With Aquaman bringing in over $1 billion at the box office, Warner Bros. wants to cash in and develop a spin-off titled The Trench.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriters Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald have been tapped to write the script. Aquaman director James Wan and Peter Safran are attached as producers. This spinoff would likely hit theaters before a direct sequel, which is in talks but not yet in the works at the studio.
According to DC Comics, The Trench were introduced in Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis’s AQUAMAN #1 comic book back in 2011. The Trench are a race of monstrous sea creatures who came from a trench in the bottom of the sea. Actually, not just any trench, the Marianas Trench, one of the deepest and most mysterious canyons in the ocean floor. The Trench used to be normal, human-looking Atlantean citizens, back before the city sank beneath the sea. When King Atlan drowned the city, the surviving Atlanteans were split off into not two, but three independent groups: the Atlanteans we know today, the Xebelians who existed in the Bermuda Triangle, and the Trench who fell into the deepest parts of the sea. Thanks to their isolation and extreme conditions, the Trench evolved, or perhaps devolved into a monstrous, mindless swarm set on consuming anything in their path.
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.