With DC Universe’s live-action Swamp Thing series currently fleshing out its core cast, now comes an update on the tone of the show.
Speaking to /Film, co-showrunner Gary Dauberman confirmed that the show will be an R-rated effort. As he explained, “We always set out to make Swamp Thing as hard R as we could and go graphic with the violence, with the adult themes and make it as scary as possible. Because we’re doing it through the DC streaming service, they really pushed us – although they didn’t have to push hard – for us to go as extreme as we could.”
Dauberman added, “We really took our inspiration from the Alan Moore run in Swamp Thing, this landmark run. Fans of that series will know it gets pretty weird and extreme and scary. We really wanted to live up to that standard that Moore set up back in the ‘80s.”
Even more exciting, the series will also utilise practical SFX for its titular hero - which sounds all kinds of cool to us!
As a character, Swamp Thing began life back in 1971 and has appeared in a whole host of different mediums over the decades. Wes Craven would helm 1982’s Swamp Thing movie, with a sequel following in 1989. On the small screen, a three-season USA Network show ran during the early ‘90s, and there was similarly a far-too-short-lived animated series during those years.
At this stage, Swamp Thing is set for a to-be-confirmed 2019 premiere, with Mark Veriheiden and Gary Dauberman on showrunner duties.