The CW has acquired broadcast rights to former DC Universe’s adaptation of Swamp Thing. Based on the comics created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, the show will appear on both their television broadcast schedules as well as their ad-supported streaming app.
The move is not unheard of for the network. They have been acquiring scripted series from outside sources to fill in their summer broadcast schedule for years, now. However, with production stalled on most new and returning series, it’s possible that they will shift the broadcast to late Summer/early Fall to fill in the gap before their own shows can return.
Swamp Thing premiered on the DC Universe streaming platform last May, but was inexplicably canceled after one season. Crystal Reed (Teen Wolf) starred as Dr. Abby Arcane who travels to Louisiana to study a virus that seems to originate from the swamps only to discover a mysterious creature that leads her into a terrifying supernatural world that tests her belief in everything she knows.
Derek Mears, who donned the hockey mask for 2009’s Friday the 13th reboot, took on the titular role in the series joining Reed along with Virginia Madsen (Candyman), Andy Bean (It: Chapter Two), Henderson Wade (Extant), and Maria Sten (Straight Out of Compton). Genre legend Adrienne Barbeau, who also appeared in the film version of Swamp Thing, also guest starred in the series.
James Wan (Insidious) served as executive producer on the series.
This is a great opportunity for those who did not have a DCU subscription to finally see the series. According to Deadline, the CW will release a programming schedule this Thursday so viewers will know when to look for Swamp Thing.
Are you excited to see the show come to broadcast? Did you see it when it first ran on DCU? Let us know in the comments!