Ava DuVernay to Direct DC Superhero Movie 'New Gods'

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Deadline reports the award-winning director is already set for a huge new project with Warner Bros., and it's a good one: The New Gods.

This is a bold move for Warner Bros/DC and not just because this is the second superhero franchise they've handed to a female director after Patty Jenkins turned Wonder Woman into a crowd-pleasing blockbuster and is working on the sequel with Gal Gadot.

The New Gods were created by Jack Kirby in 1971 and debuted in a trilogy: New gods, Forever People and Mister Miracle.

The New Gods was the Genesis of the uber-villain Darkseid. Miracle is perhaps the most marketable of all of the New Gods characters, along with his wife, Big Barda, and Orion himself.

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While the New Gods have never had their own movie, Steppenwolf was the main antagonist in the 2017 "Justice League", played by Ciarán Hinds.

There is no connection to the other DC worlds being exploited for film right now by Warner Bros, where studio boss Toby Emmerich and his newly installed DC production president Walter Hamada are moving forward with new approach to filmmakers on their DC-based fare. The primary story revolves around the god-like inhabitants of twin planets: the paradise known as New Genesis and the dead world called Apokolips. The New Gods came into existences, as the story goes, after Ragnarok.

Told, initially, across four separate comic book series running in parallel - and then, in subsequent years, through even more revivals, guest-shots and graphic novels - the Fourth World Saga is a sprawling storyline with a truly vast cast of characters that would take a long time to fully introduce. For example, the New Gods of Earth Prime are the same New Gods of Earth-2. New Genesis is an idyllic planet ruled by the Highfather, while Apokolips is a dystopia filled with machinery and fire pits - ruled by the tyrant Darkseid.

There are plenty of compelling New Gods, other than Mister Miracle, Big Barda, Darkseid and Highfather. Oprah as Granny Goodness, anyone?

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