If you’ve watched Aquaman (which by now I’m certain that you have), you know that the one scene that stands out above all others is the scene involving The Trench. If you haven’t watched it (which I can’t understand why) or don’t know what The Trench are, know that they are a race of aquatic species with razor sharp teeth dedicated to only one thing…death.
Aside from Mera, in only a few minutes The Trench solidified themselves as the breakout stars of Aquaman. They were horrific, caused my heart to jump from my chest, and really enjoyable to watch. Due to this, it’s no surprise that a spin-off has been greenlit starring The Trench.
Producer, Peter Safran has said this about the film. “We always, even from the early concept art days, loved the idea of a Trench movie. Then, when audiences embraced it in the movie itself the way they did, particularly that ant farm shot where the camera follows the Trench following Arthur and Mera down into the deep, we just knew that we had something very special there and we knew what that movie should be. And consequently, I suspect that that’s one that will come out significantly before Aquaman 2.”
Different from Aquaman, Shazam, and Wonder Woman, The Trench will not be a big budget superhero movie. Instead, it will stick to being a low budget horror movie. That alone takes Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, and their salaries out of the running from appearing. If the words “horror movie” make you cringe and worry, worry not. Remember, Safran is no stranger to the genre. He was the producer on James Wan’s highly successful Conjuring movies.
Of that, he said this, “We’ve definitely taken a page from our Conjuring playbook, which is: you’ve got the mothership, which is Aquaman, but there are so many great stories to tell within that universe of itself, that Atlantean universe.” He continued “[Walter Hamada], myself and James Wan always shared the same philosophy, which is: you want to do it right. You don’t want to do it fast. You just want to do it right.”
Do it right. Makes sense.
The Trench will hit theatres before the first Aquaman sequel does on December 16, 2022.