DC has released a new teaser trailer for the upcoming Swamp Thing live action series. The show, which stars, among others, Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane, Andy Bean as Alec Holland, Kevin Durand as Jason Woodrue, and Derek Mears as the titular Swamp Thing, will be available to watch exclusively on the DC Universe streaming service. Here’s the trailer, plus the series description from DC:
SWAMP THING follows Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.
This thing looks dark. So dark that it’s almost hard to see what’s going on. We can see enough to know there’s some creepy and downright unsettling things going on. After a scene of what looks like a body putting itself back together in a morgue, there’s a lot of brief shots of things, including Virginia Madsen pointing angrily, a guy wearing a pig’s head (Professor Pyg?), and Ian Ziering gazing at his Blue Devil costume. Screams punctuate the soundtrack, and then we finally get a look at Swamp Thing emerging from the water.
It’s hard not to get stuck on the fact that it’s still just a guy in a mossy costume, but maybe it’ll end up looking better than the ’80s movies and the ’90s TV series did (did you know that show ran for three seasons? What a world.).
Swamp Thing made news last week when it was reported that production had shut down early. The news cast the future of the DC Universe service as a whole into doubt, though it was later clarified that the production shutdown had nothing to do with the overall service and was specific to Swamp Thing. Producer James Wan clarified that the show would still be released, albeit with only 10 episodes instead of the originally-planned thirteen. How the shortened season will impact the storytelling of the series remains to be seen.
Swamp Thing debuts on DC Universe on May 31st.