A Wrinkle In Time might not have been the all-conquering box office juggernaut many had hoped the first $100+ million budget film directed by a woman of colour would be. However, while historically a single underperforming film would knock a female director’s career massively off-track, Ava DuVernay is bucking that trend, with Deadline reporting that she’s set to direct The New Gods for DC/Warner Bros.
Deadline says of the Jack Kirby created comic, ‘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.’
DuVernay already knows the comics and its character, as she’s previously said her favourite superhero is Big Barda, who is one of the New Gods. The film is apparently being planned as a standalone movie rather than something that will tie into DC’s other movies. It’s now known when we might see it in cinemas.