While no real discussions about a direct sequel have taken place, The Hollywood Reporter says that Warner Bros. Pictures has hired writers for an Aquaman spinoff centered on The Trench, the ocean-dwelling race of evil creatures that take on Aquaman and Mera in the film. The studio has hired newcomers Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald to write the horror script.
Introduced in Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis’s Aquaman #1 in 2011, the Trench are a race of monstrous sea creatures who came from the Marianas Trench, one of the deepest and most mysterious canyons in the ocean floor. DC Comics describes them as follows:
“The Trench aren’t exactly autonomous entities. They exist as a sort of ravenous collective with every member of the species looking and acting nearly identical to the next. The sole exceptions are their king and queen, who are able to force the rest of the horde in line, at least when it comes to claiming whatever food might be in their path. But this wasn’t always the case. The real story of the Trench begins a long, long time ago back at the dawn of Atlantean civilization.
It turns out the Trench used to be normal, human-looking Atlantean citizens, back before the city sank beneath the sea. When King Atlan drowned the city, the surviving Atlanteans were split off into not two, but three independent groups: the Atlanteans we know today, the Xebelians who existed in the Bermuda Triangle, and the Trench who fell into the deepest parts of the sea. Thanks to their isolation and extreme conditions, the Trench evolved, or perhaps devolved into a monstrous, mindless swarm set on consuming anything in their path.
But one thing you might want to understand about the Trench is that they have a good reason for this. The reality of their existence is pretty dire. The unforgiving and harsh ecosystem they live in means that they’re running out of food to support the continuation of their species. Their ravenous, brutal appetites aren’t always the product of a wanton need to destroy—they’re also looking for a way to ensure that their race doesn’t simply die out.”
Aquaman director James Wan and Peter Safran will produce the project, titled The Trench. As the movie is set within the kingdom of the Trench, the main cast of the $1.109 billion DC movie will not appear in the Aquaman spinoff.