Blade II and Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro says he is done making comic book movies. Speaking to ET at his recent Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, del Toro said he is finished with comic book movies because, in his words, he’s more into monsters. Del Toro said:
“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.”
That much is clear from the filmmaker’s film history, which includes cult classic films like Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim and The Shape of Water, all of which feature monsters of all kinds. His latest project, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, features several monsters and is based on a short story collection. Del Toro stated in the interview that he would be interested in adapting more of those stories, should this latest film perform well enough.
Given where his heart lies, and the track record he’s already put together as a teller of strange tales of monsters and the supernatural, del Toro is clearly making the right call by leaving comic book films and superheroes behind.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark stars Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, Austin Zajur and Natalie Ganzhorn. The film opens Friday nationwide.