Batman’s Tom King to co-write New Gods movie with Ava DuVernay


Award-winning comics scribe Tom King is co-writing the screenplay for DC’s New Gods with director Ava DuVernay.

Coming off the heels of the news that Batman scribe Tom King will end his run on the Dark Knight’s caped adventures with Batman No.85 and DC Comics is cutting the double shipment of bi-monthly titles due to the fear of poor sales, there is a ray of hope for him on the film arm at Warner Bros. The ex-CIA officer–turned–comic writer has joined forces with Selma and A Wrinkle in Time filmmaker Ava DuVernay to co-write the screenplay for New Gods. The news came from Umberto Gonzalez of TheWrap.

Since the announcement that DuVernay would be helming the DC Films project, there have been rumors surrounding the film, such as the film centering on the characters Mister Miracle and Big Barda. Plus, some believe that the film could consist of a predominantly black cast.

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The New Gods are a creation of Jack Kirby during a brief stint with DC Comics. Introduced in New Gods No.1 in Feb. 1971 and collected as a part of the legendary artists’ Fourth World, it told the lore of a race of humanoid, godlike natives from twin planets: New Genesis, ruled by the Arcadian, Highfather and Apokolips, a dystopian, hellish, world ruled by the overlord, Darkseid. An existential threat, Darkseid and the New Gods themselves were referenced in the DCEU films Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

King is no stranger to New Gods, having written twelve issues for Mister Miracle. Miracle, also known as Scott Free, was traded as a truce to prevent a cosmic war, and the super-escapologist endured years of torture by a crazed henchwoman of Darkseid, Granny Goodness. He rebelled and was freed with the help of his Amazon-statured sympathizer and eventual wife, Big Barda.

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Not only will King be the second writer from a comic publisher to pen a DC-related property and adapt it to live-action, after Grant Morrison, but he will apparently be the second screenwriter to take a crack at the New Gods script, with the first being multifaceted actor and Chasing Mavericks screenwriter Kario Salem, who was tapped to write the script back in 2018.