The big screen adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time is entering its second weekend at the box office, bringing in almost $100 million dollars worldwide. Now there’s news that the director of that film is being brought in to take on an even bigger project.
According to Deadline, director Ava DuVernay is in talks to direct a big screen adaptation of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World series of characters also called The New Gods for Warner Brothers and DC Films.
The New Gods was created in the 70’s after Kirby left Marvel Comics and joined DC. After Ragnarok, a new series of deities known as the New Gods settled on two different planets, New Genesis and Apokolips. The peaceful New Gods, which resemble gods of greek myth with updated technological flare are led by High Father and Apokolips is a hellscape world ruled with an iron fist by Darkseid. Eventually the two worlds go to war and an uneasy peace is established by both leaders trading their first-born sons to the other to raise.
There is a connection between this world and last year’s Justice League as the main villain Steppenwolf and the parademons that he commands are all subjects of Darkseid. Other characters from the series that are present in the DC universe include Mister Miracle, Big Barda, Desaad and Orion.
DuVernay, who has expressed a fondness for the character of Big Barda, will be the second woman and second woman of color to direct a big screen comic book adaptation.
More on this story as it develops.