Over the course of her career, Ava DuVernay has been going from strength to strength. In 2014, her historical drama Selma, the story of Martin Luther King, Jr., was met with critical acclaim, and now she’s the driving force behind Disney’s cosmic adventure, Wrinkle in Time. Next, DuVernay, working with Kario Salem on the story, will bring DC’S New Gods to the big screen.
The New Gods, of course, come from the brain of legendary writer and artist Jack Kirby. The super-powered cosmic beings story revolves around two races of aliens in the far reaches of space living on separate, sister planets, New Genesis and Apokolips. Locked in a fierce war for all eternity, both are armed with incredible powers and technology. Now, Ava DuVernay is going to introduce that war to the DC Extended Universe.
There are a host of characters from the New Gods that deserve their big screen debut, with Darkseid being the most obvious of them all, but the main focus of the film should be on characters audiences will be able to truly experience the highs and lows of New Genesis and Apokolips with: Mister Miracle and Big Barda. The two fell in love after Mister Miracle, aka Scott Free, grew up under the grueling care of Darkseid’s chief torturer, Granny Goodness. The two met as children, fell in love and eventually escaped together, fleeing to Earth and beginning a life together.
Big Barda & Scott Free
It’s their relationship that is the focus of the current Mister Miracle series by Tom King and Mitch Gerads. It’s been clear that even though it has five films under its belt, there still doesn’t seem to be a clear direction for the DCEU. Critics aren’t particularly fond of the universe as a whole, and fans have polarizing (at best) opinions on how it’s been built so far. The best direction to go in, then, would be to just focus on making singular stories, instead of trying to interweave every minor plot detail and character.
The New Gods film should revolve around Big Barda and Scott Free’s relationship as they try to live a semi-normal life on Earth whilst simultaneously navigating an eternal war with Darkseid. Take Mister Miracle #2, for example. In it, the pair travel to New Genesis and fight a horde of Parademons (a race we’ve already been introduced to in Batman v Superman and Justice League) before negotiating with Granny Goodness as a conspiracy is uncovered. Adapting this storyline would allow DuVernay to tell a tale firmly based in the DCEU without being restrained by a stereotypical superhero origin story. Much like the way Deadpool explained who Wade Wilson was without following a powerless hero for half an hour before he wears the costume, New Gods should strive to do the same thing. Because it’s a cosmic adventure, the film shouldn’t waste too much time trying to set up the mythology for the first half of the story before delving into the intricacies of a plot.
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