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How DC & Warner Bros. Missed A Golden Opportunity With ‘Swamp Thing’

Whatever may have been the reason for series cancellation in 2019, Warner Bros. should have a rethink on its decision with the launch of HBO Max

Bradley - Sun, 09 May 2021 10:56:20 +0100 4437 Views
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With a critic score of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, a user rating of 7.5 from 21k votes on IMDb, a decent fan following, and a diverse cast, you might think that producers of such a show would have been impressed and celebrating its success. But the story of DC`s “Swamp Thing” is completely opposite. The series was canceled just after its premiere episode, with the real reason behind it, still under speculation.

“Swamp Thing” was a DC universe original and has 10 episodes that aired on the streaming platform starting May 2019. The show became a hit with its premiere and its viewership keep growing till the finale. The cast and crew of the series, as well as the fans, were shocked to learn when the series got canceled but still it didn't stop them from watching the show. This is where DC or its parent company missed in analyzing the show later.

As per few reports, the series was canceled in 2019 due to the creative differences between the producers with some wanting it to be a pure horror series, but the real reason is still unknown. But whatever may have been the reason for the cancellation in 2019, Warner Bros. TV, which was the producer of the show should have capitalized on the popularity of Swamp Thing later.

There was another speculation that Swamp Thing is the first of the DC's live-action original series, that is not connected to the others, as we have seen how Titans connected with Doom Patrol. But that was until Swamp Thing appeared last year in "Crisis on Infinite Earths" episode of DC`s The Legends of Tomorrow at the CW. So, if the producers wanted it to connect with other DC shows, they could have. 

The fans of the series were demanding a new season until a few months back when the series officially moved from DC Universe to the CW network, and with the launch of HBO Max last year, it could have been a wise decision from the producers to renew the show as the last season was still fresh and the cast was still available.

Consider this as another stupid decision from Warner Bros. to not capitalize on such a huge fan following, the same thing that is happening with the Snyderverse, which is about to get erased after The Flash movie premieres in 2022. Snyderverse also has a huge fan following and in fact, has also boosted the subscriber count of HBO Max with the release of Zack Snyder's Justice League.

The hope of getting a new season became alive when the series moved to The CW and with the Launch of HBO Max. All we can say now is that the hope of getting a renewal is extremely low to impossible. People can say that getting the SnyderCut was also kind of impossible but look where it is now. But DC`s Swamp Thing doesn't have that kind of fan following and also it's almost impossible to reunite the cast for a full-time job after more than two years of last day of work. But Never say Never. 

There are also few rumors from few untrusted websites that the series is getting a reboot on HBO Max, but nobody from DC or WB has given any such kind of hint.


SWAMP THING follows Dr. Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but when a mysterious creature emerges from the murky marsh, she finds herself facing the nightmares of a supernatural world where no one is safe. 

Something unnatural is happening in the swamps outside Marais, Louisiana. When a mysterious illness strikes the town, CDC investigator (and former Marais native) Arcane is sent to investigate. At the hospital, she encounters biologist Alec Holland (Andy Bean) who believes the bizarre illness might be connected to his scientific work in the swamp for powerful businessman Avery Sunderland (Will Patton). Abby has a history with Avery and Maria Sunderland (Virginia Madsen), who still blames the young Arcane for the tragic death of her daughter years before. But with a deadly swamp-born virus out there, something is wrong in Marais right now. Along with Sheriff's Deputy Matt Cable (Henderson Wade), Abby once again crosses paths with Alec, but this time they encounter a terrifying, dark force that's not only killed intruders but is also taking control of its victims. 

At Delroy's Roadhouse, Abby consults her old friend and local reporter Liz Tremayne (Maria Sten) who has a lead deep in the swamp. When Alec goes missing after investigating the unnatural experiments deep in the swamp, something else rises in his place: Swamp Thing (Derek Mears), a mysterious creature born of the depths of the swamp's mystical and terrifying secrets. With nature wildly out of balance and coming for the people of Marais, in the end, it may take some Thing from the swamp to save it. Also starring Jennifer Beals as Sheriff Lucilia Cable and Jeryl Prescott as Madame Xanadu, with a special appearance by Kevin Durand as brilliant bio geneticists Jason Woodrue, this one-hour drama series is filled with Southern Gothic twists and turns and characters who are corrupted by the supernatural forces that surround the town of Marais. When these unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.



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