Despite the lackluster critical and box office performances of tentpoles like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, the DC Comics and Warner Bros. cinematic universe continues. This is largely due to the huge successes of Wonder Woman and Aquaman, both of which are getting sequels — and, in the latter’s case, a spin-off movie. But that’s not all that DC is up to, as director Ava DuVernay is currently developing a New Gods film with acclaimed writer Tom King. And yes… it’s going to feature none other than Darkseid himself.
On Tuesday, DuVernay caught the attention of DC stans everywhere when she participated in an #AskAva event on Twitter. Before Darkseid came up, though, she addressed whether or not New Gods would include the Furies, the all-female military guard of Apokolips. “How could any self-respecting Barda fan not include The Furies?!” I’m looking forward to them so much,” she tweeted.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) July 30, 2019
This quickly led to a question about the ruler of Apokolips himself. DuVernay’s answer? “Darkseid is.”
While this might not seem like much of an answer to non-comic book readers, it’s practically an alarm screaming “YES” to those familiar with King’s acclaimed 2017 limited issue run of Mister Miracle. Throughout all 12 issues of the Eisner Award-winning series, the villain is regularly referred to in hushed, dire tones with the oft-repeated phrase (or prayer) “Darkseid is.” King himself didn’t coin the phrase, but he definitely made it his own in his Mister Miracle run.
Of course, DuVernay’s New Gods is still in the early stages of pre-production, but whenever DC’s massive cosmic tale ultimately arrives in theaters, don’t be too surprised if the pursuer of the Anti-Life Equation pops up for a scene or two.