DC’s streaming service DC Universe launched in September, offering a mix of original programming and classic superhero titles from the Warner Brothers vault. Flagship show Titans premiered last month, and it is set to be joined in 2019 by several other new titles. One of these will be a Swamp Thing series, and the lead actors have now been announced.
As reported by Variety, Swamp Thing will be played by two actors–Andy Bean (Agents of SHIELD, the upcoming It: Chapter 2) and Derek Mears. Bean will take on the role of Dr Alec Holland, the biologist who transforms into the elemental creature after working in the Louisiana swamp. The creature itself will be played by Derek Mears, who is best known for portraying the iconic killer Jason Vorhees in the 2009 reboot of Friday the 13th.
Swamp Thing doesn’t yet have a premiere date, but we can expect it in 2019. In a recent interview, screenwriter Gary Dauberman provided some details about the show and confirmed that it will contain R-rated content. “We always set out to make Swamp Thing as hard R as we could and go graphic with the violence, with the adult themes and make it as scary as possible,” he said. “Because we’re doing it through the DC Universe streaming service, they really pushed us, although they didn’t have to push hard, for us to go as extreme as we could. Fans of [the comic book] series will know it gets pretty weird and extreme and scary. We really wanted to live up to that standard that [Alan] Moore set up back in the ’80s.”
In addition, Dauberman assured fans that this Swamp Thing will be scary, as opposed to the rubbery creature in Wes Craven’s 1981 movie and the previous TV version. “Swamp Thing himself looks incredible, what Justin Raleigh and the guys over at Fractured are doing with the suit,” he said. “So it’s going to look amazing and less of the ‘man in suit’ that you’ve seen in the movie and the other TV show.”
Other titles set to premiere on DC Universe include a live-action Doom Patrol series, plus a new animated Harley Quinn show. For more, check out GameSpot’s review of the service, plus our review of Titans.