Fresh off of making history alongside Ryan Coogler as one of two black directors to simultaneously top the box office, Ava DuVernay has signed a deal with Warner Bros. and DC to direct the big-budget superhero flick, The New Gods.
The screen adaptation of the comic book created by Jack Kirby will be another $100M-plus film for Ava.
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.
Congratulations to Ava.