This past Thursday, word broke that Warner Bros. had tapped Ava DuVernay to direct a new DC Film based off the inhabitants of the Fourth World with New Gods.
Now, that project has sagged a writer in the form of Kario Salem.
Known for his work on The Score and Chasing Mavericks, Salem will craft the narrative and work closely with DuVernay on the film. New Gods marks the second DC tentpole to be helmed by a woman, following last summer's Wonder Woman from Patty Jenkins.
The New Gods are natives of the twin planets of New Genesis and Apokolips. New Genesis is an idyllic planet ruled by the Highfather, while Apokolips is a ruined dystopia filled with machinery and fire pits and is ruled by the tyrant Darkseid. New Genesis and Apokolips call themselves gods, living outside of normal time and space in a realm known as the Fourth World.
Jack Kirby created this unique set of DC Comics characters, which includes the likes of Orion, Darkseid, Granny Goodness, Mr. Miracle, Lightray and others, back in 1971.
Audiences have already met a member of the New Gods within the DC Expanded Universe in the form of the villainous Steppenwolf. The character terrorized the likes of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg in Zack Snyder's Justice League.
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