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Ava DuVernay To Direct Jack Kirby Comic Creation ‘The New Gods’ For Warner Bros, DC


Ava DuVernay To Direct Jack Kirby Comic Creation ‘The New Gods’ For Warner Bros, DC

EXCLUSIVE: After making history as the first woman of color to helm a $100 million-plus live-action film in A Wrinkle In Time, Ava DuVernay will continue to play in the event film sandbox. She’s closing a deal with Warner Bros and DC to direct a big-budget screen adaptation of The New Gods, the creation of revered comic book impresario Jack Kirby. The studio will quickly set a screenwriter who’ll craft the narrative and work closely with DuVernay.

This is a bold move for Warner Bros/DC and not just because this is the second superhero franchise they’ve handed to a female director after Patty Jenkins turned Wonder Woman into a crowd-pleasing blockbuster and is working on the sequel with Gal Gadot. Unlike recent DC fare, this is a freestanding world created and designed by Kirby back in 1971, not long after the prolific comic legend had exited Marvel.

There is no connection to the other DC worlds being exploited for film right now by Warner Bros, where studio boss Toby Emmerich and his newly installed DC production president Walter Hamada are moving forward with new approach to filmmakers on their DC-based fare.

The New Gods was the Genesis of the uber-villain Darkseid. Also called “Fourth World,” the Kirby creation debuted in a trilogy of related comics written and drawn by Kirby that were published in the very early 1970s: New Gods, Forever People and Mister Miracle. The New Gods came into existence after the world of the gods of classic mythology were destroyed during Ragnarok. The deities inhabit two planets: one is New Genesis, a lush paradise, and the other Apokolips, which sounds like Dante’s version of hell. War ensues. There is a rich universe of extraordinary characters for DuVernay to play with here. This will be a fun one to follow.


Well, shit. This was.....not expected.


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Granny Goodness on the big screen. By god.

I’m gonna go with Wrinkle in Time being a misstep, as 13th and Selma were rather good.

Please proceed Ava.


Supersonic, idiotic, disconnecting, not respecting, who would really ever wanna go and top that
This is exciting. It also strikes me as a way for DC to do a big, colorful film but outside of their currently established stuff. The New Gods can interact with the DC universe across continuities. Speaks volumes when you announce this before saying another word about the entire list of stuff they announced even a year ago.

Hopefully they find a good screenwriter for this, it's an incredibly rich world of characters

It's Jeff

This is very mixed news! I hope she can pull it off because a New Gods movie has the potential to be my favorite thing ever. I'm thrilled that they're going for it - I mean, New Gods! This is such a great time to be a comic book fan.
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