A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay is in negotiations to direct DC’s New Gods, based on characters created by Jack Kirby. The news broke this morning from Variety, where it was reported that the film is expected to take place in DC’s Extended Universe.
DeVernay created history with her work on A Wrinkle in Time, becoming the first woman of colour to direct a live-action film with a budget of $100 million. Directing DC’s New Gods will also make her the first woman of colour to helm a comic book movie. The announcement might seem strange to some, considering the recent critical panning of DuVernay’s latest film, A Wrinkle in Time, however for most, it’s great news. Despite any shortcomings, A Wrinkle in Time was a testament to the filmmaker’s imagination – one imperative for tackling the New Gods.
Funnily enough, in a tweet last year, Ava stated that her favourite superhero is in fact Big Barda, a member of the New Gods.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 27, 2017
Who are the New Gods?
The New Gods were created by Jack Kirby in the 1970s, and are a fictional race who live on the planets Apokolips and New Genesis. Famous New Gods characters include Darkseid, often cited as a heavy influence in the creation of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War villain, Thanos. Steppenwolf, Darkseid’s uncle, was also Justice League‘s big-bad. That being said, most would feel that it wasn’t a very successful, nor apt portrayal of the character.
Other well-known New Gods include Granny Goodness and the Female Furies, Big Barda and especially Mister Miracle, who’s current comic book series by Tom King is regarded as one of the best comic book series currently in print.