In an interview with Collider, actor Derek Mears – who portrays the Swamp Thing – has shared his feelings about the abrupt cancellation, stating that in doing so he feels that DC’s decision to axe the show is a “lack of respect” for those involved.
Mears goes on to say:
“It was such a heartbreaker to find out after our first episode that we got cancelled for the second season, but all we’ve heard up until that point was how amazing everything was,” said Mears. “And everyone’s going, ‘We have a big hit on our hands. This is crazy.’ … So it’s a weird nebulous space that we’re all in now because we don’t know officially why that would happen, or why they cancelled it. Even if you are going to cancel it, wouldn’t you wait until later on until to see how it plays with fans before? So, something’s going on somewhere.”
“I’m very proud of what we did, but also very saddened by the almost the sense of lack of respect,” he continued. “We have a brand new baby we worked so hard on, and having someone like slit their throat and go, ‘Here’s the baby,’ and going like, ‘Oh, you get no more baby after this” Why would you do that? Maybe something will switch somewhere, if something will flip, and we can all get together again. But I tell you, it’s one of the best experiences I have had, and set the bar really high for working together with a group of people.”
Previously we reported that the thirteen episode series had been whittled down to ten episodes (see below), and now it transpires that this first season is going to be the only season, as Swamp Thing the series has been cancelled. According to insiders, there had been rumors that the “new leadership of Warner Media was not particularly high on Swamp Thing.”
Swamp Thing is a 2019 streaming series from James Wan’s company Atomic Monster in association with Warner Bros. Television. The first episodes are being directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld), Toa Fraser, Michael Goi and E.L. Katz. The scripts are by Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman.
The series stars Andy Bean, Crystal Reed, Maria Sten, Jeryl Prescott, Jennifer Beals, Virginia Madsen, Will Patton, Henderson Wade, Ian Ziering, and Kevin Durand, with Derek Mears as Swamp Thing himself.
CDC researcher Abby Arcane (Reed) returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her.
However, as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all…
Swamp Thing was aired on the DC Universe streaming service on May 31, 2019.
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Previously Star News Online reported that production on the Swamp Thing DC Universe series has been suddenly terminated.
Star News Online reported: “The currently in-production project is being shut down earlier than expected as its producer, Warner Bros., evaluates the future of its DC Universe streaming service, on which the series was scheduled to premiere May 31, according to several sources within the local industry.”
Furthermore, “Local crew members were notified of the unexpected development Tuesday night, and were told the project would wrap production on episode 10 and then halt as writers and producers rewrite an ending. Initially, the show was scheduled to film 13 episodes through May.”
Series star Virginia Madsen apparently too to Instagram (in a since-deleted post), to say: “I’m beyond sad. What a terrible decision. We have been cut to the core by those who have never set foot into the Swamp.”
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