It looks like Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is pretty much done working on comic book movies.
Del Toro just recently had his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, and during the event, the filmmaker got to speak in a short interview with Entertainment Tonight. During his discussion with the publication, the director of critically-acclaimed and award-winning films like The Shape of Water and Pan’s Labyrinth revealed that he would retire from the world of comic book movies because apparently, he’d rather much focus on Monsters now.
"I wanted to do Justice League Dark [with] DC very, very much, but it didn't happen. When I was doing the Hellboy movies or Blade, you know, they were counter to [how] everything was being done. And so it was fun to break the rules there, you know, and I try not to do them the way they would've been done by anyone else,” del Toro explained in his interview with the entertainment news outlet, “I think that Justice League Dark was attractive …because they're all monsters... But I was never a superhero guy. I like monsters."
It doesn’t come as a surprise given his work on Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water, and Hellboy. Del Toro certainly has a knack for monster creation, and it shows. The director’s upcoming horror movie, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, also has pretty amazing monsters in it.
Given his track record, it’s pretty clear that del Toro’s heart lies in strange stories which feature the supernatural, monsters included.
Such a shame that del Toro no longer wants to work on the comic book movie genre – after all, Marvel is rebooting the Blade franchise with Oscar Award-winning actor Mahershala Ali as the titular character. Del Toro would have been a great Blade director.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark premieres on August 09, 2019.