Ava DuVernay will direct Jack Kirby’s New Gods for DC

The director of Selma and A Wrinkle In Time is set to bring The New Gods to the big screen

Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time has just hit US cinemas and the director of Selma and 13th has got her next project all lined up.

Variety reports that DuVernay will direct New Gods for Warner Bros and DC, bringing comics legend Jack Kirby’s creation to the big screen. Deadline notes that the movie will be unconnected to the wider DC movie universe, instead allowing DuVernay and the movie’s writer Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) to craft their own world. Which is very sensible, because there’s a lot of exploring that can be done here. Although the planet Apokolips and the character Darkseid are key to The New Gods, this is far removed from the scuffles we saw in Justice League.

As Variety explains, “The New Gods are natives of the twin planets of New Genesis and Apokolips. New Genesis is an idyllic planet ruled by the Highfather, while Apokolips is a dystopia filled with machinery and fire pits ruled by the tyrant Darkseid. New Genesis and Apokolips call themselves gods, living outside of normal time and space in a realm known as the Fourth World.” DuVernay’s fandom has already been established via a Tweet from December, saying:

With so much DC movie discussion focused on Batman and the multiple Joker movies currently in development, it’s really nice to see DC looking beyond Gotham City and opening up their universe a little more. We also can’t wait to see how DuVernay will bring Jack Kirby’s visuals to life. If A Wrinkle In Time is anything to go by, this should be eye-popping.

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