It turns out that the live action shows on Warner Brothers’ DC Universe streaming service do not all take place in the same “shared universe.” While ‘Titans’ and ‘Doom Patrol’ share continuity, what with ‘Doom Patrol’ being a ‘Titans’ spin-off and all, but ‘Swamp Thing’ will be set in its own world, devoid of caped crime fighters. This should be nothing new to the plant creature. For all of the ’90s well into the 2000s, the ‘Swamp Thing’ comic book was published under DC’s Vertigo imprint, setting it apart from the mainstream DC superhero universe. However, since the New 52 relaunch, he was brought into the DCU proper and even joined ‘Justice League Dark’. The character is also a frequent guest star on the animated series ‘Justice League Action’.
But now it’s back to isolation. At San Diego Comic-Con, it was clarified that ‘Swamp Thing’ will be more horror-inspired and therefore takes place in its own continuity. DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee said, “We have no mandate to tie everything together.” Indeed, DC already has four live action shows on The CW– ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’, Supergirl’ and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’– plus a fifth series, ‘Black Lightning’ that is not connected to the others. Likewise, FOX’s ‘Gotham’ and Syfy’s ‘Krypton’ both exist in their own bubbles. And no TV properties are connected to the films, with the obvious exception of ‘Teen Titans GO!’ and theatrical spin-off ‘Teen Titans GO! To the Movies‘.
While ‘Titans’ will be available when the DC Universe service launches this fall, there is no set release date for ‘Swamp Thing’ beyond sometime in 2019. In fact, the show hasn’t even begun filming yet. That is expected to begin this fall in North Carolina, which stands in for Louisiana. The storyline follows CDC investigator Abby Holland who must return to her hometown after some mysterious happenings and discovers that the creepy nearby swamp hides threats that could be supernatural in nature.
Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman are penning the script and will serve as showrunners. ‘Aquaman’ director James Wan serves as an executive producer. No casting has been announced, but check back for updates as they become available.