The Swamp Thing is a fictional superhero in comic books published by American company DC Comics. A humanoid/plant elemental creature, created by writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson, the Swamp Thing has had several humanoid or monster incarnations in various different storylines. The character first appeared in House of Secrets #92 (July 1971) in a stand-alone horror story set in the early 20th century. The character then returned in a solo series, set in the contemporary world and in the general DC continuity. The character is a swamp monster that resembles an anthropomorphic mound of vegetable matter, and fights to protect his swamp home, the environment in general, and humanity from various supernatural or terrorist threats.
The character found perhaps its greatest popularity during the 1970s and early 1990s. Outside of an extensive comic book history, the Swamp Thing has inspired two theatrical films, a live-action television series, and a 5-part animated series, among other media. IGN ranked him 28th in the "Top 100 Comic Book Heroes" list. He appeared in his first live adaptation in the 1982 film Swamp Thing. Dick Durock portrayed the Swamp Thing while Ray Wise played Alec Holland. Durock reprised the role in the sequel film The Return of Swamp Thing along with playing Holland. Durock reprised the role again in the 1990 television series. The Swamp Thing will be played by Derek Mears with Andy Bean playing his human form of Alec Holland in the television series for DC Universe.
Swamp Thing (2019 TV Series)
Abby Arcane returns home to Houma, Louisiana to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, where she develops a bond with scientist Alec Holland. After Holland tragically dies, Arcane discovers the mysteries of the swamp and that Holland may not be dead after all.
- Andy Bean and Derek Mears as Alec Holland / Swamp Thing: As the elemental superhero Swamp Thing, Holland struggles with holding onto his humanity while defending the town and the natural world at large. Bean portrays Holland while Mears portrays the Swamp Thing.
- Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane: A CDC doctor investigating a horrific life-threatening epidemic in her hometown.
- Maria Sten as Liz Tremayne: A local newspaper reporter and bartender who is a close childhood friend of Abby Arcane.
- Jeryl Prescott as Madame Xanadu: A blind fortune teller whose psychic abilities can reveal the future.
- Virginia Madsen as Maria Sunderland: The wife of Avery Sunderland, whose grief over the loss of her daughter Shawna returns with Abby's return home, which draws Maria into the supernatural mysteries of the swamp.
- Will Patton as Avery Sunderland: A prominent businessman in Houma who gives back to the community, yet is determined to harness the power of the swamp for profit.
- Henderson Wade as Matt Cable: A lawman along with his mother Lucilia, who finds himself in dire straits when supernatural events begin to threaten the town.
- Kevin Durand as Jason Woodrue: A biogeneticist brought in to study the properties of the swamp, leading him to become fixated on unlocking the potential of it, which has tragic and monstrous consequences for him.
- Jennifer Beals as Lucilia Cable: The "tough as nails and pragmatic" sheriff of Marais with a strong devotion to her son Matt.
- Ian Ziering as Daniel Cassidy / Blue Devil: A former stuntman who became semi-famous after playing the demonic Blue Devil in a film looking to reclaim his former fame.
- Leonardo Nam as Harlan Edwards: A CDC specialist who is Abby’s second-in-command.
Swamp Thing Episode 1: "Pilot" May 31, 2019
This episode's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. (June 2019) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) In Bayou Swamp, three men are hired to drop unknown cases into the marsh and are attacked by the plants themselves, killing two of them. 48 hours later, Susie, the daughter of Coyle, the survivor of the attack, becomes deathly ill with a mysterious illness that begins to spread throughout Marais, Louisiana. Dr. Abby Arcane of the CDC, a former resident of the town, is sent to help treat the virus with her second-in-command, Harlan. After meeting up with childhood friend and now policeman Matthew Cable, they come across Alec Holland, a disgraced scientist hired by Avery Sunderland for research. Alec believes that Sunderland's research is tied to the virus, and is investigating a mysterious mutagen accelerator found in the water. After finding Coyle's body, Abby and Alec begin to investigate together. However, upon beginning tests, Coyle's body reanimates with plantlike tendrils that attack the two and his own daughter. After Alec 'kills' Coyle with fire, the two meet up with Abby's friend and reporter Liz Tremayne. They're interrupted by Sunderland's wife, who angrily tells Abby to leave after helping with the virus. Later, Abby and Alec find the cases from the marsh, which are revealed to be releasing the mutagen accelerators into the swamp. While waiting for results on the accelerator, Alec and Abby bond, revealing bits of their pasts. Alec reveals that he manipulated test results in an experiment to prove his theories and Abby reveals that she was responsible for the Sunderland's daughter, Shawna's death. After getting the results, Alec departs alone to find the rest of the cases. In the swamp, Alec is shot by an unknown assailant and his boat is blown up with dynamite. Alec dies from his wounds and the swamp begins to wrap him with vines. Abby rushes to the scene only to be scared away by a tall, mossy creature with red eyes that emerges from the water.
#2: "Worlds Apart" - June 7, 2019
This episode's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. (June 2019) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) The police investigate Alec's death, but disregard Abby's claim regarding the strange circumstances. Susie has a strange dream, where she sees Swamp Thing clawing at its body and later states how scared it feels. Maria Sunderland goes to meet Madame Xanadu who advises her against going after her daughter's spirit. Xanadu senses a disturbance between the light and the dark, and begs Maria to put her regrets to rest. Jason Woodrue and his wife arrive in Marais. Avery confronts them about the mutagen accelerator they created, which was supposed to make the trees grow faster and draw out the water from the swamp, resulting in land to develop and more resources from the trees. Woodrue claims his accelerator couldn't cause a disease but Avery demands that Woodrue investigates the illness. Susie escapes from her hospital room and escapes into the swamp on a patrol boat. The officer on the boat discovers two men, extracting one of the mutagen cases. When he attempts to search them, one of the men, Munson, retaliates and kills the officer. Susies escapes while Munson tries to dump the body into the swamp, but he sees her and begins to chase her. Abby and Matthew find the patrol boat. Matthew goes to search another nearby boat, while Abby stays to find Susie. Just before Munson can attack Susie, Swamp Thing arrives to defend her. It heals from deep stab wounds rapidly before summoning roots from the swamp to capture Munson and tear him apart. Abby finds Susie and Swamp Thing together, but takes Susie and leaves Swamp Thing. Susie tells Abby about how "he" doesn't understand what's happening to his body and that his name is Alec. Maria is shown to be resting on Shawna's bed, with her daughter's ghost lying beside her.
#3: "He Speaks" - June 14, 2019
This episode's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. (June 2019) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) As the Swamp Thing walks away from Munson's body, it is resurrected by thousands of bugs which proceeds to kill several wild pigs and a hunter. Abby confides the revelation that the Swamp Thing could be Alec to Liz. A higher CDC official, Eli Troost is sent to supervise the situation that is growing out of control. After Harlan contracts the disease, Abby decides to break into Alec's lab and find out what he was working on. Liv confronts Gordon, a loan officer, about secret payments he has been supposedly making to Avery, but he refuses to talk. Gordon later talks to Avery, demanding he return all the secret payments or else he will talk, revealing Avery is actually in debt. Lucilia Cable interviews Avery about Alec's death and it is revealed that they were in a relationship, when Maria was suffering from her daughter's death. Shawna's ghost confronts Maria about Avery's lack of faithfulness. Abby is cornered by Munson in Alec's lab, but is saved by the Swamp Thing who briefly fights him before telling the bugs to "Leave him", which they do. Abby reveals she knows that he is Alec and says she needs his help. Alec reveals that the disease is not fighting, but fighting back to protect itself. Abby realizes that the antibiotics they were using only make the disease stronger and uses immuno-suppressants to relax it, temporarily saving Harlan, Susie and the other infected. Avery attempts to get more funds from Maria's family inheritance, but she refuses him after considering Shawna's words. Daniel Cassidy expresses his desire to leave Marais and has Xanadu read his card; Despite his usual cards coming up, they are inverted, meaning change is coming. Abby dances with Matt, while Alec looks on. Liv's girlfriend discovers a part of Alec's boat with bullet holes. Gordon refuses to cooperate with Avery and threatens to talk about him and The Conclave, but is killed by Avery.
#4: "Darkness on the Edge of Town"
June 21, 2019
A young man, Todd, and his father discover a corpse hidden in a tree which scratches Todd. Todd later goes to work at Liz's father's, Delroy, place, but he begins to see a snake on his hand. In a panic, he begins to cut his hand with a knife before shoving it into a disposal. The resultant injuries kill Todd, but not before he scratches Delroy. Abby meets with Alec and obtains a sample of his tissue to study. He warns her of danger in the swamp. Dr. Woodrue sees Abby's study of Alec's sample and is amazed at the combined characteristics of animal and plant cells; He agrees to work with her on the sample. Delroy begins to see a masked man and begins to freak out, but is contained by Lucilia, Liz and Abby. He scratches Lucilia. Maria attempts to get closer to Susie, who is recovering well, while Avery holds a celebration to mark the end of the "plant flu". Delroy reveals the man he saw was responsible for killing his mother when he was young. Abby goes to investigate the area where Todd was infected and discovers the corpse and a hotel key. Alec tells her that a darkness was released from it. Xanadu feels a storm approaching the town. Liz looks up the hotel on the key and learns of a similar incident in the past, where the final victim simply vanished into the swamp; Abby theorizes that he knew he was infected and killed himself. Lucilia begins to see a vision of Matt dying, and attempts to shoot his "attacker". She's disarmed by Daniel, but she scratches Abby, who proceeds to rush into the swamp. She begins to see visions of a tall, faceless man who tries to take her. Alec arrives and takes the infection from her, before returning it to the corpse, where it gets buried. Alec reveals that the man did indeed kill himself to protect his loved ones, and that he learned it from the plants. He further states that the swamp has been polluted and that the balance has been shifted, iterating that this is only the beginning. Avery and Maria decide to take care of Susie instead of her uncle, but Avery arranged it with sinister intentions.
#5: "Drive All Night" - June 28, 2019
This episode's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. (July 2019) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Swamp Thing meets a stranger known as the Phantom Stranger, who tells him that the ghosts that he saw earlier were in fact events witnessed by the trees in the past. Susie is possessed by Shawna’s ghost and lures Maria to the swamp. Abby follows Maria to the swamp and gets into the water to try save her, but Maria turns round and tries to drown Abby, who manages to swim away. Shawna’s ghost then tries to drown Maria, but Swamp Thing appears and saves her. With Swamp Thing's help, Abby discovers that Shawna has been killed by an evil force that pulled her underwater. Avery threatens Liz because of her investigation into Alec's death; she tells Avery that she's not afraid of him. Daniel tries to leave Marais, but at the border his arm burst into blue flames. Jason searches Alec's lab and finds giant footprints that leads to a piece of vegetation; after analysing it, he concludes that is the same genetic material as Abby's sample. Jason then tells Avery that a large creature is living in the swamp and that he needs it to be alive in order to study it. Avery gives him the name of someone who can hunt down and capture the creature.
#6: "The Price You Pay" - July 5, 2019
Avery’s trackers try to take Swamp Thing prisoner, but he defends himself against his attackers. Lucilia sends Matt to investigate the matter. Matt is able to track down the creature. Abby breaks up a brief fight between Matt and Swamp Thing and reveals to Matt that the creature before him is in fact Alec Holland. Matt confesses to Lucilia that he killed Alec for Avery to protect her. Liz tells Abby that the goons that attacked her and Daniel were sent by Avery. Abby confronts Avery over Liz's allegations. Avery tells Abby that he forgives her this time, but that he won't be so forgiving next time. A comatose Daniel remembers the deal that he made with the Phantom Stranger that resulted in his being trapped in Marais. Jason manages to awaken Daniel, but his experiments on Daniel almost transforms him into Blue Devil. Jason's wife Caroline sedates Daniel; Xanadu visits him at the hospital and relieves his pain. Swamp Thing grows a hallucinogenic flower out of his hand that makes Abby see him temporarily as Alec.
#7: "Brilliant Disguise" - July 12, 2019
Abby and Alec go to the rotted part of the swamp. While she is collecting a sample from dead wood, the darkness attacks and infects her with a bacteria. Alec takes Abby back to his lab, where she is saved by the Green that defeats the Brown in her. Lucilia tells Avery that Alec is still alive and asks him to come with her to take Alec down before he comes for them. Matt surprises him and knocks him out. When Avery wakes up, he tells Matt that he's his father. Matt gets angry at Lucilia for not telling him. While he is distracted, Avery stabs him. Lucilia then shoots Avery in the leg, causing him to fall overboard. She fires multiple times into the water. Alec tells Abby that his transformation from a human to the creature he has become serves a higher purpose. He also tells Abby to move on with her life and to not come back anymore. Abby goes to the CDC in Atlanta to try and find a cure for him before it is too late. Although injured by bullets, Avery emerges from the water and makes it to the shore.
#8: "Long Walk Home" - July 19, 2019
A wounded Avery wanders across the forest swamp. He loses blood and begins to hallucinate. Swamp Thing finds him, brings him back to the lab and helps him recover. At the CDC in Atlanta, Abby is denied access to the results of the sample that she brought in; afterwards, she is confronted by the Conclave. Harlan gets kidnapped after leaving Abby's apartment. Avery returns the next day with Jason to "help" Swamp Thing, but he also brings Conclave’s mercenaries with him. Swamp Thing tells them to leave, but Jason, Avery and the mercenaries manage to capture him alive. Sensing that Swamp Thing is in danger, Abby heads back to Marais, but arrives at the swamp too late.
#9: "The Anatomy Lesson" - July 26, 2019
Swamp Thing is brought to a secret Conclave facility, where Jason conducts research on him. As payback for her plotting to kill him, Avery puts his wife Maria in a mental institution. Matt crashes his car as a result of drinking and driving. Jason removes Swamp Thing's lungs and heart while Swamp Thing is still conscious and discovers that he is still alive without them. After further examination, Woodrue deduces and reveals to him that he is not Alec Holland; he is a humanoid plant that absorbed Holland's memories after the explosion. Abby and Liz locate the facility. Daniel recovers and the Phantom Stranger shows him a vision of Liz and Abby being hunted and killed by Conclave security. He decides to take on the role of Blue Devil; putting on the mask, he transforms. Abby and Liz are able to free Swamp Thing when Blue Devil takes out the guards, while Jason manages to escape. He returns home, only to find that Caroline has taken all of her medication and she ODs. Afterwards, Swamp Thing returns to the swamp, where he goes underwater and returns with a cadaver. A shocked and horrified Abby looks on as Swamp Thing confirms the body to be that of Alec Holland.
#10: "Loose Ends" - August 2, 2019
Despite the recovery of Alec Holland's body, Abby tries to make Swamp Thing believe that Holland's spirit resides within him. Nathan and his men attack, but Swamp Thing kills them, sparing only Nathan. Swamp Thing has one last conversation with Alec Holland. Woodrue performs an experiment on himself to save his wife. Madame Xanadu visits Maria in the mental institution and gives her closure but at the cost of her sanity. Avery tries to reconcile with his ex-lover Lucilia, but when she refuses he attacks her in her car and dumps it into the swamp with her inside the trunk. After talking with Liz, Cassidy is finally able to leave Marais. Matt returns to a station overrun with plant life and is confronted by a transformed Jason Woodrue, who attacks him. Both Swamp Thing and Abby make life-changing decisions, to remain in Marais and try to combat the enroaching darkness together.