Aquaman director James Wan recently reflected on the scrapped spinoff, The Trench, and how ideas from this film are still making their way into his work.
Aquaman proved a huge hit for DC and Warner Bros. when it was released in 2018, with Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa finally making one of DC’s most mocked heroes cool in the eyes of the audience. As well as the usual comic-book movie thrills, Aquaman brought some chilling moments to life in a scene involving the Trench.
The Trench are a monstrous subspecies of Atlanteans. They are carnivorous creatures, more fish-like than regular humanoid Atlanteans, and have adapted to survive at extreme depths. The planned spinoff would have been more of a horror movie, focusing on the Trench and Aquaman’s nemesis, Black Manta.
In a recent interview with ComicBook.com, James Wan was asked about the scrapped Aquaman spinoff. The director revealed that ideas from The Trench may continue to influence his work, suggesting elements from that film could still be seen elsewhere. Wan said:
“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.”
While James Wan doesn’t confirm whether any of his unused ideas from The Trench are making their way into the upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, it certainly sounds like that could be the case. It’s also possible that some of the underlying concepts and ideas for The Trench could find a home elsewhere, in the director’s work outside of DC.
Here is the upcoming Aquaman sequel’s synopsis:
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, 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.
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