Well, that was quick: DC Universe’s Swamp Thing has reportedly been canceled, a mere week after its first episode premiered on the streaming service. The superhero drama slash horror slash romance has been well-received by both fans and critics, scoring a 92% “Fresh” rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, but it appears such goodwill couldn’t save Thing in the end—or in the beginning, rather.
But Swamp Thing—which stars Crystal Reed, Virginia Madsen, and Derek Mears in the titular role—was likely doomed after production was unexpectedly shut down earlier this year. Seems like executives were worried about the series’ direction and lost faith in the project’s ability to attract viewers to the fledgling streaming service. Bloody Disgusting reports that “creative differences” played a role in Swamp Thing getting hung out to dry, as well.
It’s disappointing, to say the least. Paste’s Jacob Oller puts it simply in his review of the show’s first episode:
Its start isn’t just the strongest of the DC Universe shows—it’s one of the best beginnings in superhero TV.
Poor Swamp Thing. We hardly knew ye.
Paste has reached out to DC Universe for more information and will update this post with any we receive.
Update: A rep for DC Universe has confirmed that Swamp Thing won’t be resurfacing for a second season.