Ava DuVernay Came Up With The Idea To Make A ‘New Gods’ Movie

When Warner Brothers finally decided to produce movies based on the vast catalog of DC Comics characters, that list was pretty diverse, with such obvious choices as the Justice League and Wonder Woman as well as more obscure properties as the Metal Men and Booster Gold.  Things have been shuffled and some projects have either stalled or been de-emphasized.  But it seems that WB is willing to listen when the right talent approaches them.  ‘The Avengers’ director Joss Whedon pitched the studio a ‘Batgirl’ movie, which they immediately said yes to.  Unfortunately, Whedon’s vision wasn’t clear and after spending a year trying to come up with a story for the character, Whedon walked away.  (The film is moving forward with a new creative team.)  And at no point was ‘The New Gods’ ever announced as a potential movie, so when this project was announced in March, it came as quite a surprise to most.

It turns out that Warner Brothers didn’t have plans to create a movie based on these characters– created by the great Jack Kirby– until the idea was pitched by esteemed director Ava DuVernay.


DuVernay’s 2014 film ‘Selma’ was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and her TV series ‘Queen Sugar’ which airs on the OWN network has won several awards.  Earlier this year, Disney released her first big-budget tentpole, ‘A Wrinkle In Time’.  Unfortunately, that movie under-performed at the box office, but luckily Warner Brothers has enough faith in her to entrust her with crafting a film based on one of their most sprawling concepts.

After the majority of Warner Brothers’ DC Comics movies have disappointed, the company appears to have abandoned the goal of mimicking Disney’s Marvel shared universe.  Rather than forcing movies into development to achieve a certain endgame, WB is welcoming filmmakers with a vision and passion for a particular project, which explains why the studio okay’ed a ‘Joker’ solo origin movie to be produced by Martin Scorsese that isn’t connected at all to the existing Joker, played by Jared Leto in ‘Suicide Squad’.

Kario Salem (‘The Score’) has been tapped to pen the screenplay for ‘New Gods’.  Warner Brothers has not yet announced a release date for it.

Are you excited to see a ‘New Gods’ movie from the imagination of Ava DuVernay?

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Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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