Are you excited about DuVernay's upcoming superhero epic? Also called "Fourth World", the Kirby creation debuted in a trilogy of related comics written and drawn by Kirby that were published in the very early 1970s: New Gods, Forever People and Mister Miracle. Even though that move has seen a mixed reception, it is reassuring to see DuVernay land another high-profile gig such as New Gods. In the past, she's also proven to be a fan of the New Gods, particularly Big Barda.
While the New Gods have never had their own movie, Steppenwolf was the main antagonist in the 2017 "Justice League", played by Ciarán Hinds.
DuVernay has done just that, but with Warner Bros. and the DC Universe. Tom King and Mitch Gerads' new series is one of the best books of the year. New Genesis is an idyllic planet ruled by the Highfather, while Apokolips is a dystopia filled with machinery and fire pits - ruled by the tyrant Darkseid.
Metron is a odd character in Kirby's original New Gods conception - technically an observer who doesn't chose sides, he's been demonstrated to assist both New Genesis and Apokolips at different points of his comic book career. Not for nothing did the first issue of 1971's New Gods open with the gloriously melodramatic narration, "There came a time when the old Gods died!". For example, the New Gods of Earth Prime are the same New Gods of Earth-2.
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There are plenty of compelling New Gods, other than Mister Miracle, Big Barda, Darkseid and Highfather. There are so many other options too, like Orian, Infinity Man, Black Racer and Desaad, but that's a whole other story. Perhaps the most interesting, though, is Granny Goodness, who trains orphans to become soldiers in Darkseid's many armies.