Bob Wiacek’s prolific career as a comic book artist began in the mid-1970s. He has since worked as an inker for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and Valiant on popular titles ranging from Batman to Star Wars; and he is currently fulfilling commission requests for fans on his Facebook page and preparing an upcoming Kickstarter project. Horror News Network caught up with Mr. Wiacek at the 2019 Rhode Island Comic con to reflect on his legendary run on the second series of Man-Thing comics from 1979-1981.
After just premiering on DC Universe last Friday, Swamp Thing is dead in the water. Variety has just reported the series’ cancellation, with no additional details on the abrupt announcement. The news immediately follows generally positive reviews of the first episode, and healthy buzz over the series in general.
The official Twitter page for the series has not yet been updated with the news, and its latest post is business as usual:
Now streaming on YouTube, DC Universe has released the first teaser trailer for their upcoming live-action Swamp Thing series starring Derek Mears as the man-turned-monster and can be seen here…
This release follows the unsettling update last week that the series was shutting down production in Wilmington, North Carolina.
More doom and gloom down in the swamp came from The Hollywood Reporter which brought word the episode count for the series has been reduced from 13 episodes to 10. The ending of the season will be reworked to accommodate the new episode count. read more
Swamp Thing fans received some good new and bad news today about DC Universe’s upcoming adaptation of the classic Alan Moore stories.
The good news is that a teaser for the upcoming series launched like an alligator snapping up a heron in the Okefenokee wetlands, featuring a first look at the comic-accurate costume. The bad news is that “ole’ Swampy” may not be long for the streaming world as (according to the Hollywood Reporter) “…the original 13-episode order for the project has been cut to 10 after experiencing creative differences with its home at Warners-backed streaming platform DC Universe.” Despite this news, the series will still premiere on May 31. read more
Adrienne Barbeau stunned horror fans today when she announced via her Twitter page that she will be returning to the swamp as she joined the cast of DC Universe’s Swamp Thing.
— Adrienne Barbeau (@abarbeau) March 7, 2019
While she did not give any info as to which role she will play in the series, the veteran actress adds experience to the series which is said to have a much darker tone than the film. Barbeau will join Derek Mears who will play Swamp Thing, Virginia Madsen, Henderson Wade, Andy Bean, Jennifer Beals, Will Patton, Crystal Reed, and Maria Sten in the production. read more
Ian Ziering announced today via twitter that he will be joining the cast of DC Universe’s streaming series Swamp Thing as the lovable Blue Devil.
— Ian Ziering (@IanZiering) December 12, 2018
The actor, known for his roles on Beverly Hills 90210 and Syfy’s Sharknado series, will step into the blue and yellow pirate boots of one of DC’s prominent supernatural characters. The character first debuted in 1984 (ala a special preview insert in Firestorm #24) and was created by Dan Mishkin, Gary Cohn, and Paris Cullins. His solo series ran for nearly three years and he would later appear as a member of the Justice League and Shadowpact. The stunt man turned supernatural hero was also rumored to be a part of the long gestating and maligned Justice League Dark film. At this time it appears that JLD is DOA, but having two competing versions of the same character on the small screen and the silver screen has never stopped DC before, so don’t be surprised if fans get two versions to further confuse them. read more
Deadline is reporting that Kevin Durand is the latest actor to venture into the bog and join Swamp Thing. Durand will tackle the role of the Floronic Man, a creature that has the ability to mentally control plant life. In addition, the character can travel through the Green, create duplicates of himself and in dire situations, regenerate limbs.
Durand is known to horror fans as the character Vasiliy Fet in The Strain, and Carlos in 2004’s The Butterfly Effect. The actor also had memorable movie roles as The Blob in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Barry Burton in Resident Evil Retribution, and Paul Shields in Dark Was the Night. His TV credits include Stargate SG-1, Dark Angel, Touching Evil, and Lost. read more
The swamp just added some elite company. According to their official Twitter account (see below), the DC Universe has announced that genre veterans Derek Mears and Andy Bean have joined the cast of the upcoming series adaptation of Swamp Thing. DC is continuing to add to its stable of content for their new streaming service, with the exclusive series Titans already four episodes in to its initial run on the network.
For Swamp Thing, based on the comic book which debuted in 1971 but rose to prominence in the mid-80’s after legendary writer Alan Moore took the reins, this will be the second attempt at a television series. In the early 1990’s, the USA network hosted a live action adaptation starring Dick Durock and Mark Lindsay Chapman which ran for three seasons. The current Swamp Thing project boasts a robust and impressive cast already for DC. Mears and Bean will be joining the already-announced roster of Jennifer Beals (The Grudge 2), Virginia Madsen (Candyman), Will Patton (2018’s Halloween) and Crystal Reed (MTV’s Teen Wolf.) read more
A beloved horror icon will travel from Cabrini-Green to the Louisiana swamps. According to Deadline, Virginia Madsen has been cast as Maria Sunderland, an original character created for the upcoming Swamp Thing series.
The official description of the character reads as follows: “Maria Sunderland traded in her privileged upbringing for the swamps of Marais when she married local business magnate Avery Sunderland, but Avery’s life-time obsession with the swamp has driven a wedge between him and Maria. Her poised existence is shaken further when the return of Abby Arcane reawakens a deep grief over the loss of Maria’s daughter, Shawna, drawing her into the dark supernatural mysteries emerging from the swamp.” read more
Former Walking Dead actress Jeryl Prescott has signed on to play the role of Madame Xanadu in Swamp Thing, according to a report on Deadline. Prescott joins Derek Mears, Jennifer Beals, Crystal Reed, and Maria Sten on the series which follows a humanoid/plant elemental creature living in the swamp in a small Louisiana town.
Madame Xanadu is a DC Comics character that first appeared in 1978’s Doorway to Nightmare #1. The character is a supernatural heroine that uses tarot cards to help tell the future. She has assisted other supernatural characters in the past such as Constantine, Etrigan, Zatanna, Frankenstein, and Deadman. read more