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Swamp Thing has been cancelled just as the first episode has aired


Based on the DC characters originally written and drawn by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, and the stories written by Alan Moore, SWAMP THING, a new DC Universe original series, follows Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.

The first episode hit DC Universe on 31st May 2019. However, Warner Bros. has cancelled the show. This means there will be no season 2, but they will air the rest of the 10 episodes over the next few weeks.

There had been some behind the scenes kerfuffle going on when the initial 13 episode run was cut down to 10. It had thought to have been due to creative problems, but it seems it all comes down to a paperwork error. Writer John Gholson shared the news on Twitter that North Carolina had promised a $40m tax rebate but, due to a paperwork error, they were unable to deliver. That rebate had worked out at about half the cost of the season. Warner Bros. did the math and realised they could not continue and Swamp Thing will be returning to the swamp.

There are more details here, but I am unable to read it being based in the UK.

What a damn shame. It also seems a bit odd to announce this so soon. Why not wait until nearer the end of the season and see what the viewing figures are like. Doing this means many people won’t bother watching it as they will be thinking what is the point!

The first episode was directed by Len Wiseman and the show stars Andy Bean, Derek Mears, Crystal Reed, Maria Sten, Jeryl Prescott, Virginia Madsen, Will Patton, Kevin Durand, Jennifer Beals, Ian Ziering, Leonardo Nam.

It hits DC Universe on 31st May 2019.

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