It didn’t take long for “Swamp Thing” to get canceled at the DC Universe, in fact, the show just launched on May 31st. Multiple outlets are now reporting that the streaming service has canceled the series, which makes “Swamp Thing” the first show to get the ax since the platform launched.
James Wan produced the series for DC Universe, but there were early warning signs that the show was in trouble. DC Universe cut the initial 13 episode season down to 10 episodes earlier this year, and marketing for the show seemed lackluster at best.
“Swamp Thing: Season 1” follows Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana. Arcane soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. The platform described the series adding, “When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.”
Crystal Reed starred as Abby Arcane in the series, and the show also featured Derek Mears, Alec Holland, Maria Sten, Jeryl Prescott, Henderson Wade, Kevin Durand, Will Patton, Virginia Madsen, and Ian Ziering. Don’t expect a spinoff with any of the these characters, since we barely got to meet them.
“Swamp Thing” is the third live-action series on the DC Universe, following “Titans” and “Doom Patrol.” Verheiden and Dauberman wrote the pilot episode, and Wiseman directed the series.
Cost and low viewership may have caused the platform to shutdown the series, but DC has not made an official statement at this time. The sudden cancellation proves that the DC Universe has set a high-bar for these live-action series right out of the gate, and shows won’t have much time to build an audience. DC will run the 10 episodes from the first season, but Swamp Thing fans shouldn’t expect a season two anytime soon.
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