Guillermo del Toro wanted Swamp Thing to star in his Justice League Dark film

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Dec 6, 2017

Do you remember when Guillermo del Toro was going to make that Justice League Dark movie? The acclaimed director, gamer, screenwriter, tequila connoisseur, producer, and novelist conducted an AMA to answer questions about his upcoming film The Shape of Water. Of course, his aborted DC project was bound to come up.

During the AMA, someone asked the director, "Hey Guillermo. Ever since I heard you were offered the Dark Universe I've been lamenting for what could have been. Can you give us any insight on your early ideas for the style or progression of the movies you had in mind?"

Originally, del Toro was attached to write and possibly direct a Justice League Dark movie that could've featured Deadman, John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, and Zatanna. But he exited the project in 2015 when his schedule didn't allow him to pursue it. Del Toro's answer: "It's a WB property, I am not sure I can comment. Suffice to say that Demon or Swamp Thing mean to me what Batman and Superman mean to most mortals- perhaps even more. Samp / Abigal love was a great source of inspiration for me."

His inspiration behind the failed Justice League Dark project seems logical considering the director's love for creatures falling in love with lonely women and his appreciation of Bernie Wrightson's work on Swamp Thing. You can find some of Wrightson's original artwork floating around in del Toro's traveling museum.

Another user asked the director if he was game to pick up the project since his plate is now clear. "I am concentrating on other projects right now," del Toro responded. "Next one could be a big one or a small one. I don't know. That's why I am taking time off. To think and ponder." Only the Dark Lord knows when we will see Doug Jones in complex special effects again.

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