In DC Comics canon, the Trench are “a tribe that had survived the fall of Atlantis and had adapted to living in the eponymous deep and narrow hole near the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The Trench follows the wielder of the Dead King’s Scepter, and although the wielder doesn’t have any mystical control over them, they still take the person to be their leader as a tradition.”
Apparently, Black Manta has wielded the Scepter at various points in the comics, making him the leader of the Trench. Honestly, that sounds like it could have made for a pretty cool film. The Trench could have also fleshed out Black Manta’s backstory and character before his expected larger role in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Maybe one day Wan will be able to revisit The Trench, but for now he’s focused on Aquaman and his journey.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom hits theaters on December 16, 2022.
Are you more interested in The Trench now that you know it would have featured Black Manta? Do you think Wan is pulling a Ryan Reynolds by telling us this “secret” in order to renew fan interest in the project? Tell us your thoughts down in the comments!