I was watching the TV series version of Swamp Thing today — what a total cheese-fest.
The TV series was syndicated in the '90s and it was — to put it mildly — craptastic! The original movie was a guilty pleasure — silly and fun, and the sight of Adrienne Barbeau did send many hearts aflutter.
The sequel? Not so much fun. What with all the comic book reboot possibilities out there now, I can't think of a better candidate that ol' Swampy himself.
Swamp Thing: The Alan Moore Years
His deconstruction of Swampy culminated with the The Anatomy Lesson, in which the evil Floronic Man does an autopsy on Swampy, only to find that scientist Alec Holland is actually dead — his body, mind and consciousness absorbed by "The Green," the spirit and essence of all living plants.
Alan Moore also deserves major props for bringing the character #Constantine to life in The Saga of the Swamp Thing #37.
This darker version of the character inspired talk in 2009 of a big budget, live action, 3D reboot film.
Swamp Thing: The Aborted Reboot
Mega producer Joel Silver was in talks to do a major reboot of the franchise, and wanted veteran director Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) to helm the film. Silver said this at the time about the project:
“I’m developing a picture now that I’d like to do…I’ll hopefully do 'Swamp Thing,' which is a movie we’ve had for a long time. We think that would be great to do in 3D."
Natali was excited as well, and here's his take at the time on the iconic character:
"Swamp Thing kind of became... I don't want to call him an ecological superhero, but he became an ecological character quite unlike anything you've ever seen before. It's a comic book, but it delves into some very interesting stuff, both psychological and philosophical."
The project, unfortunately, died on the vine (see what I did there?), but Natali later released the first four pages of the proposed script on his Twitter page.
Here are the pages in an easier to read format — enjoy.
Very cool, right?
The script was said to be very close to the Alan Moore story, which has positives and negatives. On the plus side, his stories are dense, dark, and captivating. The negative is that past film adaptations of Moore's work are spotty at best. We may never get the chance to see it, but hope springs eternal, right?
Justice League Dark
The Guillermo del Toro-authored script of the live-action #JusticeLeagueDark is also in limbo, and it has Swampy and Constantine as part of the story. Rumored to be up for the role of Swampy was Ron Perlman, friend of del Toro and #Hellboy veteran. If that film or a standalone Swamp Thing film ever sees the light of day, who better to portray Swampy than Perlman? Answer: nobody.
Given the heightened talk and concern about climate change and the danger it poses to our world, the time is right for an environmental superhero like Swamp Thing to kick some ass.
Who else remembers the animated Swamp Thing TV series intro? Equally cheesy and that theme song is cringeworthy:
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