DC Universe has canceled its new series 'Swamp Thing' after airing just one episode, despite a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

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  • DC Universe has canceled its latest original series, “Swamp Thing,” after one season.
  • Only one episode of the series has aired; the second is set to debut Friday.
  • It’s DC Universe’s first cancellation. The streaming platform has found success with its original shows up to this point.
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The DC Universe streaming service has canceled its latest original TV show, “Swamp Thing,” after one season, multiple outlets reported on Thursday, including The Wrap, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter. It’s DC Universe’s first cancellation.

The new horror series, based on the DC comic book, is about a virus terrorizing a small Louisiana town. A Centres for Disease Control and Prevention doctor named Abby Arcane (played by the former “Teen Wolf” star Crystal Reed) returns to her home town to investigate and discovers supernatural secrets of the local swamp.


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Only one episode of the series has aired on the streaming platform; the second is set to debut Friday.

“Swamp Thing” is the first major speed bump for DC Universe, which has found success with its original shows since it launched in September. “Titans,” “Young Justice: Outsiders,” and “Doom Patrol” have all received glowing reviews from critics. (“Doom Patrol,” which recently wrapped up its first season, has an impressive 95% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes.) The shows also regularly appear in Parrot Analytics’ weekly analysis of the most “in-demand” streaming shows.

“Swamp Thing” continued the run of good reviews, with a 92% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes. But trouble for the show seemingly began before it was even released, when production unexpectedly shut down in North Carolina in April and the first season was abruptly cut to 10 episodes from 13.

DC Universe did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

After the series was canceled, #SaveSwampThing began trending on Twitter among fans hoping for it to be revived.

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