Breaking News: Tom King Lends His Talents to the New Gods Movie
After writing the Eisner-winning Mister Miracle miniseries, it’s fair to say Tom King knows his way around New Genesis. But we’re not sure even Metron saw this one coming.
Revealed today on The Wrap, and confirmed by a fun tweet by director Ava DuVernay, Tom King will be co-writing the script to DuVernay’s New Gods movie, which is currently in development at Warner Bros.
Not much is known about DuVernay’s big-screen take on the classic Jack Kirby characters, including when or if the film will make it to theaters (it’s not yet in production), but this is nevertheless good news for anyone who enjoyed King and artist Mitch Gerads’ satiric, emotional take on Scott Free and his life and marriage to Big Barda.
Created by Kirby in 1971, the New Gods is both a comic series and a collection of characters—literal new gods living on the planets of New Genesis and Apokolips who are almost perpetually at war with each other. In their most famous story, the leaders of both worlds—Highfather and Darkseid, respectively—exchanged sons in an attempt to end their ongoing dispute. Darkseid’s son, Orion, was raised in the peaceful realm of New Genesis, while Highfather’s boy, Scott, would struggle to survive among the fire pits of the cruel Apokolips. Ultimately, Scott escaped from Apokolips with the aid of Barda and the war was reignited, something that was secretly planned for by Darkseid.
New Gods characters were featured in 2017’s Justice League movie, but DuVernay’s film is the first attempt to bring Kirby’s richly imagined world fully to theaters.
Expect more news on the New Gods movie, along with all of DC’s upcoming films, as it breaks here on DCComics.com. But for now, let us know what you think! Are you ready to see Tom King work some more New Gods Miracles?