|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Wilmington, North Carolina|
|Running time||42–60 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original network||DC Universe|
|Original release||May 31 –|
August 2, 2019
Swamp Thing is an American superhero horror web television series created by Gary Dauberman and Mark Verheiden for DC Universe and based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Derek Mears portrays the eponymous Swamp Thing, a plant-elemental creature who fights malevolent forces around a Louisiana swamp with the help of medical doctor Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed).
The series premiered on May 31, 2019, and its first season consisted of 10 episodes. Shortly after its premiere, DC Universe announced that Swamp Thing had been canceled. The remaining episodes were released on DC Universe until the series' conclusion on August 2, 2019.
Abby Arcane returns home to Marais, Louisiana, to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, where she develops a bond with disgraced scientist Alec Holland. After Holland tragically dies, Abby discovers the mysteries of the swamp and that Holland may not be dead after all when a mysterious creature claims to be him.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot"||Len Wiseman||Teleplay by : Gary Dauberman & Mark Verheiden||May 31, 2019||T33.01008|
|2||"Worlds Apart"||Len Wiseman||Mark Verheiden & Doris Egan||June 7, 2019||T33.10352|
|3||"He Speaks"||Deran Sarafian||Rob Fresco||June 14, 2019||T33.10353|
|4||"Darkness on the Edge of Town"||Carol Banker||Erin Maher & Kay Reindl||June 21, 2019||T33.10354|
|5||"Drive All Night"||Greg Beeman||Franklin Rho||June 28, 2019||T33.10355|
|6||"The Price You Pay"||Toa Fraser||Tania Lotia||July 5, 2019||T33.10356|
|Avery’s trackers try to capture Swamp Thing, but he defends himself against them. Lucilia sends Matt to investigate, and Matt is able to track down Swamp Thing. Abby breaks up a brief fight between the two and reveals to Matt that the creature before him is in fact Alec Holland. Matt confesses to Lucilia that he killed Alec for Avery to protect her. Liz tells Abby that the goons that attacked her and Daniel were sent by Avery. Abby confronts Avery over Liz's allegations, and Avery tells Abby that he forgives her this time, but that he won't be so forgiving next time. A comatose Daniel remembers the deal that he made with the Phantom Stranger that resulted in his being trapped in Marais. Jason manages to awaken Daniel, but his experiments on Cassidy almost transform the failed actor into Blue Devil. Jason's wife Caroline sedates Daniel; Xanadu visits him at the hospital and relieves his pain. Swamp Thing grows a hallucinogenic flower out of his hand that makes Abby see him temporarily as Alec.|
|7||"Brilliant Disguise"||Alexis Ostrander||Andrew Preston & Rob Fresco||July 12, 2019||T33.10357|
|Abby and Alec go to the rotted part of the swamp. While she is collecting a sample from dead wood, the darkness attacks and infects her with a bacteria. Alec takes Abby back to his lab, where she is saved by the Green that defeats the rot in her. Lucilia tells Avery that Alec is still alive and asks him to come with her to take Alec down before he comes for them. While searching for Alec in the swamp, Avery betrays Lucilia and steals her shotgun. Just as Avery is about to shoot Lucilia, Matt surprises him and knocks him out. When Avery wakes up, he tells Matt that he's his father, and Matt gets angry at Lucilia for not telling him. While he is distracted, Avery stabs him. Lucilia then shoots Avery in the leg, causing him to fall overboard. She fires multiple times into the water. Alec tells Abby that his transformation from a human to the creature he has become serves a higher purpose. He also tells Abby to move on with her life and to not come back anymore. Abby goes to the CDC in Atlanta to try to find a cure for him before it is too late. Although injured by bullets, Avery emerges from the water and makes it to the shore.|
|8||"Long Walk Home"||E. L. Katz||Doris Egan||July 19, 2019||T33.10358|
|A wounded Avery wanders across the forest swamp. He loses blood and begins to hallucinate. Swamp Thing finds him, brings him back to the lab and helps him recover. At the CDC in Atlanta, Abby is denied access to the results of the sample that she brought in; afterwards, she is confronted by the Conclave. Harlan is kidnapped after leaving Abby's apartment. Avery returns the next day with Jason to "help" Swamp Thing, but he also brings Conclave’s mercenaries with him. Swamp Thing tells them to leave, but Jason, Avery and the mercenaries manage to capture him alive. Sensing that Swamp Thing is in danger, Abby heads back to Marais, but arrives at the swamp too late.|
|9||"The Anatomy Lesson"||Michael Goi||Teleplay by : Mark Verheiden |
Story by : Noah Griffith & Daniel Stewart
|July 26, 2019||T33.10359|
|Swamp Thing is brought to a secret Conclave facility, where Jason conducts research on him. As payback for her plotting to kill him, Avery puts his wife Maria in a mental institution. Matt crashes his car as a result of drinking and driving. Jason removes Swamp Thing's lungs and heart while Swamp Thing is still conscious and discovers that he is still alive without them. After further examination, Woodrue deduces and reveals to him that he is not Alec Holland; he is a humanoid plant that absorbed Holland's memories after the explosion. Abby and Liz locate the facility. Daniel recovers and the Phantom Stranger shows him a vision of Liz and Abby being hunted and killed by Conclave security. He decides to take on the role of Blue Devil; putting on the mask, he transforms. Abby and Liz are able to free Swamp Thing while the Blue Devil takes out the guards, but Jason manages to escape. He returns home, only to find that Caroline has taken all of her medication and OD'd. Swamp Thing returns to the swamp, where he goes underwater and returns with a cadaver. A shocked and horrified Abby looks on as Swamp Thing confirms the body to be that of Alec Holland.|
|10||"Loose Ends"||Deran Sarafian||Teleplay by : Erin Maher & Kay Reindl |
Story by : Rob Fresco
|August 2, 2019||T33.10360|
|Despite the recovery of Alec Holland's body, Abby tries to make Swamp Thing believe that Holland's spirit resides within him. Nathan and his men attack, but Swamp Thing kills them, sparing only Nathan. Swamp Thing has one last conversation with Alec Holland. Woodrue performs an experiment on himself to save his wife. Madame Xanadu visits Maria in the mental institution and gives her closure, but at the cost of her sanity. Avery tries to reconcile with his ex-lover Lucilia, but when she refuses, he stabs her and dumps her car in the swamp with Lucilia inside the trunk. After talking with Liz, Cassidy is finally able to leave Marais. Matt returns to a station overrun with plant life and is confronted by a transformed Jason Woodrue, who attacks him. Both Swamp Thing and Abby make life-changing decisions — to remain in Marais and try to combat the enroaching darkness together. In this post-credits scene, Matt comes back to the station to find the cops that took Woodrue in, dead. He then turns around only to see that the experiment Woodrue performed on himself has completely transformed him into Floronic Man. He then kills Matt.|
On May 2, 2018, it was announced that DC Universe had given the production a script-to-series order. Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman were expected to write the first episode of the series and executive produce alongside James Wan, Michael Clear. Rob Hackett was set to serve as a co-producer. Production companies involved with the series were slated to include Atomic Monster Productions and Warner Bros. Television. On September 4, 2018, it was reported that Len Wiseman would direct the series' first episode in addition to serving as an executive producer.
Despite being released on DC Universe, the series does not exist in the same fictional universe as the service's other live-action series, including Titans and Doom Patrol. On June 6, 2019, the series was canceled one week after its premiere aired. Before the series' cancellation, there were plans to introduce Justice League Dark and create a spin-off based on that team.
In September 2018, it was announced that Crystal Reed and Maria Sten had been cast in the main roles of Abby Arcane and Liz Tremayne, respectively. Jennifer Beals was also announced in the recurring role of Sheriff Lucilia Cable, although she would later be revealed to be part of the main cast. In late October and early November 2018, more series regulars were revealed, with Jeryl Prescott cast as Madame Xanadu, Virginia Madsen cast as Maria Sunderland, Will Patton cast as Avery Sunderland. Andy Bean cast as Alec Holland with Derek Mears as the Swamp Thing, Henderson Wade cast as Matt Cable, and Kevin Durand cast as Jason Woodrue.
Principal photography for the series commenced in early November 2018 in Wilmington, North Carolina and wrapped on May 6, 2019.
On April 17, 2019, it was announced that production for the series had been unexpectedly cut short due to creative differences with DC Universe's parent company WarnerMedia, thus reducing the original episode order from 13 to 10 episodes. Further reports stated the series had been canceled due to budget shortfalls after the expected level of tax rebates offered by the state of North Carolina were substantially reduced. A representative from DC Universe stated that the streaming service is being re-evaluated and that there are no plans for season 2. When asked why specifically the show was canceled, the spokesman responded, "Unfortunately, we are not in a position to answer at this time."
In an interview with Collider, actor Derek Mears – who portrays the titular monster – shared his reaction to the cancellation, describing it as a "heartbreaker" and stating that he felt the decision to cancel the show felt like a "lack of respect" on DC's part: "It was such a heartbreaker to find out after our first episode that we got canceled for the second season, but all we've heard up until that point was how amazing everything was," said Mears. "And everyone's going, 'We have a big hit on our hands. This is crazy.' ... So it's a weird nebulous space that we're all in now because we don't know officially why that would happen, or why they canceled it. Even if you are going to cancel it, wouldn't you wait until later on until to see how it plays with fans before? So, something's going on somewhere. [...] I'm very proud of what we did, but also very saddened by the almost the sense of lack of respect," he continued. "We have a brand new baby we worked so hard on, and having someone like slit their throat and go, 'Here's the baby,' and going like, 'Oh, you get no more baby after this' Why would you do that? [...] Maybe something will switch somewhere, if something will flip, and we can all get together again. But I tell you, it's one of the best experiences I have had, and set the bar really high for working together with a group of people."
Swamp Thing premiered May 31, 2019, on DC Universe. Despite being canceled not long after its premiere, DC Universe continued to release the remaining episodes of the series, with the finale being released on August 2, 2019.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 93% approval rating based on 30 reviews, with an average rating of 7.32/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "By leaning into the horror of it all, Swamp Thing swims deep into the trenches of this strange world and returns with a scary good TV show." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 67 out of 100 based on reviews from 5 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
|2019||Saturn Awards||Best Streaming Superhero Television Series||Swamp Thing||Nominated|
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