James Mangold in early talks to direct DCU’s Swamp Thing

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The director of Indiana Jones  And The Dial Of Destiny may be heading for horror-tinged climes next, it seems. 

Despite having to deal with constantly debunked rumours to the contrary, there’s a healthy degree of optimism swirling around James Mangold’s upcoming take on Indiana Jones. Naturally, that all depends on which corners of the internet you choose to inhabit but given the reaction to Indy’s last outing and the loss of Spielberg as the series’ director, Mangold’s appointment seemed to appease fans, perhaps dare we even say it, please them.

Here’s a director who seems to treat revered material with respect, often producing results that thrill. This is especially true of his recent filmography where he has taken on material as varied as Logan, Ford V Ferrari (Le Mans 66 to us) and Walk The Line and managed to impress, despite the trickiness of the material.

With Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny, Mangold is placing himself in that position once more and it seems like he may be tackling another revered character next, with the announcement coming from The Hollywood Reporter that the filmmaker is in talks with James Gunn to direct the recently-announced Swamp Thing DC Universe movie.

Mangold sent out the below tweet yesterday and Gunn himself retweeted it, suggesting that discussions are going pretty well.

We haven’t really seen Mangold tackle horror before, but Logan clearly demonstrated that he is more than capable at taking a beloved comic book character and finding the considerable pathos that can exist within. Swamp Thing is a character that is ripe for adaptation, especially if that’s the approach that Gunn is looking for.

If this is the calibre of filmmaker that Gunn is looking to bring into the DCU, we could be in for some treats ahead. We’ll let you know more on this story as it continues to unfold.

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