The CW Rolls Out First Trailer For ‘Swamp Thing’

Horror fans now can see what the new Swamp Thing series on The CW will look like.

The CW–which rescued the tragic comic book figure from the murk after its sudden cancellation by the DC Universe streaming platform–this week dropped the show’s first trailer (view it below), as reported by

The nine-episode first season–which will kick off Oct. 6 with a 90-minute premiere entitled Nightmare–looks to be darker and more mature than the other comic book adaptations on The CW, if the trailer is any indication.

Swamp Thing–produced by James Wan (of The ConjuringSaw and Aquaman fame)–centers on CDC researcher Dr. Abby Arcane, who returns to her childhood home of Houma, La. “to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus,” according to the official synopsis. “She develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland, only to have him tragically taken from her.”

That is when, according to the storyline, “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.” Cue Swamp Thing.

The ensemble cast includes Crystal Reed, Derek Mears, Andy Bean, Will Patton, Virginia Madsen, Henderson Wade, Maria Sten, Jennifer Beals, Jeryl Prescott and Kevin Durand.

Fans hope the show will succeed on its new network and earn a second season, but CW president Mark Pedowitz is playing his cards close to the vest. “I do not know if it would come back,” he said earlier in the year. “That would be a discussion for Warner Bros. and The CW.”

The DC Comics’ Swamp Thing character has been sloshing around in his watery home longer than most comic book fans realize. Created by writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson, the character first appeared in House of Secrets No. 92, way back in July 1971 and starred in its own title the following year. The comic gained a huge fan base in the 1980s, and garnered numerous industry awards along the way.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any updates on Swamp Thing and any other horror features on The CW.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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