Ava DuVernay Addresses WB’s Cancellation of New Gods Film

Ava DuVernay Addresses WB’s Cancellation of New Gods Film

Though WB may have shut the door on #RestoreTheSnyderVerse, there was an emphasis on focusing on upcoming projects instead of looking back. What’s weird though, is that WB had just cancelled two DC films in development, Ava DuVernay’s New Gods and James Wan’s Aquaman spinoff, The Trench.

WB and DC said in a statement (via THR):

“As part of our DC slate, some legacy development titles including New Gods and The Trench will not be moving forward… We thank our partners Ava DuVernay, Tom King, James Wan and Peter Safran for their time and collaboration during this process and look forward to our continued partnership with them on other DC stories. The projects will remain in their skillful hands if they were to move forward in the future.”

While I was originally iffy about the Trench project when it was announced, it does feel kind of a shame that DuVernay wouldn’t be able to pursue her New Gods film, especially since she was so enthusiastic when it was announced she would work on it back in 2018. DuVernay posted on Twitter:

If anything, this is another blow to DCEU fans’ morale and a lot of accusations are being thrown at WB  for not knowing how to get a handle on their franchise. After all the excitement that came out of Zack Snyder’s Justice League online, it’s hard to imagine that WB’s public image has just been steadily taking a dive.

Though WB may have shut the door on #RestoreTheSnyderVerse, there was an emphasis on focusing on upcoming projects instead of looking back. What’s weird though, is that WB had just cancelled two DC films in development, Ava DuVernay’s New Gods and James Wan’s Aquaman spinoff, The Trench.

WB and DC said in a statement (via THR):

“As part of our DC slate, some legacy development titles including New Gods and The Trench will not be moving forward… We thank our partners Ava DuVernay, Tom King, James Wan and Peter Safran for their time and collaboration during this process and look forward to our continued partnership with them on other DC stories. The projects will remain in their skillful hands if they were to move forward in the future.”

While I was originally iffy about the Trench project when it was announced, it does feel kind of a shame that DuVernay wouldn’t be able to pursue her New Gods film, especially since she was so enthusiastic when it was announced she would work on it back in 2018. DuVernay posted on Twitter:

If anything, this is another blow to DCEU fans’ morale and a lot of accusations are being thrown at WB  for not knowing how to get a handle on their franchise. After all the excitement that came out of Zack Snyder’s Justice League online, it’s hard to imagine that WB’s public image has just been steadily taking a dive.

On the bright side, it is said that New Gods is being shelved for now, and it’s possible that the project could be revisited down the line. Hopefully DuVernay will still be enthusiastic about the project by then.

The next DCEU film, The Suicide Squad, is set to come out on Aug. 6.

On the bright side, it is said that New Gods is being shelved for now, and it’s possible that the project could be revisited down the line. Hopefully DuVernay will still be enthusiastic about the project by then.

You can catch New Gods character Granny Goodness in Zack Snyder’s Justice League now on HBO Max.

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