After directing Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” Ava DuVernay is moving into the world of superheroes.
DuVernay has been hired to direct DC’s upcoming “New Gods,” based on the comics by Jack Kirby. “New Gods” tells the story of twin planets New Genesis, a lush world ruled by the Highfather, and Apokolips, a polluted dystopia ruled by Darkseid. The planets were once part of the same world but were split apart after the death of the Old Gods during Ragnarok.
The first “New Gods” comic was released in 1971 and the most recent, “The New 52,” was published in 2011.
The film joins the DC Extended Universe, which Warner Bros. launched in 2013 with “Man of Steel.” The DC Extended Universe recently had a major success with “Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins.
Coming up for the studio: “Aquaman” starring Jason Momoa (December 21) and “Wonder Woman 2” starring Gal Gadot (November 1, 2019).