Ava DuVernay has taken to Instagram to hype (and hint?) at her upcoming New Gods movie.
In the Stories section of her account, DuVernay posted a page of New Gods #1, the February 1971 comic book that introduced the characters to the DC Universe. It begins with the word “Epilogue” and describes how the “old gods” died “in a fiery holocaust.” This resulted in the emergence of the New Gods, a race of semi-immortal aliens who reside on the peaceful planet of New Genesis and the dystopian world of Apokolips.
Since their introduction, the New Gods have become an important part of DC Comics—most notably Darkseid, the ruler of Apokolips, a villain for the whole DC Universe. Other important characters include Mister Miracle, the universe’s greatest escape artist; his wife Big Barda, formerly one of Darkseid’s most powerful enforcers; Orion, Darkseid’s son, who constantly battles against his villainous heritage; and the Forever People, a sort of hippie superhero group from New Genesis.
It is unclear if any of these characters will show up in DuVernay’s film. Indeed, little is known about the project, including even if it will be a part of Warner Bros.’ ongoing DC Extended Universe.
New Gods have already appeared in the DCEU—notably Steppenwolf, the villain of Justice League. However, the movie was considered underwhelming, and Steppenwolf himself both narmy and generic. Will Warner Bros. use DuVernay’s film to redeem the New Gods for the DCEU?
Naturally, most stories about the New Gods involve Earth in some way—Mister Miracle and Big Barda even moved here—but they could also be a sort of Game of Thrones science fantasy. It will be interested to see what direction DuVernay decides to go in.