In 2019, DC Comics’ released the first live-action season of Swamp Thing. Anticipated and hoped to become a success, the series hit the small screen and received a warm welcome. Yet, only one season of the show ran the screen before cancellation.
DC Universe’s Swamp Thing Summary
One season alone is not enough. DC Universe’s Swamp Thing deserves more.
While looking into an epidemic in her Louisiana hometown, CDC investigator Abby Arcane discovers that the local swamps hold numerous secrets after her partner seemingly dies and transforms into Swamp Thing. — Google
The DC Universe is a vast one, including many titles from Gotham to The Flash to Arrow and Titans, among many more. However, Swamp Thing is different and stood apart due to its appeal to a more mature audience who grew up reading the comic book.
Most recently, with the comic book title Justice League Dark, Swamp Thing found a new place in a team to show more of his character. Surrounded by John Constantine and Zatanna, with a guest appearance from Batman, Swamp Thing gained more popularity.
The show reached out to a greater audience and promised to be interesting, and the first season was no disappointment. So, what happened?
The series revolves around Dr. Abby Arcane and Dr. Alec Holland, aka Swamp Thing. At first, they work together, him as a botanist and her as an infectious disease specialist until they find out the swamp is hiding more than a disease.
Abby and Alec grow close and forms a bond of friendship relatively fast until taken away by one explosion in the swamp.
The story moves forward through the intricate “behind the scene” goal of the Sunderland family. The swamp, serving as a toxic waste deposit, causes unusual illnesses and destroys the environmental surroundings keeping the place alive.
Therefore, Swamp Thing comes to life and becomes its last line of defence.
One season isn’t enough for any series of this magnitude as Swamp Thing is a DC Comics’ classic. The 2019 series promised lots of environmental messages, science, intrigue, mysteries, and suspense.
The quality of the show was quite impressive. The Swamp Thing himself was magnificent, and the team working on this costume deserves awards if only for the costume alone!
As if the look and the emplacement of the show, Louisiana, wasn’t enough, none other than Jason Voorhees himself took the role of Swamp Thing when in costume! The environmental message behind the idea of the show is something tangible and relatable, while illness in people is something we all deal with regularly.
A Swamp Thing
Swamp Thing is an anti-hero who belongs to DC Comics, and its creation took place in 1974. Since then, the character went through various transformations but always remained a swamp monster with a conscience.
The character joined the Justice League on occasions, helped Batman or vice versa, and most recently joined the Justice League Dark.
His abilities are exceptional and reminiscent of Poison Ivy. Swamp Thing can regenerate himself at a somewhat quick pace, he has a higher strength than strong men but not comparable to Superman, he can share memories through touch from plants or trees, and command vegetation.
While his limitation has yet to come in writing form, Swamp Thing’s command over vegetation allowed him to even cure Superman of an infection given to him by a Kryptonian plant.
Swamp Thing doesn’t just rule over Earth’s vegetation but all vegetation throughout the galaxy at the very least.
A DC Universe Thing
Poison Ivy used to be a generic sexy, not that powerful villain until DC Comics realized their vegetarian or vegan readers had anyone to relate to beside Beast Boy.
In the later years, Poison Ivy became an emblem for an environmental activist. She’s no longer a villain but an Environmental Terrorist, if such a thing could exist since we do need the environment to live, not pollution.
Aside from Beast Boy and Poison Ivy, Swamp Thing is the greatest Green Powerhouse of DC Comics. It is the primary mission of those three to protect nature, mostly Poison Ivy and Swamp Thing.
All they fight for is the survival of the planet and environment by stopping humans from destroying it relentlessly. While Poison Ivy is quite more radical, Swamp Thing prefers the predator tactic but doesn’t stop at nothing to protect his environment.
I am quite proud to say DC Comics has three environmental, vegetarian characters!
Swamp Thing Universe
Going back to the series and its one season, the overall look of the show proved it could be a great storyline. The diversity available alone in the characters and story gave to us by taking place in a Louisiana fictional town was perfect and made it real.
The work put into the Swamp Thing costume, and its looks are a work of art and deserve more seasons! The chemistry between the characters didn’t need more time because the viewer understands what is going on from the very beginning. The casting, location, costumes, script, all set for success in one season.
One season is not much, ten episodes, and yet the story was in motion, and everyone wants answers. The cliffhanger is not as mind-blowing as any other show when knowing there would be the following season, it was more of an “in case” it doesn’t make it end.
My Swamp Thing
Despite the show’s cancellation, you owe yourself to watch the ten episodes. It is quite impressive and proves that without CGI, one can achieve greatness with special effect makeup artists!
From the comic books I read and what I saw of the character, they depict him well in the show. One season alone is not enough. DC Universe’s Swamp Thing deserves more.
I keep hoping DC Comics Universe gives it another go and start a season two, we never know, it happened with Young Justice. Swamp Thing is a story that deserves our attention, especially in times like ours, where the environment needs our support.
I give it a solid 8/10!
The OCD Nerd,