It looks like more good news for Aquaman fans this week. Earlier this week it was announced that Jason Mamoa (Game of Thrones) had (rumor) signed on to play Arthur Curry (Aquaman) in both the Justice League kickoff movie Dawn of Justice and in a separate Aquaman film. Now it appears Warner Bros. is fully committed to these DC movies presenting a real challenge to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. WB has hired two separate screenwriters to write scripts for Aquaman. Will Beal and Kurt Johnstad will be presenting competing scripts to Warner Bros. and the studio will choose the best of them.
Will Beal wrote the 2013 film Gangster Squad, and is credited as an executive story editor on numerous episodes of ABC’s Castle. Kurt Johnstad has a bit more of a connection with the film, having written 300, which was directed by Dawn of Justice Director Zac Snyder. Johnstad also worked with Snyder to write the movie’s sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire. Johnstad also wrote 2012’s Navy Seal movie Act of Valor.
I have to admit, I’m not particularly optimistic about how these DC Universe movies will work out. I feel as though DC is trying to do what Marvel has done, but without putting in nearly as much of the work that Marvel did to show that they could pull it off. However, it is good to see that they’re actually going to try to crank out a good script here rather than pull a Green Lantern and just throw something terrible out there that they think will make money. Hopefully I’m proved wrong and these movies will turn out great. We’ll have to wait and see.