Aquaman (2018), starring Jason Momoa, is based on the DC Comics comic book of the same name. The superhero-themed production, directed by James Wan, quickly made a big splash. The production company Warner Bros. Pictures immediately set out for many spin-offs and a sequel. But things didn’t go as intended.
As preparations for Aquaman 2 continued at full speed, the bad news came for spin-off projects. DC and Warner Bros have jointly decided to shelve the sub-productions. Because more concentration was needed for the main film.
The Trench and New Gods movies canceled
Designed as two horror-driven side films by Aquaman, The Trench and New Gods were shelved indefinitely. DC may revive these productions in the future. However, development processes have now been officially halted. A joint statement from Warner Bros and DC regarding the cancellation of the projects reads:
“We have stopped developing some old projects in our DC program, such as New Gods and The Trench. We would like to thank our partners Ava DuVernay, Tom King, James Wan and Peter Safran for taking the time and cooperating with us throughout this process. We also look forward to seeing them in other DC stories. If they want to work with us in the future, we will put the projects in their capable hands.”
Director Ava DuVernay, best known for A Wrinkle in Time and Selma, would also direct New Gods under her previous agreements with DC. Ava, who worked with Tom King on this project, created a story about Darkseid, the famous villain of Snyder’s Justice League. But Warner Bros. halted the work, saying the project’s story structure would not be suitable for a single film. Probably The Trench was canceled for a similar reason.
When’s Aquaman 2 coming out!
The release date of Aquaman 2, where James Wan will also be the director, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The production will be released on December 16, 2022, with stars such as Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson and Nicole Kidman.
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