Warner Bros. has released a new clip from Aquaman showcasing the terrifying underwater race known as the Trench in their villainous glory.
While we already saw good glimpses of villains like Patrick Wilson's Orm and Yahha Black Manta, this is our first good look at the Trench
Debuting on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the clip finds Jason Momoa's Aquaman and Amber Heard's Mera seemingly caught out at sea in the midst of a storm. As they ponder their next steps, we finally get an relatively clear look at one of the aquatic monsters from the Trench. As its other comrades join the attack on James Wan's heroic duo, Aquaman realizes that as they're from the depths of the ocean they fear the light, and so they use a flare to jump overboard and escape the rabid monsters as the clip ends.
The Trench were created by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis during their New 52-era run that rebooted Aquaman for modern audiences. These stories revealed a previously lost kingdom of Atlantis survived the cataclysm that sank the famous city into the sea. This dark kingdom grew independently of the other two surviving kingdoms, Atlantis and Xebel, devolving in a deep trench in the Atlantic Ocean.
While the Trench has its own king and queen, they follow whoever wields the Dead King’s Scepter, one of the seven weapons crafted by the Atlantean king Atlan to stop his treacherous brother, Orin. They're lethal, near-mindless beasts, wielding razor-sharp teeth and a toxic secretion, and are sure to provide sturdy competition as Arthur Curry looks to claim his throne and restore order as regent of the underwater kingdom.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, and Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna. The film opens on Dec. 21.