In the year 2013, reports started surfacing that Guillermo del Toro will be directing a planned Justice League Dark movie. The live-action adaptation would have seen many heroes like John Constantine, Deadman, and Zatanna star in leading roles. Another major superhero that was going to be a part of the project was Swamp Thing. Recently revealed concept art for the Justice League Dark movie shows a very menacing and eerie take on the Swamp Thing.
The movie was originally supposed to have Guillermo del Toro on the Director’s Chair. The role then went to Doug Liman. Liman has directed movies like Mr & Mrs Smith, Swingers, Jumper, and The Bourne Identity. Liman wanted the Justice League Dark movie to have a unique direction. It was especially the characters he wanted to focus on. Early concept arts show that Doug Liman had big things in store for Swamp Thing. The movie fell through and development on the project stalled. Concept Artist Houston Sharp, who also worked on the project along with Liman, showed just how epic Liman’s vision for the movie was.
Sharp recently revealed many artworks for the movie in Facebook. The Swamp Thing concept art showed a fiery swamp up in flames with the Swamp Thing being the center-piece of attraction. The first concept art shows the green monster more inter-twined and connected with the trees and vines of the swamp, forming a mesh type monstrous figure. The second artwork shows a more comics accurate version of the Swamp Thing. He is seen dwarfing the many people standing in front of him with the blazing swamp in the background.
SWAMP THING. An old concept I did for Doug Liman's cancelled Justice League Dark movie. Doug had the idea of Swamp Thing…
The artwork gives us some insights into the Swamp Thing of the now cancelled Justice League Dark live-action movie adaptation. Sharp adds later:
“Doug had the idea of Swamp Thing being a spirit of the swamp, coming into form when a group of arsonists set the plants ablaze,” Sharp said. “This particular design was a collaboration between myself and David Masson. Too bad the film got canned, it was a lot of fun to work on! More JLD concepts incoming, stay tuned!”
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The Justice League Dark movie would have been the stallion that pulled the proposed DC Dark Universe’s chariot. It was going to be the first in a long line of movies that would have featured supernatural and paranormal heroes. John Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, and the Spectre would have been the first four. There were also plans for leaving the door open for characters like Etrigan the Demon and Swamp Thing later. It is a shame that the movie was cancelled due to mere scheduling conflicts with the Director. Guillermo del Toro and Doug Liman had to wash their hands off of the project because they had other commitments at that time and the Studio wanted a full-time Director. The project was later dropped due to no capital backing from Warner Brothers.
It is not always we see such news in the internet. Further reports on the cancelled project reveal that there were rumors of obscure heroes like Animal Man and Detective Chimp also making an entrance. It is a shame the movie was cancelled.
Source: Houston Sharp