Live-Action ‘Swamp Thing’ Added to DC Universe Digital Service

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We’ve known for a while that DC Comics was working on its own digital service, but we learned some details about that service and its content earlier this week.  First, it will be called, “DC Universe.”  Then, joining previously discussed live action shows Titans and Metropolis, and animated series Young Justice: Outsiders and Harley Quinn, will be a live action Swamp Thing series.

If your first instinct is to have nightmare flashbacks to the 1982 movie (with Adrienne Barbeau), the 1989 sequel (with Heather Locklear), or the early-90s TV series (with… I don’t know; did anyone watch it?) you might want to re-think your expectations.  Executive Producer of the series will be James Wan!  Wan is currently in post-production for another DC theatrical project: Aquaman.

Soon after the news broke, Wan tweeted:

Been developing this “vegetarian hero” for awhile now 🙂 With a great team. Happy to finally share. Expect — mood, mystery, gothic romance, and swamp monsters!

The next day, I received my regular email newsletter from DC Entertainment that included the click-bait headline, “The Ultimate DC Membership Is Coming!”  Unfortunately, that’s about all we know about the service.  Clicking the link took me only to a page where I could register to get updates.  The most complete description I could find is this:

Experience DC like never before with this first-of-its-kind, immersive digital experience designed just for DC fans. Enjoy unlimited access to exclusive original series and much more. There’s plenty more to come.

I’m eager for a serious Swamp Thing series.  (And to be honest, I’m kind of eager for Titans.)  But when is it coming?  How much will it cost?  Most importantly, what is the “plenty more to come,” a marketing tactic or a real promise?  The webpage also says, “One of the many incredible things your membership will include.”  I’m eager to learn more about these “incredible things.”  I guess I’ll register for the updates.

You can, too, at: https://www.dccomics.com/dcuniverse.

/film reports the synopsis of the series:

When CDC researcher Abby Arcane 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. But 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.

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