Ava DuVernay to direct comic book movie 'New Gods'

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

Deadline reports that acclaimed American filmmaker Ava DuVernay is to direct a New Gods movie for Warner Bros. and DC Films.

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.

She showed her interest in the New Gods a year ago when asked on social media who her favorite character was, her response was Big Barda, a powerful warrior and wife of Mister Miracle, both creations of legendary comic artist/writer Jack Kirby.

The New Gods is a 1970s DC comic created by Jack Kirby.

In Kirby's creation, The New Gods come into being after the Old Gods are all destroyed during Ragnarok.

The New Gods are exactly that-they're new gods. This seems like the kind of superhero movie that could be made by anyone, not material that's crying out to be turned into an Ava DuVernay movie - whatever that means, these days.

DuVernay was in talks with Marvel to direct Black Panther soon after the film's announcement, but declined and chose to adapt A Wrinkle In Time instead. The news comes just months after the director revealed that her favourite superhero was from that comic book series.

Who are the New Gods? Born on the infernal planet of Apokolips, she was taken away from her family and trained to be a warrior at an early age.

There's a reason why so many DC villains are big, grey CGI monsters, and that's because the studio is really afraid of their movies looking inherently silly and over-the-top. More recently, Tom King and Mitch Gerads' Mister Miracle comic book run has become an introduction to the many denizens of Apokolips and New Genesis.

DC's New Gods can easily stand apart from the rest of the DC cinematic universe. There's the horror of Granny Goodness and her "education" camps on Apokolips, the rage of Orion as the god of soldiers and the best power couple in comics in the form of Big Barda and the super escape artist Mister Miracle.

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