Back when the DCEU was going ahead, full steam, before they ran it face-first into a brick wall, Ava DuVernay was attached to direct an adaptation of Jack Kirby’s classic DC Comics title New Gods.
This would have contained an origin story for the classic DC villain Darkseid. Then back in April 2020 Warner Bros. made some big changes around the DCEU and New Gods was abruptly scrapped, along with James Wan’s The Trench.
Now, in an interview with Radio Andy on SiriusXM DuVernay hinted that Warner Bros. entire mental breakdown over Zack Snyder’s Justice League caused them to react like that. The conflict at the studio and led to Warners canning New Gods based on their fear rage at the Snyder Cut being so successful:
“The studio decided they did not want to pursue a certain part of that comic world based on some things that were going on with another film in that world. So, before I even was able to kind of complete my script with Tom King, they axed it.”
So simply because Snyder used Darkseid, and Warner Bros. was having an absolute meltdown because their version of Justice League was made to look even more useless in comparison to Snyder’s – which had been forced on them by their parents at AT&T – they cut it. It was known at the time that Warner’s was having an internal tantrum and toys were being thrown from prams over Zack Snyder’s Justice League. This shows just how childish they were. No wonder the DC branch of things is such a mess and terrible behavior elsewhere was allowed to propagate. Talk about throwing the baby out with the bathwater!
DuVurnay is still working on DMZ with WarnerMedia, another comic adaption.