A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay to helm DC's New Gods

Who doesn't love Big Barda? DC Comics

The New Gods came into existences, as the story goes, after 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.

"New Gods" would be a major addition to the DC Extended Universe, which Warner Bros. launched in 2013 to take advantage of the massive DC library and compete with Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom King and Mitch Gerads' new series is one of the best books of the year. Created and designed by Jack Kirby, the comic first appeared in 1971. War ensues. There is a rich universe of extraordinary characters for DuVernay to play with here. 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 ruined dystopia filled with machinery and fire pits and is ruled by the tyrant Darkseid. Using techniques including brainwashing and torture, she's responsible for the creation of all kinds of warriors for the cause, whether it's the nameless Parademons and Dog Soldiers, or the more colorful Female Furies, a group of women with specific skills whose very lives are in service to Darkseid's whims. This will be a fun one to follow. A wonderful, surreal fact: Granny Goodness was modeled after comedian Phyllis Diller, according to those close to Kirby.

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It gives DuVernay the creative freedom to tell the story she wants rather than worry about what's happening with Batman or Superman or any other superhero property. She abandoned both Darkseid's service and Apokolips as a whole after falling in love with Mister Miracle, and instead devoted herself to fighting the nihilism at the heart of her former cause alongside her love, and later, husband. Miracle is perhaps the most marketable of all of the New Gods characters, along with his wife, Big Barda, and Orion himself. The movie is likely a ways off, but with DuVernay and these characters, it should be intriguing to say the least.

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