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DC Comics is making a ‘Swamp Thing’ TV series with James Wan

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Get ready for DC’s answer to ‘The Shape of Water.’

It’s a big day for the new DC Comics online streaming service. First off, it finally revealed its name: DC Universe. Secondly, it announced an unexpected new TV adaptation: Swamp Thing.

Previously adapted into two rather schlocky movies and a ’90s TV show, Swamp Thing is a romantic horror comic with ecological themes. In other words, it kind of stands out from the other DC Universe shows, all of which are superhero adaptations. So far, they include Harley Quinn, Young Justice: Outsiders, and a live-action Teen Titans reboot. Swamp Thing will also be live-action, with Aquaman director James Wan attached as executive producer.

Judging by the Hollywood Reporters plot summary, the show is based on Alan Moore’s iconic 1980s retelling of Swamp Thing’s origin story.

“The drama follows what happens when CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus. There, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be gone after all.”

The showrunners are Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica, Daredevil) and Gary Dauberman (Stephen King’s It).

While DC found plenty of success with superhero shows like Arrow and Supergirl, the supernatural Constantine was a single-season flop. Swamp Thing is in a similar wheelhouse (in fact, it’s where John Constantine first appeared), and can’t rely on a familiar superhero/crime drama formula. Basically, it has to be weird. Swamp Thing has more in common with The Shape of Water than your average superhero show, so we’ll just have to cross our fingers and hope the writers know what they’re doing. Gary Dauberman has extensive experience writing horror (including, oddly enough, a Swamp Thing-adjacent B-movie called Swamp Devil), while Mark Verheiden is a sci-fi writer who worked on numerous superhero projects from Smallville to Heroes.

DC Universe’s first original drama, Titans, is expected to arrive later this year.

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H/T The Hollywood Reporter

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested.