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.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 27, 2017
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.