Warner Bros. is going full steam ahead with The New Gods, with A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay set to helm the big screen adaptation of Jack Kirby's creations.
The race of gods were first introduced in the Justice League from 2017, with a sequel implied to continue the story, but this news seems like a change in direction. Warner Bros. clearly wants to distance itself from the failures of the DC Extended Universe, and it feels like a movie developed around the New Gods would make Justice League 2 completely unnecessary.
The Justice League Connection
Dating back to 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the New Gods have been very deliberately set up as the big bads of the DC Extended Universe. A deleted scene from the film showed Lex Luthor talking to Steppenwolf, though the character was cut from the final theatrical release. Then, in Justice League, The New Gods showed up in a big way with a full-scale invasion of Earth by Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons. The plot centered around the importance of the Mother Boxes, and implied that an even bigger, badder dude was waiting in the wings: Darkseid.
It was actively hinted and implied by the studio and the film itself that Darkseid, frequently depicted as the ultimate evil of the DC Universe, would be the villain of the eventual Justice League 2 that has been planned. Despite a disappointing return at the box office, it was believed there studio would still return for a sequel, if only to finish the storylines left hanging and improve on the failures of the first film.
Those plans seem to be in serious doubt in the wake of the massive changes Warner Bros. has brought about in the last few months. The studio has cut ties with Zack Snyder, reorganized DC Films, and walked back from many of the company's developing projects. It seems that the studio has essentially abandoned the original plans in order to distance itself from the failures of the DCEU and try to stick with what is working. Now, with the announcement of The New Gods, Justice League 2 just seems redundant.