Ava Duvernay to Direct DC's 'New Gods'

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

Ava DuVernay to Direct DC Superhero Movie 'New Gods' – Variety

Deadline reports that DuVernay, whose work on A Wrinkle in Time made her "the first woman of color to helm a $100 million-plus live-action film", has been signed by Warner Bros. and DC to helm an all-new feature-length adaptation of The New Gods, Jack Kirby's iconic 1970s-and-onward comic book franchise.

Ava DuVernay is stepping into the superhero realm.

Set after Ragnarok and the birth of a new generation of gods, The New Gods was part of Jack Kirby's Fourth World cycle of storytelling, along with Mister Miracle and The Forever People.

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So, who are the New Gods? Miracle is perhaps the most marketable of all of the New Gods characters, along with his wife, Big Barda, and Orion himself. The most interesting is in Batman V Superman extra scene where we see Lex Luthor and Steppenwolf (Darkseid's uncle) with a Mother Box, a New Gods technology of near infinite capacity. Tom King and Mitch Gerads' new series is one of the best books of the year. While the characters have crossed over into the main DCU, the New Gods were originally a freestanding world created and designed by Kirby in 1971 when he moved to DC from Marvel. In order to have a quick handle on DuVernay's next group of characters, however, here is a brief primer on some of the primary players.

From Selma to A Wrinkle in Time to The New Gods? The son of arch-villain Darkseid, Orion was raised by Darkseid's opposite number Highfather on the utopian planet of New Genesis, and has struggled to maintain balance between his bestial nature and the loving nurture he was given as a child. The New Gods told the story of a war between planets that exist outside of the DC multiverse - New Genesis and Apokolips - and featured Darkseid discovering that humanity held the key to the Anti-Life Equation. He is assisted in his quest for knowledge by the Mobius Chair, which allows him to travel through space and time, not to mention offering up deus ex machina plot resolutions when writers require them.

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