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Ava DuVernay To Summon The New Gods For Warner Bros. And DC

Ava DuVernay To Summon The New Gods For Warner Bros. And DC

Deadline reports that DuVernay, whose work on A Wrinkle in Time made her "the first woman of color to helm a $100 million-plus live-action film", has been signed by Warner Bros. and DC to helm an all-new feature-length adaptation of The New Gods, Jack Kirby's iconic 1970s-and-onward comic book franchise.

Barda - Ava DuVernay's favorite superhero, she revealed on Twitter - was once the leader of the Female Furies, having been raised since childhood by Granny Goodness.

She showed her interest in the New Gods previous year when asked on social media who her favorite character was, her response was Big Barda, a powerful warrior and wife of Mister Miracle, both creations of legendary comic artist/writer Jack Kirby.

So, who are the New Gods? They were introduced in three comic series: New Gods, Forever People, and Mister Miracle.

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He quickly took to Twitter to share the good news, changing his profile photo to a cartoon image of the character. The new look Sabrina will be a "dark coming-of-age story" so expect some seriously dark forces at work here.

Also of note, Deadline's report hints that The New Gods bears no affiliation with the other DC-related projects percolating at Warner Bros., so perhaps Ava DuVernay's blockbuster will be able to stand on its own two feet? The deities inhabit two planets: one is New Genesis, a lush paradise, and the other Apokolips, which sounds like Dante's version of hell. The New Gods came into existence after the world of the gods of classic mythology were destroyed during Ragnarok. In order to have a quick handle on DuVernay's next group of characters, however, here is a brief primer on some of the primary players.

The New Gods were originally created by prolific comic book artist/writer Jack Kirby, and first appeared in DC Comics in the early 70s.

From Selma to A Wrinkle in Time to The New Gods? New Genesis is an idyllic planet ruled by the Highfather, while Apokolips is a ruined dystopia filled with machinery and fire pits and is ruled by the tyrant Darkseid. He's known for his Mobius Chair, which allows him to travel to and observe different dimensions at will.


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