Ava DuVernay’s ‘New Gods,’ James Wan’s ‘The Trench’ DC Movies Not Moving Forward at Warner Bros. (Exclusive) https://t.co/k2uFDXMYaR— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) April 1, 2021
"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 said in a statement. "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."
'The Trench' was to be a horror-themed spinoff to Aquaman but apparently Warner Bros considered the upcoming sequel to be enough. In regards to 'New Gods' it was because it was "complicated by the fact that its villain, Darkseid, just appeared as a major foil in Zack Snyder's Justice League and there was a desire to have space between the latter and any new appearances."
"Tom, I loved writing NEW GODS with you," DuVernay wrote on Twitter, along with a photo of herself with co-writer Tom King. "I’m upset that the saga of Barda, Scott, Granny, Highfather and The Furies ends this way. Diving into Kirby’s Fourth World was the adventure of a lifetime. That can’t be taken away. Thank you for your friendship. And remember... #DarkseidIs"