Derek Mears is great in anything, but it was especially exciting to hear that he’s taking over the role of the Swamp Thing. The Swamp Thing TV series is premiering on May 31st on the DC Universe streaming service. It has a lot of things going for it, with James Wan producing and Derek Mears in an honest-to-goodness real practical suit. Ash vs. Evil Dead‘s Mark Verheiden and IT‘s Gary Dauberman are doing the writing, and the rest of the cast is pretty impressive as well.
Crystal Reed (Teen Wolf TV series), Jennifer Beals (Flashdance 1983), Virginia Madsen (Candyman 1992), Ian Zierring (Beverly Hills 90210 TV series, Sharknado franchise), Will Patton (Halloween 2018), Andy Bean (IT Chapter 2 2019), Kevin Durand (The Strain TV series), Henderson Wade (A Million Little Things TV series), Jeryl Prescott (The Walking Dead TV series) and Maria Sten (Straight Outta Compton 2015) join Mears in what could be a pretty amazing chapter in the somewhat mixed reviews for the DC Universe thus far.
The Swamp Thing centers on CDC researcher Abby Arcane (Reed). When she 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 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 dead after all.
Notable directors involved with series are E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills 2013, Channel Zero TV series) and Len Wiseman (Underworld 2003, Live Free or Die Hard 2007).