Ava DuVernay to Direct DC's New Gods Comic Book Movie

16 March, 2018, 01:55 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • CREDIT Warwick Saint for Variety

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.

She showed her interest in the New Gods previous year 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 are some of DC's most unusual and intriguing characters, rooted deep in sci and fantasy, and not the most approachable for new fans. Asked to name her favorite superhero, the filmmaker name-dropped Big Barda, one of the New Gods and the wife of Mister Miracle, so it's fair to say that today's announcement has been long on the cards. 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. The New Gods came into existence after the world of the gods of classic mythology were destroyed during Ragnarok.

Kirby's The New Gods first appeared in 1971, introducing fans to a race of immortal superbeings from the twin planets of New Genesis and Apokolips. War ensues. There is a rich universe of extraordinary characters for DuVernay to play with here. Hailing from a realm outside the Multiverse called the Fourth World, the two planets' contrasting habitats (one hellish; the other paradisiacal) was reflected in the similarly opposing ruling styles of their leaders - Highfather over New Genesis, and Darkseid over Apokolips. For example, the New Gods of Earth Prime are the same New Gods of Earth-2.

There are plenty of compelling New Gods, other than Mister Miracle, Big Barda, Darkseid and Highfather. 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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