It looks as though A Wrinkle in Time was just the start of a run at big-budget genre films for barrier-shattering director Ava DuVernay. Fresh off this month’s premiere of the Disney screen adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s famous 1962 fantasy, DuVernay appears to have inked a fresh studio deal that’s sure to interest longtime DC comics fans.
Deadline reports that DuVernay, whose work on A Wrinkle in Time made her “the first woman of color to helm a $100 million-plus live-action film,” has been signed by Warner Bros. and DC to helm an all-new feature-length adaptation of The New Gods, Jack Kirby’s iconic 1970s-and-onward comic book franchise.
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. Hailing from a realm outside the Multiverse called the Fourth World, the two planets’ contrasting habitats (one hellish, the other paradisiacal) were reflected in the similarly opposing ruling styles of their leaders — Highfather over New Genesis and Darkseid over Apokolips.
Once part of the same planet, the two worlds were split after the Old Gods passed away during the Ragnarok event. Kirby’s vision of The New Gods, which now looks poised to take its place in the DCEU, always stood apart from the rest of DC’s comic book fare, mostly because Kirby fleshed out his universe so thoroughly and uniquely.
But DC gave fans a recent hint that it might have something up its sleeve for The New Gods after Steppenwolf — Darkseid’s uncle — showed up as the main villain in last year’s Justice League. DuVernay herself also teased interest in The New Gods back in December of 2017, tweeting that Big Barda was her favorite superhero in response to a fan’s question.
Momentum on the new project is strong, with Warner Bros. reportedly looking to “quickly set a screenwriter who’ll craft the narrative and work closely with DuVernay.” The agreement marks the second time in only a couple of years that DC and Warner Bros. have entrusted one of their most iconic properties to a female director, following the box-office and critical success of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman in 2017.