Fresh off her work on A Wrinkle in Time, Ava DuVernay is putting the finishing touches on a deal with DC to direct a screen adaptation of Jack Kirby’s New Gods. This is interesting for at least a couple reasons. It’ll be the second big-budget film tackled by DuVernay. She also seems to have some affinity for the source material. A while back, when asked who her favorite superhero is, she gave Big Barda as her answer.
The New Gods, created by Jack Kirby in the early seventies, were born after the destruction of the “old gods” of classic mythology during Ragnarok. These beings dwell on two planets: the paradise of New Genesis and the hellish Apokolips. Probably the most famous character to come out of this series is Darkseid, who is constantly a fly in the Justice League’s ointment.
There’s a lot of potential for fun here, but I’m not getting my hopes up just yet. There’s still plenty of time for DC to figure out a way to muck it up. So far a screenwriter hasn’t been hired. I’m a huge Kirby fan, though, so I’m at least casually interested at this point.
DuVernay would be the second woman to helm a DC superhero film. Patty Jenkins directed 2017’s well-regarded Wonder Woman.