Warner axes Aquaman spin-off, DuVernay’s New Gods

Suggesting they’re not keen to take some risk, and instead will rely upon more recognizable comic book offerings for the time being, Warner Bros has opted not to push forward their proposed feature film takes on Jack Kirby’s “New Gods” and the James Wan-produced “Aquaman” spin-off, “The Trench”.

“As part of our DC slate, some legacy development titles including New Gods and The Trench will not be moving forward,” Warner Bros. and DC said in a statement, acquired by THR. “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.”

Ava DuVernay had been set to direct “New Gods”, spending the last three years working with comic book writer Tom King on it.

Horror-tinged project “The Trench”, a spin-off of the Wan-directed “Aquaman”, had been written by Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald.

Both projects could come to fruition further down the road, according to WB, but the studio is primarily focused on an interconnected slate of comic book movies such as James Gunn’s ”The Suicide Squad” (Aug. 6) spinning off into the John Cena-led HBO Max series ”Peacemaker”, and Matt Reeves’ ”The Batman” (March 4, 2022) spawning its own Gotham-police-department-focused show.

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