Poor, Swamp Thing. Before the show aired, the DC Universe series seemed to have everything going for it. It was based on a much-beloved comic book character (ka-ching) and was heading our way from the top names in modern horror The Conjuring and Aquaman director James Wan and Annabelle Comes Home and IT: Chapter Two screenwriter Gary Dauberman.
But then after only a single episode aired, the powers that be behind the scenes of DC Universe pulled the plug on the series, shocking fans all around the globe. And today, Dauberman took some time to let us know what some of his plans for the canceled second season would have been. Mainly, making the show more twisted, weirder, and gross.
Specifically, Gary Dauberman says this.
"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. 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. 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."
He adds this."I was heartbroken over [the cancellation] because I think, creatively, we - and I say "we" but mostly mean the other people because Mark Verheiden was really the captain of the ship and he did such a bang-up job of it - the show came out of a love for the source material because we really loved the books, especially the Alan Moore run. He's one of my heroes, of course. Really, everyone involved just fell in love with the source material and the characters and I think that shows in the episodes. I think if you're interested in what the other seasons were going to be like, you can go back to the source material."
Damn. Now I don't know about you but missing out on a more twisted, weirder, and gross-er second season of DC Universe's Swamp Thing is something I think we all will be lamenting and talking about for years. But at the end of the day my hope is that the show impressed DC Universe enough that when they finally go ahead and get their act together and greenlight a Justice League Dark series, they won't forget about this version of the thing from the swamp. What I mean is I hope they AT LEAST bring back Friday the 13th (2009) and Hatchet III star Derek Mears as Swamp Thing. In the meantime, this story comes to us from an interview Dauberman recently held over at Comic Book Movie.