It looks like we may see Aquaman a bit more than just his planned appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the planned Justice League film. According to THR, WB has ordered two separate script treatments for an Aquaman movie. Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire) will both be taking a crack at the potential movie.
Aquaman, also known as Arthur Curry in the comics, was first created in 1941. The character has a long history with, as with most comic characters, origins that vary from decade to decade. Originally conceived as an ordinary human who unlocked amazing secrets and later thought of as a full-blooded Atlantean who was cast out from the city, Aquaman is mostly written as the child of a human lighthouse keeper and an Atlantean royal who later ventures into the oceans and claims the throne of Atlantis.
The dual track approach that WB is taking with Aquaman could get them some interesting ideas for the scripts, with Aquaman having a lot of backstory to delve into. While there’s no telling which script they’ll go with, there is always that combination that some amalgam of the two is what will see the big screen.
Often mocked for having dumb powers, Aquaman has been present as more of a badass in the DC New 52 during Geoff Johns’ recent run on the title. Zack Snyder has even taken up for the character, calling into a Detroit radio show that was talking badly about him.
You guys were disparaging, a little bit, Aquaman…I don’t want to give anything away about the movie or anything like that but Aquaman has some cool abilities. People are like, “Oh what? Does he talk to animals? Cause that seems like what he does. Or fish?” The cool thing with Aquaman is his Trident. So you have to realize that could cut the flesh of Superman if they came in contact. That’s a thing that’s in the canon. He’s super strong cause of course he can exist at these super deep depths so when he comes up here he’s crazy strong. Anyway, not to say he’s in my movie or anything like that but he has the potential to be bad ass, that’s all I’m saying.
While Geoff Johns‘ recent run will likely have elements that make it into the final film, it’ll be worth seeing what actually makes it, especially as WB seems to almost be rushing the film into being. With several untitled films slated between now and 2017, it’s possible that Aquaman may just be one of them, though it’s likely that Justice League will be popping up in 2017.
Jason Momoa is all but confirmed for the role in the upcoming films and, admittedly, doesn’t match the general look of Aquaman as a clean-cut, blond haired guy. Momoa’s seemingly incongruous fit with the character does give me hope that we just may see the resurgence of Hook Hand Aquaman from the 90s, because Hook Hand Aquaman is the best kind of Aquaman.
Source: Slash Film