Ava DuVernay strongly implies that Warner Bros. has canceled his film, New Gods, due to narrative conflicts with Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
Writer and director Ava DuVernay strongly suggests that Warner Bros. canceled his film DCEU, New Gods, due to narrative conflicts with Zack Snyder Justice League. The film was first announced by the studio in 2018 and would have followed the titular characters of the same name, who debuted on the pages of DC Comics in 1971. Coincidentally, the New Gods share the same creator – legend from the comic book industry, Jack Kirby – like Marvel’s Eternals. Although the New Gods and the Eternals exist in separate continuities belonging to two rival societies, the books shared many thematic and aesthetic similarities, such as the titular characters of both franchises comprising an immortal race of divine beings.
Unfortunately, Warner Bros. announced earlier this year that DuVernay’s New Gods would not advance to the studio. Although no explicit reason was given at the time, some have speculated that the narrative overlap between New Gods and Zack Snyder Justice League may have played a role in the abrupt cancellation of the first. Before DuVernay and Tom King could finish writing the script, Snyder had already incorporated many key aspects of New Gods’ lore in her new cut of Justice League including mother boxes, the anti-life equation and – arguably the most famous new god – Darkseid.
DuVernay may have subtly confirmed this theory in a recent interview with the Radio Andy show (via SiriusXM). She says Warner Bros. “chopped” New Gods “based on some of the things that were going on with another movie in this world.” At the time of writing, Zack Snyder Justice League is the only DCEU film to have addressed New Gods lore to a substantial extent. Thus, it is highly likely that the “another movie” it refers to Snyder. Check out the clip below:
Despite New Gods’ cancellation, Warner Bros. has made it clear that the project will remain in the hands of DuVernay and Kings if it were to proceed in the future. It appears the studio is currently focused on crafting their most iconic heroes (as evidenced by the upcoming list of Batman, The Flash, and Aquaman-centric projects) before expanding into their more esoteric cosmic lore. Ideally, the duo would return if the studio chooses to continue the New Gods in the future.
However, the studio may have dodged a bullet by removing New Gods. Criticism embargo for upcoming Marvel Studios film Eternals recently lifted, which could become the MCU’s first “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Given the similar subject matter between the two franchises, it’s possible that Jack Kirby’s mythical sci-fi epics were just too hard to adapt for the film. Warner Bros. also showed no interest in pursuing Zack Snyder’s vision for the DC Universe, so it makes sense that the Snyder Cut was a key reason behind New Gods get canceled. Either way, given the work DuVernay and King have already put into the project, hopefully the movie will someday come to fruition.
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