The director behind A Wrinkle In Time and Selma, Ava Duvernary, has announced on Twitter that Eisner Award-winning DC Comics writer Tom King will be working on New Gods with her. King will be co-writing the screenplay to the film alongside DuVernay, who is also attached to direct the feature-length adaptation of Jack Kirby’s comic.
First published in 1971, New God centres around the highly evolved residents of two twin planets, the peaceful paradise New Genesis, ruled by Highfather, and the war-like, nightmarish Apokolips ruled by Darkseid – a character that might sound familiar to those who have watched Zack Snyder’s Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. He was once teased as the big bad of the DC Extended Universe. The two planets were once part of the same world, Urgrund, but split apart after the death of the “Old Gods” during Ragnarok.
Aside from Batman, King is also known for his work on Mister Miracle which won him the Eisner Award in 2018 for Best Writer. Meanwhile, DuVernay is best known for her work on A Wrinkle In Time, Selma, and Middle of Nowhere.
She is currently coming off Netflix’s When They See Us, centred around five Harlem teenagers who, according to Deadline, “become trapped in a nightmare where they are falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park”.