The Warner Bros’ DC Extended Universe has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start. Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice were both quite divisive with critics and audiences alike; though, if early tracking for Suicide Squad holds fast, that film may be more of a universal crowd-pleaser. Justice League set visits have gone far to offer assurances that those behind the DCEU are responding to feedback. The DCEU must be viable, and all hands are on deck to make sure it works.
Two of these hands belong to James Wan (Furious 7), who is set to direct Aquaman – scheduled to arrive in July 2018 with Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) in the title role. Numerous writers were hired to pen competing scripts for the project in the film’s early-development, among them being Will Beall (Gangster Squad).
THR is reporting that DC Film head Geoff Johns recently went back to the drawing board on the Aquaman script. He and Wan personally came up with a detailed treatment of what they want the story to be, and Will Beall has been called back to flesh that premise out into a full-blown screenplay. Presumably, his previous Aquaman script draft left a good impression (hence him returning to the fold).
Rewrites happen all the time and it bodes well for the project that Wan and Johns are so invested in the outcome. Considering Aquaman’s naturally unusual setting, in addition to his status as a bit of a joke in the past, this film will likely be a particularly difficult one to get right.
Momoa’s intense look may be atypical to the comic’s style, but it’s likely to go a long way towards making the hero look as “hardcore” to casual audiences as comic fans know he can be. Whether or not the Aquaman script will appeal to the average filmgoer is yet to be seen, but it’s good to know that the screenplay is getting the attention to detail and thoughtful treatment that it deserves.
Suicide Squad opens in U.S. theaters on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash is currently without a release date.