Who We Want to See in Ava DuVernays New Gods Movie

first_imgStay on target Forget the Avengers: Infinity War trailer. By far the coolest comic book movie news to drop this week is that Ava DuVernay is in talks to direct a New Gods movie for DC. If you don’t know Ava DuVernay, she’s the visionary director behind Selma and the recent A Wrinkle in Time adaptation. And if you somehow don’t know New Gods, it’s the sprawling cosmic comic book saga from legendary artist Jack Kirby clumsily introduced in last year’s Justice League movie. Mother Box! Steppenwolf! This Fourth World is also where Darkseid came from, and of course we all know Darkseid is better than Thanos.We’re all for studios taking chances by hiring director with actual artistic taste for its comic book movies. It’s something we’ve criticized Disney for avoiding in the past. Rumors suggest Marvel’s demands ultimately discouraged DuVernay from taking Black Panther. Fortunately, the company wised up once Ryan Coogler entered the picture. DC admirably let Christopher Nolan have free reign over his Batman trilogy. But outside of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman and arguably Zack Snyder’s first Man of Steel, the DCEU has been plagued by similar director issues.The New Gods universe is so huge and dense and full of characters with their own rich stories that hopefully Ava DuVernay will be able to make her own movie with her own progressive take on Kirby’s classic crackling aesthetic. But with such an embarrassment of riches to choose from, which characters should she focus on? And what actors should her famously inclusive casting strategy look at? Here are our suggestions/dreams/anti-life equations.Oprah as HighfatherHighfather is the benevolent ruler of New Genesis and the New God who looks the most like old God. But for the movie let’s switch it up and cast Oprah Winfrey, who DC previously tried to snag for Amanda Waller. She already loves to work with DuVernay and she basically played a towering ancient cosmic being in A Wrinkle in Time. Just keep the same costume.Michael Ironside as DarkseidAfter voicing the character for years in the DCAU, Michael Ironside just is Darkseid. He’s going to end up some big CGI rock dude anyway so just hire Ironside to do the voice again, you cowards. Don’t make the same mistake Splinter Cell did.Ed Asner as Granny GoodnessContinuing the theme of hiring DCAU actors, no one proved better at voicing Granny Goodness, delightfully disgusting hag and leader of Apokolips’ elite Female Furies, than Ed Asner. Just slap a wig on him! It’ll be as funny as it is menacing.Michael Ealy as OrionWhat makes Orion one of the most compelling heroes of the New Gods mythos is his Shakespearean inner conflict. He was raised by Highfather as a champion for a planet that represents light in the universe. But he can’t resist the violent nature he inherited from his biological father Darkseid. We think Michael Ealy could nail that brooding intensity. It’s all in the eyes.Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie As Mister Miracle and Big BardaI’m not going to lie, I stole this idea from a tweet. But Oscar Isaac deserves a better comic book movie role than Apocalypse and Gwendoline Christie needs a deserves genre movie role better than non-character Captain Phasma. And we think they’d be great as the charming escape artist and his huge wife who pummels him out of love.Tony Cox as OberonThe unfortunate reality is there aren’t many great roles for little person actors to shine. No one is winning an Oscar for playing an Ewok. Game of Thrones finally gave Peter Dinklage a chance to demonstrate his talent. And he think surly assistant Oberon could do the same for Tony Cox, who you may remember from Bad Santa.David Oyelowo as MetronAs a dude who sits in a flying chair observing time and the universe, Metron requires an actor who can appear thoughtful and inquisitive but still command authority albeit with his intellect instead of his physicality. David Oyelowo played the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in DuVernay’s Selma, so he’s got this.Lakeith Stanfield as ForagerLakeith Stanfield has already worked with DuVernay and he’s one of our coolest, weirdest actors. So he should have a part in one of our coolest, weirdest potential movie franchises. Forager is part of a race of bug people looked down on by the New Gods. Sure, I bet Stanfield can work with that.Storm Reid as Beautiful DreamerTo be honest The Forever People are the corner of the Fourth World mythos I’m the least familiar with. They are a group of teens from New Genesis who fight Darkseid’s forces on Earth and act like hippies. There are a bunch of them but let’s just start with Storm Reid, the breakout teen actress of A Wrinkle in Time, as Beautiful Dreamer.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Batman Loses a Dad Again, Another Ben Affleck Update & More DC Movie NewsSecret Aquaman Role, Wonder Woman’s Throwback Photo, & More DC Movie News last_img read more