Following Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, another superhero tentpole is set to be directed by a woman.

Ava DuVernay has been signed on to direct New Gods, a Warner Brothers project which forms a part of the studio’s DC Extended Universe.

DuVernay’s latest movie is A Wrinkle in Time (set to hit Irish cinemas on March 23rd) while her other notable works include Martin Luther King biopic Selma and the multi award-winning Netflix documentary 13th.

With A Wrinkle in Time, DuVernay became the first woman of colour in Hollywood to helm a live-action film with a production budget of $100 million.

New Gods is based on the DC Comics series of the same name which was first released in 1971 and created and designed by Jack Kirby.

According to Variety, “The New Gods are natives of the twin planets of New Genesis and Apokolips. New Genesis is an idyllic planet ruled by the Highfather, while Apokolips is a dystopia filled with machinery and fire pits ruled by the tyrant Darkseid. New Genesis and Apokolips call themselves gods, living outside of normal time and space in a realm known as the Fourth World.”

The film's aim is to create a new universe of properties for Warner Bros/DC.