Marvel and DC Want Aaron Sorkin to Write a Superhero Movie

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 - 8:20PM
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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 - 8:20PM
Marvel and DC Want Aaron Sorkin to Write a Superhero Movie
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If there's one thing everyone goes to Marvel and DC movies for, it's the dialogue. OK, that isn't exactly true, but it may be in the future. Because apparently both companies are meeting with screenwriting wizard Aaron Sorkin.

Now if you're thinking that Sorkin, who's known for being the brains behind such, well, brainy TV shows as The West Wing and The Newsroom, is an odd choice for a comic book movie, you're not alone. Even the screenwriter himself admitted that he's never even read a comic book when he disclosed his mysterious upcoming meetings with Comicbook.com.

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"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."
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First of all, it's pretty weird that Sorkin has never been exposed to a comic book. Where did this guy grow up? But looking past that, he also seems like an odd choice to add to either Marvel or DC. Bringing Sorkin on board would certainly add prestige to either brand, but how would he fit in? Probably the closest thing he's done to anything in either universe is... maybe The Social Network? Because it features a smarmy, smart rich guy not unlike Tony Stark/Bruce Wayne? As you can see, we're really grasping at straws here. A Sorkin superhero flick would be something completely new.

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Then again, out of the two companies, Marvel properties have shown a willingness to step outside the comic book norms more than DC has. Legion is unlike anything else on television, and the MCU's movies - while all following a similar formula - continue to diversify, which could attract Sorkin if Marvel was willing to let him do his own thing. DC, meanwhile, is still trying to find its identity, and maybe Sorkin could help them do that, but he may be turned off by the critical disasters they've put up on screen so far.

At the end of the day, we're guessing that Marvel's successes and willingness to try new things will hold the upper hand in wooing the writer, but the smart money's probably on him to turn down both companies. If Sorkin wants to write a superhero film, a bizarre indie hero may be more his style.
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