While Swamp Thing’s live-action series will feature on the DC Universe streaming service, it won’t exist in the same continuity as Titans and Doom Patrol. During San Diego Comic-Con, DC’s chief creative officer Jim Lee shared the news in an interview with CNet (via CBR). Lee told the publication, “we have no mandate to tie everything together.”
This detail isn’t too surprising given Swamp Thing’s comic history. Prior to the New 52, most of Swamp Thing’s adventures were explored in the Vertigo line of comics. Similar to series such as Hellblazer and The Sandman, these stories were more adult-oriented.
The live-action television show intends to embrace the character’s roots in horror, evidenced by James Wan’s involvement. Further establishing Swamp Thing’s more supernatural aspects are co-writers/showrunners Mark Verheiden (NBC’s Constantine) and Gary Dauberman (2017’s It).
Swamp Thing’s show was announced earlier this year. Production reportedly begins this fall in North Carolina. DC Universe goes live later this year, with Swamp Thing premiering on the service on an unspecified date in 2019.