DC Comics and Warner Bros. Television are adding a live-action Swamp Thing series to its newly-titled DC Universe streaming service. Aquaman director James Wan will be one of the executive producers for the one-hour drama.
DC Universe, which is the official title of the DC streaming service, was revealed earlier today. Swamp Thing was created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson in 1971 and features Alec Holland as a brilliant scientist who finds himself bonded with plant life after an attempt is made on his life. The character has starred in a 1982 live-action movie by Wes Craven, along with a previous live-action series from 1990-1993. There were talks back in February of bringing Swamp Thing back to the big screen from Annihilation and Ex Machina director Alex Garland.
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.
Executive Produced by James Wan, Mark Verheiden, Gary Dauberman, and Michael Clear, Swamp Thing will join Titans, Young Justice: Outsiders, Harley Quinn and Metropolis on the DC Universe service, which is expected to launch later this year. Swamp Thing will arrive on the service in 2019.