According to the The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros., who are desperately trying to copy Marvel’s success with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has hired two different screenwriters to write two separate, unrelated scripts for an Aquaman movie. Warner Bros. will apparently consider both and choose the best one.
The two writers are Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300; 300: Rise of an Empire). I’m not one to judge inexperienced writers too harshly, but neither of these gentlemen has written anything terribly stellar before, so this worries me.
Aquaman’s already a B-list superhero; you don’t make Aquaman relevant by cheaping out on a screenwriter. You make Aquaman relevant by hiring someone who will turn him into a cultural icon. It’s happened before. After all, how much did you care about Iron Man before Jon Favreau and Robert Downey, Jr. brought him to life?