That makes her the second woman to direct a Warner Bros. comic-book film, after Patty Jenkins's "Wonder Woman." (Hey, "Star Wars" and Marvel franchises.) With "A Wrinkle in Time," DuVernay made history as the first woman of color to direct a $100-million budget film.
In Kirby's creation, The New Gods come into being after the Old Gods are all destroyed during Ragnarok. The New Gods live on two warring planets, the Eden-like New Genesis and the hellish Apokolips, which is ruled by the evil Darkseid.
DuVernay turned down "Black Panther," but revealed she was a New Gods fan with a tweet last year. She professed her love for Big Barda, a powerful, 250-year-old female warrior who marries Scott Free, the adopted son of Darkseid.
According to Deadline, "The New Gods," which was created by Jack Kirby, will be a standalone and not overlap with any other DC films.
DuVernay tweeted out a picture of Kirby with the caption: "Our dreams makes us large."