One for the record books: Ava DuVernay set to become the first black woman to direct a DC Superhero film

Francis Akhalbey March 19, 2018

Fresh off directing Disney movie “A Wrinkle in Time”, Hollywood filmmaker Ava Duvernay has landed yet another contract to direct DC Superhero film “New Gods” which is based on the DC Comics series of the same name originally released in 1971.

This significant milestone makes her the first black woman as well as the second woman to direct a DC Superhero film after Patty Jenkins, who directed blockbuster hit “Wonder Woman”.

New Gods, according to Variety are “natives of the twin planets of New Genesis and Apokolips. New Genesis is an idyllic planet ruled by the Highfather, while Apokolips is a dystopia filled with machinery and fire pits ruled by the tyrant Darkseid. New Genesis and Apokolips call themselves gods, living outside of normal time and space in a realm known as the Fourth World.”

This is definitely a match made in heaven as DuVernay is an ardent New Gods fan. In a Twitter Q&A last year, she tweeted that Big Barda, who is one of the New Gods was her favourite superhero.

Definitely looks like DuVernay will stop at nothing in breaking barriers. Just in case you did not know, her directorial role in “A Wrinkle in Time” starring Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon and a host of others made her the first woman of colour in Hollywood to direct a live-action film with a production budget of $100 million.

Some other notable projects DuVernay has worked on include Oscar-nominated documentary “13th” and historical drama film “Selma”.

Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: March 19, 2018


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