Acclaimed Batman comic book scribe Tom King isn’t the most liked writer at the moment, mostly due to his recent controversial contributions on DC’s Dark Knight run, which many feel altered the character too much. However, the Eisner Award-winning writer has proven to be a great asset to the DC Comics group. With Warner Bros.’ New Gods currently in development under director Ava DuVernay’s watchful eye, King, a legit counterterrorism CIA officer, has been announced as one of the film’s screenwriters.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 29, 2019
The Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director took to Twitter to announce the exciting new collaboration on the Jack Kirby comic, which depicts the conflict between the twin planets of New Genesis and Apokolips. Last year, DuVernay dropped a tease for the upcoming film on Twitter with a comic panel showing Highfather, Mister Miracle, Big Barda, Lightray, Orion, and Metreon.
King’s connection to the mythology is well-known: His Mister Miracle series, which featured multiple characters in the Fourth World, took the mythology further than it had gone under Kirby and was a revival of the ’70s comic book series.
Whether you like it or not, he is one of the most talented storytellers under DC’s wing. He announced this month that he will be exiting Batman after issue 85, earlier than previously expected. Still, it’s great to see that Tom King will be making use of his talents elsewhere in the franchise.