There were already signs that DC Universe‘s newest series ‘Swamp Thing’ was troubled after its first season order was chopped from 13 to 10 episodes during filming. But ‘Titans’, DC Universe’s first original live-action series also underwent some shuffling behind the scenes, but the streaming service ordered a second season before the first even launched. In the case of ‘Swamp Thing’, there is only one episode available, with a second due tomorrow and each subsequent Friday.
It doesn’t sound as though it was the performance of that one episode that led to the series being cancelled, but it may have played some part. Rather, due to the AT&T acquisition of Time Warner and rebranding as WarnerMedia, with an eye on launching a major WarnerMedia streaming service, has put DC Universe’s future in question. (I’ve been calling this for MONTHS!) It appears that the new leadership at WarnerMedia wasn’t particularly keen on ‘Swamp Thing’, which is why the episode count was decreased.
Based on the DC Comics by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, ‘Swamp Thing’ arrived via James Wan’s Atomic Monster in association with Warner Bros. Television. Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman wrote the series, and serve as executive producers along with Wan and Michael Clear. Andy Bean and Derek Mears shared the role of Swamp Thing– Mears in the practical suit, and Bean in the human form of Alec Holland, and providing the voice. Crystal Reed co-stars as Abby Arcane, with Will Patton as Avery Sunderland, Kevin Durand as Jason Woodrue, Virginia Madsen as Avery Sunderland’s wife, Maria, and Michael Beach as Nathan Ellery, all of whom look to be villains. Leonardo Nam, Maria Sten, Henderson Wade, Jennifer Beals, Jeryl Prescott, and Ian Ziering round out the cast.
Cancelled or not, there are still nine episodes of ‘Swamp Thing’ yet to roll out, every Friday. ‘Titans’ already has a second season in the works. ‘Doom Patrol’ has not been renewed for a second season, but it hasn’t been cancelled either. DC Universe still has ‘Stargirl’ yet to premiere.
Did you enjoy the first episode of ‘Swamp Thing’?