The first look at ‘Swamp Thing’ is here in the first teaser trailer for DC Universe’s upcoming live-action series based on the best-selling DC/Vertigo comic book series. Costar Ian Ziering shared the clip on Instagram:
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In addition to revealing a first glimpse at the titular muck monster (Derek Mears), the trailer confirms the release date of the first episode, May 31.
ComicBook.com provided a lightened “better look” at Swamp Thing.
The drama follows what happens when CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus. There, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.
This will be the third live-action original series presented by DC Universe, following ‘Titans’ and the current ‘Doom Patrol’, and the fourth original series overall, including the animated ‘Young Justice: Outsiders’.
Andy Bean stars as Doctor Alec Holland, the show’s male lead, a scientist that turns into a hulking plant elemental, portrayed by Mears in a practical suit. (Presumably, Bean will provide his voice, similar to the way Robot Man and Negative Man are handled on ‘Doom Patrol’.) Crystal Reed portrays CDC investigator Abby Arcane. Leonardo Nam will play her second-in-command, Harlan Edwards. Maria Sten costars as Liz Tremayne, Abby’s childhood friend, who now owns a local bar. Henderson Wade appears as Matt Cable, Abby’s high school boyfriend, now a local police officer. Jennifer Beals portrays Matt’s mother, Sheriff Lucilia Cable.
‘Swamp Thing’s villain, Avery Sunderland will be played by Will Patton, while Kevin Durand appears as another villain, Jason Woodrue, who in the comics becomes a plant creature himself, the Floronic Man. Virginia Madsen plays Avery Sunderland’s wife, Maria.
Two additional DC characters will appear, with Jeryl Prescott as blind fortuneteller Madame Xanadu, and Ziering as stunt man Dan Cassidy, a.k.a. Blue Devil.
RELATED: [Updated] Future Of DC Universe Streaming Service Now In Question As Warner Brothers Shuts Down Production On ‘Swamp Thing’
Production on ‘Swamp Thing’ was recently shut down early, leading some to question the show’s future, and the state of the DC Universe streaming service in general. Representatives from Warner Brothers insisted that DC Universe was doing better than expected and that production on ‘Swamp Thing’ was halted due to “creative differences.” While the show will premier as scheduled, the first season will consist of 10 episodes instead of the planned 13.
Previously, ‘Titans’ was also cut short, to 11 episodes for its first season, and that show was renewed for a second season. So a shortened first season for ‘Swamp Thing’ may not mean doom and gloom.
Are you looking forward to ‘Swamp Thing’?