Swamp Thing DC Studios Movie Announced By James Gunn


DC Studios will be developing Swamp Thing feature film for the DC Universe, says James Gunn. Gunn himself made a video presentation showing the new batch of projects for the new DC.

The movie will focus on the origin story of the elemental creature. And just like any show being made under the new DC Universe, this is going to be very different from the rest.

While details of the new movie are minimal, I think many of us still remember the recent 2019 TV series. The show impressed many fans, and it was one of the best things done with the DC franchise. It didn’t try to be like anything we’ve seen before in the DCEU or the Arrowverse, it was a superhero horror series.

It’s doubtful that they’ll be using the TV series as part of the new DC Universe, but it does make sense that they’ll keep the tone. Even in the comics, it always had this dark horror tone. It is why the series was placed in DC Vertigo, which is an imprint of DC’s mature-themed comics. Under that brand, we saw The Sandman, Constantine, and Dead Boy Detectives.

Swamp Thing Movie Is Planned For DC Studios

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Gunn said about the new project:

The final film we want to talk about is Swamp Thing, and we bring it up because it’s important to point out that in these stories, although interconnected, they’re not all tonally the same. Each set of filmmakers brings their own aesthetic to these films, and the fun is seeing how these tonally different works mash up in the future. This is a film that will investigate the dark origins of Swamp Thing.

Comparing this to the new DC slate for Gods and Monsters, the variety of styles is going to be very interesting. Because the tone is so different, this is the thing that excites James Gunn.

Marvel’s cinematic universe is known to have its own look and style, which I know many fans have noticed. While it feels very consistent from one movie to the next, regardless of if it’s a different franchise, it does make it feel like it is one world.

But then again, some fans have gotten tired of that same Marvel look. The only project I think adheres to a different tone is last year’s Halloween special Werewolf By Night.

You could say the same thing about the Snyderverse, it had the same tone established by Man of Steel. And you can see that same tone with later films, and to some extent, even Black Adam adapted the Snyderverse tone.

Gunn did say that it is something he looks forward to. To see how these different styles come together into the new interconnected DC universe. This is what will make DC different from Marvel, which is a big risk. But the risk does make sense, and I am here for it.

James Gunn Announces The Swamp Thing Feature Film


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Swamp Thing was created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. The character first appeared in House of Secrets No. 92, which was a standalone horror story. Later, the character got his own series which was part of the DC comic book universe.

In the comics, there is not one single Swamp Thing. Different people in different time periods have taken the place of the elemental creature, but the character’s birth always requires a death in the swamps. Although, there is one instance that another DC hero, Viking Prince, was resurrected as Swamp Thing.

They are, for some reason, chosen to be a protector. But at some point, these supernatural heroes also end their time and join the Parliament of Trees.

In the 2019 TV series, there was a plan to incorporate the character into Justice League Dark. Which, unfortunately, didn’t happen. But with the new DCU under Gunn, this could turn into a reality. Just give it time, and maybe, just maybe, Gunn’s new DC universe will work. I’m just happy that DC has a singular vision of how things are being developed, and Warner Bros Discovery is, so far, fully supporting it. I can’t wait to see the results.

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