Things may not be well in the Houma swamps.
Wilmington, North Carolina station WCET reports production on DC Universe’s Swamp Thing series will wrap production earlier than expected. The cause is unknown, with their sources indicating shock among the crew. The station also quotes a now-deleted Instagram post from actor Virginia Madsen, who wrote, “I’m beyond sad. What a terrible decision. We have been cut to the core by those who have never set foot into the Swamp.”
The series, which stars Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane and Derek Mears as the title creature, was set for a 13-episode order — which will presumably debut May 31st on DC Universe. But now it is unclear how many episodes will ultimately stream. According to the Wilmington Star News, the production was in the midst of shooting Episode 10 with reshoots on previous episodes expected to commence at the time the halt was announced on set. The site also suggests reasons for the shutdown include WarnerMedia reassessing the viability of the DC Universe service.
Indeed, DC Universe began its life prior the AT&T taking control of Warner, and despite quality content like Doom Patrol and Titans, it may not have the subscribers necessary to keep the service alive. The recent addition of the entire DC Comics library may be part of a last-ditch effort to pull in more customers.
Of course, that’s idle speculation, and it is possible the original programs — which also includes more episodes of the animated Young Justice, a second season of Titans and an upcoming Stargirl series — may find a home on WarnerMedia’s eventual streaming platform.
In the meantime, though, it seems Swamp Thing will be a shorter run than originally planned.
(h/t: The Beat)