DC's The New Gods movie has tapped comic book writer Tom King to co-write the screenplay alongside director Ava DuVernay. This is a project that has been in the works since at least early 2018, but one that we haven't heard all that much about since it was revealed that DuVernay was going to helm the project. In fact, given all of the changes happening behind the scenes with DC Films, this seemed like one of those movies that maybe wasn't going to see the light of day. This new update not only assures that Warner Bros. is serious about making it happen, but that they're serious about getting it right.
According to a new report, Tom King, who has been writing DC Comics' main Batman title for the last several years to much acclaim, will be co-writing the adaptation. The New Gods were created by comic book legend Jack Kirby in the 1970s. Ava DuVernay had been tapped to direct the project by the studio in March of last year. The A Wrinkle in Time filmmaker took to Twitter to confirm the news, posting a picture of herself and King together with the following caption.
"Hey Tom King. Ready to write New Gods, buddy?"
Previously, we had heard that Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) had been brought in to write the movie. It now appears that the studio wants someone who actually has deep ties to the world of comics. Tom King's Batman run has been highly praised. Originally, it was supposed to run for roughly 100 issues, but it was recently revealed that it will be ending at issue #85. Some DC fans were worried about what that meant. Instead, he's moving on to a new title centered on Batman and Catwoman, in addition to this new gig. King won an Eisner Award in 2018 for his work on Batman and Mister Miracle, which actually features many characters from The New Gods.
Created in 1971, The New Gods, very basically, focuses on a pair of alien planets, New Genesis and Apokolips. The former is more of a classical paradise, while the other is a hellish landscape. Much of that has to do with the leadership in place, as New Genesis is governed by the Highfather, whereas Apokolips is ruled by the famed DC villain Darkseid. Interestingly enough, Marvel is also developing a movie centered on another Jack Kirby creation in The Eternals which, in some ways, has a similar vibe to The New Gods. So that could be interesting to watch as this unfolds.
At the present time, it isn't clear when production could begin on the movie. Though, since they're still writing the script, we're guessing it's going to be a bit. The movie does not yet have a release date set, nor have any cast members been announced. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This news was first reported by The Wrap.