Though DC Universe’s Swamp Thing premiered to critical acclaim, it was quickly--and inexplicably--cancelled earlier this month, with the reason being unclear. Thankfully for Swamp Thing fans, however, a new report suggests that the character may live on onscreen, with the possibility of a film being discussed.
Bloody Disgusting reports that the rumors of a Swamp Thing film are largely preliminary chatter, but that they indicate the hypothetical film would feature a new cast and creative team. The only exception to this shakeup would be executive producer James Wan (The Conjuring), whose horror sensibilities have helped to define the new series.
Though there has been no official comment on why Swamp Thing was cancelled, reports have suggested that it was due to both (or either) financial difficulties and creative differences. CBR reports that, due to a clerical error, Swamp Thing would not be receiving an expected $40 million tax rebate from the state of North Carolina--which was expected to cover half its budget.
Other reports, according to CBR, indicate that executives at Warner Media, of which DC Universe is a subsidiary, did not like the creative direction of the show, despite its rave reviews. The news of the series cancellation also comes during a period of flux for DC Universe, which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, has remained in an ambivalent state following the announcement of Warner Media’s own streaming service.
As for us, we’ll keep our fingers crossed about the potential Swamp Thing film--we have no idea if it’ll become a reality, but we had been enjoying the show so much that we’d hate to see it go away. In the meantime, we’ll keep watching the series until its final episode airs on Aug. 2.