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Dammit! Cancelled DC movie The Trench was actually a Black Manta movie!

October 25th, 2021 by Marc Comments

We have a very cool, if disappointing bit of news from the DCEU tonight.

Aquaman fans will recall that, in the first movie, we were introduced to The Trench, a dark area of the ocean filled with unspeakable aquatic horrors and based on the thrilling scene in the first movie, a horror movie based on it was given the greenlight at DC/Warners with James Wan set to direct. Sadly, however, we learned in April this year that the idea had been scrapped (here) and, while we were all interested in a DCEU horror movie, no-one was terribly annoyed.

However, Wan has revealed that the movie was more than just about the scary creatures in the ocean.

In a new post in Instagram (below), Wan was asked by a fan if we might ever get a Black Manta series – Manta is Aquaman’s best-known villain and is played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, left, in the movies – and Wan’s response caught us unawares and grabbed our attention.

“I’ll let you in on a secret,” writer Wan, “the canceled Trench spin-off movie was really going to be a secret Black Manta movie.”

Oooof! Man, we came THIS close to a Black Manta movie and we never even knew?! Well, the only plus side is that Manta is back for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, so he’s not being sidelined altogether… still, it could have been a fun direction for the DCEU to have gone down.

Oh well, not sense dwelling on what could have been. Thoughts?

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is due in cinemas on December 16th, 2022.


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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….