In an interview with the L.A. Times, Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter responsible for Batman & Robin and Lost in Space, talks a bit about DC Comics' upcoming films. There's not a lot of new information in the interview about Guy Ritchie's sci-fi/comedy Lobo movie or the much-anticipated horror/western Jonah Hex (starring Josh Brolin and Megan Fox), but he does reveal the first tidbit on the approach he's taking for the new Swamp Thing film: "We want a film with real Southern, dark horror overtones, a little bit like a classic Universal horror film."

It's definitely what I want to see in a new Swamp Thing movie. I'm such a huge fan of the character that I even paid to see Return of Swamp Thing twice when it originally played theatres (don't judge me). While the comic books have focused more on the horror aspects of the character, his appearances in mass media (two feature films, a TV series, and a cartoon) have always leaned a tad more sci-fi.

Swamp Thing
, created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson in 1971, has gone through several permutations over the years. The most popular version of the character is that of Alec Holland, a botanist who loses his humanity through a lab accident and is resurrected as a monster with elemental powers. The 1982 Wes Craven Swamp Thing was a cable staple when I was a kid, and it led me to discover Alan Moore's incredible mid-80's run on the comic book.



I'm not a fan of Akiva Goldsman's writing, but I've put up with bad Swamp Thing in the past just to get more Swamp Thing, so I'm sure I'll be there on opening day, no matter who's writing. Producer Joel Silver is considering Swamp Thing as a 3D movie, but there's still no word on when the film will see production.