Superhero movies have become so popular in recent years that these productions are recruiting talent you wouldn't normally think of being interested in the genre. Seriously, if you'd told me a decade ago that Cate Blanchett would play the villain in a Thor movie, I would have stared at you with skepticism. Still, occasionally a name will pop up in connection with a superhero movie that remains surprising, and today, that honor belongs to Aaron Sorkin, who apparently is being courted to write either a Marvel or DC movie.
While appearing at Las Vegas' CinemaCon earlier today, Sorkin informed ComicBook.com that he will be meeting with both Marvel and DC soon, which will be an interesting experience for him since he's never read any comic books. As he put it:
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.
Well, folks, get ready for long takes of superheroes exchanging snappy dialogue with one another as they walk through a building. Seriously though, of all the writers to pick from, I never thought Aaron Sorkin would be game for a superhero movie, let alone from one of the Big Two. Sorkin is a writing legend in Hollywood, from A Few Good Men to Steve Jobs, not to mention his TV work like The West Wing and The Newsroom. Scoring him would be a major win for either Marvel and DC, but that will depend on whether they can pitch a character or group that catches his fancy as someone who's never been exposed to comic books.
Assuming Marvel or DC manage to entice Aaron Sorkin into coming aboard, it would be ideal if they don't put him on one of their bigger releases. Someone like him would be better suited for one of the quieter, less bombastic blockbusters. Preferably he would be attached to a movie analogous to Deadpool or Logan, where continuity isn't as essential and action, while still important, is placed on the back burner in favor of emphasizing story and character development. Still, since Sorkin doesn't have any comic book experience, it will certainly be difficult to find something that both appeals to him and fits with his style of writing. Difficult, but not impossible.
Which superhero movie would you like Aaron Sorkin to write? Give us your thoughts in the comments below, and in the meantime, Sorkin's next movie, Molly's Game (which also marked his directorial debut), is expected to be released later in 2017.