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Warner Bros. has two different Aquaman scripts in the works

08.12.2014

I don’t think Zack Snyder is the only one with a lot of love for the Aquaman character; it looks as though Warner Bros. and DC have big plans for undersea explorer beyond the likely appearance in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and the JUSTICE LEAGUE movie that is set to follow it. It’s been reported that WB has gone as far as ordering two separate scripts for an Aquaman movie, which are being written by Will Beall (GANGSTER SQUAD) and Kurt Johnstad (300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE).

They will do a “dual-track development”, where both writers work on different scripts until a decision can be made as to which version will ultimately make it to the big screen. Now that’s pressure! So no, this isn’t two different movies being developed; this is an aggressive way to get one hopefully great script turned in. On the other hand, this sounds pretty desperate and rushed; so is there a basic idea you’re going with or are they just hoping for the best from these writers? Also, would we ever see the other script in any way shape or form? Well, that’s what the Internet is good at I suppose.

Even though Warner Bros. has yet to officially confirm it, we can assume that Jason Momoa is set to play Aquaman. The studio has several untitled superhero release dates, the next few being August 5th, 2016 and June 23rd 2017, and November 17th 2017. Let's give Aquaman a summer release right? It will work well with the posters.


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1:13AM on 08/14/2014
And it will be directed by James Cameron.
And it will be directed by James Cameron.
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10:01AM on 08/13/2014
I think the two script thing is a brilliant idea. You have two different scripts developed, and you film the best one. I honestly wish more studios tried this approach.
I think the two script thing is a brilliant idea. You have two different scripts developed, and you film the best one. I honestly wish more studios tried this approach.
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12:20AM on 08/13/2014
I really want an Aquaman movie, because I think, if done, it could be different from everything else. But it's hard to care when WB doesn't seem to. That's the only reason they'd cast a c-lister like Momoa. Maybe he'll surprise me, but Marvel casts A-listers in small supporting roles and WB can't even get a great actor for one of their heroes?
I really want an Aquaman movie, because I think, if done, it could be different from everything else. But it's hard to care when WB doesn't seem to. That's the only reason they'd cast a c-lister like Momoa. Maybe he'll surprise me, but Marvel casts A-listers in small supporting roles and WB can't even get a great actor for one of their heroes?
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2:14AM on 08/13/2014
You can't cast an A-lister in the leading role for a big franchise like this. They will cost alot in the first film and even more in the follow-up movies, and it is alot harder to keep them around for more (see Edward Norton).
Marvel did the same with the likes of Hemsworth and Pratt for example, even Downey Jr. and Evans weren't household names before. They like to make them names with their movies and characters.

So the studios cast the big names in supporting roles. That's what Marvel
You can't cast an A-lister in the leading role for a big franchise like this. They will cost alot in the first film and even more in the follow-up movies, and it is alot harder to keep them around for more (see Edward Norton).
Marvel did the same with the likes of Hemsworth and Pratt for example, even Downey Jr. and Evans weren't household names before. They like to make them names with their movies and characters.

So the studios cast the big names in supporting roles. That's what Marvel is doing, but that's also what DC is doing, just look at the supporting roles in Man of Steel: Russel Crowe, Amy Adams, Diana Lane, Kevin Coster...
9:37AM on 08/13/2014
Jason Mamoa has already proven to be terrible, I don't really understand your point Green-Ghost. If they wanted someone cheap they could have spent some time, you know, having auditions. Instead they picked Jason Mamoa and Gal Gadot, both proven ineffective actors, to be important characters.
Jason Mamoa has already proven to be terrible, I don't really understand your point Green-Ghost. If they wanted someone cheap they could have spent some time, you know, having auditions. Instead they picked Jason Mamoa and Gal Gadot, both proven ineffective actors, to be important characters.
10:40AM on 08/13/2014
tonytr87 was talking about a-list & c-list actors and that is used for the status of an actor and how big a name is, not about their acting-ability. So I assumed he was talking about that.

But for your comment, they held auditions, we know there were (for Wonder Woman at least)
I haven't seen Gal in anything but the Fast/Furious franchise, and this is no franchise where an actor can prove themself...it is just not about the acting there. Snyder has a pretty good track-record with casting,
tonytr87 was talking about a-list & c-list actors and that is used for the status of an actor and how big a name is, not about their acting-ability. So I assumed he was talking about that.

But for your comment, they held auditions, we know there were (for Wonder Woman at least)
I haven't seen Gal in anything but the Fast/Furious franchise, and this is no franchise where an actor can prove themself...it is just not about the acting there. Snyder has a pretty good track-record with casting, so I trust him to have a reason for casting her. Why would he cast her if he wouldn't believe that she can handle it?
So nothing is "proven" yet...
1:18AM on 08/14/2014
@Green-Ghost: RDJ wasn't a household name? Really? -_- Seriously? I remember hearing his name since I was a kid in the early to mid 90s. Maybe not popular in film at the time for all the trouble he was in but to say he wasn't a household name- well that's just blasphemy.
@Green-Ghost: RDJ wasn't a household name? Really? -_- Seriously? I remember hearing his name since I was a kid in the early to mid 90s. Maybe not popular in film at the time for all the trouble he was in but to say he wasn't a household name- well that's just blasphemy.
11:25PM on 08/12/2014
Two separate scripts at the same time? It almost sounds like DC doesn't know what they are doing...

But that can't be it, right?
Two separate scripts at the same time? It almost sounds like DC doesn't know what they are doing...

But that can't be it, right?
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9:35PM on 08/12/2014
I'm so glad that the character is being given a chance. Look, if all anyone saw of Batman was the Adam West show, they'd think he was lame. Just as Batman got the first Tim Burton film, Batman: The Animated Series and later The Dark Knight trilogy, Aquaman deserves a film to showcase that the character is an interesting and indeed a badass one. Hopefully they take some cues from Throne of Atlantis, the upcoming DC Animated Movie which is the first to centre around Aquaman. That one looks good.
I'm so glad that the character is being given a chance. Look, if all anyone saw of Batman was the Adam West show, they'd think he was lame. Just as Batman got the first Tim Burton film, Batman: The Animated Series and later The Dark Knight trilogy, Aquaman deserves a film to showcase that the character is an interesting and indeed a badass one. Hopefully they take some cues from Throne of Atlantis, the upcoming DC Animated Movie which is the first to centre around Aquaman. That one looks good.
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8:59PM on 08/12/2014
I'm all for Aquaman but an Aquaman NOT played by Vincent Chase? Count me out.
I'm all for Aquaman but an Aquaman NOT played by Vincent Chase? Count me out.
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1:17AM on 08/13/2014
Mandy Moore rumors are bound to cause conflict on set. Fuck James Cameron
Mandy Moore rumors are bound to cause conflict on set. Fuck James Cameron
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8:32PM on 08/12/2014
Said it before, say it again - idk how they'll make this movie. It'll either be like Thor 1, but where he's a fish out of water for even longer, learning why he was banished or whatever, or it will all be CGI. Unless it's all CGI like a Pixar film, I don't want either. I don't think the technology exists to make a movie "under water." There will be no actors. I guess they can go the Phantom Menace route and have the underwater buildings have like an air bubble thing. But I don't see how
Said it before, say it again - idk how they'll make this movie. It'll either be like Thor 1, but where he's a fish out of water for even longer, learning why he was banished or whatever, or it will all be CGI. Unless it's all CGI like a Pixar film, I don't want either. I don't think the technology exists to make a movie "under water." There will be no actors. I guess they can go the Phantom Menace route and have the underwater buildings have like an air bubble thing. But I don't see how this can be made (well), and I don't want a Thor copy. Anyone have ideas of how they could do this that I'm missing?


Also, isn't there an animated Aquaman on its way?
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10:56AM on 08/13/2014
There are plenty of ways to do it. First off, the idea of taking a page from Phantom Menace with the under water cities would be a definite way to go. But the under water action scenes would definitely need to be CGI, not sure why that would be such a bad thing given how advanced the technology is now.

And what do you mean "there will be no actors"? The CGI scenes would be built around them, not the other way around. This is kind of a misguided nit-pick on a film that hasn't even been
There are plenty of ways to do it. First off, the idea of taking a page from Phantom Menace with the under water cities would be a definite way to go. But the under water action scenes would definitely need to be CGI, not sure why that would be such a bad thing given how advanced the technology is now.

And what do you mean "there will be no actors"? The CGI scenes would be built around them, not the other way around. This is kind of a misguided nit-pick on a film that hasn't even been greenlit yet.
8:29PM on 08/12/2014
I'm just glad that they care enough to handle such an awesome character like Aquaman with respect and dignity. Maybe if DC did this with Green Lantern, then maybe it would have done better. With critics, fans, and at the Box Office.
I'm just glad that they care enough to handle such an awesome character like Aquaman with respect and dignity. Maybe if DC did this with Green Lantern, then maybe it would have done better. With critics, fans, and at the Box Office.
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8:18PM on 08/12/2014

I hope both scripts are good.

So they join together and write an even better script. Don't half ass it, WB!
So they join together and write an even better script. Don't half ass it, WB!
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