Deadline reports that Academy Award nominated and Sundance Best Film winning director Ava Duvernay (13th, Selma, A Wrinkle in Time) has been tapped by Warner Brothers to direct a film adaptation of DC’s New Gods. This is not her first offer for a major superhero franchise as she declined directorial duties for Marvel’s Black Panther, citing “creative differences.” Duvernay will join Chasing Mavericks writer Kario Salem to bring the legendary Jack Kirby’s characters to life.
Kirby after co-creating characters such as Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Fantastic Four and the X-Men at Marvel from the 1940’s -1960’s, he left for DC in 1970 to create The New Gods and many other characters. The New Gods are a cast of characters from the Fourth World, two planets Apokolips and New Genesis. The many characters in the series included Orion, Mister Miracle, Highfather, Big Barda, and most notably, well known DCU villain, Darkseid. Of note the big bad of DCEU’s Justice League last year was Darkseid’s uncle Steppenwolf. According to director Kevin Smith, an earlier Zack Snyder cut of the film contained a scene with Darkseid.
Duvernay revealed in December 2017 when asked the question of who her favorite superhero is, Duvernay responded on Twitter, “Big Barda. Many reasons.” Fresh off the heels of A Wrinkle in Time, which saw a modest opening of $33 million, Duvernay tackles the cast of characters in a world separate from the DCEU. Why might it be separate? Will the film focus more on the younger characters but how can you when Darkseid and Highfather are so central to the story? How this separate film will affect the connected films when Justice League tees up Boom Tubes, Mother boxes, and Fourth World family is hard to say. We shall wait and see. I know I’m here for it.