Aaron Sorkin could easily be considered the best screenwriter alive today, but when we think of Sorkin’s style of writing it doesn’t exactly scream “comic book movie”. Sorkin is widely regarded as the writer who has nearly perfected the art of “walk and talk” dialogue which you can see in it’s truest forms on The West Wing and in his films such as The Social Network, Money Ball, Steve Jobs, and A Few Good Men.
His political dramas and biopics are stuff of legend at this point and it shows his ability to research the crap out of his subjects to make a compelling narrative, I have no doubt that he can research a few comic books. I’m not convinced he is a fit for a Marvel movie in any capacity, but with the direction DC seems to be trying to move towards, Sorkin could very well be that person to present the most well conceived story of the DCEU thus far. Now, who’s to say he even signs on for either studio and one of the main characters. For me, Sorkin seems like he’d gravitate towards a more singular character or story-line that stretches away from the mainstream efforts, of course, he could also really be into Martian Manhunter comics for all I know.
Sorkin had this to say to ComicBook.com on the Red Carpet at CinemaCon:
“I happen to have meetings coming up with both DC and Marvel,” he said. “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.”
With his skills at researching topics thoroughly and with comic books being totally awesome reading material, I can’t imagine it being too difficult for him to figure out the source material. The man has done political dramas most of his career along with stage plays, no disrespect to comics by any means, but I have confidence Sorkin could figure out the depths of comic books.
His “walk and talk” style that I alluded to earlier could be a great fit for Marvel Netflix series or a Vertigo property from DC and Warner Bros., but these are just talks. I’m sticking with DC being the side he picks or is reeled in by, but mainly because he’d be warranted more freedoms with a less established studio that could allow him to have that long leash he needs and deserves. Who would you want Sorkin to sign with and which character or comics would you like him to sign on.