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Ava DuVernay to direct DC's 'The New Gods'

WINNING: Ava DuVernay (Photo credit: PA)

AVA DUVERNAY made history as the first black woman to direct a live action film with a $100 million budget - and now the acclaimed director will take on a big screen adaptation of The New Gods.

DuVernay closed the deal ahead of the release of Disney's A Wrinkle In Time, and The New Gods will be another $100M-plus film for the star director.

She first hinted to her involvement with The New Gods late last year, when she responded to a question on social media on who her favorite superhero is. “Big Barda. Many reasons” was her reply. Big Barda is one of the New Gods and the wife of Mister Miracle, also a Kirby creation.

Created by legendary artist Jack Kirby in 1971, The New Gods focuses on twin alien planets, the idyllic New Genesis and Apokolips, a polluted hellscape.

Ruled by equally powerful but morally opposite leaders — New Genesis by the benevolent Highfather, Apokolips by the despot Darkseid — the comics depicted Darkseid’s efforts to destabilize the fragile peace between the worlds as part of his scheme to eliminate free will from the universe.

The movie will see DuVernay break another boundary, as the second woman to direct a Warner Bros/DC movie and the first African-American woman to do so.

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