DC Universe is finally opening up about its original drama Swamp Thing’s impromptu cancellation, albeit quite vaguely.
A post by a moderator in the service’s Watchtower forum touched on the controversy but didn’t offer much explanation.
A moderator and rep who goes by Applejack parroted a refrain that all 10 episodes of Swamp Thing will air through the summer. Applejack added the obvious point there are no plans for a second season, which indicates the door might still be open for one — as improbable as that is.
The response goes no deeper before reverting to the default position of “no further comment.” No explanation of why Swamp Thing is dead on the vine was given. Applejack writes:
“We appreciate there are questions as to “why”, but unfortunately we are not in a position to answer at this time.”
Not being in a position to give an answer to why the show won’t continue could be contractual, or the folks at DC Universe are in the dark like North Carolina officials, a possibility that doesn’t make Warner Media brass look very good.
In fact, Swamp Thing executive producer and Aquaman director James Wan announced he’s in the dark as to why the show was cancelled as well. He wrote on Instagram:
“Don’t really know or understand why #SwampThing was cancelled, but I can tell you this – all the cast and crew, and producing/writing team poured their hearts into this. Really proud of everyone’s hard work. Go watch episode 2, and immortalize these 10 episodes. Swampy deserves it.”
Applejack also added what DC Universe, thought to be on shaky ground, has in store for the future. A future is at least indicated but no plans were divulged specifically and Applejack stayed cryptic:
“We’ve got a lot of exciting plans for our other shows in the works, and look forward to sharing more in the coming months.”
The post concludes by stating they will take action against fake news:
“That’s all the information I have to share at this time. Now that you have the goods, we will be going back through the threads and removing the false rumors and speculation that this choice means DC Universe or any of our other original series were affected.”
Rumors quickly spread and were taken seriously in the media, that the North Carolina Film Office withheld $40 million from Swamp Thing’s budget, leading to the show’s sudden termination. The director of the North Carolina Film Office was quick to respond, shooting the accusation down as untrue; and the writer who first circulated the charge was suspended from Twitter.
Going forward, DC Universe will unleash on subscribers Young Justice: Outsiders, continuing in July, a Harley Quinn animated series starring Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, and season 2 of Titans.