‘Game of Thrones’ actor Jason Momoa has long been rumored to be playing Aquaman, DC’s undersea ruler, although the actor has remained mum on the matter. Now variety is reporting that the muscular actor has officially signed on and will debut in 2016’s ‘Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ opposite Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and Ray Fisher (Cyborg).Photo credit: Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com
And it looks like ‘Batman V. Superman’ is just the start for the aquatic titan who is undergoing a renaissance in the comics. Warner Brothers has reportedly hired two separate screenwriters to pen scripts for an ‘Aquaman’ movie. Both Will Beall (‘Gangster Squad’, TV series ‘Castle’) and Kurt Johnstad (‘300’ and ‘300: Rise of an Empire’) have reportedly been asked to submit treatments, which Warner Brothers will either select the better of or mix elements from both into one more solid script. It may sound worrisome that the studio doesn’t have a definite direction in mind, but reportedly, this is a pretty common practice to ensure the best final product possible.
As to when this film could be released, Warner Brothers has an unofficially named movie slated for August 5th, 2016 with two more due in June 23rd and November 17th of 2017.
Aquaman was created in 1941 by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger and was one of the few heroes to continue his comic book exploits after the end of the Golden Age. He served as a founding member of the Justice League, starred in his own animated series in the late 60s, then went on to star or guest star on ‘The Super Friends’, ‘Justice League’/Justice League Unlimited’, ‘Smallville’ and ‘Batman: The Brave and the Bold’. (‘Smallville”s producers even filmed a pilot for a standalone ‘Aquaman’ series starring Justin Hartley, but the series didn’t proceed to a series.) In addition to being able to breathe on land and underwater, Aquaman can communicate with aquatic life, enhanced senses, super strength, nearly bulletproof skin and in some versions the ability to manipulate water. He also carries a powerful trident that director Zack Snyder recently stated could cut even Superman’s skin.Are you intrigued to see what two different writers can do with Aquaman? What other super heroes from DC’s roster do you think could make for a good big screen star?