Ava DuVernay will direct DC’s ‘New Gods’ for Warner Bros

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Ava DuVernay becomes the first African-American woman to helm a major budget Superhero movie. She is currently doing the press tour for her recently released Disney movie, A Wrinkle in Time. DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time has grossed $42 million since its release on March 9, 2018. Now, Ava DuVernay will direct DC’s “New Gods” for Warner Bros. This is the second big budget Superhero movie to be helmed by a woman, following Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman.”

However, we don’t have any information regarding whether its part of the DCEU or a standalone DC Comics movie. In the wake of poorly performed Justice League movie, Warner Bros. has shaken their top tier. They have pushed Walter Hamada to be president of DC Films production unit. Walter Hamada, previously worked at New Line which is a subsidiary of Warner Bros.

Aquaman is the next title for the DC Extended Universe which is in the post-production process, set to be released on December 21, 2018. Wonder Woman sequel will also go into production sometime in the summer. New Gods will give an advantage to the studio to stay ahead of Marvel Studios by exploring a unique comic property.

New Gods, created and designed by Jack Kirby back in 1971, right after he exited Marvel. Dozens of series have been published since its debut. Most recent one was launched in 2011, as part of The New 52 series.

The New Gods inhabit two planets: New Genesis and Apokolips. New Genesis is an idyllic paradise ruled by the Highfather, while Apokolips is a polluted wasteland and fire pits ruled by Darkseid. They call themselves gods, living outside of normal time and space in a realm known as the Fourth World. They are latched on to the never-ending war of good against evil. The New Gods have a rich set of characters in the universe.

Ava DuVernay has previously shown interest in a New Gods character last year. The director announced it on her twitter about directing the New Gods movie. She tweeted a photo of Jack Kirby, creator of the New Gods comic series which read “Our dreams make us large“ Thank you, #JackKirby’. This is an interesting property, let’s see how it plays out.

Source | Featured Image: Comic Verse & Den of Geek

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