Warner Bros. and DC Comics are aggressively trying to develop Aquaman as a stand-alone franchise with both Will Beall (Gangster Squad; Castle) and Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire; Act of Valor) writing two completely different screenplays.
Aquaman is being positioned as one of the many titles that will make up Warner Bros. multi-movie DC Comics cinematic universe. The studio and the producers have hired two separate writers with the hopes of getting the best possible version of this particular story.
Another reason for this is so that Warner Bros. can give the still in-development Aquaman one of its recently announced release dates, making sure it has a muscular push behind it. In all, 9 DC Comics movies have been scheduled between 2016 and 2020 at the studio.
Warner Bros. has not confirmed this news at this time, nor will they confirm which release date Aquaman may be getting. The first untitled DC Comics movie is hitting on August 5, 2016, shortly after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice debuts in March of that same year. Two more movies will follow in 2017, landing on June 23 and November 17.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder recently called into a live radio program to defend the character, who is believed to have a cameo in his upcoming kickstarter for the Justice League franchise. Aquaman was created in 1941 by Paul Norris and Robert Weisinger, and has been a part of Justice League since its inception in 1960.