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Get a First Look at DC and The CW’s Naomi

DC and The CW have released an official image from the anticipated series Naomi. The image is of actress Kaci Walfall as Naomi McDuffie.

Created by Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker, and Jamal Campbell, the series is about Naomi an adopted high school student living in a small town unaware of her history.

The released image is a bit of an homage to the cover of the first issue that introduced the character which you can see below. If given a green light, the series will stay true to the comic series which ran for six issues (so far).

Along with Walfall, Naomi also stars Alexander Wraith as Dee, Cranston Johnson as Zumbado, and Camila Moreno as Lourdes. It’s executive produced by Ava DuVernay, Jill Blankenship, Sarah Bremner, and Paul Garnes, and produced by DuVernay’s Array Filmworks in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Ava DuVernay’s New Gods and Games Wan’s The Trench Not Moving Forward

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The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that Warner Bros. has shelved two of its upcoming, and high-profile, films based on DC properties. Ava DuVernay‘s New Gods and James Wan‘s The Trench are not going forward at this time.

In a statment, Warner Bros. and DC said:

As part of our DC slate, some legacy development titles including New Gods and The Trench will not be moving forward. We thank our partners Ava DuVernay, Tom King, James Wan and Peter Safran for their time and collaboration during this process and look forward to our continued partnership with them on other DC stories. The projects will remain in their skillful hands if they were to move forward in the future.

New Gods was a take on the classic Jack Kirby characters with DuVernay directing and working with comic writer Tom King. The film has been in development since 2018. DuVernay is working on the television series Naomi based on the DC character which will air on The CW.

The Trench was a spin-off from the blockbuster Aquaman. The horror-tinged film featured Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald on the script with Wan developing as producer with Peter Safran. Wan is still working on Aquaman 2 which will begin shooting later this year.

While these two projects have been shelved for now, they may happen down the road. It is believed the issue is there was no “natural” place to release the films in the current upcoming plans.

DC is currently focused on a multi-platform approach with films like The Suicide Squad and The Batman bleeding over into television with the HBO Max series Peacemaker and a show focused on the Gotham police department.

DC is still focused on creating a film universe with The Flash, tackling the DC multiverse, being key to what comes next. Upcoming films include Black Adam, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, and projects featuring Blue Beetle, Batgirl, Supergirl, Static Shock, and Green Lantern Corps. There’s also the third Wonder Woman film, newly announced Zatanna, and Superman film produced by J.J. Abrams and written by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be up to? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news from around the web.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: An important message from GENE LUEN YANG – Please read this.

KXII-TV – New comic book store opens in Sherman – Always great to see new stores opening.

The Beat – Ava DuVernay’s NAOMI casts Kaci Walfall in the title role – So excited for this series!

The Mary Sue – Zack Snyder Calls Out Bigoted Fans: “There’s No Room for Hate” – Good.

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The CW Orders a Pilot for Ava DuVernay and DC’s Naomi

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When we originally read it, we knew there was something big coming from Naomi. The 2019 comic series written by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker with art by Jamal Campbell is getting a pilot for The CW by Ava DuVernay. The comic was released by DC Comics under Bendis’ Wonder Comics imprint.

The series follows a young girl with a mysterious history and her journey to being a hero from her small town to the multiverse. It’s a true origin story and one of the best comics of 2019.

The CW series is being written and exec produced by DuVernay and Jill Blankenship. The project will be produced by DuVernay’s Array Filmworks in association with Warner Bros Television, with Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes also set as EPs.

If the series is picked up, it’d be the first DC drama on the network that’s not produced by Greg Berlanti. The CW has been shifting and figuring out what’s next for DCTV as numerous series wind down or have ended. It was recently announced that Black Lightning will end along with Supergirl after the current season. That leaves The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and the upcoming Superman & Lois. Stargirl is also moving to The CW from DC’s digital service.

A spin-off from Black Lightning is also in the works as well as the Greg-Berlanti produced Wonder Girl, both are DC properties. The pilots announced by the CW doesn’t mean these projects aren’t going forward, there may be “room for more”.

DuVernay is also working on the DC/Vertigo series DMZ which will air on HBO Max.

Naomi in the Works for The CW with Ava DuVernay

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When we originally read it, we knew there was something big coming from Naomi. The 2019 comic series written by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker with art by Jamal Campbell is being developed as a television show for The CW by Ava DuVernay. The comic was released by DC Comics under Bendis’ Wonder Comics imprint.

The series follows a young girl with a mysterious history and her journey to being a hero from her small town to the multiverse. It’s a true origin story and one of the best comics of 2019.

The CW series is being written and exce produced by DuVernay and Jill Blankenship.

If the series is picked up, it’d be the first DC drama on the network that’s not produced by Greg Berlanti. The CW has been shifting and figuring out what’s next for DCTV as numerous series wind down or have ended. It was recently announced that Black Lightning will end along with Supergirl after the current season. That leaves The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and the upcoming Superman & Lois. Stargirl is also moving to The CW from DC’s digital service. A spin-off from Black Lightning is also in the works.

DuVernay is also working on the DC/Vertigo series DMZ which will air on HBO Max.

Ava DuVernay and Warner Bros. Animation Team Up for Wings of Fire Animated Series

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Warner Bros. Animation and award-winning writer/director/producer Ava DuVernay are developing a high-end serialized animated family television series based on the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling book series Wings of Fire, from author Tui T. Sutherland. The Studio secured the exclusive rights to the sought-after publishing phenomenon for DuVernay in a highly competitive situation with multiple parties bidding for the middle grade fantasy book series, which thus far has spawned 15 novels, three graphic novels and four short stories.

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WBA is producing the project with DuVernay, who serves as executive producer, through her ARRAY Filmworks production company. Dan Milano (Glitch Techs), Christa Starr, Tui T. Sutherland and WBA’s Sam Register (Teen Tians Go!) are also on board as executive producers.

With more than nine million copies in print and available in 16 languages, the Wings of Fire book series is an epic adventure set in a world entirely ruled by dragons. Across two continents and 10 tribes, the series explores vicious wars, enduring friendships, and heroic quests that span generations of fascinating dragon characters.

This marks the first animated project for DuVernay as part of her exclusive overall deal with the Warner Bros. Television Group. For WBTVG, DuVernay is currently producing the OWN/Warner Horizon Scripted Television series Queen Sugar and Cherish the Day, as well as the HBO Max/Warner Bros. Television pilot DMZ, based on characters from DC.

Ava DuVernay Teams with HBO Max for Brian Wood’s DMZ

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Ava DuVernay is in the DC Comics property business as she’s working on her second property for the comic publisher. DuVernay and HBO are adapting the second American Civil War comic DMZ. DuVernay is currently working on New Gods adapting the Jack Kirby DC Comics creations. HBO and DC Comics have the same parent company, AT&T.

DMZ was published by the DC imprint Vertigo and followed a young man as he navigated the maze that is the DMZ of Manhattan which separates the split American nation of the former federal government and Free States. Wood worked on the series with co-creator and artist Riccardo Burchielli and it was released from 2005 to 2012. John Paul Leon also provided art on the series, lettered by Jared K. Fletcher, and colored by Jeromy Cox.

DMZ‘s creator Brian Wood is not without issues. The comic creator has been accused of harassment by multiple women which resulted in publisher Dark Horse canceling their current and future projects with the creator.

The television series focuses on a female medic on the island who tries to keep the residents alive while also trying to find her lost son.

This is the second series that HBO has produced based around a civil war. Confederate was a planned series that was developed for the channel by David Benioff and D. B. Wess. The concept was the American Civil War ending in a stalemate and some described it as “slavery fan fiction.” That project was scrapped due to public reaction.

DMZ too is a stalemate civil war story, without the slavery, which indicates HBO is looking for this narrative to play to a certain demographic.

Production of DMZ is set to begin in early 2020.

Tom King Joins Ava DuVernay as Co-Writer for New Gods

He’s tackled Mister Miracle, but now writer Tom King is taking on the whole New Gods as he’s joined Ava DuVernary to co-write the upcoming film. DuVernary revealed the news via a Tweet.

King’s Mister Miracle maxiseries was praised as one of the best comics of the year when it was released. Mitch Gerads provided art for that project and it won multiple awards making numerous “best of” lists.

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New Gods was created by Jack Kirby and involves two warring alien groups, New Genesis and Apokolips. Darkseid, the unseen villain of the Justice League film, is a despotic ruler of Apokolips. To bring “peace,” Highfather, the ruler of the New Gods, and Apokolips trade their children. Scott Free, Mister Miracle is raised by Apokolips, while Orion is raised by Highfather. Scott rebels from his adoptive father.

DuVernary was announced as the lead and director of the project in March 2018 and is a long time fan of the New Gods as she has revealed that Big Barda is a favorite character of hers.

Barda was one of the main characters in King’s Mister Miracle and is an elite warrior who breaks away from Darkseid and falls in love with Scott Free, aka Mister Miracle. The two become rebels fighting Darkseid’s totalitarian rule.

Ava DuVernary is Directing “The New Gods” for Warner Bros.

Deadline is reporting that director Ava DuVernay is closing a deal and will dive into Jack Kirby‘s creations with The New Gods for Warner Bros.

This is another big budget film for the director whose film A Wrinkle in Time opened this past weekend. That film was released by Buena Vista, a division of Disney, a competitor to Warner Bros. in both film and comics.

This is the second female director Warner Bros/DC has brought onto a project. Patty Jenkins was the first and her Wonder Woman went on to gross over $800 million worldwide.

It is believed this will be a freestanding film not connected to the DC Cinematic Universe. That move is interesting as Steppenwolf was the villain of Justice League and Darkseid has been looming over that film universe.

The director is a fan of Kirby’s creations stating that her favorite superhero is Big Barda.

Kirby’s creations debuted in the early 70s and involves two warring factions, those of New Genesis and those of Apokolips. Think of it as a combination of a lot of different mythological backgrounds. Known as the “Fourth World,” the New Gods can currently be seen in Mister Miracle written by Tom King with art by Mitch Gerads as well as appearing in various series of DC Comics.

This is a massive sandbox to play in and it’ll be interesting to see where it all goes from here.