After making history as the first Black woman to direct a film with a $100 million budget, Ava DuVernay is set to do it again.
The director is said to be close to closing a deal with Warner Bros. to direct DC’s The New Gods. DuVernay will become the second Black woman to direct a major superhero film — Gina Prince-Bythewood is attached to Marvel’s Silver and Black.
Deadline reports DuVernay will work with writer Kario Salem to craft a narrative for the film. According to the site, the director hinted at the project after a fan asked who her favorite superhero was. “Big Barda,” she tweeted. “Many reasons.” Big Barda is one of the New Gods and wife of Mister Miracle, characters created by Jack Kirby.
Variety adds that “the New Gods are natives of the twin planets of New Genesis and Apokolips,” with Apokolips being a machinery and fire-filled dystopia ruled by Darkseid and utopian planet New Genesis ruled by the Highfather.
DuVernay will have a number of characters to play with, which means there could be the possibility of various spin-offs and sequels.
After A Wrinkle in Time, we can’t wait to see what the director does with the DC film.