Ava DuVernay Joins DC Extended Universe to Direct New Gods Movie

A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay is finally taking on a superhero film! Variety reports that DuVernay will helm the movie adaptation of Jack Kirby’s comic New Gods, as part of an initiative to “creat[e] a new universe of properties for the studio.” New Gods will fit within the DC Extended Universe, DC Entertainment’s answer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

First appearing in 1971, the New Gods hail from the twin planets New Genesis (idyllic, nature-filled) and Apokolips (ruined, dystopian, ruled by Darkseid) and consider themselves divine for their ability to exist outside of normal time and space. What they really are are genetically superior beings, evolved thanks to a primeval power known as the Source. In the intervening decades since their first appearance, and especially since being rebooted as part of DC Comics’ New 52 in 2011, the New Gods have crossed paths with Apokolips and Wonder Woman—perhaps giving hints as to the direction that Warner Bros. might go for their DCEU movie?

This deal has likely been in the works at least since last year, as DuVernay slyly tweeted a reference to Big Barda, one of the New Gods, during a Twitter AMA:

That’s the warrior who can trade blows with Wonder Woman:

Big Barda New Gods Ava DuVernay

After the New Gods news broke, she tweeted this:

Which of the New Gods would you want to see on the big screen?

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