The latest evidence that Warner Bros. has no idea what they’re doing with their DC properties, one way or the other: they’ve just shelved both their most promising and most pointless entry to the DCEU.
According to Variety, the studio has just put indefinite holds on New Gods and The Trench.
New Gods was being written by Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated director Ava DuVernay and enormously popular comics scribe Tom King. It would have explored Jack Kirby’s big, weird, colorful Fourth World, focusing on Mister Miracle, Big Barda, Granny Goodness, the Highfather, and the Furies. In the wake of the big, weird, colorful superhero movies of Taika Waititi and James Gunn—and the tease of New Gods elements like Darkseid in Zack Snyder’s Justice League—you’d think this would be the perfect time to head to the Fourth World. Apparently not!
The Trench was a spinoff that was going to really dive into that part in Aquaman where they talk about how some of the people of sunken Atlantis devolved into freaks. Aquaman director James Wan was producing. But it seems now we may never get another 90 minutes on the fish monster chasm.