Following along with the theme of it’s unbelievably edgy live-action Teen Titans reboot, DC Comic’s has unveiled that it’s upcoming Swamp Thing series – included as part of it’s DC Universe streaming service – will feature a “Hard-R” rating. You know, for those of us who want to hear Swamp Thing drop f-bombs and stuff.
This adult spin is actually quite in-step with its source material, with the series pulling from Alan Moore’s 1980s Swamp Thing comics… which involves themes such as swamp monster lovemaking and allusions to Dante’s Inferno. Needless to say for anyone who has enjoyed Moore’s tenure as swamp daddy, there’s a lot to pull from. This embrace of a more mature audience opens many doors for DC’s writers, particularly the realms of online streaming where network censors can’t leave Swamp Thing mired in red tape.
Interestingly, Moore’s take on Swamp Thing reintroduced a number of older, forgotten comic figures into the public eye – a smart move for DC to refresh as well, perhaps, given the voraciousness of their audience for all things self-referential. The potential for weirdness on all levels has opened up with this news of it’s R-rating, so I personally hope to see them throw caution to the wind and just go nuts with the script. Then again, my personal stake in Swamp Thing isn’t enormous, but I could see myself rooting for an ultraviolent plant-based monster man if the writers play up the absurdity.
Lead writer Gary Dauberman (who also worked on The Nun and It :Part 1) confirmed Swamp Thing will be portrayed by an actor in a physical suit. “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,” Dauberman claims. The costume itself is currently being developed by Justin Raleigh over at Fractured FX, who won an Emmy back in 2015 for his work on American Horror Story: Freakshow. And if any DC property is a proper freak show, look no further than everyone’s favorite bog monster.
DC Universe officially launches on September 15th, 2018 – which just so happens to be Batman Day! Hopefully, for DC, fan’s won’t be mouthing off about Swamp Thing like Dick Grayson does about Batman in the Titan’s trailer (no, I’m still not over how hilariously bad that is).