Ava DuVernay, who directed A Wrinkle in Time, is set to direct a superhero film, New Gods, based on the comics created by Jack Kirby.
DuVernay is reportedly in talks and on the edge of sealing a deal with Warner Bros. for the project, which just made her a part of the DC Extended Universe. She is the second female to direct a DC superhero film after Patty Jenkins, who helmed the Gal Gadot-starrer and well-received Wonder Woman.
New Gods could prove to be big, if fans would bite the film as it has the potential to be explored even more. Her A Wrinkle In Time amassed $42.2 million in North America during its first six days and is the first woman of color to have helmed a live-action film with a budget of $100 million.
However, DuVernay's heart is pretty close to her new stint, considering her Twitter status last year when she revealed her favorite superhero was Big Barda.
"Gosh, that's hard. Big Barda. Many reasons," she wrote.
If this was a premonition for this directorial stint or if she was then already in negotiations, is totally unknown. Big Barda is one of the New Gods and has also appeared in one of Kirby's works as the wife of Mister Miracle.
New Gods is also known as the Fourth World and was published in the 70s as a trilogy, namely, New Gods, Forever People, and Mister Miracle. Two worlds came after the planet was divided into two: Genesis and Apokolips.
As mentioned, New Gods would be a part of the DC Extended Universe, which was introduced in 2013, in a bid to exploit the vast contents from DC and to contend with its Disney counterpart, Marvel Cinematic Universe. Man of Steel, Suicide Squad, and Justice League are included in the DCEU, with the latest film being the least favorite after grossing only $657.9 million. It's a big amount, no doubt, but it was the least watched from the five films released under the banner.
After this arguably "unsuccessful" release, Warner Bros. are giving a slight shake-up in their operations. One of the biggest moves was the promotion of Walter Hamada to president of film productions based on DC comics, probably to help save the contents being shown in big screens.
DuVernay's New Gods would be one to watch for, especially that it would be under Hamada. She is credited for Selma, a 2014 film that starred David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper.