Former SWAMP THING Showrunner Mark Verheiden Weighs In On James Mangold's Upcoming Movie

Former SWAMP THING Showrunner Mark Verheiden Weighs In On James Mangold's Upcoming Movie Former SWAMP THING Showrunner Mark Verheiden Weighs In On James Mangold's Upcoming Movie

The 2019 Swamp Thing series was swiftly canceled after it premiered on the DC Universe app despite many fans (at that time) calling it the best live-action DC Comics TV series.

By MarkJulian - Apr 05, 2024 08:04 PM EST
Filed Under: Swamp Thing
Source: Multiverse of Color

In a new interview with Multiverse of Color, Swamp Thing (2019) showrunner Mark Verheiden was asked to share his thoughts on the upcoming Swamp Thing film from James Mangold that will be set in James Gunn and Peter Safran's DCU.

Verheiden stated that he thinks Mangold, "will have a great take on it" in reference to the upcoming movie, adding that, "hopefully, that kicks off a little more of the darker characters."

He also added, "The last regime's DC movies maybe didn't do quite as well as they would have hoped [and] with this new take, they're talking about incorporating more darker characters and [I think] that would be great.

Verheiden went on to share that if he ever got the chance to work on another DC Comics property, he would love to do a humorous take on Bizarro, in a half-hour sitcom. Yet at this point in his career, he's more inclined to develop original ideas.

The talk about the upcoming Swamp Thing movie starts at the 42:00 mark in the video below.

But be sure to listen to the complete video as Verheiden also shared some ideas on what a second season of the show would have covered.

The  Swamp Thing TV show premiered on May 31, 2019, and consisted of 10 episodes. The original episode count was trimmed for 13 to 10 as Warner Bros. was trying to cement its streaming plans. DC Universe would eventually be folded into HBO Max, which would later be shortened to just Max.

A fan campaign emerged to save the show, which eventually led to Swamp Thing being aired on The CW but not enough momentum was generated for a second season.

The show holds a 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 39 reviews. 

More recently, Mangold shared his excitement for the project, stating, "As soon as I heard James Gunn was taking over DC, I just saw it as an opportunity to throw my hat down." He went on to say that the film will be Frankenstein-inspired.

However, in more recent news, it sounds as if Mangold's Star Wars movie will be first up on his docket after he completes work on the upcoming Bob Dylan biopic, A Complete Unknown, which will star Dune: Part Two's Timothée Chalamet.

Based on Mangold's schedule, the Swamp Thing movie might be years out if he's to remain in the director's seat. 

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NinnesMBC - 4/5/2024, 8:24 PM
Another DCTV IP that truly is worthy of getting a revival under Gunn's DC Elseworlds label. They knew what they were doing and it ended on a cliffhanger not even them saw coming.

It deserves a 2nd chance. And I liked the cast they assembled as well.
lazlodaytona - 4/5/2024, 10:10 PM
@NinnesMBC - That and DOOM PATROL, which is the most off-the-wall, hilarious, emotional superhero shows out there. Titans? Not so much....
NinnesMBC - 4/7/2024, 2:08 AM
@lazlodaytona - Doom Patrol also deserves a final Season if that's what they were left to wrap things up.

I'm more biased to Geoff Johns' passion project Stargirl to get a revival the most though. The way it was canceled is the definition of unfairness and worse when Johns was just in the middle of the whole story. Two more Seasons at the very least were still supposed to happen.
lazlodaytona - 4/8/2024, 1:11 PM
@NinnesMBC - I was surprised how awesome Stargirl was.
Malatrova15 - 4/5/2024, 8:26 PM
I hope they cast Jonathan "LuckyStrike" Majors on this...or maybe Zendaya .
Feralwookiee - 4/5/2024, 8:29 PM
@Malatrova15 - Oh shit.
You're back! 🤣🤣🤣🤣

Maybe a Pablo Lyle cameo too?
Malatrova15 - 4/5/2024, 8:31 PM
@Feralwookiee - Bad news about Pablo =( something about a traffic incident =(
Feralwookiee - 4/5/2024, 8:42 PM
@Malatrova15 - Oh boy.
I hope he's alright.
I heard he took some driving lessons from Jack Nicholson!
dagenspear - 4/5/2024, 10:43 PM
@Malatrova15 - What the? What kind of nonsensical segway is this?
Malatrova15 - 4/5/2024, 10:53 PM
@dagenspear - Oh c'mon man , first the NCMEC and now you, give a break man , as Biden usded to say "C'mon man!"
dagenspear - 4/6/2024, 1:02 AM
@Malatrova15 - LORD willing, I think God for your civil response. Sorry for coming off as more negative.
ProfessorWhy - 4/6/2024, 3:26 AM
@dagenspear - ick
NinnesMBC - 4/5/2024, 8:29 PM
TheLight - 4/5/2024, 8:33 PM
I'll never forgive the cancelling of this gem.

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Had some good practical/CGI body horror too.

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marvel72 - 4/5/2024, 9:16 PM
One of my favourite characters, I have the Wes Craven Swamp Thing on 4K Blu-Ray, I have Swamp Thing Streaming show on Blu-Ray which I think is up there with Netflix Daredevil.

I also own Swamp Thing #1 7.5 cgc and Bernie Wrightson Swamp Thing Absolute Edition.

I am hoping this movie is f*ckin great.
lazlodaytona - 4/5/2024, 10:11 PM
@marvel72 - so....I guess you like Swamp Thing? :D
marvel72 - 4/5/2024, 10:24 PM
@lazlodaytona - F*ckin love The Swamp Thing. I like Man-Thing(See Avatar) as well, I don't know what it is about Swamp characters.
GeneralZod - 4/6/2024, 1:46 AM
@marvel72 - I have a House of Secrets 92 (my first copy) that I picked up at NYCC about 10 years ago. When I got to the hotel I began page-flupping it, and I saw under the indicia that Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson had autographed it!
GeneralZod - 4/6/2024, 1:47 AM
@GeneralZod - *flipping
ObserverIO - 4/6/2024, 5:23 AM
@GeneralZod - If it was anything over a 6.0 grade, I hope you wore gloves while flipping it.

The comic that it is, lol.
marvel72 - 4/6/2024, 8:48 AM
@GeneralZod - F*ck! You lucky man,I could probably only afford a low grade copy.
GeneralZod - 4/6/2024, 2:40 PM
@ObserverIO - I sent it to CBCS for signature verification and grading. Came back 6.5 with both sigs verified. BTW on Thursday a HOS 92 in CBCS 9.8 sold on HA auction. I can't remember the price but will post it.
ObserverIO - 4/6/2024, 3:28 PM
@GeneralZod - I know an Action Comics #1 made history again this week. 6 milly, believe it or not.
lazlodaytona - 4/5/2024, 10:12 PM
Is this show still on MAX? I really wanna check it out.
lazlodaytona - 4/5/2024, 10:14 PM
oh, and if the dude who created LOGAN is going to make this film, it will be epically great.
marvel72 - 4/5/2024, 10:25 PM
@lazlodaytona - I don't know about that, it was free on Amazon Prime here in the UK but I think you have to rent it now.
dagenspear - 4/5/2024, 10:42 PM
@lazlodaytona - I think that's debateable. LORD willing, Logan doesn't make all his choices and movies strong automatically.

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