Slashfilm recently interviewed screenwriter Gary Dauberman about his new film The Nun, and in the course of the interview, the topic turned to the Swamp Thing series for DC Universe.
Here are some highlights:
- “We always set out to make Swamp Thing as hard R as we could and go graphic with the violence, with the adult themes and make it as scary as possible,” Dauberman, who is a writer on the project with Mark Verheiden, told the site. “Because we’re doing it through the DC streaming service, they really pushed us, although they didn’t have to push hard, for us to go as extreme as we could. We really took our inspiration from the Alan Moore run in Swamp Thing, this landmark I think run. Fans of that series will know it gets pretty weird and extreme and scary. We really wanted to live up to that standard that Moore set up back in the ‘80s. Then of course it allows us, Swamp Thing himself looks incredible what Justin Raleigh and the guys over at Fractured are doing with the suit. So it’s going to look amazing and less of the ‘man in suit’ that you’ve seen in the movie and the other TV show.”
- There is still a “physical costume” worn.
- “It’s the origin story of the Swamp Thing and it’s Alec Holland wrestling with who he’s become. A lot of it’s told through the point of view of Abby Arcane,” Dauberman said, referring to the character being played by Crystal Reed.
- Will Swamp Thing connect to Titans? “I think the opportunity is there if we want to but it’s not mandated. I think we could if, in the future, it organically works itself out to be that way. I haven’t discussed that with the guys from Titans and they haven’t discussed it with us.”
- Yes, modern-day environmental concerns will be a part of the program, but it won’t be preachy.