In certain circles, Aquaman has always been the subject of ridicule, especially compared to more popular heroes like Batman and Superman. Even Jason Momoa — who is set to play the king of Atlantis in the character’s upcoming 2018 film — has responded to criticism toward the underwater hero.
As such, James Wan’s Aquaman film will have a lot to prove when it does find its way into theaters. By the sound of it, Warner Bros. is taking extra care to ensure that the adventure delivers on fans’ hopes and puts all the jokes to rest for good.
According to THR, David Leslie Johnson has joined the project to work on the script. However, it remains unconfirmed exactly what role Johnson will play in the production. Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300) were previously commissioned to create two separate scripts for the film, and it’s possible that Johnson is simply providing a third version to assist Wan in developing the project.
While it remains unclear how Johnson will factor into Aquaman, the fact that Warner Bros. is bringing in some additional talent could either be a sign that the studio is actively trying to ensure they make the best possible film or an indication that development on the story isn’t moving along exactly as they would like. Of course, there’s no telling what the studio’s exact motive is, but in either case, Johnson could prove to be an asset.
His previous credits include 2009 horror film Orphan, Red Riding Hood, and a pair of episodes of The Walking Dead. However, the project which best exhibits his qualifications to write Aquaman is likely Wrath of the Titans, as that project draws heavily from mythological and supernatural lore to tell its story. He has also worked with Wan on his upcoming sequel The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist.
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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, followed by Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps. on June 19, 2020. The Superman and Batman solo films have release dates TBD.