Will Patton To Play Avery Sunderland On DC Universe’s Swamp Thing

by Erik Amaya


Swamp Thing has its Avery Sunderland.

Deadline reports Falling Skies‘ Will Patton will play the comic book adversary in the upcoming DC Universe series. Created by Martin Plasko and Tom Yeates in 1982’s Swamp Thing #6, the character debuted as the CEO of Sunderland Industries, a research outfit interested in Alec Holland’s bio-restorative formula. Sunderland eventually learned about Swamp Thing’s apparent death and took possession of the corpse to discover the creature was not Alec Holland at all, but a sentient plant who absorbed the dead scientist’s memories. A revived Swamp Thing learns the truth at the same time and kills Sunderland in the midst of his rage and despair.

On the television series, Patton’s Sunderland will be “the de facto patriarch of his Louisiana hometown, always giving back to the community.” But his business leads him to an obsessive interest in the nearby swamp and an unknown pathogen infecting people in the area.

Swamp Things stars Gotham‘s Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane, a CDC researcher who returns to her hometown to investigate a new swamp-borne disease. Virginia Madsen is also set to appear as Avery’s wife Maria; a new character created specifically for the series. Other cast members include Jeryl Prescot as DC Comics’ favorite fortune teller Madame Xanadu, Maria Sten as Liz Tremayne — a tabloid journalist from an early issue of Swamp Thing re-imagined as Abby’s best friend — Jennifer Beals as Sheriff Lucilia Cable and Derek Mears as Swamp Thing.

Swamp Thing will premiere on DC Universe in 2019.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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