A few weeks back, we passed along the sad news that the powers that be over at Warner Bros. put the kibosh on James Wan and DC Universe's new Swamp Thing series starring Crystal Reed, Andy Bean, and Derek Mears after only a single episode had aired. Since the surprising news, Wan himself has kept mostly silent on the matter. But that all changed yesterday as Wan took to Instagram to finally comment on the show's cancelation saying that he really doesn't know or understand why the show was canceled, but that the cast and crew, and producing/writing team poured their hearts into it and he's really proud of everyone's hard work.
Specifically, James Wan writes this.
"Don't really know or understand why #Swampthing was canceled, but I can tell you this - all the cast and crew, and producing/writing team poured their hearts into this. Really proud of everyone's hard work. Go watch episode 2, and immortalize these 10 episodes. Swampy deserves it."
Sadly the news of the cancelation was not too surprising as back in April, production on the series was unexpectedly cut short when Warner Bros. reduced the original episode order from 13 to 10 episodes. Since then it has been speculated that the drop was due to creative differences with DC Universe and WarnerMedia. And further reports stated the series had been canceled due to a significant budget drop after the expected level of tax rebates offered were substantially reduced by the state of North Carolina.
I don't know about you, but I've been watching the Swamp Thing series since it began airing over on DC Universe and I love what I've witnessed within the first two episodes thus far. The production design is truly out of this world, and it really seems they have the characters down. But maybe my opinion will change once the first (and final) season has aired all of its ten episodes. Time will tell. But that said, it seems like I'm not the only one enjoying the hell out of my time in the swamp as the series currently holds a 92% approval rating based on 24 reviews over on Rotten Tomatoes. In fact, the website's critical consensus reads, "By leaning into the horror of it all, Swamp Thing swims deep into the trenches of this strange world and returns with a scary good TV show." Amen, Rotten Tomatoes, amen.
The streaming series stars Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane, Andy Bean as Alec Holland, and Derek Mears as Swamp Thing. Their co-stars include Henderson Wade as Matthew Cable, Maria Sten as Liz Tremayne, Jeryl Prescott as Xanadu, Will Patton as Avery Sunderland, Kevin Durand as Jason Woodrue, Leonardo Nam as Harlan Edwards, Ian Ziering as Daniel Cassidy / Blue Devil, Elle Graham as Susie Coyle, and Virginia Madsen as Maria Sunderland. Swamp Thing was developed by Gary Dauberman and Mark Verheiden based on the character created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) directed the first two episodes and executive produced the series along with Dauberman, Verheiden, Wan, and Michael Clear. DC Universe will continue to air the remaining episodes of the series, with the finale airing on August 2, 2019. This post comes to us from James Wan's official Instagram account.