The story of DC Universe’s Swamp Thing grows even more complicated as a Business Insider report reveals plans for a three-season long Justice League Dark story. Recent news revealed the show was cancelled shortly after its pilot aired on May 31 and, though many suspect local tax issues are to blame, there’s no official word from DC on what lead to the decision. The announcement came out of nowhere, surprising the cast and even the producers. That’s why the news that there were plans for such an ambitious arc are even more shocking.
Justice League Dark is the arcane branch of DC’s heroes, originally comprised of John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Shade, the Changing Man, and Zatanna. Though the series went untouched for a time, the comic was relaunched under the Rebirth banner with a new team; Zatanna, Wonder Woman, Man-Bat, Detective Chimp and, of course, Swamp-Thing who also joined the team for the 2017 animated feature of the same name.
It’s a wide swathe of potential, especially considering how beloved some of these characters are. Business Insider’s source says the general vibe on set was just as optimistic: “crew members believed the show could have lasted even longer than that [three seasons]. The source also claims the idea of Swamp Thing characters spinning off into their own shows was thrown around, with a Justice League Dark team-up spinoff series mentioned as a possibility.”
The plot thickens around the show, as rumors swarm that Titans may be the only returning DC Universe show. The company is making major announcements, but largely avoiding talking about why. When fans reached out about Swamp Thing’s cancellation, the official response was “we appreciate there are questions as to ‘why,’ but unfortunately we are not in a position to answer at this time.” The shake-ups continue at DC, but until it settles, we’re stuck in the dark.
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