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  • May 18, 2024 3 min read

    Comic book fans were buzzing with curiosity when James Mangold, instead of Guillermo del Toro, was announced as the director for the DCU's Swamp Thing movie. Both filmmakers are known for their genre expertise, but it seems James Gunn, co-CEO of DC Studios, had a clear reason for his choice.

    On social media, Gunn addressed a fan's question regarding the director selection. He revealed that James Mangold actively expressed his interest in helming the Swamp Thing project, while Guillermo del Toro, despite his past comments about wanting to bring the character to life on screen, hadn't. This proactive approach by Mangold seems to have secured him the director's chair for the upcoming Swamp Thing film. His involvement was officially confirmed in April 2023, and fans eagerly await his take on the monstrous defender of the swamp.

    DCU's Announcement of Swamp Thing Movie as Part of "Chapter 1: Gods & Monsters"

    Get ready for a monstrous new chapter in the DC Universe! DC Studios unveiled its "Chapter 1: Gods & Monsters" slate in January 2023, and a thrilling Swamp Thing movie is set to be part of this exciting line-up.

    This upcoming film will delve into the origins of Swamp Thing, a character with a rich history dating back to 1971. Originally created by the visionary team of Len Wein (writer) and Bernie Wrightson (artist), Swamp Thing began his story as scientist Alec Holland. A tragic lab accident transformed him into a powerful creature of the swamp, forever entwined with the memories, personality, and even the grief of his human past.

    Guillermo del Toro's Missed Shot at Swamp Thing: Justice League Dark's Unfulfilled Promise

    Fans of both Guillermo del Toro and Swamp Thing might be surprised to learn the director once had a chance to bring the character to life on screen. While James Mangold is now attached to the DCU's Swamp Thing movie, del Toro's vision for the creature nearly became a reality years ago.

    In the early 2010s, del Toro was developing a Justice League Dark film. This team-up movie, intended for the DC Extended Universe (which recently concluded with Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom in 2023), would have featured Swamp Thing alongside other mystical heroes like John Constantine, Zatanna, and Deadman.

    Unfortunately, Warner Bros. never greenlit Justice League Dark, leaving del Toro's vision for Swamp Thing unrealized. However, with James Gunn now leading DC Studios, there's always a chance the acclaimed director could be approached to revisit the project in the future. Only time will tell if del Toro gets another opportunity to delve into the dark and monstrous world of Swamp Thing.


    A Monstrous Debut for DCU Horror:

    James Gunn and Peter Safran, co-heads of DC Studios, have shattered expectations by confirming that Swamp Thing will be the DCU's first foray into horror. This bold move marks a significant departure from the studio's typical superhero blockbuster formula. Brace yourselves for a darker, more suspenseful exploration of the DC Universe.

    Mangold's Vision: A Gothic Horror Tale Steeped in Classic Monsters

    Director James Mangold has offered some exciting hints about his vision for the film. He describes Swamp Thing as a standalone Gothic horror film, drawing inspiration from the chilling atmosphere and monstrous themes that captivated audiences in classic horror movies like Frankenstein. While DC Studios might hold broader plans for the character as a potential franchise, Mangold emphasizes his focus on crafting a self-contained, terrifying narrative that prioritizes scares and suspense over setting up a sprawling cinematic universe.

    Release Date Swamps in Mystery

    Specific plot details remain shrouded in secrecy, adding to the intrigue surrounding the film. However, with filming likely to begin sometime in the future, fans can expect more information to surface in the coming months. An official release date announcement is likely to follow suit, giving us a clearer picture of when we can expect to see Swamp Thing rise from the depths of the DCU.