Ava DuVernay’s New Gods film and Aquaman spin-off The Trench were cancelled at DC Films, Warner Bros. has introduced. New Gods — which was once to be directed via DuVernay, off a script she co-wrote with comedian ebook creator Tom King — was once in accordance with Jack Kirby’s characters and would’ve given us any other take at the villain Darkseid along Mister Miracle, Big Barda, Granny Goodness and Highfather, all of whom are New Gods from the planet New Genesis. The Trench — which was once to be produced via Aquaman director James Wan and written via Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald — was once intended to be a horror spin-off specializing in the villainous Trench kingdom featured in Aquaman.
The Hollywood Reporter first introduced phrase of New Gods and The Trench being shelved with a remark from Warner Bros.: “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.” DuVernay addressed the inside track on Twitter.
Tom, I cherished writing NEW GODS with you. I’m disillusioned that the saga of Barda, Scott, Granny, Highfather and The Furies ends this fashion. Diving into Kirby’s Fourth World was once the journey of a life-time. That cannot be taken away. Thank you in your friendship. And bear in mind… #DarkseidIs pic.twitter.com/XyyIjcB8Wv
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 1, 2021
Warner Bros. is predictably protecting the window open for DuVernay and Wan to go back. Interestingly, each THR and Deadline have presented various causes as to why their tasks don’t seem to be shifting ahead at the moment even though.
New Gods has been scrapped as a result of Darkseid simply seemed in Justice League Snyder Cut, THR notes, whilst Deadline provides that New Gods went past the standalone construction that Warner Bros. had in thoughts for the film. If the previous is certainly true, Zack Snyder’s Justice League may well be non-canonical and the end of the SnyderVerse, however it is nonetheless affecting the way forward for the DC Extended Universe.
As for The Trench, THR says the spin-off misplaced out as it has no hook up with Aquaman or the remainder of the DCEU, whilst Deadline believes it is because of Wan’s busy Aquaman 2 agenda. Aquaman 2 is sufficient Atlantean motion for Warner Bros. at the moment, THR provides.
Both New Gods and The Trench would’ve given DC one thing other than what it is been cooking up, and would’ve been in step with its twin process of DCEU stories and standalone tales. But Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff has been speaking about how she desires to pursue a unified technique (once more), which comes to extra and deeper hyperlinks between its motion pictures, TV displays, and video video games — comparable to what Marvel has perfected, however which DC has as soon as already failed in doing. It’s why there is not any long term for the SnyderVerse within the DCEU, and why there may not be a Justice League 2 from Zack Snyder.
Instead, DC is concerned with crafting a multiverse that can theoretically give it countless room to craft extra adventures. The centrepiece of this is believed to be The Flash, the Ezra Miller-led film that can involve two versions of Batman and Supergirl, slated for November 2022. Before that, we can get James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad comfortable reboot in August, Robert Pattinson-led The Batman — it is not a part of DCEU and exists on an alternative Earth — in March 2022, Dwayne Johnson-starrer Black Adam in July 2022, Jason Momoa-led Aquaman 2 in December 2022, and Shazam! Fury of the Gods for June 2023.
Warner has additionally begun charting the multiverse long term past The Flash that comes to a Superman reboot from creator Ta-Nehisi Coates, its first Latino superhero film in Blue Beetle from director Angel Manuel Soto, a Hourman film from Gavin James and Neil Widener, a Plastic Woman film with creator Cat Vasko, a Static Shock film with Michael B. Jordan as manufacturer, and a Zatanna movie from Emerald Fennell. Wonder Woman 3 could also be in development with Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins. Additionally, there are a number of TV sequence in building for HBO Max as neatly.
Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, has a double invoice this week: the OnePlus 9 sequence, and Justice League Snyder Cut (beginning at 25:32). Orbital is to be had on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and anyplace you get your podcasts.