It may have taken a heck of a long time, but Swamp Thing is finally ready to once again enjoy some attention outside of comic books.
As you may recall, this beloved cult favorite originating from the darker side of DC (and Vertigo) had the spotlight shone on him with two films and two TV series – one live action and one animated – many moons ago, but he’s lived in relative obscurity since. Fortunately, that turned around in recent years with memorable appearances made in animated flicks such as Justice League Dark and Batman and Harley Quinn.
Now, that momentum will be built upon with a new live action series set to make its way to the DC Universe streaming service in the near future – and it looks like the producers have landed the right guy(s) for the titular role.
You see, while Andy Bean (IT: Chapter 2) has been brought aboard to play the human side of the equation, Alec Holland, heads are bound to turn once people find out how Derek Mears will play Swamp Thing himself. If his name sounds familiar, it should, because not only was he Jason Voorhees in 2009’s Friday the 13th remake, but he also suited up as one of the eponymous creatures in 2010’s Predators.
Let it be known that other majors roles such as Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane, Maria Sten as Liz Tremayne and Jeryl Prescott as Madame Xanadu have already been filled. Considering that Reed is listed among them, I’m guessing her days on Gotham are behind her.
When it comes to the overall plot of the series, it’s said to follow “Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.”
Right now, Swamp Thing lacks a release date, but a recent infographic touted by DC Universe points toward a debut to come in either May or June of 2019.
Source: The Wrap