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.