Ava DuVernay had plans to bring Jack Kirby’s New Gods to the big screen, but Warner Bros. Media killed the project. And Zack Snyder may have had something to do with it.
Ava DuVernay Candid About Her Cancelled “New Gods” Project
Announced in 2018, Ava was to helm the big-screen adaptation of The King’s majestic masterpiece for DC Comics. She even co-penned the script alongside Eisner Award-winning writer Tom King of Batman fame. Although unfinished, allegedly it was to have both the Female Furies and the granddaddy of baddies, Darkseid, in the main plot.
As to what happened, Ava explains, “The studio decided they did not want to pursue a certain part of that comic world based on some things that were going on with another film in that world. So before [Tom and I were able to complete our script] they axed it.”
While she has rebounded with her upcoming Naomi series for the CW, and HBO Max’s DMZ, DuVernay’s comments inspire fan speculation. That other film could have been Zack Snyder‘s cut of Justice League that was taken over by Joss Whedon following Snyder’s personal tragedy. Regardless, in spite of the Synder Cut’s domestic success, Warners has stated there is no intention to go forward with sequels to what Zack had started, rendering it a standalone film. The only franchises that share the foundation 2013’s Man Of Steel started are Aquaman, Shazam, Wonder Woman, and The Flash.
Naomi is scheduled to debut in 2022.