If you were hoping for a family-friendly DC Universe then that idea should have already been shattered by the ‘Titans’ trailer which had Dick Grayson yelling “F*CK BATMAN!” and ‘Swamp Thing‘ will be no different. While language probably won’t be the driving force behind the series, ‘Swamp Thing’ will be getting a hard R-rating, so it isn’t something that you’ll be wanting the kids to check out. Anyone familiar with the source material should be quite happy to hear this news.
News of the R-rating came from writer Gary Dauberman, but that isn’t the only thing he was able to share. While the cast has been shaping up lately, there hasn’t been much news on how ‘Swamp Thing’ himself will be represented, and now we’ve learned that at the very least the actor who plays him will have a physical suit to wear.
Here is what Dauberman shared on the upcoming streaming series:
“This is one, when you talked earlier about the rating for The Nun, we always set out to make Swamp Thing as hard R as we could and go graphic with the violence, with the adult themes and make it as scary as possible. Because we’re doing it through the DC streaming service, they really pushed us, although they didn’t have to push hard, for us to go as extreme as we could. We really took our inspiration from the Alan Moore run in Swamp Thing, this landmark I think run. Fans of that series will know it gets pretty weird and extreme and scary. We really wanted to live up to that standard that Moore set up back in the ‘80s.”
This is a series that is ripe to head into R-rating territory with the horror concepts which will be present. I’m happy to hear that DC looks to be fully embracing Alan Moore‘s work and that they’re leaning on this iteration of ‘Swamp Thing.’
As for the look of the character itself he shares:
“Then, of course, it allows us, Swamp Thing himself looks incredible what Justin Raleigh and the guys over at Fractured are doing with the suit. So it’s going to look amazing and less of the ‘man in suit’ that you’ve seen in the movie and the other TV show.”
He went on to clarify that “there is a physical costume.”
Much as Todd McFarlane’s ‘Spawn’ won’t have the hero as the main character, we’re not going to be told the origin of ‘Swamp Thing’ directly here either but rather through Abby Arcane:
“Yeah, it’s the origin story of the Swamp Thing, and it’s Alec Holland wrestling with who he’s become. A lot of it’s told through the point of view of Abby Arcane.”
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