Published: Fri, June 07, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Swamp Thing canceled by DC Universe after one season

Swamp Thing canceled by DC Universe after one season

Swamp Thing is anticipated to complete it's 10-episode run on the streaming service. After a rocky start that included the episode order being reduced mid-filming, Decider has confirmed that Swamp Thing has been canceled by DC Universe after one season.

According to some reports, Swamp Thing was canned because somebody made a clerical error.

The Underworld filmmaker shot the pilot for the new series, based on the 1970s comic book character, and the first instalment debuted on the DC Universe streaming service on May 31. In fact, the North Carolina Department of Commerce announced earlier this week that Swamp Thing was eligible for $12 million in grant funding, roughly four million less than it originally requested.

"Swamp Thing" is the first major speed bump for DC Universe, which has found success with its original shows since it launched in September.

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The problem was that the estimated budget for Swamp Thing season one was around $80 million. All 10 episodes will be available to stream for subscribers, but the show will not proceed to a second season. The source also said its due to Warner Bros. reevaluating their subscription streaming service.

The series, which was created by Battlestar Galactica's Mark Verheiden and It's Gary Dauberman, centers on CDC agent Abby Arcane (Teen Wolf's Crystal Reed), who returns to her hometown of Houma, Louisiana, to investigate an epidemic involving a swamp-borne virus. However, it would be hard to conclusively state that any of this is the reason for production shutting down, as the numbers requested in grants are pretty even with what the production is eligible for, despite any behind the scenes issues. Could it be that shows like SWAMP THING, TITANS, DOOM PATROL, and the upcoming HARLEY QUINN animated series would be better served if released in their entirety, a la Netflix's modus operandi?

This isn't the first time controversy has surrounded the show.

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