As a huge fan of DC Comics’ Swamp Thing, it brings my heart joy to announce that a drama-based series is in the works from DC Digital Service (aka DC Universe). The DC Universe streaming service is launching later this year with two original series- Titans and Young Justice: Outsiders- with Swamp Thing hopefully (fingers crossed) premiering in 2019.
James Wan, whose production company Atomic Monster brought us the Conjuring franchise and Lights Out, will executive produce along with Michael Clear and Rob Hackett as co-producer. The series will be written by Mark Verheiden, who worked on Ash vs. Evil Dead and Netflix’s Daredevil, with co-writer Gary Dauberman, who worked on last year’s remake of It.
Synopsis: When CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, 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 isn’t the first time our green hero has been on the small screen. In 1990, Swamp Thing: The Series premiered on USA Network and starred the late Dick Durock. Durock also starred in the two feature films, Swamp Thing (1982) and The Return of Swamp Thing (1989). A short-lived animated series was also created in 1991.
Swamp Thing first debuted in 1971’s House of Secrets #92 with Swamp Thing #1 releasing the next year. The comic series had a relaunch in 2011 under DC’s The New 52 lineup. The New 52 series was written by Scott Snyder with artwork by Yanick Paquette. It is a fantastic introduction to the Swamp Thing comic universe, and a great reboot for longtime fans.
Until we hear more, I will be binging on the animated series and revisiting my favorite comic moments. Stay tuned!
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