With DC Universe‘s live-action Swamp Thing less than two weeks away from its May 31st debut, the streaming service released tweeted a sneak preview of new poster artwork that highlights Alec Holland/Swamp Thing (Andy Bean, Derek Mears) and Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed). At a DC Universe fan event on Friday night, those in attendance had the opportunity to screen the series premiere and take part in a panel discussion with the Swamp Thing cast and creators. Through theater displays and handouts, attendees were also one the firsts to see two pieces of new key art: one focusing on the horror aspects of the series (Hmmm…wonder who Swampy’s holding?); while the other focuses on a no-nonsense Abby Arcane:
We couldn’t forget about the cool poster mini-motion that was tweeted out as a wrap-up to the event:
— Swamp Thing (@DCUSwampThing) May 18, 2019
Looking at the most recently released preview, Alec and Abby realize pretty quickly that the swamp hasn’t unleashed a virus – it’s unleashed its rage. The Green is angry – and while it may need a protector, it looks like it’s doing a pretty good job protecting itself in the meantime:
In April, it was reported that production on the series was ending early as writers retooled the season finale. After the news broke that the 13-episode season would now consist of 10 episodes, the streaming service put to rest concerns about both the series’ and DC Universe’ future by releasing a teaser for the series and clarifying that the episode reduction was due to “creative differences” between the show’s creators and streaming service but would still premiere on the streaming service on May 31st. The streaming service also reaffirmed their commitment to the DC Universe slate (Titans, Doom Patrol, Harley Quinn, Young Justice: Outsiders, and Stargirl).
The streaming service‘s adaptation is based on the DC Comics character created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. Set to premiere May 2019, Swamp Thing stars Bean, Reed, Mears, Jennifer Beals, Kevin Durand, Maria Sten, Jeryl Prescott, Virginia Madsen, Will Patton, Ian Ziering, Henderson Wade, and Leonardo Nam.
Here’s an overview of DC Universe’s Swamp Thing as well as a look at Bean’s Alec Holland, Mears’ Swamp Thing, Sten’s Liz Tremayne, Reed’s Dr. Abby Arcane, Beals’ Sheriff Lucilia Cable, Prescott’s Madame Xanadu, Madsen’s Maria Sunderland, Patton’s Avery Sunderland, Durand’s Woodrue/Floronic Man, Ziering’s Daniel Cassidy/Blue Devil, Wade’s Matt Cable, and Nam’s Harlan Edwards – offering some clues as to what viewers could expect from the series:
DC Universe’s Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.
● Emerging from the swamp with a monstrous physique and strange new powers over plant life, the man who was once Alec Holland (Bean) struggles to hold onto his humanity. Prior to his life as the elemental hero, Holland was a biologist who got caught in the crosshairs of a small town nightmare, when he discovered a bizarre local illness connected to his work in the swamp.
● When dark forces converge on the town of Marais, Swamp Thing (Mears) must embrace what he has become in order to defend the town as well as the natural world at large.
● Smart and caring, CDC Dr. Abby Arcane’s (Reed) strong sense of empathy puts her at the center of a horrific life-threatening epidemic in her hometown, where she faces emotional demons from her past. A chance meeting with scientist Alec Holland takes her into a world of horror and the supernatural, and of the elemental creature known as Swamp Thing.
● Liz Tremayne (Sten) is a close childhood friend of Abby Arcane’s, who splits her time between reporting for the local paper and bartending at her aging father’s roadhouse bar. Her no-nonsense attitude belies a deep compassion for her friends and family as she sets out in her uncompromising quest to expose the secrets that threaten her beloved hometown.
● Sheriff Lucilia Cable (Beals) is tough as nails, pragmatic, and fiercely devoted to her son, Matt, her sworn duty to serve and protect the town of Marais. As the community she has dedicated her life to defending finds itself beset by strange forces, Lucilia must double down in her efforts to safeguard everyone she holds dear.
● Madame Xanadu (Prescott) is a centuries-old immortal who advises and aligns with crusaders against evil but is reluctant to join the fray directly.
● Maria Sunderland (Madsen) traded in her privileged upbringing for the swamps of Marais when she married local business magnate Avery Sunderland, but Avery’s life-time obsession with the swamp has driven a wedge between him and Maria. Her poised existence is shaken further when the return of Abby Arcane reawakens a deep grief over the loss of Maria’s daughter, Shawna, drawing her into the dark supernatural mysteries emerging from the swamp.
● Prominant businessman Avery Sunderland (Patton) serves as the de facto patriarch of his Louisiana hometown, always giving back to the community. His benevolent veneer, however, masks a ruthless determination to harness the power of the swamp for profit.
● Jason Woodrue/Floronic Man (Durand) is a biogeneticist without equal – and he knows it. Brought in to study the unique properties of a small-town Louisiana swamp, Woodrue becomes fixated on unlocking the potential contained within — leading to tragic and monstrous consequences.
● Stuntman turned movie star Daniel Cassidy/Blue Devil (Ziering) became semi-famous after playing the demonic Blue Devil. But now, eight years later, Cassidy finds himself living out his days in frustration, pining for his former fame while on a collision course with destiny.
● Wade’s Matt Cable is a Louisiana lawman who finds himself in dire straits when supernatural evil threatens the town he’s sworn to protect. The son of Sheriff Lucilla Cable has a history with Abby: she was his childhood crush.
● Harlan Edwards (Nam) is a gay CDC specialist and Dr. Abby Arcane’s second-in-command.