Ava DuVernay and Tom King expressed on Twitter their disappointment over Warner Bros. cancelling New Gods, and tease what might have been.
Ava DuVernay and Tom King have both given their responses to the news that Warner Bros. cancelled plans for a New Gods movie. DuVernay is the director of such critically acclaimed films like Selma and The 13th, while King has been a prolific comic writer whose work, The Visions, served as the inspiration for Marvel Studios’ WandaVision. King penned the critically acclaimed Mister Miracle comic series for DC Comics, which drew DuVernay to hire him for the New Gods film.
DuVernay had signed onto the New Gods in March 2018 and announced King’s involvement with the film in May 2019. The two have teased developments on the film ever since working together, stating Darkseid would be the primary villain, and the Female Furies would be part of the story with DuVernay herself having expressed her favorite superhero being Big Barda. With the New Gods making up a lot of the central mythology in Zack Snyder’s take on the DCEU with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and his planned Justice League sequels, it seemed Warner Bros. had a lot invested in the property. Yet Darkseid’s appearance in Zack Snyder’s Justice League appears to have been what caused Warner Bros. to pull the plug on the project.
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DuVernay and King took to Twitter to express their feelings about the cancellation of the New Gods film by Warner Bros. Both seem to express a sheer love for Jack Kirby’s Fourth World creation. They are also happy to have worked together and are disappointed audiences won’t get to see it. They hint at an epic film that included Mister Miracle, Big Barda, The Furies, Granny Goodness, and High Father as the primary characters. Read their statements below:
Ava! I’m so incredibly proud of the work we did, it was such a joy seeing you bring your passion and talent to these characters. I really felt Kirby’s legacy was being honored here and I wish we could’ve kept going. That one Barda/Scott scene where…damn.
— Tom King (@TomKingTK) April 1, 2021
The ending of this project seems to come as a shock to both creators and comes at a time when Warner Bros. is making big changes to what they want from their DCEU projects. The studio has a sequel toShazam in place, with Black Adam and The Flash also getting feature films. They have announced movies based on characters like Zatanna, Blue Beetle, Static Shock, and Hourman, while canceling plans for films focused on Deathstroke, Cyborg, the Trench, and now the New Gods. The Batman will take place separate from the DCEU in its own reality, while the studio still has plans to feature two Batmen in The Flash. Despite a great deal of success, the studio is still finding the path it wishes to forge.
The constantly changing landscape in Hollywood means that while some ideas will languish in development hell, some have a way of coming back. Some films land creative minds behind the scenes that then never happen. There are plenty of films that almost were, including Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men 3, and Tim Burton and Kevin Smith’s Superman Lives. Superhero movies, in particular, have long development cycles from when they are announced to when they become a reality. The Metal Men was announced back in 2012 but never materialized. The Flash was announced back in 2014 and has gone through numerous directors but seems to finally be taking shape. Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut were films that were a dream for many, yet eventually became realities. In Hollywood, no idea is ever truly dead, and maybe in the future, fans will get to see DuVernay and King’s New Gods.
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