Aquaman is rumored to be making an appearance in the upcoming Batman v Superman flick, but the hero will also soon be the star of his own standalone film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is officially bringing the story of the aquatic superhero to the big screen, with two new writers on board.
The studio has reportedly hired both Will Beal and Kurt Johnstad to write two separate scripts for the film, with the better version to be selected for development. The practice allows Warners to set a release date and push the project forward sooner rather than later, while still working with the best script possible.
News of an Aquaman solo movie comes right after the studio announced release dates for nine untitled DC Entertainment films between 2016 and 2020. The first film is set for release on August 5, 2015, with two more in June and November of 2017. Aquaman will be part of Warner’s DC movie universe, but it’s unclear which of the previously announced release dates the film will fall on.
Aquaman was created in 1941 by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger and has been one of the original members of the Justice League since the group’s debut in 1960. But while the superhero has been around for decades, he hasn’t always gotten the best reputation. The ‘70s cartoon series Super Friends often portrayed him as simple and clichéd, and since then, he’s continued to be the butt of many jokes.
Despite this, the character seemed to be garnering new attention recently, with upcoming appearances in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and the Justice League film. The director of both movies, Zack Snyder, even went so far as to call into a Detroit radio show to publicly defend the character after its hosts started poking fun at the superhero.