Aquaman has quickly become the biggest box office success in the Warner Brothers/DC Universe franchise. So it’s not surprising that the studio would want to capitalise on their success. While there have been no serious discussions of a direct Aquaman sequel by the studio, director James Wan or the movie’s star Jason Momoa – there is talk of a spin-off. An exclusive report by The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Warner Bros. has hired screenwriting newcomers, Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald to pen The Trench.
The spin-off is said to be a horror-tinged movie centred on the deadly amphibious creatures that were seen attacking Aquaman and Mera in Aquaman. James Wan and Peter Safran will produce the project, which will be assigned a more modest budget than past DC superhero offerings from the studio.
The Trench were created by Geoff Johns and first appeared in Aquaman (Vol. 7) #1 in November 2011. In September 2011 The New 52 rebooted DC’s continuity and Johns introduced the Trench into this new timeline, making them antagonists in the Aquaman series.
The Trench were originally part of the Kingdom of Atlantis. But after the ancient city sank they were thrown deep into the Marianas Trench where they adapted traits and powers (as well as an appearance) that differed from the Atlanteans. This caused them to evolve into ravenous monsters.
There aren’t too many details about The Tench at this time as the movie is still in the early stages of planning. What we do know for sure is that it will be set in the Kingdom of the Trench and will not feature the main cast of Aquaman.
While the studio works out all the details for the new movie (the spin-off and hopefully a sequel) we can get another dose of Aquaman when the movie is released on Digital on March 5, 2019 – followed by a DVD/Blu-ray/4K Ultra HD release on March 24, 2019.