In April 2019, a spin-off of the superheroic feature film “Aquaman” was announced, but the project was ultimately canceled a year later. We reveal the details of this film which will probably never see the light of day.
Did you know that an astonishing spin-off of Aquaman had almost seen the light of day? While the superheroic DC feature film led by Jason Momoa airs this Monday night on TMC, we reveal the behind the scenes of this project announced by Warner Studios in 2019 and then canceled a year later.
To whom was this abortive spin-off almost devoted? To Vulko (Willem Dafoe), Aquaman’s mentor? To the character of Mera (Amber Heard)? To that of Atlanna (Nicole Kidman)? None of them ! In April 2019, it is a derivative work around the monstrous creatures of the Trench, born in 2011 in the pages of comic books and at the heart of a striking scene from James Wan’s film (see photo below), which is announced.
With the hiring of a duo of screenwriters (Noah gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald) and the possible presence of James Wan behind the camera, the project, baptized The Trench, seems to be on the right track. The idea is then to offer a story taking place in the realm of these Atlanteans, separated from the other survivors when their realm was overwhelmed and who then became hungry monsters living in one of its hidden areas.
But of The Trench, there will be no. Almost a year to the day after the announcement, Warner indicates that the DC project will remain buried in the depths, the priority being to devote himself to the second solo adventure of the superhero of the seas.
A cancellation and then that’s it? It was without counting on a funny epilogue, which occurred a few weeks ago. On social networks, director James Wan has indeed revealed that The Trench was actually a bogus project to cover work on a secret film: a spin-off dedicated to the character of the bad guy Black Manta, played in Aquaman by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
If the spin-off devoted to Black Manta will not see the light of day, at least not immediately, fans will still be able to find the character in the credits of Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom. Hexagonal release scheduled for December 14, 2022.
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