Deadline is reporting that Selma/A Wrinkle In Time auteur Ava DuVernay is closing in on a deal with WB to direct an adaptation of The New Gods, a major piece of the “epic of our times” that Jack Kirby crafted at DC when he took on his third tour of duty with the publisher after co-creating almost the entirety of the Marvel Universe.
DuVernay whose A Wrinkle In Time is currently #2 at the box office, and Marvel Studio’s first choice for Black Panther, has been long circulating the blockbuster sphere and this will be her second mega-budget film in a row. As for WB, recruiting DuVernay marks the biggest directorial grab they’ve embarked upon since Christopher Nolan took on the Batman franchise. It’s a huge move, on a film that no one really thought was in any active stage of development.
I won’t lie, I’ve played this out in my head so many times. Open with “The Pact”, divide the narrative between Mister Miracle + Big Barda on one end, with Orion’s efforts with his human gang on the other, and then they combine again in the big confrontation with Darkseid. I’m imagining all the character designs now, The Deep Six! The Black Racer! It goes on and on. And while, A Wrinkle In Time wasn’t exceptionally well-received critically, most everyone agreed that its visual scope was one of its most impressive elements. And let’s all agree on this, The Fourth World epic is all about overpowering bombast, and given DuVernay’s own strong directorial hand, this will prove very promising indeed.
Also, Big Barda is her favorite superhero. Sold.
And now there’s two women making superhero movies at WB. Hell yes.
The studio is quickly setting a screenwriter per the report. They also state that there’s no known connection to the rest of the DC Cinematic Universe at this point, which given the original context of The Fourth World makes a lot of sense as well. Listen, I love those Jimmy Olsen comics (Mokkari is a long-time favorite of mine), but they’re a bit of an odd fit next to that original trilogy of series that Kirby had envisioned. So if this goes stand-alone, I’m very here for that too.
I love a late breaking surprise. The Toby Emmerich-Walter Hamada era at the studio may have scored its very first major coup.