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    Thread: Swamp Thing Cancelled After One Season By DC Universe

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      Swamp Thing Cancelled After One Season By DC Universe

      DC Universe's Swamp Thing TV show casts Crystal Reed in the role of Abby Arcane. Last year, DC Entertainment announced they were planning to launch their own streaming service with original content to rival other streamers like Netflix and Hulu. As part of the new service, titled DC Universe and set to launch later this month, DC will release television series exclusive to subscribers. Young Justice: Outsiders, Titans, Doom Patrol, a Harley Quinn animated series and Swamp Thing are all confirmed to release on DC Universe, premiering over the coming months and throughout 2019.
      While Titans will debut as early as October, Swamp Thing is still in the early stages of pre-production. Though it's been confirmed that Underworld creator Len Wiseman will direct the pilot, little else is known about the Swamp Thing TV show. So far, it's been confirmed the series doesn't take place in the same universe as Titans and Doom Patrol. Further,character descriptions indicated Swamp Thing will stay true to the main characters from the comics - and now one of those roles has been cast.


      Deadline is reporting that Crystal Reed (Gotham, Teen Wolf) has been cast in the lead role of Abby Arcane, who is described as "smart and caring" with a "strong sense of empathy."Swamp Thing will follow Arcane, a CDC doctor who returns to her hometown in Louisiana when a deadly virus stems from a swamp with "mystical and terrifying secrets." While there, she'll meet scientist Alec Holland - the yet-to-be cast male lead and Swamp Thing himself - and fall deeper into "the world of horror and supernatural" as she learns about the titular creature.


      Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson created the comic book property on which Swamp Thing is based, while the TV show will be written by Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman, and produced by James Wan's Atomic Monster along with Warner Bros. TV. For her part, Reed first rose to prominence on MTV's supernatural drama Teen Wolf, in which she starred as Allison Argent, though she departed in the back half of season 3. Most recently, she appeared in fellow DC Comics television series Gotham, on which she played Sofia Falcone in season 4.
      As such, Reed has plenty of experience with both supernatural dramas and comic book properties, making her an excellent choice for the lead role of Abby Arcane in Swamp Thing. Reed's Allison was the female lead of Teen Wolf for the first three seasons, and her character's relationship with Tyler Posey's Scott McCall served as the show's heart. SinceSwamp Thing will similarly center on Abby and Alec's relationship and how that intersects with the storyline pertaining to the swamp and its mystical properties, the DC Universe drama is certainly in Reed's wheelhouse.


      Of course, as with any other comic book property, the
      Swamp Thing TV show will be tasked with honoring its source material and it remains to be seen whether DC Universe's series will be a hit with comic fans and casual viewers alike. Still, once Swamp Thing casts Alec Holland, fans will at least have a better idea of what to expect from the core duo. Plus, now that casting is underway on the show, more news will arrive before Swamp Thing starts filming later this year. Though fans will still need to wait until 2019 for the show to premiere, a first trailer should offer a first look at the Swamp Thing TV show and a glimpse of Reed in the role of Abby Arcane.


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      DC's Swamp Thing TV Show Casts Maria Sten As Liz Tremayne


      Channel Zero actress Maria Sten has joined the cast of Swamp Thing, the upcoming streaming series based on the classic DC comics character. The cast already includesCrystal Reed who will play the lead role of Abby Arcane. Underworld creator Len Wiseman has been set to direct the series pilot, in addition to executive producing, after earlier rumors that James Wan would tackle directing duties.
      Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson originally created Swamp Thing, a humanoid/plant elemental creature who has gone through various incarnations in many different storylines over the years since his debut in 1971. The upcoming series version focuses on CDC investigator Abby Arcane as she stumbles upon some inexplicable horrors while investigating an apparent swamp virus outbreak in her small Louisiana hometown. Those inexplicable horrors doubtless are connected to the titular Swamp Thing, who in the comics is a humanoid mass of vegetable matter fighting to protect his marshy home from various human and supernatural threats.


      Deadline reports that Maria Sten has joined the cast of Swamp Thing in the role of Liz Tremayne, a childhood friend of lead character Arcane, who divides her time between working for the local paper and tending bar at her father’s roadhouse. Liz’s “no-nonsense attitude belies a deep compassion for her friends and family as she sets out in her uncompromising quest to expose the secrets that threaten her beloved hometown.”




      A former model and dancer, Sten has appeared mostly in shorts with her only prior TV role coming on the series Persuasion. The relative unknown has only a single movie on her resume, an uncredited appearance as “girlfriend” in the 2015 NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton. In addition to her role on Swamp Thing, Sten will also appear in the upcoming season of Syfy’s horror anthology series Channel Zero.


      Swamp Thing has now cast its two main female characters, but has yet to name an actor to take on the role of Alec Holland, the researcher who of course transforms into the title character. Back in May, a character breakdown gave an
      indication of the romantic storylinethat will be at the heart of the series, teasing a “Shape of Water” love story between Abby Arcane and Holland/Swamp Thing. The series is reportedly set to go before cameras beginning this fall, so further casting news should be coming along shortly.

      Swamp Thing is set to premiere in 2019 on the new DC Universe digital subscription service

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      DC's Swamp Thing Series Will Be Scary, Violent, & Mature-Rated



      DC’s Swamp Thing TVseries will be dark, violent, and mature-rated. The show was announced as part of the new slate of programs for the company’s streaming service, DC Universe, which is set to launch this month on September 15, Batman Day. Swamp Thing will premiere sometime in 2019, along with Doom Patrol and Young Justice: Outsiders. The first original series to air on the network will be another show aimed at mature audiences, Titans, which is set to drop October 12.
      Created by comics legends Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, Swamp Thing made his debut in 1971. Alec Holland was a brilliant scientist whose lab was sabotaged when he refused to sell his “bio-restorative formula”. After his body was ravaged by burning chemicals, Alec dove into the nearby swamp in a desperate attempt to survive. He lived to tell the tale, but emerged more plant than man. Much of the upcoming series will reportedly focus on Abby Arcane, Alec’s closest confident and sometimes love interest. The project has begun to take shape, but it’s unknown if Alec will be a human/plant hybrid or simply a plant who believes himself to be a man.



      In an interview with /Film, writer Gary Dauberman has revealed that the series will not only be dark and scary, but will also draw heavily from Alan Moore’s seminal run on the comic.

      “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 isn’t Swamp Thing’s first foray into movies or television. The character was at the center of two feature films. The first, directed by Wes Craven, was released in 1982 and the sequel hit theaters in ’89. Aside from that, Alec Holland has already been the subject of his own TV show which aired from ’90-93. Every attempt to adapt the material thus far has been incredibly campy.
      Swamp Thing has always worked best either as the straightforward horror comic created by Wein and Wrightson or Alan Moore’s run, which completely redefined the character by steeping the book in existential philosophy.

      From what has been revealed so far about the series, it seems that the team behind it has every intention of doing the source material justice. The show will be produced by James Wan’s Atomic Monster and the pilot
      will be directed by Underworld creator Len Wiseman. Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman will handle the writing duties. Teen Wolf actressCrystal Reed has landed the lead role of Abby and Maria Sten recently joined the cast as Liz Tremayne. Only time will tell if this adaptation of the character will be succesful, but fans of the comics will be grateful to hear that those involved are taking Swamp Thing seriously.

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      Swamp Thing TV Show Casts Jeryl Prescott as Madame Xanadu



      Jeryl Prescott has joined the cast of the upcoming TV adaptation of Swamp Thing.The show will air on the DC Universe streaming service, alongside Titansand theHarley Quinn animated series, in which Alan Tudyk will voice The Joker. Despite this,Swamp Thing will not crossover with the other shows as DC follows a more Elseworlds approach with their shows. Development on the show has been underway for a while now, with Crystal Reed already cast as Abby Arcane.
      Created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, Swamp Thing tells the story of Alec Holland. In the comics, Holland is a scientist whose consciousness and memories are transferred to the plant life surrounding his lab after an attempt on his life. At first believing he is the real Alec Holland, the creature attempts to reclaim his original form. After realizing the truth, he adopts a life of anti-heroism. With details kept firmly under wraps, it's unclear how faithfully this origin will translate to the adaptation. The series will, however, be produced by James Wan and embrace more of Swamp Thing's mature, horror elements.



      As reported by The Wrap, Prescott has landed the role of Madame Xanadu. It's unclear how large a role the character will play in the series, but is described as “a centuries-old sorceress" that serves as both "a fortune teller" and "a magical crusader." Encompassing both Atlantis and Arthurian legend, Madame Xanadu's comic backstory is a long and varied one. The show will apparently offer a faithful interpretation of the character, right down to her notable blindness.




      Prescott is best known for playing Jacqui, one of the original survivors on The Walking Dead. Her character perished in the season 1 finale when she chose to stay and die at the CDC rather than struggle on. Following this, the actress had a recurring role on Ray Donovan and starred in the PlayStation Network series Powers. Swamp Thing will also feature Jennifer Beals in a recurring role.



      As is the case with most characters of a semi-immortal life-span, Madame Xanadu has enjoyed relationships with both male and female partners. Yet again, it remains unclear whether the LGBTQ element of the character will be explored on the show. Regardless, her status as a powerful person-of-color character that isn't even hindered by her disability places her already as one of the most progressive characters set to be on television.
      Despite a recent name-drop on Legends of Tomorrow, it's looking unlikely that fans will get to see Swamp Thing partner up with frequent collaborator John Constantine, at least for now. Still, Madame Xanadu has the potential to be an interesting foil and powerful ally to the popular antihero, one that could please a whole trifecta of passionate audience demographics when the show finally debuts.



      Swamp Thing is currently set to air sometime in May 2019.
      Source: The Wrap

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      Swamp Thing Casts Virginia Madsen As Maria Sunderland



      Actress Virginia Madsen has been cast in DC Universe’s upcoming Swamp Thing TV show as Maria Sutherland. Swamp Thing, which isn't in the same universe as Titansor Doom Patrol, is slated for a mid-2019 release on DC’s streaming platform. While the titular “Thing” has yet to be cast, Madsen, known for her work in Sideways andAmerican Gothic, joins a growing stable of actors including Crystal Reed, Jeryl Prescott and Jennifer Beals.
      Madsen won’t be playing a character with any clear comic book roots. There is no Maria Sutherland who interacts with Swamp Thing or any other DC hero in the source material. Maria’s husband, though, who has yet to be cast, does appear to be based on a classic comic villain. However Madsen’s character could be forced to fight against his husband.



      Deadline first reported that Virginia Madsen has been cast a “key series regular” inSwamp Thing. Madsen’s Maria Sutherland is described as someone who has traded in a privileged life for an existence in Marais, the swampy town in which Swamp Thing is set. Maria’s life changed when she married businessman Avery Sutherland. Avery is dangerously obsessed with the mysterious swamp in Marais and moved himself and Maria to be closer to the supernatural location.




      Maria doesn’t share her husband's attraction to Marias. Avery’s dedication to Marais and its swamp (where Alec Holland aka. the Swamp Thing lives) has strained their marriage. Instead Maria will find herself drawn towards Abby Arcane, played by Crystal Reed, because Abby reminds Maria of her tragically lost daughter Shawna.Swamp Thing is set to use Abby as the main character and audience surrogate. It seems like Maria will become Abby's mother figure in the series.


      While Maria does seem to be an original character, her connection to other characters, who do come from the comics, does give some room for speculation. The obvious connection is with Avery. In the comics Avery Sutherland is a ruthless businessman and scientist who is partially responsible for Dr. Alec Holland’s transformation into Swamp Thing. After the transformation, Sutherland captured Swamp Thing and tortured him for “science." Eventually Swamp Thing escaped and sent Sutherland (literally) to Hell. It’s obviously unknown if DC Universe’s version of the character will follow the same trajectory, but his character description and frosty relationship with his wife does suggest he’ll be an antagonist, in Maria’s life if nothing else. It's easy to assume that Sutherland will be the
      main villain of Swamp Thingseason 1 or the entire series.


      Still the connection between Maria and Abby might end up becoming more substantial. Abby is an incredibly important character not just in terms of the TV show but the mythology of Swamp Thing. Though she ends up having powers of her own, Abby is typically depicted as Swamp Thing’s connection to the human world. She ties Alec into human existence after his tragic transformation. In some continuities, she has even become Alec's wife and mother to his children. Maria Sutherland’s motherly relationship with Abby will undoubtedly bring her into close contact with Swamp Thing and create a dynamic that’s rarely been seen in the comics.



      Swamp Thing is set to premiere sometime in 2019 on DC Universe.
      Source: Deadline

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      Swamp Thing Cast: Lead Roles For DC Universe Series Confirmed




      DC Universe casts Andy Bean and Derek Mears as the two-halves of Swamp Thing's titular character for its upcoming streaming series. In an effort to further expand their empire, DC launched a digital service just a few weeks ago. The platform is home to comics, old TV shows and movies, and original programming, with Swamp Thingeventually joining the lineup.
      The series comes from Aquaman director James Wan, and has been casting up for the last two months. Although the series is titled Swamp Thing, the show's co-lead was actually cast first, with Crystal Reed playing Abby Arcane. The cast has been expanding quickly as of late, as Will Patton was the latest to join. Through the casting of the co-lead and other supporting characters, the biggest question that has remained is who will play the actual lead role. What made casting Alec Holland aka Swamp Thing more difficult looks to be that two different actors will be responsible for bringing the DC hero to life.


      Variety shared the news that Andy Bean and Derek Mears have joined the cast of Swamp Thing. Bean will play the regular human form of Alec Holland. He's fresh off wrapping production on IT: Chapter Two where he played the older Stan Uris. Meanwhile, Mears will play the creature portion of the role and actually become Swamp Thing - as previously rumored. He's no stranger to comic book properties after appearing on The Flash and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., while also lending his imposing 6'5" frame to playing Jason Voorhees in 2009's Friday the 13th.



      With Bean and Mears aboard, Swamp Thing's cast has really taken shape. Maria Sten joined as Liz Tremayne, a friend of Abby's; Jennifer Beals will play Lucilia Cable, the local sheriff; Jeryl Prescott has been cast as Madame Xanadu, an ancient sorceress; and Virginia Madsen is playing Maria Sutherland. With six major roles already cast, any additional Swamp Thing additions that are revealed may be smaller roles. Filling such roles can now become the focus, with the actual Swamp Thing actors cast.
      At this point, it's unclear how Swamp Thing will balance Holland's life before and after becoming Swamp Thing. Holland is a biologist who discovers his work in the swamps may be the cause of the disease that has hit the town. Upon investigating the swamp, he is transformed into the being known as Swamp Thing. Traditionally, Swamp Thing does not switch between his plant and human form because Holland's consciousness has simply been absorbed by the plant life, as the real Alec Holland died in the swamp. The show appears to be told from Abby Arcane's point of view upon the discovery of Swamp Thing, so flashbacks could be the primary outlet for Bean to appear, while Mears is used in the present day story. This is just speculation for the time being, so hopefully Wan's vision for the series' story structure will be revealed soon.



      Swamp Thing is currently set to premiere sometime in May 2019.
      Source: Variety

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      Swamp Thing Cancelled After One Season By DC Universe



      The Swamp Thing TV show is cancelled after one season by DC Universe. DC Universe has been building out its online media platform with plenty of comics, movie and TV offerings, including original TV series like Titans andDoom Patrol. The third of these original live-action TV shows is Swamp Thing, based on the comic book character of the same name created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson.
      The Swamp Thing pilot premiered Friday May 31 on DC Universe, introducing fans to Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) and Alec Holland (Andy Bean), the latter of which turns into the titular creature, played by Derek Mears. Based on Swamp Thing reviews, the series had the potential to be another hit for DC Universe. However, following earlier reports of Swamp Thing season 1 shutting down production early after DC Universe cut its episode order short, it seems the streaming service has pulled the plug entirely.


      Deadline is reporting that Swamp Thing has been cancelled after one season by DC Universe. It's unclear if the remaining Swamp Thing season 1 episodes will release on DC Universe, though the second episode is scheduled to premiere tomorrow morning. Deadline's report confirms earlier reports by The GWW and Bloody Disgusting that Swamp Thing had been cancelled.




      Swamp Thing is first of DC Universe's originals to be cancelled, with Titansbeing renewed for season 2 before it premiered and Doom Patrol still awaiting its fate. As of now, it's unclear why Swamp Thing was cancelled, but reports about the production ending early cited both "creative decisions" and a largerreevaluation of the DC Universe product in light of the AT&T acquisition of Time Warner. Deadline's report indicates it's still unclear how DC Universe fits into the larger company's plans for a WarnerMedia streaming service. Since, like Netflix, DC Universe hasn't released any user data, it's unclear how popular the product is, especially since it's currently only available in the United States. Though Titans season 1 was released internationally on Netflix, it's unclear when (or if) the other shows will be made available to audiences outside the U.S.


      For now, fans will have to wait and see what becomes of
      Swamp Thing and the larger DC Universe. It's likely the remaining Swamp Thing episodes will be rolled out each Friday until the season concludes, as was the original plan. Perhaps the remainder of Swamp Thing season 1 will offer some insight into the potential "creative" reasons DC Universe shut down production early. Otherwise, fans may have to wait until the series' showrunner and/or stars weigh in on the matter to learn why Swamp Thing was truly cancelled.


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      It's so much better than that Arrow and Flash abomination on CW. It's a pity that it has been cancelled by WB.
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