DC Universe's 'Swamp Thing' Canceled After One Season

Toby Graves
June 7, 2019

Episode 2 of the first season ("Worlds Apart") premieres tomorrow, June 7. This coupled with the WarnerMedia thing means, despite its quality, Swamp Thing will likely float away like so much kelp in a stream. On the other hand, in the early '90s, the USA Network ran a Swamp Thing series for three seasons.

The Underworld filmmaker shot the pilot for the new series, based on the 1970s comic book character, and the first instalment debuted on the DC Universe streaming service on May 31.

When Swamp Thing entered production, it had secured almost $40 million in tax rebates by shooting in North Carolina.

Swamp Thing is a live-action TV series created for DC Universe's streaming service and stars Andy Bean as Alec Holland, Derek Mears as Swamp Thing, and Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane. What do you think about Swamp Thing's cancellation?

Speculation that an accounting error by the state of North Carolina that cut the show's tax rebate led to the show's sudden cancellation has not been confirmed.

Again, if it is exclusively a budget concern rather than any major differences in terms of the show's direction or creative team, I understand making the show shorter in its first season.

But if Time Warner really wants to enter the big leagues and challenge Netflix and the soon-to-be-released Disney Plus, the DC Universe platform may well have to bite the bullet. "The first episode was surprisingly well put together and exceeded expectations, which is a task considering DC Universe's track record of A+ original series thus far", GameSpot said in its review of the first episode.

For now, I'll be hoping that another studio or streaming service - hello, Netflix - picks up this lovely little horror show and gives it the budget it needs so that we can all get the monster love story that we deserve.

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