Earlier this month DC Universe announced that it had cancelled its latest live-action series Swamp Thing, just days after the show made its premiere on the streaming service.
The news wasn’t entirely surprising, seeing as DC had shut down production on the first season early, slashing the episode count from 13 to 10, but it’s certainly a somewhat strange decision seeing how the series has proven to be a success with fans and critics alike.
In an interview with Collider, actor Derek Mears – who portrays the titular monster – has shared his reaction to the cancellation, describing it as a “heartbreaker” and stating that he feels the decision to axe the show felt like a “lack of respect” on DC’s part.
“It was such a heartbreaker to find out after our first episode that we got cancelled for the second season, but all we’ve heard up until that point was how amazing everything was,” said Mears. “And everyone’s going, ‘We have a big hit on our hands. This is crazy.’ … So it’s a weird nebulous space that we’re all in now because we don’t know officially why that would happen, or why they cancelled it. Even if you are going to cancel it, wouldn’t you wait until later on until to see how it plays with fans before? So, something’s going on somewhere.”
“I’m very proud of what we did, but also very saddened by the almost the sense of lack of respect,” he continued. “We have a brand new baby we worked so hard on, and having someone like slit their throat and go, ‘Here’s the baby,’ and going like, ‘Oh, you get no more baby after this” Why would you do that?.., Maybe something will switch somewhere, if something will flip, and we can all get together again. But I tell you, it’s one of the best experiences I have had, and set the bar really high for working together with a group of people.”
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Swamp Thing features a cast that includes Crystal Reed (Gotham) as Abby Arcane, Andy Bean (It: Chapter Two) as Alec Holland, Will Patton (Halloween) as Avery Sutherland, Maria Sten (Channel Zero) as Liz Tremayne, Jennifer Beals (The L World) as Sheriff Lucilia Cable, Jeryl Prescott (The Walking Dead) as Madame Xanadu, Kevin Durand (The Strain) as Jason Woodrue, Virginia Madsen (American Gothic) as Maria Sunderland, Henderson Wade (Riverdale) as Matt Cable, Leonardo Nam (Westworld) as Harlan Edwards, Ian Ziering (Sharknado) as Blue Devil and Derek Mears (Friday the 13th) as Swamp Thing.