As I’m sure you know by now, Swamp Thing is one of several DC properties being adapted for the DC Universe streaming channel. James Wan is heading up the project, which was given a script-to-series order, meaning if approved, it goes straight to series.
Today we have word via That Hashtag Show that the series is already casting its leads and the site has proved rundowns on the newly revamped characters. You can check out the new character rundowns below including the female lead: Abby Arcane!
“The live-action version is a 30-something intelligent woman, who is a bit of a lone wolf. She works for the Center for Disease Control who ends up assigning her to investigate the “Houma Flu”, which happens to be in her hometown. Abby’s tragic past consists of losing her mother when she was only 8 years old and in turn, ended up making her move between multiple foster families. Once she was done with high school, she left Houma to pursue her dream of developing a medical career. While she performs well with her job, she has a bit of a power struggle with her employer. There is a tragic reason why Abby left Houma to begin with, that she keeps a secret and it has caused her to develop a pill addiction.
“When she left her hometown, Abby left things on an awkward note with her high school ex-boyfriend Matt, who is now a cop for Houma. But when she befriends Alec Holland, who works as a researcher for the Sunderland Corporation, it starts out on a good note between them. However, their efforts of investigating the Houma flu in the swamp is not appreciated by the town people when the researchers suggest for the swamp to be shut down temporarily. For some reason, the swamp is where the Houma citizens make their living from it. Not only does Abby have to deal with a possible epidemic in her own hometown, where the people are getting hostile with her, she also begins an odd romance, in the tone of Shape of Water, with a creature that was born in the swamp.”
Abby Arcane made her first appearance in DC Comics in Swamp Thing #3 back in March 1973 and was played by Heather Locklear in The Return of Swamp Thing.
Next, we have the series’ male lead (you know who I’m talking about) :
“Alex Holland, better known as the titular character. Alec is a 30-something wise man, with a hot temper and a big passion for his work as a researcher for the Sunderland Corporation. The company is seemingly building a hospital in Houma. When Abby Arcane returns to the town to investigate the Houma flu, Alec forms an instant bond with her, he discovers that they are very similar people. Both being incredibly invested in science and not caring too much about having a love life. Alex discovers that there is a connection between the Houma flu and the swamp, which is making the people in town hostile with him as well. Despite the bad attitude he gets from the citizens, Alec is determined to get to the bottom of this flu. However, things go haywire when Alec is put through an odd transformation in the form of a swamp-like creature with extraordinary abilities.”
And those are rundowns on the leads of DC’s new Swamp Thing series from James Wan and written by Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman (IT) who will serve as showrunners.
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