Comic book movies are all the rage nowadays. Not only are studios fighting to get out as many as they can, but countless actors, directors and writers we never expected to be interested in these type of projects are finding ways to be involved in them.
That excitement often gets us announcements that have us scratching our heads, wondering if what we're seeing is actually happening. Great examples of that include Michael Keaton playing the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and more recently, Mel Gibson being considered to direct Suicide Squad 2.
Get ready to add one more name to that head-scratching list: #AaronSorkin. Yeah. You read that right. The Oscar-winning writer, who's worked on hits like A Few Good Men, The West Wing and The Social Network, is currently in talks with Marvel and DC to write a film for them.
During this year's CinemaCon, the writer gave an interview to Comicbook.com, and it was there where he made the surprising revelation:
“I happen to have meetings coming up with both DC and Marvel. I have to go into these meetings and tell them as respectfully as I can that I’ve never read a comic book. It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that I’ve never been exposed to one. So, I’m hoping that somewhere in their library is a comic book character that I’m gonna love and I’m going to want to go back and start reading from the first issue on.”
I'm very curious to see what #Marvel and #DC are looking for with him. Sorkin is known for his "walk-and-talk" approach to writing. Basically, he really loves dialogue, particularly dialogue in a scene where neither the camera or the characters stop moving. And seeing just how good he is at it, his style would be a great addition to any given character, especially snarky ones. The first one that comes to mind, perfect for this approach, is John Constantine.
Of course, keep in mind that right now, it's hard to pinpoint the character he could tackle, or even if he will. The only real clue we have is the fact that he's the one picking the project, so it probably means he won't be involved in any of the already-slated films.
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I find it very interesting that the studios are letting him choose his character. That's a clear sign of the companies trusting his vision, at least to a point. Especially if we take into account that, if he ends up writing a #comicbook movie, it would come almost entirely from him, as the writer's famous for refusing to work with others. In fact, he stated during an interview:
"I'm helped by a staff of people who have great ideas, but the scripts aren't written by committee."
Sorkin has a very interesting style, and as we've seen multiple times before, a fresh voice in the comic book genre is usually a sign of something amazing.
Obviously, things could change course at any given moment and he could ultimately decide to part ways with the studios. But if the collaboration between the writer and either Marvel or DC ends up happening, let's hope he gives it his all and delivers an amazing script.
Would you like to see a superhero movie written by Aaron Sorkin in the near future?