James Wan’s Aquaman is a very definition of a fantasy epic — a sprawling story, various mythical locations and characters of a plethora of races and species. One of the most memorable race being the Trench, the terrifying fish monsters with fangs for teeth. According to the Aquaman lore, the Trench are former Atlanteans who after the destruction and submergence of Atlantis evolved into vicious creatures that hunt, kill and destroy all that come in their way.
In Wan’s live-action adaptation, we first come across the Trench on Arthur and Mera’s journey towards the Marianas Trench in search of King Atlan’s trident. It’s a scene that’s coated with James Wan’s horror flavour, including well-crafted jumpscares. Also, who can forget one of the most beautifully photographed sequences in recent memory: Arthur and Mera dive into the ocean carrying flares, with hundreds of scary creatures on their tail.
Well, it looks like now the Trench will be getting their own spinoff movie. Here’s the news by The Hollywood Reporter:
“Warners has hired newbie scribes Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald to pen a horror-tinged script centered on the Trench, the deadly amphibious creatures seen attacking the hero and his love, Mera, in Aquaman.
Wan and Peter Safran will produce the project, titled The Trench, which would be much more modestly budgeted than the normal DC superhero tentpole.”
This is a very interesting development. Warner Bros has made it clear that they’ll not be trying to emulate the Marvel template anymore and instead provide filmmakers with a canvas in which they can express their creativity. Hence, James Gunn coming onboard to helm a soft reboot of Suicide Squad, the ridiculously awesome titled Birds of Prey movie — Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) –, as well as a Todd Philips-directed Joker movie that’s not even set in the established DCEU. However, making a movie centred around creatures that up to now lack any depth at all seems like a zany choice. That said, if James Wan turns out to be creatively involved in this project, this could be something special. A DC horror movie? Bring it on!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter