Aquaman Director On Cancelled The Trench Spinoff Ideas

Aquaman director James Wan discusses his canceled DC spinoff movie 
The Trench and the possibility of reworking its horror concepts into another project. After getting his start in the world of horror, Wan transitioned to big-budget action blockbusters with
Furious 7 in 2015 and followed that up with his entry into the DC Extended Universe in 2018. Starring the likes of Jason Momoa and Amber Heard,
Aquaman grossed over $1 billion at the box office, the only DCEU movie to cross that threshold to date.,In the wake of
Aquaman‘s success, Warner Bros. quickly greenlit a sequel, with Wan returning as director alongside much of the original cast. Eventually titled
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the sequel wrapped filming earlier this year and is scheduled to be released next year on March 17. In addition to the sequel, Warner Bros. also greenlit a ”
horror-tinged” spinoff movie,
The Trench, centered around Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s villain Black Manta and the titular bloodthirsty sea creatures. However, Warner Bros. canceled the development of 
The Trench spinoff movie in April 2021.,Related: Every Upcoming & In-Development DC Film,During a recent interview with
ComicBook, Wan discussed the canceled DC spinoff in hindsight. When asked about reviving concepts from
The Trench, the 
Aquaman director did not rule out the possibility and seemed open to reworking his ideas from the scrapped project into another, as this is something he has habitually done throughout his career. Read what Wan shared below:,As the macabre mind behind the 
Saw,
Insidious, and
The Conjuring franchises, Wan made the jump from horror to action and has had just as much success with the latter genre. Despite continually proving himself as a financially and critically successful filmmaker, several behind-the-scenes shifts at WB saw his promising
Aquaman spinoff canceled. While
The Trench may have been abandoned, Wan could still rework some of those ”
horror-tinged” concepts, which are his bread and butter, into another project. While 
Aquaman 2 will likely revisit the Kingdom of the Trench, Wan seems to be referring to one of his standalone horror projects, his most recent of which is
Malignant.,While the DCEU has undoubtedly seen success with titles like
Aquaman and
Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. has often been criticized for failing to implement an overarching cohesive vision across the franchise. Canceling a promising spinoff like
The Trench is one example of this and an especially curious decision given how successful
Aquaman and many of Wan’s projects are. While
The Trench will likely never come to fruition, it will be interesting to see if Wan can incorporate its concepts into another project.,Next: Secret Canceled Black Manta Movie Is The DCEU’s New Biggest Mistake,Source: ComicBook