The DC Universe streaming service has canceled Swamp Thing just a week since the premiere. After middling reception for DC’s Titans, the streaming service caught its second wind with Doom Patrol. Swamp Thing seemed to be another winner for the service and could carry the DC Universe torch after the Doom Patrol finale.
Production for Swamp Thing was a mess from the get-go. Creative differences on which genre Swamp Thing would lean into was fought over. One creative, presumably director Jam’s Wan whose previous works include the terrifying film The Conjuring, wanted a more horror approach, while another producer wanted a weekly procedural.
The series was also cut from 13 episodes to 10 during production. This was caused by North Carolina not being able to fork out the money it initially agreed to. Swamp Thing’s producers were promised a multi-million dollar grant from the state, but due to a communication error of sorts, the state couldn’t afford the original amount and production had to readjust.
Despite these woes, Swamp Thing’s first episode received mostly universal praise. And the rest of the first (and final) season will stream on DC Universe. So why the cancellation? Rumors are executives weren’t happy with the show, and the service itself will be re-evaluated:
“Like every other initiative, DC Universe is being re-evaluated following the completion of AT&T acquisition of Time Warner as WarnerMedia has put an emphasis on the launch of a new streaming platform. There have been questions how DC Universe fits into those plans.”
What does this mean for future installments of Doom Patrol, Titans, the upcoming Stargirl series, and DC Universe as a whole? Only time will tell.