Despite being praised by fans and critics alike, Warner Bros. and DC wasted no time in swinging the axe on the DC Universe series Swamp Thing, cancelling the show just days after its premiere on the streaming service earlier this year.
Swamp Thing ran into problems late in production, with DC Universe cutting the series order from 13 episodes to 10, forcing the producers to alter their plans and bring the show to a close after a single season, hastily crafting a new ending. And now, during an interview with Comic Book Movie, executive producer Gary Dauberman has opened up on their original plans for season two:
“Season one is very much like a movie in that it has a beginning, middle, and end, and is one story told over the course of ten episodes and what I liked a lot about the comics is that there’s like werewolf in a hospital and things like that, so we would have had episodes like an anthology with standalone stories,” said Dauberman.
“The swamp is very much the kitchen sink of supernatural terror and, as you know, you can go into different subgenres of horror with that and I was really looking forward to exploring that in season two and getting into some of the more twisted horror tales from the later comics,” Dauberman continued. “It just would have got weirder. For people who don’t know the character, season one was telling people what Swamp-Thing was all about but season two was going to be more about getting into the deeper, twisted, weirder, and gross ideas.”
Dauberman went on to state that he was “heartbroken” over the show’s cancellation due to his affection for the character, and particularly Alan Moore’s famous run on the comic book, with the producer adding that: “I think if you’re interested in what the other seasons were going to be like, you can go back to the source material.”
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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.