We learned back in March 2018 that Ava DuVernay is lined up with The New Gods for Warner Bros. as they continue to look for ways to plumb the depths of the DC Comics catalog. While that project was going forward with Tom King writing the screenplay for it, we also had a spinoff in the works from James Wan and his Aquaman film that was going to delve into the realm of horror, which he knows well, by putting together a film for The Trench. Both projects have had minor nods here and there over the last couple of years but WB and DC Films have had a lot of different projects in motion.
Now, as they start to consolidate their plans and move forward more, both of these projects have been put back on the shelf for the moment – while noting that if they do move forward again both main creatives will have the opportunity to steer them again.
“As part of our DC slate, some legacy development titles including New Gods and The Trench will not be moving forward. 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.”
Deadline is reporting that The Trench was put to the side as James Wan is ramping up more with the Aquaman sequel and it’s natural to put his focus there. With New Gods, this one is a bit more intriguing and not surprising in that the project was stopped because it was slotted for a single film but was growing beyond that, and Warner Bros. is not looking to green-light any multi-film projects for an unproven property at this point.
Deadline describes the property by saying, “The New Gods was the Genesis of the uber-villain Darkseid. Also called “Fourth World,” the Kirby creation debuted in a trilogy of related comics written and drawn by Kirby that were published in the very early 1970s: New Gods, Forever People and Mister Miracle. The New Gods came into existence after the world of the gods of classic mythology were destroyed during Ragnarok. The deities inhabit two planets: one is New Genesis, a lush paradise, and the other Apokolips, which sounds like Dante’s version of hell. War ensues.”