Hot on the heels of news that Swamp Thing is shutting down production early, DC has released the first teaser for the live-action series. While there’s not a lot to the 44-second trailer, we do get our first glimpse of Swamp Thing himself. Check out the footage below.
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The series follows CDC investigator Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) as she investigates an epidemic in her Louisiana hometown. She soon discovers that the local swamps hold numerous secrets after her partner, Alec Holland (Andy Bean), seemingly dies and transforms into Swamp Thing. The show is expected to draw heavy inspiration from Alan Moore’s time on the comic book.
Swamp Thing also stars Kevin Durand as Floronic Man, Henderson Wade as Matt Cable, Maria Sten as Liz Tremayne, Jeryl Prescott as Madame Xanadu, Ian Ziering as Blue Devil, Will Patton as General Sunderland, and Virginia Madsen as Maria Sunderland.
In an interview with /Film last year, series writer Gary Dauberman was asked what he can do with a TV series and the resources available today to do Swamp Thing right. He responded, “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. Because we’re doing it through the DC streaming service, they really pushed us, although they didn’t have to push hard, for us to go as extreme as we could. We really took our inspiration from the Alan Moore run in Swamp Thing, this landmark I think run. Fans of that series will know it gets pretty weird and extreme and scary. We really wanted to live up to that standard that Moore set up back in the ‘80s. Then, of course, it allows us, Swamp Thing himself looks incredible what Justin Raleigh and the guys over at Fractured are doing with the suit. 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.”
Speaking of the suit, what are your thoughts? I know we only get a brief glimpse of it, but what are your initial impressions? And what about the series being a hard R? Was this something that you were expecting? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Swamp Thing heads to DC Universe on May 31.