Warner Bros. has decided to remove New Gods and The Trench from its slate of upcoming DC movies.
As the studio rejigs the future of its interconnected universe, they have reportedly found no room for New Gods, which director Ava DuVernay (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time) was developing alongside comic book writer Tom King; as well as The Trench, a planned Aquaman spinoff that had James Wan on board as producer.
THR broke the news, reporting that although WB is open to the possibility of tackling the projects with these creatives in future, “execs believed it was best not to leave the filmmakers hanging in development without a clear end in sight.”
Among the reasons for removing the projects: the studio wants to give New Gods‘ villain, Darkseid, more time away after being put back in the spotlight in Zack Snyder’s Justice League; and Aquaman 2 (with Wan apparently returning to direct) deemed to be enough for that side of the DC universe without needing a stand-alone film that would have been The Trench.
“Tom, I loved writing NEW GODS with you,” DuVernay posted on Twitter. “I’m upset that the saga of Barda, Scott, Granny, Highfather and The Furies ends this way. Diving into Kirby’s Fourth World was the adventure of a lifetime. That can’t be taken away. Thank you for your friendship. And remember… #DarkseidIs”
The decision comes as Warner Bros. and DC Films begins to move ahead on a rejigged interconnected universe that will include film and television. The Flash is being looked as quite a pivotal chapter, clarifying a multiverse narrative that will explain an appearance by both Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck as Batmen. Upcoming Robert Pattinson-starrer The Batman, by the way, will be set on an alternate Earth that DC Comics readers will know as Earth-2.
The upcoming slate of DC screen action includes The Suicide Squad, which will spawn a John Cena-starring HBO Max spinoff series titled Peacemaker; long-awaited Dwayne Johnson pic Black Adam; and Shazam! sequel Shazam! Fury of the Gods. Plus, potential movies featuring Blue Beetle, Batgirl, Supergirl, Green Lantern Corps and Static Shock are also in different stages of development. AND, there’s also the planned J.J. Abrams-produced Superman movie that may introduce black Superman, Calvin Ellis.
As always, stay tuned…