Well, here’s something you probably didn’t expect to here. Do you remember those hideous, scary as hell sea creatures known as The Trench from Aquaman? Yeah, well, they’re getting their own spinoff movie. That’s right. Nicole Kidman’s Atlanna and Amber Heard’s Mera won’t be receiving a spinoff story, rather the darkest creatures from the bottom of the ocean that were once a Kingdom of Atlantis. Are you really surprised?
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news and revealed that Aquaman director is involved with the project, just not as director. The report states that “details of the take are being kept submerged but it will be set in the kingdom of the Trench and will not feature the main cast of Aquaman.” While nothing has been revealed about the project with it clearly being very early on in the process, Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald will pen the screenplay for the spinoff, with Wan and Peter Safran acting as producers. Safran played a big part behind-the-scenes of Aquaman, and in the upcoming The Art and Making of Aquaman, he said the following about the Trench scene from the movies:
“We created an animatic version of that scene and showed the studio,” producer Peter Safran says in the same book, ” and it harkened back to James Wan’s pure horror days. It’s like Creature from the Black Lagoon, but the 2018 version. It’s pure horror, it’s fantastic, and I think it’s one of the things that really got the green light for the movie.”
This is pretty interesting. I’d be lying if I said that this idea wasn’t kind of genius level, but it is. Typically with these superhero movies you see spinoff ideas come left and right for the actual characters, such as Atlanna and Mera, but to turn the idea on its head and give us something like this is very, very smart. I believe it’s the horror element that will intrigue people, which is what it’s doing for me. We all know Wan’s resume as a horror guy, it makes complete sense. It’s also important to mention that The Trench is a very popular part of the comic books for the character, so while it may seem like an odd choice to the everyday audience, it’s not for more hardcore fans.
On the other hand, this move also shows that Warner Bros. still may have no idea how to operate a larger DC movie universe outside of just a Batman trilogy. Aquaman is a complete success, no matter which way you look at it, and it feels like WB saw that and is telling themselves that this franchise is the way out. It’s like WB is looking at the Aquaman property as Oprah did to her audience from her daily show: “you get a spinoff! you get a spinoff!” It’s a very bold and innovative way to conjure up more deliveries for superhero movies, no doubt, but let’s just hope this isn’t a way to earn back some of the losses they’ve had over the last couple of years.
What do you think of this idea? Is this what you were expecting? Is this a smart move to do so quickly? What could it possibly be about since they live deep beneath the ocean? Make sure to leave all your questions, comments and concerns in the section below! In the meantime, here’s how The Art and Making of Aquaman describes The Trench:
“The Trench were just any other Atlanteans before the Great Fall. After Atlantis and its various people migrated to different locations, the Trench mutated and adapted to their surroundings in the deepest, darkest point of the ocean: the Mariana Trench. Over thousands of years, they devolved into primal, sharp-clawed monsters with exposed gills and an aversion to light.”