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.
Since the series has not yet made its premier, there is only speculation as to why these executive decisions were made and the status of the DC Universe streaming site in general but Slashfilm assured the service will continue onward.
Originally created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, the new series will be executive produced by Len Wiseman (Sleepy Hollow which Mears also had recurring roles in) who will also helm the pilot. Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica) and Gary Dauberman (IT) are attached to co-write the series and act as showrunners, with James Wan (Aquaman) set to executive-produce the series alongside Verheiden, Dauberman and Michael Clear.
The series will also star Andy Bean as Alec Holland, Will Patton as Avery Sutherland Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane, Maria Sten as Liz Tremayne, Jeryl Prescott as Madame Xanadu, Jennifer Beals as Sheriff Lucilia Cable, Virginia Madsen as Maria Sunderland, Henderson Wade as Matt Cable, Kevin Durand as Jason Woodtrue/Floronic Man and Leonardo Nam (Westworld) as Harlan Edwards.
Making his comic book debut in 1971, Swamp Thing has maintained its position as a staple of the DCU since that time including several series written by Alan Moore, Brian K. Vaughan, Mark Millar and Scott Snyder.
Previously the character was adapted into a feature film from Wes Craven in 1982, followed by a sequel in ’89 and a USA Network live-action series that ran for three seasons in the early ’90s. Dick Durock starred in both the films and the series. An animated Swamp Thing series debuted in the early ’90s which aired for five episodes and included a series of action figures and play vehicles.
Check out the series on DC Universe starting May 31!