Hollywood is finally trusting female director’s with big budget movies. After a long history of the industry saving its big project for male directors, it finally seems to be loosening its grip. DC Extended Universe announced the director of its upcoming film, New Gods to be Ava DuVernay. This will be the first time the Oscar nominated director steps into the world of superheroes.
She will be only the second director to have been appointed by Warner Bros. after Patty Jenkins and her super hit Wonder Woman which grossed over $412 million. But DuVernay is not new to big projects either. Her latest film, A Wrinkle In Time, a time travel fantasy had a budget of $100 million. In its first six days at the North American box office, it has already collected $42.2 million. She also directed Oscar nominated documentary 13th and civil-rights drama Selma.
Last year she had tweeted that Big Barda, one of the New Gods is one of her favourite superhero.
New Gods is based on Jack Kirby’s comics by the same name. It was first released in 1971 and saw its lastest edition in 2011 titled The New 52. In this film, the natives will be from the twin planets of New Genesis and Apokolips. New Genesis is ruled by Highfather while Apokolips is the opposite and is ruled by a tyrant Darkseid. But both these planets call themselves gods and live outside normal time and space in a realm called Fourth World.
DCEU is currently awaiting release of Aquaman starring Jason Momoa in December 21 followed by Wonder Woman’s sequel starring Gal Gadot once again in November 2019.