Warner Bros and DC have opted not to pursue “New Gods” and “The Trench”.
The former, expected to be directed by Ava DuVernay, was based on the Jack Kirby-created comic series about a race of powerful, celestial beings who are based outside the publisher’s usual universe. Darkseid, the monstrous rogue who recently featured in “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”, was believed to be the villain of the film.
“The Trench”, a horror-tinted project from producer James Wan, was a spin-off of the studio’s “Aquaman”.
Warner Bros issued the following statement :
“As part of our DC slate, some legacy development titles including New Gods and The Trench will not be moving forward. We thank our partners Ava DuVernay, Tom King, James Wan and Peter Safran for their time and collaboration during this process and look forward to our continued partnership with them on other DC stories. The projects will remain in their skillful hands if they were to move forward in the future.”
Both projects may happen down the line but at the moment Warner Bros are seemingly more interested in developing an interconnected line of projects like “The Suicide Squad” which will then spin-off into the John Cena-starring small-screen series “Peacemaker”.