Writer Gary Dauberman on Swamp Thing: I’m just really disappointed that it was canceled

Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing was praised by critics and fans, but that wasn’t enough to make the higher-ups consider renewing the show for a second season on DC Universe, the DC streaming service. The live-action DC series was canceled shortly after the premiere of the first episode. There were many reports as to why it was canceled, with one reporting that the show’s production cost was just too high. Gary Dauberman, who’s a co-writer and executive producer of the series, talks about how he enjoyed working on the show and what he thinks about the show’s cancelation.

“I’m really proud of the show,” Dauberman tells Nerd Reactor. “Mark [Verheiden] and I came into it and we really wanted it to be true to the spirit of the comics. I think we achieved that. When I say we, I mean the cast and crew. It was a really joyful experience and really rewarding. The captain of the ship was Mark Verheiden. He did a phenomenal job. I’m really proud of it and I think it’s really gratifying and rewarding to see the critics and the fans who have seen the show embracing it and understanding what we’re trying to achieve. That was the goal.”

“And in terms of it just being canceled… I don’t know why these decisions are made or what the business sense of it is,” Dauberman continued. “I’d pull my hair out if I started thinking about why these things are. I’m just really disappointed that it was canceled. For us, we really were satisfied with the first season, but it also felt like we were just getting started. There was so much great conversation about where we could go with this thing. The swamp, a lot like the artifact room, is such a fertile ground for all these different types of stories and all these different types of scares and horror that you don’t get on TV every day. It just bummed us out that we weren’t able to explore that and exploit that the way we wanted to.”

DC Universe will continue to air the rest of the episodes on a weekly basis. So far four episodes have aired, with the fifth one airing June 28, 2019. The first season of the show was originally planned for 13 episodes, but it was reduced to 10 episodes.

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