Rumors of Swamp Thing‘s demise seem to be at least slightly exaggerated. Despite reports that production has shut down in North Carolina, the DC Universe series’ marketing is plugging right along, first releasing a teaser, and now a full-length trailer. And hesitations aside, it actually looks pretty darn cool.
With James Wan‘s name attached as producer and IT writer Gary Dauberman leading the show the horror influences aren’t exactly surprising. (Plus, you know, Swamp Thing is a giant green moss monster.) But this trailer dives deep into some unnerving places, with a sentient string of vines seemingly bringing a corpse back to life in a morgue to attack Crystal Reed’s Abby Arcane. It’s got a great, spine-tingly vibe to it; a ton of Cronenberg body horror with a dash of that old salty Lovecraft.
Swamp Thing will follow Arcane as she tries to get to the bottom of a mysterious virus emanating from a Louisiana marshland. Andy Bean will portray Alec Holland, a biologist who runs afoul of some very dark things lurking in the nearby swamp and is transformed into the monstrous Swamp Thing, who will be played under heavy prosthetics by former Jason Voorhees actor Derek Mears. Although the character was created by writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson, the first season looks to be drawing a lot from the revolutionary run in the 80s by writer Alan Moore and artists Stephen R. Bissette, Rick Veitch, and John Totleben.
Check out the trailer below. Swamp Thing—which also stars Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Beals, Will Patton, and Ian Ziering—hits DC Universe on May 31.
Here is the official synopsis for Swamp Thing:
SWAMP THING follows Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.