A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay is closing in on a deal with Warner Bros. and DC to direct an adaptation of Jack Kirby’s The New Gods.
As described in the story by Deadline, 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.’ This would be a more galactic take on the current DCU, opening up the world beyond Earth and Krypton for the next step in whatever the DCU becomes.
This would be the second addition to their franchise that DC have handed to a woman director, following Patty Jenkins and Wonder Woman. She would not be the first woman of colour to direct a superhero movie, however, as Gina Prince-Bythewood is currently attached to a Silver & Black movie for Sony.
DuVernay, fresh off of becoming the first woman of colour to helm a $100m movie, has previously mentioned that her favourite superhero character is Big Barda, who is one of the New Gods.
There’s no word on attached screenwriters, nor do we have any news on where this would slot into the DCU, if it does indeed join that slate at all. This could be something totally unattached, like the planned Joker stand-alone movie Todd Phillips is developing. Of course, DC also have a habit of announcing projects then dropping them or sweeping them under the carpet, so fingers crossed this actually works out for Ava.