Swamp Thing (2019 TV series)
Swamp Thing is an American superhero horror drama web television series based on the DC Comics character of the same name. The series premiered May 31, 2019, on DC Universe. In June 2019, the series was canceled one week after its premiere aired.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||4 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Wilmington, North Carolina|
|Running time||52–60 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original network||DC Universe|
|Original release||May 31, 2019 –|
Abby Arcane returns home to Marais, Louisiana to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, where she develops a bond with disgraced scientist Alec Holland. After Holland tragically dies, Arcane discovers the mysteries of the swamp and that Holland may not be dead after all.
- Crystal Reed as Abigail "Abby" Arcane: A CDC doctor investigating a horrific life-threatening epidemic in her hometown. Melissa Collazo portrays teenage Abby.
- Virginia Madsen as Maria Sunderland: The wife of Avery Sunderland, whose grief over the loss of her daughter Shawna resurface when Abby returns home, and draws Maria into the supernatural mysteries of the swamp.
- Andy Bean and Derek Mears as Alec Holland / Swamp Thing: As the elemental superhero Swamp Thing, Holland struggles with holding onto his humanity while defending the town and the natural world at large. Bean portrays Holland while Mears performs Swamp Thing in a "physical costume" instead of a CGI while also voicing him.
- Henderson Wade as Matt Cable: A police officer along with his mother Lucilia, who finds himself in dire straits when supernatural events begin to threaten the town. He's also an childhood friend of Abby.
- Maria Sten as Liz Tremayne: A local newspaper reporter and bartender who is a close childhood friend of Abby Arcane.
- Jeryl Prescott as Nimue / Xanadu: A blind fortune teller whose psychic abilities can reveal the future.
- Jennifer Beals as Lucilia Cable: The "tough as nails and pragmatic" sheriff of Marais with a strong devotion to her son Matt.
- Will Patton as Avery Sunderland: A prominent businessman in Marais who gives back to the community, yet is determined to harness the power of the swamp for profit as a pharmaceutical cornucopia. He was also the adoptive parent to Abby Arcane after her mother died.
- Kevin Durand as Jason Woodrue: A biogeneticist brought in to study the properties of the swamp, leading him to become fixated on unlocking the potential of it, which has tragic and monstrous consequences for him. Durand is listed amongst the main cast but credited as special appearance.
- Leonardo Nam as Harlan Edwards: A gay CDC specialist who is Abby's second-in-command
- Ian Ziering as Daniel Cassidy / Blue Devil: A former stuntman who became semi-famous after playing the demonic Blue Devil in a film looking to regain his former fame.
- Elle Graham as Susie Coyle: A young girl who is diagnosed with “Green Flu” and appears to have a mysterious connection to Swamp Thing.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date ||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot"||Len Wiseman||Teleplay by : Gary Dauberman & Mark Verheiden||May 31, 2019||T33.01008|
|2||"Worlds Apart"||Len Wiseman||Mark Verheiden & Doris Egan||June 7, 2019||T33.10352|
|3||"He Speaks"||Deran Sarafian||Rob Fresco||June 14, 2019||T33.10353|
|4||"Darkness on the Edge of Town"||Carol Banker||Erin Maher & Kay Reindl||June 21, 2019||T33.10354|
|A young man, Todd, and his father discover a corpse hidden in a tree which scratches Todd. Todd later goes to work at Liz's father's, Delroy, place, but he begins to see a snake on his hand. In a panic, he begins to cut his hand with a knife before shoving it into a disposal. The resultant injuries kill Todd, but not before he scratches Delroy. Abby meets with Alec and obtains a sample of his tissue to study. He warns her of danger in the swamp. Dr. Woodrue sees Abby's study of Alec's sample and is amazed at the combined characteristics of animal and plant cells; He agrees to work with her on the sample. Delroy begins to see a masked man and begins to freak out, but is contained by Lucilia, Liz and Abby. He scratches Lucilia. Maria attempts to get closer to Susie, who is recovering well, while Avery holds a celebration to mark the end of the "plant flu". Delroy reveals the man he saw was responsible for killing his mother when he was young. Abby goes to investigate the area where Todd was infected and discovers the corpse and a hotel key. Alec tells her that a darkness was released from it. Xanadu feels a storm approaching the town. Liz looks up the hotel on the key and learns of a similar incident in the past, where the final victim simply vanished into the swamp; Abby theorizes that he knew he was infected and killed himself. Lucilia begins to see a vision of Matt dying, and attempts to shoot his "attacker". She's disarmed by Daniel, but she scratches Abby, who proceeds to rush into the swamp. She begins to see visions of a tall, faceless man who tries to take her. Alec arrives and takes the infection from her, before returning it to the corpse, where it gets buried. Alec reveals that the man did indeed kill himself to protect his loved ones, and that he learned it from the plants. He further states that the swamp has been polluted and that the balance has been shifted, iterating that this is only the beginning. Avery and Maria decide to take care of Susie instead of her uncle, but Avery arranged it with sinister intentions.|
|5||"Drive All Night"||TBA||TBA||June 28, 2019||TBA|
On May 2, 2018, it was announced that DC Universe had given the production a script-to-series order. Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman were expected to write the first episode of the series and executive produce alongside James Wan, Michael Clear. Rob Hackett was set to serve as a co-producer. Production companies involved with the series were slated to include Atomic Monster Productions and Warner Bros. Television. On September 4, 2018, it was reported that Len Wiseman would direct the series' first episode in addition to serving as an executive producer.
Despite being released on DC Universe, the series does not exist in the same fictional universe as the service's other live-action series, including Titans and Doom Patrol. On June 6, 2019, the series was canceled one week after its premiere aired.
In September 2018, it was announced that Crystal Reed and Maria Sten had been cast in the main roles of Abby Arcane and Liz Tremayne, respectively. In late October and early November 2018, more series regulars were revealed, with Jeryl Prescott cast as Madame Xanadu, Virginia Madsen cast as Maria Sunderland, Will Patton cast as Avery Sunderland. Andy Bean cast as Alec Holland with Derek Mears as the Swamp Thing, Henderson Wade cast as Matt Cable, and Kevin Durand cast as Jason Woodrue.
In September 2018, Jennifer Beals was cast in the recurring role of Sheriff Lucilia Cable. In December 2018, Ian Ziering joined the cast in the recurring role of Daniel Cassidy / Blue Devil, and a month later, Leonardo Nam was cast as Harlan Edwards in a recurring role.
On April 17, 2019, it was announced that production for the series had been unexpectedly cut short due to creative differences with DC Universe's parent company WarnerMedia, thus reducing the original episode order from 13 to 10 episodes. Further reports stated the series had been canceled due to budget shortfalls after the expected level of tax rebates offered by the state of North Carolina were substantially reduced. A representative from DC Universe stated that the streaming service is being re-evaluated and that there are no plans for season 2. When asked why specifically the show was canceled, the spokesman responded, "Unfortunately, we are not in a position to answer at this time."
Swamp Thing premiered May 31, 2019, on DC Universe.
Despite being canceled not long after its premiere, DC Universe will continue to air the remaining episodes of the series, with the finale being aired on August 2, 2019.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 92% approval rating based on 26 reviews, with an average rating of 7.37/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "By leaning into the horror of it all, Swamp Thing swims deep into the trenches of this strange world and returns with a scary good TV show." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 67 out of 100 based on reviews from 5 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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