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Director Ava DuVernay teases her New Gods adaptation on Instagram

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Mar 19, 2018

The ink on Ava DuVernay's New Gods contract is barely dry and the Wrinkle in Time director is already doing homework for her next feature film. Adding to her Instagram story, DuVernay posted a page from the first-ever issue of New Gods, which was published in February of 1971. The page in question is an epilogue for the book, discussing the end of the "Old Gods." In Jack Kirby's own words, "It was the last day for them! An ancient era was passing in fiery Holocaust!"

This event led to the split of Ugrund and the formation of New Genesis and Apokolips. Inhabitants of these sister worlds became known as the New Gods, and the planets were ruled over by Highfather and Darkseid, respectively. However, the two places were soon consumed by war, which only ended when Highfather brokered a peace that involved the exchange of sons. His own son, Scott Free, was handed over to the torture pits on Apokolips while Darkseid's son, Orion, got to live on the paradise that was New Genesis. 

You can see the page from Issue #1 below for yourself:

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A screenshot taken of DuVernay's Instagram story

The story in Issue #1 was titled "Orion Fights for Earth!" and dealt with Orion (in his debut appearance) attempting to stop his father Darkseid, who wants to scan the minds of humans on Earth in order to find the Anti-Life Equation. Orion frees some humans being held captive on Darkseid's home planet of  Apokolips and then travels to Earth via a Boom Tube to fight the notorious DC villain. 

While DuVernay's film may draw from this debut issue for origin story details, it is much more likely that the director is simply digging into the rich history of these characters so that she can better understand how to bring them to the big screen. The best and most logical place to start learning about Kirby's "Fourth World" is the very beginning. She'll most likely be showing us the cataclysm that killed the Old Gods and created the two warring planets of New Genesis and Apokolips, and the epilogue page offers some great visuals she'll either emulate on screen or, at the very least, take inspiration from.