Tom King commended Ava DuVernay while speaking with Publisher’s Weekly, and to compare her to Jack Kirby, one of the comic book medium’s most important and influential figures, is high praise indeed. The way King sees it, DuVernay and Kirby’s similar backgrounds and career paths making her uniquely suited to tackle this gigantic corner of the DC Comics mythology.
Ava DuVernay already has some experience in the sci-fi realm through last year’s A Wrinkle in Time, and her other notable work includes 2014’s Selma and the Netflix miniseries When They See Us. It’s safe to say that New Gods will be her biggest project yet, but Tom King believes she’s the right person to shine the spotlight on these characters.
As mentioned earlier, the Fourth World mythology has already been partially explored through Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, with the latter movie showing Steppenwolf leading an army of Parademons to retrieve the three Mother Boxes left on Earth and turn our world into a duplicate of Apokolips. Darkseid was also supposed to be introduced in the movie to lay the groundwork for Justice League sequels, but in the theatrical cut, he was only mentioned once.
Since the interconnectivity of the DCEU is largely being abandoned in favor of standalone stories, it’s unclear if New Gods will build off the events of Justice League or if it’s starting from scratch. If it’s the latter, then we’ll likely be introduced to a different version of Steppenwolf. Regardless, it’s looking like New Gods is one of the DC movies that stands a legitimate chance of moving forward rather than languishing in development hell.