DC Universe’s Swamp Thing To Lean Into Gothic Horror/Romance According To James Wan

There is a lot of talk right now about the success of Aquaman in theaters and that has a lot to do with the direction and vision of director James Wan. But before this superhero blockbuster, Wan was known for his horror films, writing and directing such films like Saw, Insidious: Chapter Two and The Conjuring. Currently he is working on another DC project, no it’s not a sequel to Aquaman, yet, but the supernatural drama Swamp Thing, which will be available in May of this year exclusively on the DC Universe streaming service.

In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Wan has assures that he will be bringing back Swamp Thing to his roots. “We want to lean more into the Gothic horror/romance aspect of it,” said Wan.“It’s a human story. Basically, it’s Beauty and the Beast. It’s about this guy struggling to find his humanity as he’s transforming and becoming more and more of a monster.”

Swamp Thing was introduced back in 1974 by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson in DC Comics’ House of Secrets horror anthology. But it was Alan Moore with his widely acclaimed The Sage of the Swamp Thing in the 80’s that really boosted the characters popularity. The live action series will follow Abby Arcane who is played by Gotham’s Crystal Reed, a researcher for the Centers for Diseases Control. She returns to her childhood home in Louisiana to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus. She develops a relationship with Alec Holland, played by Andy Bean, only to loose him in a tragic accident. Powerful forces arrive to exploit the town’s swamp’s mysterious properties, leading Abby to discover many secrets it holds and that Alec may not be dead.

Wan also talked briefly on what drew him to the Swamp Thing series project comparing it to his experience developing Aquaman. He describes it as, “another piece of property where I think the source material is amazing, with lots of really fascinating characters.”

Along with Reed and Bean Swamp Thing will feature Derek Mears, Jennifer Beals, Henderson Wade, Will Patton, Virginia Madsen, Jeryl Prescott and Kevin Durand. Joining Wan as executive producer will be Mark Verheiden, Gary Dauberman, Michael Clear and Len Wiseman.

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DC Universe’s Swamp Thing will debut May of this year on their streaming service.


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Source: Comic Book Resources

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