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Can The DCEU Finally Elevate Kirby’s New Gods To A-Level Status?

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Can The DCEU Finally Elevate Kirby’s New Gods To A-Level Status?

Come Zack Snyders’s Justice League, fans will be getting their first taste of the New Gods in the form of Steppenwolf and his wave of Parademons. However, that’s merely scratching the surface because they all answer to Darkseid, who boasts an even bigger legion back home on Apokolips. One of the main challenges the DC Extended Universe will be facing, however, is how to shape them beyond just another alien army invading Earth in a comic book movie.

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We already got this schtick in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers and Snyder’s 2013 Man of Steel. The New Gods, though, have something more to them than the Chitauri or a bunch of Kryptonians seeking refuge. While early reviews of Justice League have praised the superhero squad assembled by Batman and Wonder Woman, the introduction of Steppenwolf and the concept of the New Gods has been described as one of the film’s flaws, some calling it rushed and forgettable. However, there’s still time for the DCEU to improve on how they’re depicted as we count down the days to Darkseid’s full-on assault.

Make It A Star Wars

Created and designed by Jack Kirby, the New Gods debuted in February 1971, focusing on the sibling planets of New Genesis and its dark counterpart, Apokolips. A truce was established where New Genesis’ leader, Highfather, traded his own son, Scott Free (aka Mister Miracle) to Darkseid in exchange for his son, Orion. As expected, Darkseid broke the truce and war continued to be waged on not just New Genesis, but the galaxy. Orion and Mister Miracle even worked with the League over the years to fight Darkseid.

To make the New Gods stand out here, the DCEU should have Darkseid’s hounds hunting for something more than relics. The Anti-Life Equation, which Darkseid requires in order to enslave the universe, immediately comes to mind, but it has to be done in a way that transcends your typical space army. The DCEU should scatter Darkseid’s warriors, such as Kalibak, Granny Goodness, Desaad and the Furies, across the star ways to build them as a Galactic Empire, something much more threatening than a single planet. As for the heroic New Gods, the likes of Orion, Mister Miracle, Big Barda and the Infinity People can be used in the mold of another Star Wars group: the Rebel Alliance. Such a resistance would allow collaboration with the League and even the Green Lantern Corps.

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