Ava DuVernay became the first woman of color to direct a major motion picture that was over $100 million budget. Now the director will do it again with her second feature, which will be another pricey adaptation, but of a different sort.
She will go from A Wrinkle In Time to a big screen adaptation of DC’s The New Gods for Warner Bros. More on the story below.
Deadline was the first to report on the news. According to them, it will be yet another $100 million-plus feature film for the director, who first started out directing smaller flicks like Selma and documentaries like The 13th.
It wouldn’t be the first time that she was offered to direct an adaptation of a comic book property. She was one of the frontrunners to direct Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. While the job eventually went to Ryan Coogler, the two would work in close quarters since both it and A Wrinkle In Time were being edited on the Walt Disney Studios lot.
But as Deadline points out, she already had a love for comic books. When asked about her favorite superhero, the filmmaker said Big Barda:
For those who may not know who Big Barda is, the character is a member of the race known as the New Gods. Born on the infernal planet of Apokolips, she was taken away from her family and trained to be a warrior at an early age. Eventually, she revolts and finds herself traveling to Earth where she would join the Justice League and forms a defense-training program for women called the New Female Furies.
The New Gods, Barda, and her husband, Mister Miracle, are all a creation of the great Jack Kirby.
As for the New Gods, they are a breed of aliens who hail from New Genesis. The idyllic planet has been in an ongoing war with the hellish Apokolips, a dystopian planet ruled by the supreme Darkseid. If the visuals in A Wrinkle In Time are an indication, it proves that DuVernay is more than capable of crafting a story using deeply rich worlds that have plenty of potential to expand.
This is a bold choice for a film adaptation. Once again, it’s not a widely known property. But then again, neither was Guardians of the Galaxy and look how that risk paid off.
New Gods marks the second time that WB has hired a female director to helm one of their major DCEU projects. Patty Jenkins was the first, having helmed the wonderfully successful Wonder Woman. The film was one of the first critical and commercial hits for WB’s DCEU slate. It also went on to become one of the studio’s top-grossing films, having earned over $820 million at the box office, last year.
However, it’s not clear if New Gods will have any connection to the current DCEU or if it is even a part of it. Remember, Shazam is a product of New Line Cinema, while WB will be working on a series of spinoffs that aren’t related to the DCEU.