Ava DuVernay, the director responsible for Selma and A Wrinkle in Time, has made history in being the first African-American female director to receive a Golden Globe nomination and have a film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Now, she is continuing to leave a mark on history by being the first woman of color to direct a DC Comics film.
DuVernay will lead the superhero epic New Gods for Warner Bros.—a complex intergalactic tale which introduces several new characters from the twin worlds New Genesis, a lush nirvana, and Apokolips, a brutal hell. The comic was created and designed by Jack Kirby, and first released in 1971.
Holy Mother of God. Ava DuVernay is going to direct a live adaptation of DC Comics’ THE NEW GODS for Warner Bros. Now, *this* is the kind of
project she was born to do.
— Jesabel (@JesabelRaay) March 15, 2018
Entertainment Weekly notes that DuVernay is also the first woman of color to direct a live-action movie with a production budget north of $100 million with A Wrinkle in Time.
New Gods would be a major addition to the DC Extended Universe, which Warner Bros. launched in 2013 to compete with Disney’s Marvel Universe. It was first launched in 2013 with Man of Steel, then followed by Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman and Justice League, gaining $657.9 million worldwide according to Variety.
I am excited for this film and I honestly can’t wait to see how New Gods will turn out! #GirlPower