Deadline reports that DuVernay, whose work on A Wrinkle in Time made her "the first woman of color to helm a $100 million-plus live-action film", has been signed by Warner Bros. and DC to helm an all-new feature-length adaptation of The New Gods, Jack Kirby's iconic 1970s-and-onward comic book franchise.
This is a major career move for DuVernay to say the least.
The New Gods are exactly that-they're new gods. Kirby's concept for the New Gods was so broad that it left room for multiple protagonists, including the previously mentioned Big Barda and her companion, Scott Free a.k.a.
While the New Gods have never had their own movie, Steppenwolf was the main antagonist in the 2017 "Justice League", played by Ciarán Hinds.
The New Gods takes place outside of the confines of the DC multiverse. The high-powered race of alien characters came from the planets Apokolips and New Genesis. For example, the New Gods of Earth Prime are the same New Gods of Earth-2.
Mister Miracle is the son of Highfather, who was raised on Apokolips as a kind of mutally-assured destruction pact with Darkseid, who sent his son Orion to be raised on New Genesis. The series consisted of figures like Darkseid, Highfather, Orion, Big Barda and Metron. As much the inspiration for Marvel's Thanos as he was an inspiration for Darth Vader, Darkseid is more understated and master manipulator than either, and perhaps best introduced via the monologue delivered by one of his followers in the 1997 JLA comic book storyline "Rock of Ages": "Who is beyond good and evil?" He's known for his Mobius Chair, which allows him to travel to and observe different dimensions at will. Oprah as Granny Goodness, anyone?