Warner Bros. has decided that they will not move forward with two previously announced DC movies. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ava DuVernay’s New Gods and James Wan’s The Trench have been canceled.
Warner Bros. have shelved the projects. however president Walter Hamada is leaving the door open to revisit them in the future. This move is meant to open up DuVernay and Wan’s availability rather than keep them tied down to projects with no end in sight.
The studio released a statement thanking the creators for their work on the projects.
“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.”
New Gods has been in development with DuVernay and writer Tom King since 2018. The project would have brought Jack Kirby’s Fourth World to the big screen. The project was complicated by Darkseid’s appearance in Zack Snyder’s Justice League as the studio wanted space between the latter and any new appearances.
The Trench was to focus on the creatures first introduced in 2018’s Aquaman. The horror-tinged project was written by Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald with Wan serving as a producer with collaborator Peter Safran.
DC is working to build an interconnected universe of projects for both the big and small screen. It’s upcoming blockbuster The Suicide Squad is set to spinoff into John Cena’s Peacemaker series on HBO Max. Additionally, Matt Reeves’ The Batman will lead into a new series focused on the Gotham police.
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