Ava DuVernay in Talks to Helm DC Comics’ ‘The New Gods’

Score another one for Ava DuVernay! After taking on the big-budget Disney movie A Wrinkle in Time, the director is now ready to tackle The New Gods from DC Comics.

Deadline reports DuVernay is in final talks with DC and Warner Bros. to helm a big-screen adaptation of the Jack Kirby comic, with another $100-mil budget to play with. Here’s how Deadline describes the Kirby opus:

The New Gods were 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 was 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 may have hinted that this deal was in the works when late last year someone on social media asked her who her favorite superhero was. She responded, “Big Barda. Many reasons.” Big Barda is one of the New Gods and the wife of Mister Miracle.

The move to hire DuVernay is also falling in line with a new, more female-driven DC world, especially after Patty Jenkins blew the doors off the place with her spectacular Wonder Woman (and is working with star Gal Gadot on the sequel as we speak).

While A Wrinkle in Time has gotten more than a few wrinkles from critics and isn’t necessarily scoring big with audiences, it does prove the Selma director has the stamina and visual acuity to handle something on a grand scale. It’s going to be interesting to see what she does with The New Gods, especially since it’s definitely not a PG Disney movie for kids.

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