Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films have ditched two of their high profile projects in development – James Wan’s “Aquaman” spin-off “The Trench” and Ava DuVernay’s “New Gods”.
In a statement, Warner Bros. and DC said: “As part of our DC slate, some legacy development titles including New Gods and The Trench will not be moving forward. We thank our partners Ava DuVernay, Tom King, James Wan and Peter Safran for their time and collaboration during this process and look forward to our continued partnership with them on other DC stories. The projects will remain in their skillful hands if they were to move forward in the future.”
DuVernay and Tom King had been developing “New Gods,” based on the celebrated Jack Kirby comic creation, for three years. That comic introduced the tyrannical Darkseid and his polluted dystopian world of Apokolips in war with the idyllic and beautiful world of New Genesis.
“The Trench” was a horror-tinged project dealing with the titular creatures glimpsed in a key sequence in “Aquaman”. Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald had written the script, which Wan was developing as a producer with collaborator Peter Safran. Wan is still preparing to shoot “Aquaman 2” for the studio later this year.
While the door is being left open, the upcoming DC slate reportedly has no room over the next few years for either project and they opted not to leave the filmmakers hanging in development.
Aside from Matt Reeves’ “The Batman,” DC is planning a shared universe for future films with “The Flash” in 2022 key to setting this up. “Black Adam,” “Shazam! Fury Of The Gods,” “Blue Beetle,” “Batgirl,” “Supergirl,” “Green Lantern Corps,” “Static Shock,” “Zatanna,” a third “Wonder Woman” and a new “Superman” are all in development.