We might have to wait until 2022 for the sequel to DC's Aquaman, but we'll return to the depths of the ocean before that with the horror-infused spin-off The Trench. Arthur Curry (aka Aquaman) and Mera encountered the deep sea creatures during a thrilling (and unexpectedly scary) sequence in search of the Trident of Atlan. The nightmarish amphibious monsters were a stand out in the blockbuster movie and news of a spin-off swiftly followed.
Before he helmed blockbusters like Aquaman, and Fast & Furious 7, James Wan built a career on making inventive (and cost-effective) horrors like Saw, Dead Silence, Insidious, and The Conjuring. In recent years, Wan has launched a successful shared universe for The Conjuring with The Nun, The Curse of La Llorona, and the Annabelle franchise. Speaking to Comic Book, Wan teased that The Trench will be the first "monster movie" in the Worlds of DC.
"We, you know, we're still deep in sort of crafting the script, crafting the story right now so I don't want to get into that too much. But definitely it's one that I really want to lean into the horror of it, so it's going to play more as a monster horror movie than it will as a superhero film, but it's still definitely part of the Aquaman world."
While Wonder Woman scored the then DCEU its first unquestionably great movie, the shared cinematic franchise was in dire need of an overhaul. Thankfully, Warner Bros made some changes behind the scenes, and they've course-corrected with genuinely fun offerings like Aquaman, and Shazam! The latter might not have made an enormous impact on the box office; Shazam made enough to get a sequel going. However, it's not all lighthearted adventures, the forthcoming Joker standalone film from Todd Philips has been confirmed as having an R-rating. Add a creature feature with The Trench, and the future of DC looks like it has struck a formidable balance between big crowdpleasers, and smaller character driven pieces.