The forthcoming DC Universe series Swamp Thing could be in trouble as reports have surfaced that production on the nearly completed first season has been abruptly halted. No specific reason has been cited, but cast member Virginia Madsen took to Instagram (in a now-deleted post) to voice her upset over the series being seemingly canceled.
“I’m beyond sad. What a terrible decision. We have been cut to the core by those who have never set foot into the Swamp. And despite the rule, I am going to use the hashtag. #swampthing”
Produced by James Wan, filming for the series started late last year and was due to conclude in May to complete the ordered thirteen episodes. However, according to The Playlist, only ten installments have been shot with episode ten getting a rewrite to bring the series to a conclusion. The Playlist also speculates that the future of the DC Universe as a standalone streaming service could be in doubt.
Since Warner Bros launched its DC Universe streaming service back in October last year, it has struggled to justify its subscription price tag. As I live in the UK, the DC Universe isn't available, Titans (and perhaps Doom Patrol) is available on Netflix. That said, an $8 monthly cost for a slither of new original shows and a modest back catalog, doesn't quite seem like good value for money. It remains unclear if the troubles with Swamp Thing is an isolated incident, or if DC executives and Warner Bros are actively rethinking how the DC Universe could be integrated into another platform. Warner Bros will be launching a streaming service of their own later this year, and the DC originals could be easily absorbed.
In the absence of official comments from the producers, we are forced to wear the stylish (yet impractical) hat of speculation to ponder what will happen next. Ten episodes are more than enough to be considered a full series, so there is every chance that Swamp Thing will see the light of day as a one and done 'event series'. Realistically, this is the best outcome as the only other option would be to shelve the series indefinitely. Based on what The Playlist reported that episode ten would be reworked to bring the show to an end, it doesn't sound like a retooled second run is even being considered.
Dinsey's long-awaited streaming platform finally arrives (in the US) on November 12 with a wealth of originals from Star Wars, Pixar, and Marvel. The reported basic package will cost just $6.99 a month and will be the only place you'll be able to watch just about any film or TV series owned by Disney. There's no time to cover the enormity of beloved creations that the Mouse House is spinning into streaming gold, but it's a lot more than you might think, even by Disney standards.