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James Mangold may direct a more horrific “SWAMP THING” for DC Studios

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 | News


It’s part of the lineup revealed yesterday for the new DC Universe of interconnected films.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, James Mangold is in talks to direct SWAMP THING, a new take on DC Comics’ horrific hero. It’s part of the multiple film and TV slate revealed by DC Studios toppers James Gunn and Peter Safran, the latter of whom said during yesterday’s announcement that the new movie will “investigate the dark origins of Swamp Thing.” Gunn added that “This is a much more horrific film” than others in the lineup, “but we’ll still have Swamp Thing interact with the other characters.”

Mangold’s discussions are said to be in the early stages, though the director tweeted the image below this morning, and it was retweeted by Gunn. Mangold is generally known for action features like FORD V FERRARI, KNIGHT AND DAY, 3:10 TO YUMA, the comics-based LOGAN and THE WOLVERINE and the upcoming INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY, though he did dip a toe into more horrific waters with 2003’s IDENTITY. Swamp Thing, created by writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson in 1971, was previously brought to the screen by Wes Craven in 1982, followed by Jim Wynorski’s THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING in 1989 and a more recent, short-lived series for the DC Universe streaming service.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).