A pair of high profile DC film projects are no longer happening as Ava DuVernay’s take on the “New Gods” and James Wan’s plans for an “Aquaman” spinoff have been scrapped…
Two high profile films based in the DC Universe in the works at Warner Bros. are no longer happening.
“New Gods” from director Ava DuVernay and a planned “Aquaman” spinoff based on The Trench from James Wan have both been pulled from production schedules with neither film moving forward at the studio.
“As part of our DC slate, some legacy development titles including New Gods and The Trench will not be moving forward,” Warner Bros. and DC said in a statement. “We thank our partners Ava DuVernay, Tom King, James Wan and Peter Safran for their time and collaboration during this process and look forward to our continued partnership with them on other DC stories. The projects will remain in their skillful hands if they were to move forward in the future.”
“New Gods” was one of the most ambitious films being developed at Warner Bros. and DC with DuVernay teaming up with comic book writer Tom King to develop the movie starting back in 2018. The characters created by legendary writer and artist Jack Kirby have been around 1971 and DuVernay was trying to bring them to life on the big screen for the first time ever with her film.
Meanwhile, Wan was developing “The Trench” as a follow up to his direction on the highly successful “Aquaman” film starring Jason Momoa and Amber Heard that was released in 2018. The original film traveled to the Trench — a part of the ocean filled with monstrous creatures hidden from the light.
While both projects received a lot of attention after first being announced, it appears Warner Bros. ultimately decided to keep the studio’s focus on other films already being developed while scrapping both “New Gods” and “The Trench.”