Ava DuVernay 'to direct superhero film'

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Getty Images Ava DuVernay began her career making music documentaries

Ava DuVernay, director of Selma and A Wrinkle in Time, is in talks to direct a superhero film based on DC Comics characters, according to reports.

DuVernay, whose other films include the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th, has been linked to The New Gods, based on a comic book created by Jack Kirby.

DuVernay seemed to confirm the news by posting a photo of Kirby on Twitter.

The New Gods would be the second major superhero film directed by a woman, after Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman.

Jenkins, who is currently working on that film's sequel, revealed this week she attended A Wrinkle in Time's London premiere.

Taking the evening off Wonder Woman prep to go and see the gorgeous and pure of spirit work @ava & the gang have cooked up for us. So excited to see it! Go Ava!! Go Ava!! @WrinkleInTime #EUPremiere pic.twitter.com/862fxqbw6x

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My son just said “I wish I had a time machine so that I could go back and see @WrinkleInTime again for the first time!” That’s how much we enjoyed the beauty of the message and feeling like he was being included in something that didn’t condescend. Thank you for that, @Ava.

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Launched in 1970, The New Gods depicts a mythical conflict between the inhabitants of twin planets named New Genesis and Apokolips.

Last year DuVernay named Big Barda, a female warrior from Apokolips, as her favourite superhero.

A Wrinkle in Time, a fantasy starring Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, is the first film with a budget of more than $100m (£71.5m) to have a black female director.

The film, which had its London premiere earlier this week, is currently the second biggest film at the North American box office, behind Black Panther.

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