Ava DuVernay just closed a deal with Warner Bros and DC to direct an on-screen adaptation of The New Gods, based on the creation of revered comic book impresario Jack Kirby.

This adaptation will be the second $100M-plus film for DuVernay after making history as the first woman of color to helm a $100 million-plus live-action film in A Wrinkle In Time.

DC’s last success was Wonder Woman, a tentpole film directed by Patty Jenkins. It earned critical and audience acclaim and went on to gross nearly $1 billion worldwide. Jenkins introduced audiences to Themyscira, the hidden island of the Amazons, and DuVernay will give audiences a new world as well.

The New Gods was the Genesis of the uber-villain Darkseid. Also called “Fourth World,” the Kirby creation debuted in a trilogy of related comics written and drawn by Kirby that were published in the very early 1970s: New Gods, Forever People and Mister Miracle. The New Gods came into existence after the world of the gods of classic mythology were destroyed during Ragnarok. The deities inhabit two planets: one is New Genesis, a lush paradise, and the other Apokolips, which sounds like Dante’s version of hell. War ensues.

We are beyond excited to hear this news as DuVernay continues to lead the way in the entertainment industry, and will certainly keep you posted on all the updates!

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