DC Universe’s ‘Swamp Thing’ Taps Derek Mears To Play Swamp Thing

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The live action DC Universe original horror series Swamp Thing has potentially found it’s Swamp Thing according to an exclusive report from SplashReport.

According to the report insiders with knowledge of the project have stated that actor Derek Mears has been tapped by Warner Bros. Television to portray the Swamp Thing himself in the upcoming original series that is being developed for the DC Universe digital streaming service. This means that Mears will not be playing the role of the creature’s human alter-ego, Dr. Alec Holland. It is still unknown who will be portraying Holland at this present moment.


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Mears is no stranger to starring in horror projects as he has been credited as portraying Jason Voorhees in the 2009 reboot of Friday the 13th reboot and Chameleon in The Hills Have Eyes 2. 

Swamp Thing follows Center for Disease Control researcher Abigail “Abby” Arcane as she returns to her hometown of Houma, Louisiana in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus. There, she bonds with scientist Alec Holland, only to have him tragically taken from her.

But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets — both horrifying and wondrous, that could potentially bring the love of her life back to her.

The live-action DC Universe adaptation of the classic anti-hero originally created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson will be executive produced by Len Wiseman (Sleepy Hollow) who will also direct the pilot. Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica, Netflix’s Daredevil) and Gary Dauberman (It) are attached to co-write the series and act as showrunners, with James Wan (Aquaman) set to executive-produce the series alongside Verheiden, Dauberman, and Michael Clear.

Swamp Thing is set to start filming this year and is set to premiere on the DC Universe digital streaming service in 2019. The series is one of six original series being developed for the DC Universe digital service, which will be a hub for DC fans to enjoy classic comics, film, and television shows. The other original shows are Titans, Stargirl, Doom Patrol, Young Justice: Outsiders, and Harley Quinn.

DC Universe is set to launch on September 15th to coincide with DC’s annual Batman Day event.

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Simeone Miller
Simeone has been involved in popular culture journalism since early 2015 as the co-founder of the highly successful Up Your Geek news organization. He specializes in covering DC, Marvel, cinema, and gaming. He is a political science major minoring in sociology and plans to be a lawyer.