Why Guillermo del Toro is done with comic-book movies

Gregory Wakeman
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 06: Guillermo del Toro Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame held on August 6, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro has revealed why he isn’t interested in directing any more comic-book movies, even though he has previously found great success with the genre.

The Mexican filmmaker spent a decade working on comic-book adaptations, overseeing Blade II in 2002, which was followed by Hellboy in 2004 and then Hellboy II: The Golden Army in 2008. Since then Del Toro has come very close to making another blockbuster of this ilk, as he has developed the likes of Hellboy 3 and Justice League Dark.

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But with both of these films now dead, Del Toro recently admitted to ET Online that he has absolutely no interest in making another comic-book movie, as he feels that his sensibilities don’t match what’s currently being done with the genre. Instead, he wants to focus on monsters.

Mexican director Guillermo del Toro gestures during the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 6, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

“I don’t think so. 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. I think that Justice League Dark was attractive …because they're all monsters... But I was never a superhero guy. I like monsters."

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There’s no need to overly fret about Del Toro’s revelation, though, as he has numerous other projects in various stages of development.

Del Toro’s stop-motion take on Pinocchio is due to be released on Netflix in 2021, while he is a producer on Robert Zemeckis’ remake of The Witches, a role that he also undertook on Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, which will be released in the UK on August 23.