'Our dreams make us large.'
Since Patty Jenkins blasted through box office records with Wonder Woman and Greta Gerwig broke the Oscars’ eight year drought of female director nominees for Ladybird, women are making their mark on Hollywood and people are taking notice. Female directorial excellence isn’t a trend, it’s a fact and Selma director Ava DuVernay has proven time and time again that she’s up to the task – and now DC have announced she’ll be helming their latest superhero project.
Ava will be directing New Gods for Warner Bros and DC, based off of Jack Kirby’s beloved comic book series. She announced the news in a post on Instagram, which she captioned ‘Onward.’
She may have even dropped a major hint way back in December when she tweeted that her favourite superhero was Big Barda, one of the New Gods’ crew.
She also posted an image of the late Jack Kirby, captioned ‘“Our dreams make us large.” Thank you, #JackKirby.’
Recently, Ava has made history as the first female director of colour to be awarded a $100 million film budget – namely for her film A Wrinkle in Time, which is currently in theatres. While the film opened to lukewarm reviews, it dominated its opening weekend box office and is being praised for its diverse cast as well as its heartwarming portrayal of a multiracial family.
As far as budgets go, we’re expecting that New Gods will probably be in a similar vein. These superhero movies go hard.
The Golden Globe nominated director has a powerful admirer in her corner, namely Patty Jenkins who has walked a similar track before.
Patty tweeted Ava, ‘My son just said “I wish I had a time machine so that I could go back and see @WrinkleInTime again for the first time!” That’s how much we enjoyed the beauty of the message and feeling like he was being included in something that didn’t condescend. Thank you for that, @Ava.’
Ava responded, ‘Designed #WRINKLEINTIME especially for our young ones, Patty. So his response thrills me. Thanks for taking your sweet boy. Look forward to seeing you around the block soon, lady. xo’
Now, an Ava DuVernay and Patty Jenkins superhero team up movie is something we’d be here for.
Here’s hoping it ends with Oscars and Golden Globes galore.