Well, that was quick: The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that James Mangold is in talks to take on the Swamp Thing movie at DC Studios. Mangold teased his involvement with the DC Comics property with a post on his official Twitter page on Wednesday morning.
During the DC Universe slate reveal, James Gunn and Peter Safran said that the Swamp Thing movie investigates “the dark origins” of the DC Comics icon, who made his fist appearance in the pages of 1971’s House of Secrets #92. He was created by writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson.
A Swamp Thing series premiered on on the short-lived DC Universe network in May 2019, with the project being axed a few months later. It was created by Gary Dauberman and Mark Verheiden, with Andy Bean and Crystal Reed co-starring and Derek Mears bringing Swamp Thing to life.
The future of the DC Universe
James Gunn and Peter Safran told journalists that their vision for the DC Universe includes locked scripts, wiggle room and a unified storyline across film, teleivsion, animation and video game projects. The two explained that the DC Universe could bring back elements from previous DC regimes, meaning that their eight-to-year plan is not a full reboot.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash, Blue Beetle and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom are currently in various stages of post-production at Warner Bros. Discovery, with all four DC Universe movies slated to hit theaters in 2023. Will the characters from those movies make appearances in the new DCU? Only Gunn and Safran know.
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