Whoa. Check this out:
"Ava DuVernay will continue to play in the event film sandbox. She’s closing a deal with Warner Bros and DC to direct a big-budget screen adaptation of The New Gods, the creation of revered comic book impresario Jack Kirby."
That's Deadline breaking the news that Ava DuVernay - fresh off the release of Disney's long-awaited A Wrinkle In Time adaptation (our review here) - will next helm The New Gods for Warner Bros. For those who are unfamiliar with the property, BMD Managing Editor Evan Saathoff describes it as "weird shit", an evaluation seemingly supported by Deadline's plot synopsis:
"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."
So what we're looking at here is a big, cosmic-scale comic book movie (possibly even bigger in scale and spectacle than what DuVernay delivered with A Wrinkle In Time), one which will presumably draw Darkseid further into the DC movie fold. Darkseid - who, as you know, is basically DC's version of Thanos, but with a much more ridiculous name and outfit - has long seemed likely to be the DCU's endgame. Making a New Gods movie is certainly a step in that direction.
What do you folks make of this news? Excited? Indifferent? Frightened? Did you see A Wrinkle In Time? Have you read The New Gods? Do you have an opinion worth sharing on any of the above? On anything at all? If so, you are cordially invited to hit the comments section below and make yourself heard.
Stay tuned for more on The New Gods as it becomes available.