'The Trench' DC movie release date, trailer, cast for the Aquaman spinoff

Prepare to enter the horrifying depths of the DCEU.


The most spectacular and frightening scene in all of Aquaman is getting its own movie. What horrors lie beneath the ocean depths? Welcome to the Trench.

In February, news first broke that Warner Bros., high off the success of 2018’s Aquaman, would produce a horror spin-off set in the same universe. Titled The Trench, the film is expected to explore the horrific sea creatures that chase Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Mera (Amber Heard) in the second act of Aquaman. Little else is known about the movie, except that it will not star the same actors from Aquaman and will be budgeted “modestly” in comparison.

Below is everything we know so far about The Trench from release date speculation to the plot, cast, and more on DC’s upcoming underwater adventure. So, in more ways than one, let’s dive in.

What is The Trench?

The Trench is an upcoming horror movie set in the DC cinematic universe, the first movie of its kind from Warner Bros. and DC Films. The film will feature the “Trench,” a name that refers to both the evil creatures and their dark kingdom in the Marianas Trench. In 2018’s Aquaman, they are the creatures who terrorize Arthur and Mera on their way to meet the leviathan, voiced by Julie Andrews.

Introduced in Aquaman #1 (2011), the Trench were inhabitants of Atlantis before it was destroyed and submerged underwater eons ago. The only ones to survive were the Atlanteans, the Xebelians (in the Bermuda Triangle), and the Trench, who dwelled in the Marianas Trench where they evolved into carnivorous humanoids that resemble anglerfish with legs.

The Trench wreck havoc in 'Aquaman' #2 (2011), written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Ivan Reis.DC Comics

Who is writing and directing The Trench?

Although Aquaman director James Wan is famously associated with horror, Wan will not sit in the director’s chair for The Trench. (He is producing.) As of now, there are no directors attached to the project.

Writers Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald are currently drafting the script.

When is The Trench release date?

There is no specific release date for The Trench. However, Peter Safran told The Hollywood Reporter that the movie will be released before Aquaman 2, which is slated for December 16, 2022.

Is there a trailer for The Trench?

Given that the film is still in the writing stages, there are no trailers for The Trench. But you can always rewatch that scene from Aquaman.

What is The Trench plot about? Where does it take place in the DC timeline?

Little is known about the actual plot of The Trench, but in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, producer Peter Safran confirmed that the film will take place after Aquaman.

“We always, even from the early concept art days, loved the idea of a Trench movie,” Safran said. “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.”


“More as a monster horror movie”

In a June 2019 interview with ComicBook.com, Wan said that The Trench will, as one might expect, look and feel more like a horror movie than a superhero movie. Wan described The Trench as a “monster horror,” a specific subgenre of horror that encompasses everything from Creature From the Black Lagoon to Jaws to Cloverfield. It’s as if the ocean is scary or something!

“We’re still deep in sort of crafting the script, crafting the story right now so I don’t want to get into that too much,” Wan said. “But definitely it’s one that I really want to lean into the horror of it. So it’s going to play more as a monster horror movie than it will as a superhero film.”

He then added, “But it’s still definitely part of the Aquaman world,” confirming that The Trench will still take place in the DC “Extended Universe,” even if Batman or Superman don’t bother making a fishy cameo.

There is no release date set for The Trench. Aquaman 2 will release in theaters on December 16, 2022.

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