Ava DuVernay's Co-Writer on New Gods Will Be None Other Than DC's Tom King

Mister Miracle #12 cover art by Nick Derington
Mister Miracle #12 cover art by Nick Derington
Image: DC Comics

Acclaimed comics writer Tom King is having a bit of a moment lately, between the rapid-fire announcements that he’d be leaving DC’s mainline Batman book a bit earlier than planned, and that he’d be part of a brand-new book for the publisher, Batman/Catwoman. And now we’ve got yet another spicy bit of King-related news, and it involves Ava DuVernay’s New Gods movie.

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According to The Wrap, King will co-write the script with director DuVernay (A Wrinkle in Time). It’s an exciting choice, considering rumors about New Gods have suggested the movie will focus on the characters of Mister Miracle and Big Barda, characters King explored extensively in his much-loved recent Mister Miracle series with Mitch Gerads.

There are no solid details yet, but getting King aboard this cinematic journey to Jack Kirby’s cosmic Fourth World feels like quite the auspicious move for DC. And it sure looks like DuVernay is as stoked as we are:

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What do you think of this New Gods development in the making?


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DISCUSSION

I can’t think of a filmmaker, writer or project that I love more, just not together.

I am willing to give Duvernay a mulligan on Wrinkle in Time, she’s a smart filmmaker who I believe can learn from her errors. And there is no doubt that Tom King is a great writer who has an interesting take on Fourth World characters.

But I worry his take will be too small in scope and intimate, rather than sweeping and epic like his Omega Men run. Duvernay is already good at intimate, she needs someone who can help her be successfully surreal and epic. New Gods is basically a biblical epic/myth with superheroes. I immediately think of writers like Jonathan Hickman, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Grant Morrison and Al Ewing. King seems in a different mode right now.

I hope i’m wrong and King brings the scope he brought to Omega Men.