Looking at its lineup of upcoming films, DC Comics is interested in not just spotlighting the more recognizable characters and teams from its comic book universe, but some of the more obscure ones as well. We can now add the New Gods to the latter category, as last week, it was announced last week that A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay will helm a movie centered around the Fourth World mythology, with Chasing Mavericks' Kario Salem penning the script.

The New Gods have been important players in the DC universe for decades, but if you're not a comic book reader or don't remember these characters from their appearances in the DC animated universe, it's entirely possible that you weren't aware of their existence. That's where we come in. While it may be a while until the New Gods movie gets off the ground, here are the important facts you need to know about these characters in the meantime.

They Were Created By Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby is primarily known for his work over in the Marvel universe, which includes co-creating Captain America (at Marvel Comics' predecessor, Timely Comics), the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Hulk, Iron Man and plenty more. He's just as responsible for Marvel becoming a successful franchise as Stan Lee, if not more so. But in 1970, following numerous creative conflicts with Lee and other higher-ups at Marvel, Kirby left the comic book company and signed a deal with DC Comics. Kirby would return to Marvel in the latter half of the '70s, but for several years, he poured all his creative juices into spicing up the DC universe, which led to the creation of characters like OMAC, Kamandi, Etrigan the Demon and Kobra. However, the New Gods remain his biggest contributions to this fantastical universe, and depending on who you ask, they also potentially rank as his craziest and most psychedelic creations ever.

It's also worth mentioning that Kirby originally envisioned the Fourth World saga (comprised of the New Gods, Mister Miracle and The Forever People books) to only be a limited run, but when the early issues sold well, closer ties were established between these characters and the wider DC universe. Decades later, the New Gods remain integral players in the DC Comics world, to the point that in the New 52 continuity, Darkseid and his minions where the threat that led to the formation of the Justice League.

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