DC’s new upcoming television series Swamp Thing is having its initial order cut from the standard 13 episodes to 10 episodes. The news broke late Tuesday by the Wilmington Star News, the local newspaper of the show’s North Carolina shooting location. It was later confirmed by a (since-deleted) Instagram post by one of the show’s stars, Virgina Madsen (Designated Survivor, American Gothic). Madsen’s post read “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.”
Swamp Thing is set to feature Crystal Reed (Gotham, Teen Wolf) as Abby Arcane, Derek Mears (RWBY, Sleepy Hollow) as Swamp Thing, and Andy Bean (Here And Now, Power) as the human alter-ego of Swamp Thing, Alec Holland. The show is slated to be the third DC property Warner Bros. is producing for their DC Universe streaming service, following the premieres of Titans and Doom Patrol since the service arrived last October.
The report from the Wilmington Star News indicates that cast and crew were told that the series would wrap production after ten episodes to give writers time to rewrite the ending. It was also indicated to them that the reason for the cut in the episode order was so that “Warner Bros. could evaluate the future of its DC Universe streaming platform.” Whether this means scaling back on commitments or shutting down the service entirely is entirely speculative. THR reports that sources have told them that the cut is due to “creative differences” between the project and DC Universe, but neither Warner Bros. nor DC Universe have responded to requests for comment. Instead – they dropped the Swamp Thing teaser amid the flurry of controversial reports:
Based on the popular DC Comics character, Swamp Thing will tell the story of Abby Arcane, a scientist investigating a lethal swamp virus in rural Louisiana who soon discovers that the swamp holds terrible secrets; she teams up with another scientist, Alec Holland, who becomes the titular Swamp Thing.
Swamp Thing is slated to premiere on DC Universe on May 31st, 2019. Are you saddened by to be cut short from the swap? Sound off with the Nightmare on Film Street community on Twitter, Reddit, and in the Fiend Club Horror Group on Facebook!