In promotion of Annihilation’s release next month, the film’s director, Alex Garland, took part in a Reddit AMA this weekend. When one fan asked, “If given the chance, which comic book characters would you want to write/direct?” after his acclaimed turn at writing 2012’s Dredd, Garland replied with one answer: “Swamp Thing”.
It would be fair to assume that Garland is speaking about Alan Moore’s acclaimed run on the character from the 1980s, the Saga of the Swamp Thing. Saga of the Swamp Thing was the first comic book series from a mainstream publisher to completely abandon the Comic Code Authority’s seal of approval and write directly for adults, with more violent and mature content.
A Swamp Thing feature film was released in 1982 from horror-director Wes Craven. A sequel followed seven years later, to considerably less critical success and worse critical reception. The character has since appeared in DC Comics’ animated features Justice League Dark and Batman and Harley Quinn last year. A live-action adaptation of the character has frequently been rumoured for the forthcoming Justice League Dark live-action film. Directors Guillermo Del Toro and Doug Liman have each at different times been attached to the project, which is still awaiting a release date. In 2016, Joseph Kahn released some test footage of Swamp Thing that he had produced for Justice League Dark, though the status of this rendition of the character is still unclear.
Garland entered the filmmaking scene with Danny Boyle’s The Beach, an adaptation of one of his novels. Garland went on to collaborate with Boyle, writing 28 Days Later and Sunshine, before later moving onto comic book adaptation with Dredd. He made his directorial debut in 2015 with Ex Machina.
Annihilation debuts on Netflix this March.