The DCEU is definitely headed in a different direction than what we could have ever expected. After crashing and burning on films like Suicide Squad, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, the studio has taken a step back and is now focusing on solo tiles and side characters over major team ups. One of those solo titles is the very successful Aquaman film starring Jason Momoa and Amber Heard. Unfortunately we won’t see them back on screen until 2022. But that does not mean that we won’t travel to their underwater world before then.
It has already been reported that Aquaman director James Wan and producer Peter Safran are working on developing a horror tinged The Trench spinoff film that will focus on the sea creatures that had attacked Aquaman and Mera in the ocean during the first film. In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter Safran said that he expects that The Trench will be in theaters before Aquaman 2.
Safran goes on to talk about the what gave them the ability to go ahead with a film based on The Trench, “We always, even from the early concept art days, loved the idea of a Trench movie,” Safran said. “Then, when audiences embraced it in the movie itself the way they did, particularly that ant farm shot where the camera follows the Trench [creatures] following Arthur and Mera down into the deep, we just knew that we had something very special there and we knew what that movie should be. And consequently, I suspect that that’s one that will come out significantly before Aquaman 2.”
He went on to confirm that neither Arthur or Mera would appear in the film, but that it would take place after the events of the first Aquaman film. In developing this universe from the success of Aquaman, Safran goes on to talk about the influence The Conjuring universe has had on their approach to developing these films. “We’ve definitely taken a page from our Conjuring playbook, which is: you’ve got the mothership, which is Aquaman, but there are so many great stories to tell within that universe of itself, that Atlantean universe,” Safran explained.
He also confirms that Warner Bros. did not pressure them to speed up the development of the sequel. Safran said that, “[Hamada], myself and James Wan always shared the same philosophy, which is: you want to do it right. You don’t want to do it fast. You just want to do it right.” He also teased that there are other areas of the Atlantean universe that they may be looking into.
If anyone is going to do a horror film based on The Trench, I am glad that it’s in the hands of Wan and Safran as they have a good record with this genre of film. It will be interesting to see what kind of story they come up with to make it captivating to audiences.
Are you interested in a Trench film? What other areas of this underwater world should they be looking into? Let us know in the comment section below!
Warner Bros. Pictures Aquaman 2 is currently slated for December 16th, 2022.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter