Back in May, it was announced that the DC Universe would be developing a Swamp Thing TV series, with Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman signed on to co-write the script. It was later revealed that Aquaman director James Wan would also be joining the team as an executive producer. The series is said to be following the work of Alan Moore, and if you’re familiar, you’ll know that Moore’s Swamp Thing is scary, violent, and full of adult subject matter.
During a recent interview promoting The Nun at the 2018 TIFF Festival, Dauberman had this to say when asked about the Swamp Thing TV series:
This is one, when you talked earlier about the rating for The Nun, 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.
Swamp Thing was originally created by writer Len Wien and artist Bernie Wrightson, and made his first appearance in House of Secrets #92, back in July of 1971. The character rose to popularity during the ’70s, but in 1985, Moore was hired to breathe new life into the story and character… and fans loved it!
Although the DC Universe streaming service is scheduled to launch on September 15, 2018 (Batman Day), Swamp Thing won’t arrive on the service until sometime in 2019. Along with Swamp Thing and the soon to be released Titans, which debuts on October 12, 2018, the DC Universe is also developing Doom Patrol, Young Justice: Outsiders, Harley Quinn, and Star Girl.
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