Ava DuVernay Will Be The First Black Woman To Direct A Comic Book Movie

Photo: Karwai Tang/WireImage
Director Ava DuVernay wrinkled time. Now, she's making a superhero movie.
According to Deadline, the Selma director — who recently united Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, and Reese Witherspoon for her adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time will now helm The New Gods, a soon-to-be DC Comics flick based on the popular Jack Kirby comics.
New Gods will tell the story of all-powerful beings who live on two separate planets — a hell-esque landscape, and one that resembles paradise. The comics do not connect with the action happening within the Justice League universe, though it's unclear if the film version will.
Advertisement
DuVernay became the first woman of colour to direct a movie with over a $100 million dollar budget, and now, she'll also be the first woman of colour running the show on a major comic book movie. And not just any comic book movie: One starring her admitted favourite superhero.
"Gosh, that's hard," tweeted DuVernay when asked who her favourite superhero was in December of 2017. "Big Barda. Many reasons."
Big Barda, as comic fans know, is one of the titular "New Gods." She's also stronger than her husband, Mister Miracle, which may make her my favourite superhero, too.
Shortly after the news was announced on Deadline, DuVernay shared a photo of writer Kirby to her Twitter account.
"'Our dreams make us large.' Thank you, #JackKirby," she wrote.
DuVernay also had a recent interaction with Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman. Jenkins praised the Wrinkle In Time director for taking the fantasy story to the big screen.
"My son just said 'I wish I had a time machine so that I could go back and see @WrinkleInTime again for the first time!' That’s how much we enjoyed the beauty of the message and feeling like he was being included in something that didn’t condescend. Thank you for that, @Ava."
To which DuVernay responded:
"Designed #WrinkleInTime especially for our young ones, Patty. So his response thrills me. Thanks for taking your sweet boy. Look forward to seeing you around the block soon, lady. xo"
To paraphrase Beyoncé: "Who run the DC Comics cinematic world? Girls."

More from Movies

Watch

R29 Original Series

Watch Now
Documentary
Extraordinary, one-of-a-kind individuals
Watch Now
Fashion
A look at the subcultures around the world that colour what we wear — and why.
Watch Now
Beauty
The craziest trends, most unique treatments, and strangest subcultures in the beauty world.
Watch Now
Travel
Explore the world's most vibrant cultural and culinary centres—in 60 seconds, of course.