Almost exactly a year ago, A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay was attached to direct a movie based on Jack Kirby’s The New Gods for DC Entertainment.  That project has been moving along a little slower than Marvel Studios’ comparable The Eternals movie directed by Chloé Zhao, but exciting news came from The Wrap earlier that DC Comics star writer Tom King is joining DuVernay to write the movie.
King previously wrote the critically-acclaimed and Eisner-winning 12-issue Mister Miracle mini-series along with artist Mitch Gerads, and King has been heavily involved with shaping the current run of Batman for DC Comics as well.
King isn’t the first writer to make the foray into Hollywood filmmaking, as former DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns regularly bounced back and forth between the medium, as he was involved with a number of DC Entertainment’s film and television projects. Johns most recently wrote the screenplay for next year’s Wonder Woman 1984.
Shortly after the news broke on The Wrap, DuVernay took to Twitter to confirm the collaboration with a picture of her with King.

Just last week, King left his regular gig writing Batman for DC Comics with his last issue being #85, but clearly, DuVernay is a fan of King’s comics work and realizes that it would be good to have someone intimately familiar with the characters to help translate Kirby’s work to the screen.
With King and DuVernay writing that screenplay, one imagines it’s only a matter of time before we hear about some casting.
Let us know in the comments what you think of King making the jump to The New Gods movie.


  1. So that’s the “secret Hollywood stuff” he’s been working on. I think it could be good, but I have a feeling there’s going to be a PTSD suicide subplot if the “Mister Miracle” series is any indication of his Fourth World understanding. Seriously though, the Scott Free/Big Barda interactions were great in that series. I hope we see more of that in the movie.

  2. And cue that “Fuck this shit, I’m out” song.
    He already handled PTSD/depression poorly in Mister Miracle and has made the Fourth World unusable as anything other than after-school special fodder. The only reason people didn’t excoriate that book like they did with his recent work was because he attached himself to a “surreal” artist who could ably cover his many, many, MANY misunderstandings of his favorite theme. I’m sure his usual gang of defenders will love it, but I’d rather watch something made by someone who doesn’t brag about masturbating to real world pain & expect awards for it.
    Maybe if it does well enough, we’ll finally get his exploitative ass out of comics.

  3. “About the worst possible choice.”
    Tom King is the best possible choice for modernizing a dated concept for humans today.
    King has modern literary sensibilities. According to modern literary sensibilities, all genre fiction should be respectfully somber and deal with pressing social issues. I can’t wait until King re-imagines the New Gods in a way that reflects to the world outside our window, like the Jack Kirby penned New Gods comic reflected the world outside of Jack’s window in the 1970s.

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