Ava DuVernay, known for her films Selma and A Wrinkle In Time, will direct the next film adaptation of the New Gods comics series. As Variety reports, the film will be part of Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and is based on the Jack Kirby comic, originally released in 1971. The series follows an eternal war between twin planets: the New Genesis utopian, ruled by the benevolent Highfather and the dystopian Apokolips, dominated by the tyrant Darkseid. Variety says the film aims to create a new "universe of properties" for Warner Bros.
DuVernay has indicated his love for the New Gods in the past, before tweeting that Big Barda (a character in the series) is his favorite superhero. DuVernay also paid tribute to Kirby in a tweet yesterday. Her appointment is remarkable as she is the second woman and the first woman of color to direct an important superhero movie. Patty Jenkins was the first woman to do it for Wonder Woman, which was praised by critics and earned $ 821.8 million worldwide. DuVernay was also the first woman of color to direct a movie with a budget of more than $ 100 million for A Wrinkle In Time.
Warner Bros launched its DCEU in 2013 to compete with Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). But until now it has not been able to maintain itself. Movies such as Justice League and Suicide Squad have suffered from poor critical reviews and disappointing box office results, prompting Warner Bros. to announce a new strategy for films in the DCEU. Wonder Woman was a bright spot for the studio and it is likely that Warner Bros is waiting for DuVernay to raise DCEU prospects.
The next films of the DCEU are Aquaman, which will be released in December and the sequel to Wonder Woman, in which Jenkins will return as director and Gal Gadot will resume the title role. DuVernay is also working on an upcoming limited series on Central Park Five for Netflix.