Who are the New Gods? DC Universe to bring Jack Kirby's Fourth World characters to life in live-adaptation

With fans finally getting a good grip on the superheroes and deities who inhabit the DC Universe, it's about time some of the lesser known characters are brought into the spotlight


                            Who are the New Gods? DC Universe to bring Jack Kirby's Fourth World characters to life in live-adaptation

With the onset of the DC Universe platform, fans are realizing the main superheroes they're familiar with like Batman and Superman, barely just scratch the surface of DC's creative journey. DC does its best to get more obscure characters into the limelight by crossing over their lesser-known characters into more famous shows like 'Teen Titans' or 'Young Justice'.

The New Gods are just one set of characters that make frequent guest appearances on these animated shows in DC's attempt to familiarize fans with the characters, by providing crucial backstories in order to legitimize their slightly less famous superheroes.

The New God, Big Bear in 'Young Justice'.
(Source: IMDB)
The New God, Big Bear in 'Young Justice'.
(Source: IMDB)

The New Gods were created as part of 'The Fourth World' series by Jack Kirby (former artist and writer for Marvel Comics) in 1971, as part of a deal to join DC comics, and while the books themselves were commercially unsuccessful, the characters and the story arc that Kirby delved into was taken as a cult classic.

The beings of twin planets, New Genesis and Apokolips call themselves Gods and live outside of normal time and space in a realm called the Fourth World. These New Gods have evolved due to their extremely close ties to the Source, which is a primeval form of energy, believed to be one of the ultimate foundations of the Universal Expression of Energy.

The Source has evolved these beings, along with their superior technology, into beings of unparalleled genetic stock and evolutionary perfection. The inhabitants of New Genesis are stronger, faster, and smarter than homo sapiens, despite their uncanny resemblance to the same.

The New God Orion in Jack Kirby's 'New Gods'
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The New God Orion in Jack Kirby's 'New Gods'
(Source: DC Comics)

The New Gods are immortal, but each New God's power and endurance varies, and while they might not be as tough as Superman, they can easily take down a metahuman without breaking a sweat. Their invulnerability is taken away when these Gods are exposed to a rare substance called Radion. Due to living outside of the realm of space-time, they lead extended lives and physically stop aging by the age of thirty.

The New Gods is one of DC’s most intriguing projects so far, and Ava DuVernay is set to direct a live adaptation movie based on them. The New Gods arguably have one of the greatest comic book villains of all time, Darkseid, who's known as the baddest villain in the entire DC universe, and for that reason alone, fans should be excited about the prospect of seeing this villain in live action.

We're talking about a villain who can beat the living daylights out of Superman with his eyes closed, and while the New Gods may not be as strong as the Man of Steel, together, they form a formidable opponent against the forces of Darkseid.

A release date for the film has not yet been set, and it's not immediately clear what the title will be, but the production is expected to finish during the middle of this year, and we can't wait to see what DuVernay has in store for us.