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James Mangold confirms he’s set to write the DCU’s Swamp Thing movie

April 8th, 2023 by Marc Comments

A while back there was word that Logan and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’s James Mangold was writing and directing a Swamp Thing movie based on the DC antihero and there was some excitement about the whole thing.

However, yesterday at Star Wars Celebration it was revealed that Mangold was writing and directing a new Star Wars movie based in the Old Republic era and featuring the first-ever Jedi and it seemed that this was the death toll for his Swamp Thing project but it seems that, no, Mangold is focused on Star Wars and DC.

“The truth is, I’m writing both right now, and who knows what’s going to happen and what’s gonna blossom first or second?” Mangold said.

“So there’s your thing, I’m doing Swamp Thing, there’s your scoop. It’s not a rumour, it’s happening.”

This was announced by DC during the week when it was on the official slate of movies and shows for phase one of the new DCU:

The first five movies include:

  • Superman: Legacy – July 11, 2025
  • The Authority
  • The Brave and the Bold
  • Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow
  • Swamp Thing

The Television projects are:

  • Creature Commandos
  • Waller
  • Lanterns
  • Paradise Lost
  • Booster Gold

Concept art for cancelled Doug Liman Justice League Dark movie brings us Swamp Thing, Constantine and Klarion

Mangold’s involvement was confirmed by James Gunn who is co-head of DC’s future with Peter Safran, saying: “When we started charting the course for the DCU one of the first people I talked to was the super talented [James Mangold] about writing and directing his passion project Swamp Thing.”

So there you have it, Mangold is bringing us the beginning of the Jedi and the beginning of Swamp Thing in the new DCU. Fair play…


James Gunn and Peter Safran line-up the beginning of the ten-year DC plan – movies, animation, TV, writers, goals… it’s pretty exciting

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….