Aquaman director James Wan discusses the possibility of moving his plans for the canceled film, The Trench, into other DC Universe projects.
Following the success of the 2018 film, Aquaman, a sequel was put into development as was another project based around the creatures known as The Trench. In the film’s version, The Trench was one of the tribes of Atlantis that mutated into the fishlike monsters we saw in the movie. Warner Bros ultimately opted not to go forward with the film.
Since The Trench was canceled, a few bits of what the movie would have been about have been revealed. Most notably, James Wan revealed that the film was actually a solo Black Manta film starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. It is not clear why Warner Bros opted not to move forward with the film, though his role in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom may have had something to do with it.
While speaking to Comicbook.com, James Wan was asked if his ideas for The Trench would find their way into another film. The director was rather vague with his answer and spoke about how maybe 20%-30% of his ideas actually get used in his films:
“Listen, I feel like everything I come up with, everything I do, if I come up with something that I don’t end up using, that doesn’t mean that I cannot be inspired to use that in a different way. That’s my problem, is I come up with a lot of ideas and I have so many ideas just percolating, but obviously, I can’t use all of them. So I would say of all the different thoughts and ideas I’ve come up with, I end up using maybe 20-30% of them in my work, and so I do have a drawer full of ideas that could develop into something else.”
Here is the synopsis for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom:
When an ancient power is unleashed, Aquaman must forge an uneasy alliance with an unlikely ally to protect Atlantis, and the world, from irreversible devastation.
Directed by James Wan, the upcoming sequel stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Temuera Morrison as Arthur Curry, Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin, Vincent Regan as Atlan, Jani Zaho as Stingray, Indya Moore as Karshon, and Game of Thrones star Pilou Asbæk in an unknown role.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will hit theaters on March 17, 2023. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the future of the DC Extended Universe and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.