Ian Ziering Joins Swamp Thing As Blue Devil
by Erik Amaya
Ian Ziering is the latest actor to join a DC Universe series.
Deadline reports he will recur on Swamp Thing as former stuntman Daniel Cassidy — aka Blue Devil. Created by Dan Mishkin, Gary Cohn and Paris Cullins in 1984, the character has been a constant presence in the DC comic book universe ever since. Initially a stuntman on the film Blue Devil, Cassidy was fused with the creature exo-suit he invented when an actual demon mistook him for a fellow supernatural force. Always trying to find a way to return to his human form, Cassidy became a hero. But instead of regaining his humanity, he became a real demon after a deal with Neron went south.
Of course, that was two-and-a-half universes ago, but his mixture of technology and mystical forces continues to make him a unique personage in the DC multiverse.
On Swamp Thing, Ziering’s Cassidy will be the ex-star of the Blue Devil movie series who “finds himself living out his days in frustration, pining for his former fame while on a collision course with destiny.” Presumably supernatural forces will see him return to Blue Devil in a way he never expected.
The series stars Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane, a CDC researcher who heads to her hometown to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus. It will also feature Henderson Wade as Matt Cable, Jennifer Beals as Sheriff Lucilia Cable, Will Patton as Swamp Thing adversary Avery Sunderland, Virginia Madsen as Avery’s wife Maria, 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 — Andy Bean as Alec Holland and Derek Mears as Swamp Thing.
Swamp Thing will launch on DC Universe in 2019.