Filmmaker Ava DuVernay is making sure her upcoming adaptation of the classic DC Comics title “New Gods” is being done right, and to do so she’s enlisting the help of experts.
Legendary writer and artist Jack Kirby created the comic in the 1970s, stories about beings from the planets New Genesis and Apokolips who live outside of normal time and space in a realm called the Fourth World.
As previously announced, she has recruited comic writer Tom King to pen the script, and now it’s confirmed that he has brought in an entire team of experts on Kirby’s work to ensure accuracy. Speaking with Screen Rant, King says:
“She invited me out, and she asked what team I wanted to bring. Because she wanted to assemble people who knew Kirby, and she was like, ‘Can you put together a team?’ So we put together this team. And she was smart, and a good storyteller, and it was one of the best storytelling experiences I’ve ever had. And next week I go off to work with her.
It’s a f–king joy! She’s amazing! I was doing another thing where I was doing a big Hollywood [project], working with big famous Hollywood people, and it wasn’t such a joy. Like there was egos and shit involved. She doesn’t have an ego, she just gets in there.”
DuVernay herself meanwhile has confirmed on Twitter that the famed DC villain Darkseid, the character that inspired Thanos over at Marvel, is definitely in the new movie as are the Female Furies – the warrior women who fight for Apokolips. The Darkseid character was alluded to in both “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League” but was ultimately removed from the final cuts with only a brief mention still intact.
DuVernay also confirmed that it’s a certainty that one of the actors from her Netflix series “When They See Us” will play one of the roles in the project. She says on Twitter: “In each of my narrative projects since my first film entitled I WILL FOLLOW, I bring over an actor from the last project I made. So, yes, there is a 99.9% chance this will happen again.”
“New Gods” presently doesn’t have production dates or a release date scheduled.