Fans have launched a campaign to #SaveSwampThing after reports indicated that Warner Bros. cancelled the DC Universe show after releasing the first episode.
Tons of fans have taken to Twitter to let DC Universe, Warner Bros., and DC Comics know they want Swamp Thing to continue and many specifically noted they subscribed to DC Universe specifically for Swamp Thing.
This show was the whole reason I signed up. Now there’s no reason to continue after the trial ends.@warnerbros @warnerbrostv @DCComics @TheDCUniverse #SaveSwampThing https://t.co/pt97MydJ00
— DarkGift Comics (@DarkGiftComics) June 6, 2019
#SaveSwampThing@DCComics @DCUSwampThing @WBHomeEnt @TheDCUniverse
I bought a year subscription at launch for for the original programming, namely Swamp thing. I support James Wan’s visions and wanted to see more, renew Swamp Thing or I may not renew to be honest.
— ‘V’i has come too (@Vi9) June 6, 2019
I don’t believe on petitions but if comicbook fans are really going to do one, it should be: “Save DC Comics from Warner Brothers incompetence”.#SaveSwampThing
— Sharon (@Sharito742) June 6, 2019
It’s weird to ask for a show to be saved when you’ve only seen one episode, but I’ve seen enough to know that Swamp Thing deserves a chance.#SaveSwampThing pic.twitter.com/iAb6wQRebY
— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) June 6, 2019
#SaveSwampThing It’s what I signed up for and why I told others to sign up. @TheDCUniverse
— Richard Newby (@RICHARDLNEWBY) June 6, 2019
#SaveSwampThing because, uh, I don’t know it only went and offered us something different, shone the spotlight on an underappreciated DC character and has a really great cast.
Did I forget anything?
Oh yeah… it got overwhelmingly positive reviews!!! pic.twitter.com/APeb7c62TK
— Michael Patterson (@michaelp93) June 6, 2019
#SaveSwampThing is in the most trending hashtags right now, on number 8.#SwampThing has been tweeted close to 13 THOUSAND times.
Keep spreading the word people!
— Vullein070 #SaveTheSwampDCU (@Vullein) June 6, 2019
DC fans, horror fans, Swamp Thing fans, and monster fuckers unite! #SaveSWAMPTHING pic.twitter.com/LKvLscLMAw
— Walt (@UberKryptonian) June 6, 2019
It really cool seeing everyone support the return of #SwampThing. Personally I hope @HBO picks it up. I’m sure theyd do a terrific job. This is definitely a dark gritty show w a lot of potential to do well in #HBO. Also hope Wan is able to continue his great work. #SAVESWAMPTHING pic.twitter.com/ZTi0HexA6B
— Mera ✨🧜🏼♀️ (@worldofmera) June 6, 2019
I was honestly going to get DC Universe this month but after this swamp thing business I won’t be touching it until things have changed #Saveswampthing
— Q is….. (@QuaMonstarG) June 6, 2019
Not only do fans appear to be rallying to save Swamp Thing, but actress Crystal Reed, who plays Dr. Abby Arcane, posted to Twitter for the first time since last October noting that her mood was “rebellion.”
The rebellion…#mood pic.twitter.com/rt8ogNZHlu
— Crystal Reed (@CrystalmReed) June 6, 2019
Two petitions have also been launched on Change.org calling for DC Universe to save Swamp Thing. One has been signed by over 145 people and the other signed by over 250 already.
DC Universe, DC Comics, nor Warner Bros. have addressed the reports that Swamp Thing has been cancelled.
However, the official Swamp Thing twitter account did just post a behind-the-scenes video promoting Swamp Thing.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at #DCUSWAMPTHING. Catch all the horror action with a NEW EPISODE EVERY FRIDAY, only on @thedcuniverse. https://t.co/9L5hVb6tC9 pic.twitter.com/IcBP9n6dch
— Swamp Thing (@DCUSwampThing) June 6, 2019
It’s unclear why Swamp Thing was reportedly cancelled. Deadline speculates the new leadership of WarnerMedia is evaluating the entire DC Universe platform following AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner. They also speculate that WarnerMedia leadership is not high on Swamp Thing and they point to the series seeing its episode count reduced from 13 to 10 episodes in April.
Wilmington’s StarNews indicated the reason the episodes were reduced from 13 to 10 in April was due to creative decisions. However, they now note that their sources from within the production indicate it could be due to financial burdens.
They report, “Others pointed to the hefty $85 million price tag the series estimated it would spend on its first season in North Carolina, a figure revealed in its film grant applications.”
They also note that Swamp Thing was deemed eligible for a $12 million grant from the state. North Carolina Department of Commerce spokesman David Rhoades stated, “The production company had a clear understanding of the resources available from the state under the grant program, and proceeded with the production here on that basis.”
Do you want Warner Bros. and DC Universe to #SaveSwampThing? What do you make of fans wanting to #SaveSwampThing?