‘Swamp Thing’ rises in DC Comics teaser trailer, but eyes murky future

“Swamp Thing” is coming to the surface. And it ain’t all pretty for the DC Comics show which is already experiencing problems before its first episode.

Star Ian Ziering revealed the first teaser trailer Wednesday on his Instagram account for the original drama series destined to kick off May 31 on the DC Universe streaming service.

The teaser gives the first, fleeting glimpse of the hideous bog-bound title character who will be portrayed by “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star Derek Mears.

“Beverly Hills, 90210” star Ziering will portray Daniel Cassidy, also known as the Blue Devil, in the series.

“Try draining this swamp, I dare you,” Ziering wrote on Instagram.

The trailer drops amid reports of a murky future. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Warner Bros. Television has reduced its order for the scripted drama from the original 13-episode request to 10 episodes “after experiencing creative differences” with DC Universe. 

The Wilmington Star News reported that the “Swamp Thing” North Carolina production crew was blindsided by the shortened order. Crew members were assembled by producers and told the show would be shutting down after filming Episode 10. Originally, the show was scheduled to shoot the 13 episodes through the end of May.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo told the paper he was surprised by the disheartening development. “We were all caught off guard,” he said. “No one was aware this was happening.”

“Swamp Thing” is based on the comic created in the 1970s by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson.

The show follows Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed), who investigates a deadly swamp virus in Louisiana, only to find that’s the beginning of the horrors. Andy Bean plays the scientist destined to transform into Swamp Thing (Mears).



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