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James Mangold Approaches ‘Swamp Thing’ as a Standalone Film

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The DC Universe is currently undergoing a significant transformation, spearheaded by James Gunn and Peter Safran, co-chairs of DC Studios. Among the upcoming films, James Mangold is set to direct Swamp Thing. However, in recent comments, Mangold expressed his vision for the film, emphasizing that he sees it as a standalone project rather than a franchise tentpole.

In an interview with Variety, Mangold shed light on his approach to Swamp Thing, which is slated to be a part of the initial chapter of the DCU, titled Gods and Monsters. Describing his concept for the film, Mangold stated, “While I understand that DC views Swamp Thing as a potential franchise, I personally envision it as a straightforward, atmospheric Gothic horror movie centered around the enigmatic man/monster.” Mangold revealed that he had been contemplating the idea of creating a Frankenstein-like film for years and reached out to Gunn and Safran after they assumed control of DC Studios. “I pitched the idea of taking my own unique approach to this, making it a standalone venture,” added Mangold.

In the comics, Swamp Thing is portrayed as a humanoid creature composed of organic matter. Although the character debuted in DC comics in the 1970s, it gained significant recognition and a devoted following during the 1980s. Mangold’s enthusiasm for directing Swamp Thing aligns with the persistent rumors linking him to the project. While specific plot details about the film are scarce, Gunn stated during the Gods and Monsters announcement that Swamp Thing would be a “dark horror story” with a tone distinct from the rest of the DCU. It appears that the creative minds involved in Swamp Thing share a common vision for the film’s direction.

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Mangold Also Takes on the Scriptwriting Duties for Swamp Thing

In addition to directing, Mangold is penning the script for Swamp Thing. However, he has other projects on his plate as well. Mangold will be writing and directing a Star Wars feature for Lucasfilm, which will delve into the origins of the Jedi. When asked at this year’s Star Wars Celebration which project he would tackle first, Mangold responded, “The truth is, I’m currently working on both scripts simultaneously, and only time will tell which one will develop first. So yes, I am confirming my involvement in ‘Swamp Thing’—there’s your exclusive. It’s not mere speculation; it’s a reality. I’ve made it public. Both projects are viable; it just requires time.”

While it remains uncertain which project Mangold will prioritize, it is evident that he places equal importance on both films. This comes as no surprise considering his evident passion for both intellectual properties. Mangold is also occupied with promoting another major film—Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny—as the director of Harrison Ford’s final outing as the iconic adventurer.

No release window for Swamp Thing has been announced. You can watch FilmSweep’s interview with Mangold below: [insert interview link]

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Swamp Thing, Gothic horror

What is James Mangold’s approach to the film “Swamp Thing”?

James Mangold views “Swamp Thing” as a standalone project rather than a franchise tentpole. He envisions it as a simple, clean, Gothic horror movie with a focus on the man/monster concept.

Is “Swamp Thing” connected to the larger DC Universe?

While “Swamp Thing” is part of the DC Universe, it is intended to have a distinct tone and atmosphere, setting it apart from the rest of the DCU. It will be a dark horror story that deviates from the typical superhero narrative.

Is James Mangold involved in writing the script for “Swamp Thing”?

Yes, James Mangold is not only directing but also penning the script for “Swamp Thing.” He is taking on dual roles in bringing his unique vision to the project.

What other projects is James Mangold working on?

In addition to “Swamp Thing,” James Mangold is also writing and directing a Star Wars feature for Lucasfilm, focusing on the origins of the Jedi. He is juggling both projects simultaneously, and it remains uncertain which one will materialize first.

When will “Swamp Thing” be released?

No specific release window has been announced for “Swamp Thing” at this time. Further updates regarding the film’s release are yet to be revealed.

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  • Variety Interview with James Mangold: [Variety Interview](insert link)
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  • James Gunn’s Comments on “Swamp Thing”: [James Gunn’s Comments](insert link)
  • FilmSweep Interview with James Mangold: [FilmSweep Interview](insert link)

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IndyJonesFan June 23, 2023 - 6:01 pm

Wait, wait! James Mangold is directin’ the last Indiana Jones movie AND workin’ on Swamp Thing? That’s one talented director! Excited to see how he wraps up the iconic Indiana Jones series and dives into the horror realm with Swamp Thing.

MovieGeek22 June 24, 2023 - 12:29 am

I’ve been waitin’ for a gritty horror take on Swamp Thing, and James Mangold seems to be deliverin’ just that! Can’t wait to see the dark and atmospheric world they create. Bring on the scares!

StarWarsNerd99 June 24, 2023 - 4:18 am

Hold up, James Mangold’s writin’ and directin’ a Star Wars movie AND workin’ on Swamp Thing? That’s amazin’! Can’t wait to see his take on both beloved franchises. The Force and the Swamp unite!

DCComicsFan86 June 24, 2023 - 4:26 am

Swamp Thing is finally gettin’ the recognition it deserves! James Mangold’s takin’ it in a new direction with this standalone Gothic horror flick. DC Universe is expandin’ in epic ways!

Jmoe456 June 24, 2023 - 2:07 pm

omg so excited for this standalown film. lov James Mangold’s idea for a gothic horror movi bout swamp thng! can’t wait to see man/monster in actn!!11


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