Geeks WorldWide exclusively reported it and now the other major media outlets are also confirming that the DC Universe drama series Swamp Thing has been cancelled after one season, less than a week after its premiere on the streaming service.
The official synopsis for the series is as follows:
Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane 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.
Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman have co-wrote the script and served as showrunners and executive producers for the live-action drama, whilst James Wan served as executive producer alongside Michael Clear under Atomic Monster banner, whilst Rob Hackett served as a co-executive producer.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the series ten episode run will play out on the streaming service, but a second season pickup is a no go. The writing was on the wall back in the middle of April, as its initial thirteen episode order was cut down to ten due to everyone’s favourite words ‘creative differences’. GWW state in their report that the cancellation comes down to WarnerMedia/AT&T executives not liking the direction of the series, with one source saying that an executive wanted it to be more like the DC shows on the CW. Apparently, the series has even been shopped to different networks, including the CW and HBO for any hope of survival but to no avail.
Meanwhile on the twittersphere, you can check out John Gholson‘s twitter to see that it may have been due to production budget issues that let to said cancellation of the series. Then again, the fact that WarnerMedia plans to launch their own streaming service to compete with the likes of Disney+ in late 2019 and, if they want to fold the DC Universe streaming service in with them, i.e the parent company, then there potentially could be problems with Doom Patrol as well, which there has been no official word of a renewal or cancellation as of yet. It would also be unclear whether the DC Universe content would be an exclusive for the WarnerMedia platform, or be an additional add-on monthly charge.
I for one am sadden by this, as I was initially typing up my first impressions of the pilot when I read the GWW article and then heard about the other media outlets confirming it as well by lunchtime. It’s a shame as the pilot episode showed real promise and now I fear the DC Universe may have crashed and burned before it ever really got the chance to soar, but not making it open to DC fans worldwide (still unavailable here as an option) was risky and by the sounds of it, having it merged with WarnerMedia and some of the exec’s ideas of preference might not be the best fit ideally.