New details are learned about the upcoming DC Digital streaming network from a DC community manager who confirms the James Wan Swamp Thing TV series will be live-action.
"So right now we are we are working on getting everything from the back-catalog, like the animated TVÂ shows and movies on there now," DC Entertainment Community ManagerÂ Dani SnowÂ told the James Bonding podcast. "We will also be producing. I think right now we have four original shows in productionÂ includingÂ Swamp Thing, which a lot of people are really excited about since itâ€™s a horror title. I donâ€™t know if [the voice] has beenÂ cast, yet."
When asked, Snow also confirmed Swamp Thing will be "yeah, live-action."
Last month saw the Swamp Thing series announced for DC Digital where Aquaman director James Wan is on board to develop the show.
Been developing this â€śvegetarian heroâ€ť for awhile now :) With a great team. Happy to finally share. Expect â€” mood, mystery, gothic romance, and swamp monsters! https://t.co/WbZ9Lb6iBRâ€” James Wan (@creepypuppet) May 2, 2018
In addition to Swamp Thing, DC Digital will feature theÂ TitansÂ live-action TV series,Â Young JusticeÂ Season 3, an adult Harley Quinn animated show, and a Lex Luthor and Lois LaneÂ MetropolisÂ series.
Here is the official announcement for Swamp Thing previously released:
James Wan Brings Swamp Thing to New DC Universe Digital Experience
The air is heavy, damp and almost suffocating. The moon shines fearfully through a patchwork blanket of clouds and dense, looming treetops. The nightâ€™s utterly silent except for the hum of frogs and cicadas, and the occasional splash of water thatâ€™s likely an alligator or snake. Or is it? It almost sounds like footsteps, and that gimmer up ahead really does look like it could be a red pair of eyesâ€¦
Welcome to the world ofÂ Swamp Thing, one of the most groundbreaking and critically acclaimed stories to ever make its way to printâ€¦and soon to the small screen.
Swamp ThingÂ is the latest original series to be announced for theÂ DC UniverseÂ digital experience, and it comes to us care of a name that DC (and horror) fans will likely knowâ€”James Wan, who will serve as an Executive Producer of the series along with Mark Verheiden (Ash vs. The Evil Dead, Daredevil, Constantine), Gary Dauberman (It, Annabelle: Creation) and Michael Clear (Lights Out, Annabelle: Creation).Â
While much about the series is unknown, the official description does suggest that it wonâ€™t stray too far from the world and characters that fans love:
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 Hollandâ€”only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swampâ€™s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrousâ€”and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.
Swamp Thing,Â for anyone out there who doesnâ€™t know, is based on characters from DC created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. He first appeared in 1971â€™sÂ HOUSE OF SECRETS #92Â before earning his own ongoing comic written and drawn by Wein and Wrightson. Over the years, theÂ SWAMP THINGcomic has been written by a dream team of visionary comic book writers including Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Brian K. Vaughan and Scott Snyder. Mooreâ€™s iconicÂ SAGA OF THE SWAMP THINGÂ broke new ground when it came to sophisticated, mature storytelling and helped pave the way for what would eventually become Vertigo Comicsâ€”a line that Swamp Thing would eventually join before making his way back to the DCU during The New 52.
Swamp Thing also has quite a history outside the world of comics. Most famously, the character served as the inspiration for the 1982 Wes CravenÂ Swamp ThingÂ movie, its 1989 sequelÂ The Return of Swamp ThingÂ and a USA network television series that ran from 1990-1993, all of which starred stuntman Dick Durock in the title role. The character also had an animated series that ran at roughly the same time as the live action one, and has since shown up in animated shows and movies such asÂ Justice League Unlimited, Justice League ActionÂ andÂ Justice League Dark,Â as well as video games likeÂ Injustice 2.Â There was also aÂ ConstantineÂ Easter Egg that nodded to the existence of Swamp Thing, but the character never actually appeared on the show.
Wanâ€™sÂ Swamp ThingÂ series is scheduled to debut in 2019, and is the fifth original series announced for DC Universe, DCâ€™s upcoming digital service (the name of which was just revealed today), and will come on the heels ofÂ Titans, Young Justice: Outsiders, Harley QuinnÂ andÂ Metropolis.Â DC Universe promises to be a first-of-its-kind digital experience designed with DC fans in mind, of which the announced original series will be an exciting part. Fans can find out more about membership by visitingÂ www.DCUniverse.comÂ and signing up for updates and by following DC Universe onÂ Facebook,Â TwitterÂ andÂ Instagram.