Ava DuVernay is no longer billed to direct The New Gods after Warner Bros and DC Films announced they are ceasing production plans on the project. The same fate has also befallen The Trench, a spinoff of Aquaman, which is now to be shelved. To be produced by James Wan, The Trench was being written by Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald; but New Gods was to be produced by Jack Kirby, Vulture reports.
It was revealed that Warner Bros and DC Films chose to stop production of The Trench because Wan was very busy working on Aquaman 2, while New Gods were shelved because its parameters are more than what a standalone project should be. The production companies announced that the projects will remain with the producers while thanking them and the billed directors for the canceled projects.
“As part of our DC slate, some legacy development titles including New Gods and The Trench will not be moving forward,” Warner Bros and DC Films wrote. “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.”
DuVernay expressed regrets about the canceled projects, saying she is “upset that the saga of Barda, Scott, Granny, Highfather, and The Furies ends this way.” She expressed thanks to Tom King who would have directed New Gods with her, and also appreciated Ray Porter and her fans for their support and steadfastness over the projects. Porter acted as Darkseid in Synder’s Justice League and even asked DC Film’s fans to “please stop pestering” DuVernay over the shelved movies.