One superhero whom we feel never really got a fair shake on the big screen is DC Comics’ Swamp Thing. Yes, Craven’s film (let’s not even talk about its sequel) was pretty good for its time, but with such a cool and complex character, there’s so much more that could be done. When it comes to complexity, you’ve got to give the nod to director Vincenzo Natali, and recently he spoke about possibly taking the reins behind a new film starring big green.
In a recent interview with MTV News Natali said he’d love to make a Swamp Thing movie based on Alan Moore’s classic run of the series.
“There are two incarnations of Swamp Thing — both of them are quite wonderful,” said Natali. “The first one was by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, which was a more traditional sort of retake on classic, James Whale-style, Universal Studio horror films. Then Alan Moore reinvented the character in the early ’80s, and that’s actually the version that’s a little more interesting to me.”
“[Swamp Thing] kind of became… I don’t want to call him an ecological superhero, but he became an ecological character quite unlike anything you’ve ever seen before,” he explained. “It’s a comic book, but it delves into some very interesting stuff, both psychological and philosophical.”
Couldn’t agree more. We reported last August that Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures would be bringing Swampy back in 3D. The project has been in various stages of production for a few years now. Hopefully the positive buzz will spur on some real movement. Stay tuned.
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