set Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire, Act of Valor) to write competing scripts for a feature film based on the underwater superhero. Apparently both scripts will be developed at the same time until one is decided to be the best. Of course, given we're talking about Beall and Johnstad here I think we're looking for the script that's the lesser of two evils as neither has shown any real talent for screenwriting as of yet. At this time, it seems safe to assume Jason Momoa would be playing the title character as he has all but been confirmed to be playing the character in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. »
- Brad Brevet
Warner Bros. is going all in on the fishy DC character Aquaman by hiring two separate writers to write scripts for the film. That's right: scripts, plural.
Will Beall (""Gangster Squad") and Kurt Johnstad ("300," "Act of Valor," "300: Rise of an Empire") will be writing separate scripts for Aquaman's big-screen debut. It's not quite clear how this will work; will WB cobble together a Frankenstein script from the best bits of each, or what? The character already has some image problems - he can talk to other sea critters, big whoop! -- but he's also got some staunch defenders.
One of those defenders is Zack Snyder, the director of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and other upcoming Justice League movies. Snyder apparently called in to a radio show to defend this fictional comic book character to a couple of snarky DJs.
"I don't want to give anything away about »
- Jenni Miller
After Warner Bros releases "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," the studio will continue releasing superhero films at a greater rate. One of the movies on the schedule is "Aquaman." Now comes word that Warners hired Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300) to each write their own script for the film. Studios have done this before with a goal of either getting a good script from one of the writers or at least have an option of combining the best ideas into one script. This gives studios an opportunity to set a release date and then give themselves the best chance to have a script ready for production. We still don't know when "Aquaman" will be released or when filming will begin. While a director or cast has yet to be announced, it's widely believed that Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian) will play the superhero, which will likely first »
An Aquaman film is reportedly in development, with two writers working independently on two separate scripts.
Beall wrote 2013's Gangster Squad. Johnstad was the writer of the recent 300: Rise of an Empire sequel.
Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa is widely expected to take on the role of Aquaman/Arthur Curry in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and further films in the franchise, despite refusing to comment on the reports.
Warner has announced release dates for nine untitled DC Comics films between 2016 and 2020, but it is currently unclear which release date Warner is targeting for Aquaman.
The studio is expected to announce some of the projects over the coming month.
Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder recently called a Detroit radio station to defend the frequently mocked Atlantean superhero. »
Whether you do or don't agree with Zack Snyder about how awesome Aquaman is, the fact is that Warner Bros. is working hard to produce a blockbuster based on the DC Comics superhero. The studio has hired two writers, Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad, to write individual scripts for Aquaman.
The goal of hiring two writers to work on separate scripts is so that in the end the studios and producers are left with the best version of the story. Aquaman is one of the installments in a series of movies that will be a part of the DC Comics cinematic universe.
There's some speculation on when Aquaman is set to hit the big screen, but Warner Bros. has yet to make that official. The first untitled DC movie is set for release on August 5, 2016. 2017 has two movie release dates – June 23 and November 17.
- Laura Frances
Warner Bros. have a pretty epic amount of comic book movies coming your way between 2016 and 2020 and while many of these movies are unknown as of yet (besides the obvious Justice League movie, Man Of Steel sequel and a Batman reboot), Aquaman is now happening with Jason Momoa as the gilled hero, although there is yet to be an official announcement. Warner Bros. have hired Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad for writing duties and they are writing two scripts, separately. Beall, who was once a former La Pd Detective, wrote the rather enjoyable Gangster Squad and Kurt Johnstad has 300: Rise Of An Empire and 300 listed under his screen play credits. It still remains to be seen if Aquaman is strong enough to hold court in his own movie. The character debuted in November 1941 and during the Silver Age of comics (late 1950s-1960s) and was a founding member of The Justice League. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
As Warner Bros.’ plans for the DC Comics Justice League cinematic universe take shape, the focus is turning to an as-yet unseen member of the group. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has Gangster Squad’s Will Beall and 300: Rise Of An Empire’s Kurt Johnstad working on two different versions of a script for the Aquaman.The hope is that one – or both, if the concepts are mashed together – could end up as the script for an Aquaman film, one that could presumably slotted into the studio’s planned batch of release dates, which it recently marked out through to 2020. Beall, at least, has form with the DC canon, as he was hired to write a version of the Justice League screenplay before the current plan rolled out. Created in 1941 by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger, Aquaman has been a part of the Justice League team since »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers is aggressively developing a solo Aquaman film! The studio has hired two writers to pen two different drafts, and will then pick and develop whichever script they like best.
The two writers on the docket are Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300, 300: Rise of an Empire). There’s no word yet on when we could see Aquaman take to the high seas in his own solo adventure, but we know for sure that his film will be part of the recently-announced slate of nine untitled DC films slated for release after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice from 2016 to 2020.
Will Beall also infamously wrote a Justice League draft that the studio reportedly hated and tossed out, so it’s curious to see them return to him for Aquaman. Perhaps he didn’t quite nail the team-up portions of the film, but »
- James Garcia
Jason Momoa may be getting an Aquaman movie, as Warner Bros gets two competing scripts going...
Well, it looks as if the identity of one of the many mystery DC Comics movies has become clear. It's been hinted for a long time that Warner Bros was circling Aquaman, with Jason Momoa linked with the role. The character is set to appear, probably only briefly, in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. But it looks like he's getting a standalone movie as well.
The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news that the studio has ordered a pair of separate scripts for the project, and presumably once they're both done, Warner Bros will pick the one it likes the best.
Warner is pressing forward with an Aquaman movie, with the studio having hired two writers to pen two different versions of the script. According to THR, Aquaman will be one of the unnamed projects for which the studio recently revealed a batch of release dates, with the character set to be introduced in Batman v. Superman. No casting has officially been confirmed yet, but it is widely believed that Game Of Thrones star Jason Momoa will be the man to take the title role The report also reveals that Warner has hired Will Beall...
- George Wales
Speaking as a member of the WGAw since 1995, I am disgusted whenever I hear that a studio is doing parallel development on a film. It's a terrible process for the writers, and it reduces the idea of authorship, handing all of the power back to the producers. It's easy to see why a studio would do it. After all, they're in a rush right now at Warner Bros. to get into the game that Marvel has been winning non-stop for the last few years, and Aquaman is already set to appear in "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice," with Jason Momoa signed to play the character. For Warner Bros., they're trying to get these films up and ready to go as quickly as they can. Having two writers each work on a script to see what ends up working best sounds like a great way to short-cut things. For the writers, »
- Drew McWeeny
In the wake of Warners reportedly introducing DC Comics' 'Atlantean' character 'Arthur Curry', aka 'Aquaman' in "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" and hiring screenwriters Will Beall ("Gangster Squad") and Kurt Johnstad ("300") to write two separate screenplays for a solo "Aquaman" feature, Marvel's Kevin Feige recently clarified whether or not his studio or Comcast (parent of Universal) control the screen rights to Marvel Comics' "Namor: The Sub-Mariner", the first Atlantean comic book anti-hero, whose origin pre-dates Aquaman:
"Yes," said Feige about Marvel controlling screen rights to Namor, "but it’s slightly more complicated than that."
"Let’s put it this way – there are entanglements that make it less easy.
"There are older contracts that still involve other parties that means we need to work things out before we move forward on it.
"...as opposed to an 'Iron Man' or any of the 'Avengers' or any of the »
- Michael Stevens
And so Warner Bros’ incipient superhero universe continues its aggressive expansion. The Hollywood Reporter claims the studio is currently developing an Aquaman movie—a movie that will likely star Jason “Khal Drogo” Momoa and which is something we should all theoretically be looking forward to, because Aquaman is a cool character, and everyone who thinks Aquaman is a lame character is themselves lame and should be punished by getting forcefully Clockwork Orange’d through a full-series Entourage marathon.
- Darren Franich
At last, an actual Aquaman movie is on the way. It’s well-known (if not official) that Jason Momoa is playing the sea-dwelling superhero in Justice League, likely appearing first in cameo form in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Via The Hollywood Reporter, now we also know that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are pushing a solo installment for Aquaman, with two screenwriters hired to separately churn out their take on the character with the hopes that one of them will be perfect. Those writers are Will Beall, who is really only known cinematically for Gangster Squad, and Kurt Johnstad, who worked with Justice League franchise mastermind Zack Snyder on 300 and its sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire, and also penned the script for Act of Valor. Neither sounds like an amazing prospect, but the competition could bring out the best in each of them. I would attempt to lend them some guidance — because I’m »
- Christopher Campbell
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