It has recently been officially announced that director Ava DuVernay is going to helm DC’s upcoming adaptation of New Gods. But if you are not a big fan of DC’s comic books, you may not know exactly who these guys are.
Well, if most superhero stories take place in contemporary mythology, in this case, things are entirely different. It all began in the 1970s when Jack Kirby left Marvel and went on to create something new at DC, the rival company. It’s all part of the Fourth World Saga, which in the beginning ran on four separate comic book series.
There are many characters in this series, and it would be challenging to introduce them all in a new movie, as Warner Bros is reportedly planning to do. However, people should know that this story and characters are unlike everything they’ve seen so far.
Orion is the man character of the series, and he is the son of villain Darkseid. Highfather, his opposite number raised him, on the planet called New Genesis. Over the course of the series, Orion can be seen struggling to maintain a balance between the beast inside and the love he has for the ones who raised him with love.
Who are the New Gods? A Short Introduction
Lightray is Orion’s best friend who keeps him from becoming too dark. He would even fight his best friend to protect him. Lightray is a carefree soul who doesn’t possess too many internal struggles, unlike Orion.
Another important character is Highfather, the father figure of the series. His real name is Izaya the Inheritor, Darkseid’s opposite number. New Genesis and Apokolips, Darkseid’s planet, started a war when Darkseid murdered Highfather’s wife.
As for Darkseid, he acted as an inspiration for both Marvel’s Thanos and Star Wars’ Darth Vader. Other interesting and important characters in this universe are Granny Goodness, Metron, and Big Barda. Time will tell if Ava DuVernay will successfully adapt these fascinating character to fit the big screen.
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