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DC's 'The New Gods' directed by Ava DuVernay

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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 will be another $100M-plus film for DuVernay, who has taken quite a leap in scale since her breakout film Selma. She unveiled a New Gods connection late last year when she responded to a question on social media on who her favorite superhero is. “Big Barda. Many reasons” was her reply. Big Barda is one of the New Gods and the wife of Mister Miracle, also a Kirby creation.


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.

DuVernay is repped by CAA, Nina Shaw and Gordon Bobb.

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Hopefully this will be received better than A Wrinkle in Time.
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Big Barda is Ava DuVernay's favorite superhero character so expect her to have a prominent role in The New Gods.








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Holy shit, this is awesome news!
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Re: Ava DuVernay to Direct 'The New Gods' for Warner Bros, DC

I wish Ava well.

I haven't seen Wrinkle In Time and I can't comment on whether the movie is good or not. But I do feel that being released so closely to Black Panther has made the under performance of the movie that much greater. It's only made $40 million domestically since it opened.

I'm sure she'll do good with this. I like her direction on Queen Sugar.
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Re: Ava DuVernay to Direct 'The New Gods' for Warner Bros, DC

I'll just copy my post from the other thread into here:

Wow!! They got Ava? That's a huge get as far as directors go. Maybe, since Wrinkle in Time didn't review so well, she has extra incentive to make a blockbuster work?

One thing though, I'd be a bit worried on how she'd depict Darkseid and the others. She seems like she really loves taking risks and not being chained into a framework. That's the reason she left Black Panther. Who knows if Darkseid would even look like Darkseid or even feel like him, philosophically?
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I loved her films, she's a great director, but idk about her directing a superhero/fantasy flick since her recent project flopped pretty badly.
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It was only a matter of time until Ava DuVernay was hired to direct a massive comic book/Star Wars blockbuster. I am just shocked that it was Warner Bros who managed to beat Disney to the punch, this is a huge coup for them.
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I love Kirby and I desperately hope this is good. I trust she'll do great on this.
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Re: Ava DuVernay to Direct 'The New Gods' for Warner Bros, DC

Ok how awesome is Darkseid going to be? Also it'd be cool if the heroes were actually heroes thanks Ava.


I don't think A Wrinkle in Time being mediocre matters with this. That's a tough gig. I don't envy anyone trying to condense a novel with fantastic things in it down to the railroad contricted nature of film.
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It was only a matter of time until Ava DuVernay was hired to direct a massive comic book/Star Wars blockbuster. I am just shocked that it was Warner Bros who managed to beat Disney to the punch, this is a huge coup for them.
Disney signed her for Black Panther, but she dropped out because she didn't want to restricted to fit into the MCU.
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