Let’s take a break from the real scary world to check in on the fictional scary world of James Wan-related movies. First: the screenwriter of The Conjuring 3, AKA The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, has revealed that the upcoming sequel is completely different from the previous two flicks. In fact, the franchise as a whole is going to start moving away from haunted house stories. Second: we now know when the Aquaman spin-off The Trench takes place.
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Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2020 by Rob Hunter
(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. This week we go back in time with some movies set during the war to end all wars.)
World War I doesn’t get as much love in theaters as its younger brother World War II, and while there’s no good reason for that I assume it’s simply because WWII offers a greater variety of locales and military hardware to explore. There have been some acclaimed ones over the years, though, from All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) to Paths of Glory (1957) and from A Very Long Engagement (2004) to Mata Hari (1985). Fine, one of those wasn’t quite as acclaimed as the others, but I’m just making sure you’re paying attention.
While the death toll ranges depending on your Google source — seriously, I found numbers from nine to twenty-five million — there’s a reason it was called “the war to end war.” Sure, that was a bit presumptuous, but the point remains that it was an epic conflict involving tens of millions of lives. You’d think we’d have more stories up on the big screen, but in lieu of quantity we at least have quality starting with Sam Mendes’ beautiful and brilliantly structured 1917 which is currently in limited release and absolutely worth your time. While you wait for that one to expand into your area, though, might I recommend a few older titles? I might, and I will if you keep reading.
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In the wake of the box office disaster that was Justice League, the future of movies from DC Comics has been unclear. Despite the success of Wonder Woman and Aquaman at the box office, Warner Bros. Pictures has been trying to distance themselves from the interconnected universe of superheroes created by director Zack Snyder. The success of Joker will only bolster that initiative, and it appears the future of DC Comics on screen will include the return of The Flash, a new movie for Green Lantern, potentially the involvement of J.J. Abrams, and development of projects at HBO Max. Here’s what we know. Read More »
We won’t get to see an Aquaman sequel until 2022, but we’ll be returning to the world of the film much sooner thanks to The Trench. The horror-movie spin-off will open before Aquaman 2, and it will also be set after the events of the first Aquaman. When news of the spin-off broke, some assumed it might be a prequel focusing on how the citizens of The Trench turned into the Lovecraftian monsters seen in the first film, but that’s officially not the case. Producer Peter Safran dropped this bit of Trench info this week, while also commenting on how The Conjuring Universe is inspiring the approach to future Aquaman films.
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Here’s something I’m positive no one saw coming: Warner Bros. is planning an Aquaman spin-off…that’s also a horror movie. The Trench will focus on the monstrous trench creatures revealed in James Wan‘s Aquaman. Wan will produce the spin-off, which is said to have a much lower budget than the recent DC blockbuster. Read More »
Aquaman‘s villain roster is in serious danger of overflowing.
Not only will Jason Momoa‘s Aquaman be facing off against Black Manta, Ocean Master and King Nereus, he will reportedly have to fight off the carnivorous critters known as The Trench. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, that’s because these sea creatures are a fairly new addition to the DC Comics canon — playing a pivotal part in Aquaman‘s New 52 relaunch.
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