After plenty of will-they-or-won’t-they storytelling in previous DC films, Warner Bros. is finally bringing DC’s New Gods to the forefront with a beloved director is on board!
Before the release of Justice League, many fans speculated that the story would feature a full-on war with Darkseid, one of the New Gods of comic book legend. Instead, the heroes fought only one ancient alien foe, Steppenwolf, and there was only one mention of Darkseid. It very much seemed like the film scaled back the plot in reshoots and now we may know why: Warner Bros thought the New Gods were destined for a feature film all their own!
New Gods is a space opera, telling the story of the cosmic war between the planets of New Genesis and Apokolips, their leaders, and the two sons they traded to each other in hopes of keeping the peace after their last war. Add in some heaven and hell allegory and the film certainly has potential to be epic in scale. It may not even be a part for the established DCEU, as Earth-centric superheroes aren’t necessarily involved.
According to Variety, director Ava DuVernay has been tapped to helm the project. DuVernay is award-winning and critically acclaimed for her work on Selma and the documentary 13th, and become the first woman of color to direct a film with a budget of $100 million or more with Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time.
New Gods is the first new addition to be announced following a major restructuring at Warner Bros after the low performance of Justice League, though the studio also has Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman sequel in pre-production and a struggling The Flash solo movie hanging around.
The film does not have a cast nor a release date yet.