Swamp Thing is one of those characters we’d love to see get a revamp in the age of CG. Wes Craven did the best he could with a rubber suit, while Jim Wynorski tried to do an upgrade in 1989, and the USA Network did its utmost on a low budget in 1993 (Rest in Peace, Dick Durock…you gave the role your all every time).
When Guillermo del Toro announced a Justice League Dark movie a few WonderCons back, it seemed like the time for Swamp Thing’s resurrection onscreen might be nigh, yet it never quite happened. Turns out that del Toro was not the only potential director–Joseph Kahn, best known for Torque, Detention, and various Taylor Swift and Eminem videos, was also a potential cultivator of the botanic beast, and he has posted some Vimeo footage, which we saw first at Heroic Hollywood, of just how his Swamp Thing might have looked onscreen:
While you might not necessarily have chosen the Torque guy to do Swamp Thing, that reel alone shows just how much truer to the character we can be in the modern age. We’ll probably never get a full-on body horror flick like the early Alan Moore issues, but a rendition of Swampy who can regenerate, change size, and tap into all the ambient vegetation is no longer a concept that only exists as mental fiction. Technology can realize him; we just need a director to do the concept justice.
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Featured image: Joseph Kahn