'Swamp Thing' won't be picked up for second season, DC Universe announces cancelation just one episode into first season
Despite the pilot episode opening to a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the show became the first DC Universe's originals to be canceled
'Swamp Thing' will not be picked up for a second season by DC's digital service, DC Universe. The series, which premiered on May 31, has been cancelled just one episode into its run.
Deadline reported that DC Universe is being re-evaluated after the completion of AT&T acquisition of Time Warner as WarnerMedia is giving more importance on launching a new streaming platform and it is unclear how DC Universe fits into the larger scheme of things.
It was reported that the new leadership of WarnerMedia was not particularly keen on 'Swamp Thing' as its order was reduced from 13 to 10 episodes in April.
'Swamp Thing' is first of DC Universe's originals to be canceled. 'Swamp Thing' was the third of the live-action series to be launched on DC Universe. The other shows were 'Titans' which was renewed for a second season after being critically acclaimed last year and 'Doom Patrol,' which is yet to be confirmed for a second installment. 'Stargirl' is the next series that is set to premiere on the streaming service.
'Swamp Thing' made waves earlier for its dark, gritty and grotesque tone and the element of horror it brought with it despite being a superhero show. The first episode opened to a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes after its pilot episode on May 31.
The superhero-horror series, based on the elemental creature created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, was written by Mark Verheiden and 'It' co-writer Gary Dauberman.
The series centered around a CDC investigator, Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed), who returns to her home of Houma, Louisiana, to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus that has adverse effects on people. She meets with scientist Alec Holland (Andy Bean) and the duo set about investigating the cause until Holland tragically dies.
Verheiden and Dauberman also executive produced with Atomic Monster’s James Wan and Michael Clear, while the company’s Rob Hackett serves as co-producer. 'Swamp Thing' stars Crystal Reed, Andy Bean, Derek Mears, Jennifer Beals, Henderson Wade, Will Patton, Virginia Madsen, Jeryl Prescott, Henderson Wade, and Kevin Durand.