Swamp Thing: 10 Things Fans Should Know About Abby Arcane

Abby Arcane has been part of DC Comics almost as long as Swamp Thing. She made her comic book debut as a teenager in the third issue of the 1973 Swamp Thing series. Since then, she’s stayed an integral part of the title character’s story. Often thought of as simply the love interest of Alec Holland’s Swamp Thing, Abby has a lot of backstory fans might not be aware of.

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Much of the character changed when DC launched its New 52 universe, so the Abby Arcane of comics today is very different from her original counterpart. Likewise, the DC Universe live-action series sees a different version of Abby. In the streaming series, Abby is a doctor with the Center for Disease Control who only returns home because her help is requested to find a treatment for a mysterious illness that is sweeping the town. A lot of her backstory in the series still remains a mystery for viewers, but comics might be able to fill in some of the blanks.

10 Abby Is From Transylvania

DC Universe’s Swamp Thing series sees Abby hailing from a small town in Louisiana. In her original comic book stories of the 1970s, however, Abby wasn’t from the United States at all.

Instead, she was from the historic country of Romania. More specifically, Transylvania. Transylvania will sound familiar to literature fans because that’s where Bram Stoker’s Dracula was from. In comics, the region is home to all manner of supernatural creatures. The Arcane family was at the center of quite a few supernatural stories, including her place in the Swamp Thing lore. Eventually, she did make her way to the United States and spent a lot of time in the south. In particular, she loved the swamps of New Orleans, providing the inspiration for the live-action series.

9 Her Uncle Framed Her Mother

The Arcane family had an ancient estate in Transylvania. Her father was a count named Gregori and her mother was Anise. Anise was known for her beauty, and Abby’s uncle Anton was jealous of her relationship with his brother. His jealousy and meddling cost Abby her mother.

Anton framed Anise as a witch to the villagers that lived beyond the estate. Superstitious and angry that a witch lived amongst them, they burned Anise at the stake. Abby grew up without her mother, but did split her time between her father and the uncle who changed her life. Her uncle became a recurring villain in both the original series and in the newer comics.

8 She Is An Empath

While the streaming series hasn’t shown Abby to exhibit any special abilities, that’s not true in the comics. She started to develop empathic connections as a teenager.

As a result of her empathy, she was able to tune herself in to what others were feeling. Over time, the ability grew so that she could even sense people in the surrounding area. Her empathy is what initially allowed her to form a bond with Swamp Thing. She could frequently sense him before he made himself known.

7 Her Father Is The Patchwork Man

Like a lot of Abby’s backstory, what happened to her father in the original comics was inspired by some classic horror literature.

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After refusing to allow her uncle to train her in dark magic, Abby escaped her uncle by living in the same clinic where she worked. When her father tried to come home to help her, he was blown to bits by a landmine. Her uncle then used a combination of magic and science to stitch her father back together. He eventually became the villain Patchwork Man, in an homage to the novel Frankenstein.

6 Abby Married Matt Cable

The Swamp Thing streaming series introduced Matt Cable as a long-time friend of Abby’s who had a crush on her in high school. Her comic book introduction to him didn’t involve a childhood friendship. Instead, he was a government agent on the trail of Swamp Thing.

Of course, in both instances, the two developed a strong friendship and became allies of Swamp Thing. Eventually, Abby and Matt married in the comics, though the relationship didn’t last. Matt developed a drinking problem and lapses in his memory as a result of magic inflicted on him. It became too much for Abby.

5 She’s Been Resurrected By Magic

Long after their marriage became troubled, Abby discovered that her husband was no longer her husband. Instead, he was a zombie controlled by her uncle. 

After she discovered the truth, her uncle used his power to take her life. Unfortunately for him, the soul of Abby’s departed husband was still hanging around. Matt used what little magic was left in him to bring Abby’s body back to life. That just left Swamp Thing to round up a few magical allies to help him retrieve Abby’s soul from the underworld – which he did.

4 Abby Has Several Psychic Abilities

In addition to her empathic skills, Abby also revealed several other psychic-related abilities over her decades in comics.

One storyline saw her kidnapped, but to help herself escape, she suddenly developed telekinesis. Her ability to connect with people emotionally evolved into telepathy. She could also sense someone’s presence from miles away. Abby was able to telepathically locate a tiny plant that started to grow after one of Swamp Thing’s husks died. She nurtured the plant until it became the new host of Swamp Thing.

3 Abby Has A Brother

When DC Comics reorganized with the New 52, a few changes occurred for Abby Arcane. For one thing, she had a brother named William.

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William had his own gifts. He had a connection to the force known as the Black, or the Rot. It is essentially the opposite of the Green in the comics. When characters like Swamp Thing and Poison Ivy are connected to the Green, they can bring life to vegetation. Characters connected to the Black, on the other hand, are immersed in death and decay. William once used his connection to the Rot to raise an army of the dead.

2 She’s Connected To The Rot

The New 52 also provided Abby with another major change. Her psychic abilities of the original series were gone in favor of a connection to the Rot – just like her brother.

While her brother wanted to use the connection for his own personal gain, Abby spent most of her life avoiding her own connection (after accidentally ‘rotting’ her own mother to death as an infant). She even tried to shield her brother from his connection for a time. Eventually, her brother realized that the Rot didn’t want him for its avatar: it wanted Abby. Abby only accepted her fate when she used her connection to defeat her evil uncle. She tried to use the Rot as a force of balance rather than a force of evil.

1 She Has A Daughter

Though Abby fell in love with the Alec Holland version of Swamp Thing, a being made of plant material couldn’t exactly have a child with a human. When they wanted to take their relationship to the next level, they needed a little magical help to do so.

John Constantine, magician and leader of the Justice League Dark on occasion, teamed up with Swamp Thing in the past. He became the surrogate father for Tefe Holland while magically possessed by Swamp Thing. Because Tefe originated as a spirit called the Sprout, she was a part of the Green, and had Swamp Thing’s abilities. She came from Constantine’s bloodline – while he had demon blood in his veins – so she was part demon as well.

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2019-07-14 01:07:51

Amanda Bruce

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2019-04-18 09:52:21

Game Of Thrones’ Final Season Will Be Funny (& That’s A Good Thing)

Warning: Spoilers Ahead For Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 1

Game of Thrones‘ final season premiere has hit screens – and fans are definitely talking about the surprising number of jokes in it, but a funnier final season could actually be a great thing for the HBO show. Since season 1, Game of Thrones has been known as anything but a comedy. Violent, of course. Packed with twists and turns? Absolutely. Plenty of nudity? Well, this is HBO. But most of the humor thus far hasn’t been the laugh-out-loud type, but more about cutting lines and shade thrown. There were quite a few of those in the season 8 premiere, of course, but there were also a surprising number of other moments to make the audience laugh.

For one thing, the first dialogue in the episode is a literal joke, as Tyrion makes a crack about Varys being unable to freeze his… masculine extremities off. Varys responds with an observation that Tyrion hates dwarf jokes, but loves eunuch jokes, and Tyrion fires back that it’s because he isn’t a eunuch. Hardly the first time that Tyrion has pulled out some barroom humor, but definitely noteworthy to see this as the opening line – even before Jon and Daenerys speak.

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From this point on, most of the episode uses jokes and one-liners to break up the more serious scenes, until it feels like everyone but Bran is being surprisingly humorous about their impending doom. Sansa’s shade-throwing at Daenerys definitely gets a smile, but she has her funniest line when she tells Tyrion that Joffrey’s wedding “had its moments.” Arya and Gendry are jokingly flirtatious throughout their scene, and Arya cracks another joke when she reunites with Jon Snow and he asks her if she’s ever used Needle (“once or twice“). This is followed up by Jon’s dragon riding scene, which has an element of slapstick to it – and which both begins and ends with a wisecrack. It’s a whole lot of humor for a show that is known for shocking fans.

Of course, by the end of “Winterfell”, things are feeling a little more like the Game of Thrones that everyone has come to know and love. Sansa and Jon are having some words about him bending the knee, and Cersei makes good on her agreement with Euron. The show then moves on to a small child (Lord Umber) crucified in the middle of a spiral of body parts, reminding viewers that it’s not all going to be romantic dragon rides and one-liners, and the episode wraps with two incredibly emotionally charged scenes as Sam realizes that his father and brother are dead, and then goes to tell Jon that he’s really Aegon Targaryen.

It’s definitely a good thing that the episode balances out, and that it manages to combine humor with romance, intrigue, and some good old fashioned gore, but there’s something to be noted in just how funny the first half was – especially when many fans were expecting a lot more death for the opening of the final season. This suggests that the showrunners are trying to make it clear that we can expect more humor in the final season – and that’s (surprisingly) a good thing.

Now that we are as invested in the characters as we are, being able to laugh with them isn’t just a way to create balance and levity between all the intrigue and battles – it’s a way to increase the emotional impact if and when they do die. After a while, seeing death after death desensitizes the audience – especially when everyone is expecting only a final few characters to limp past the finish line. Humor sharpens the tragedy and brings it home in a visceral way, creating more varied ups and downs than just shock after shock.

Of course, the showrunners may be pulling a classic Game of Thrones twist, and not creating a funnier season after all. Instead, they could be upping the humor at the start to lull viewers into a false sense of security. “Winterfell” has a lot of callbacks to the pilot episode, and there’s no doubt that season 1, in general, did exactly this before ripping out the audience’s collective heart with the beheading of Ned Stark. However, if a funnier final season is in the works, no one should worry that Game of Thrones has lost its edge, or given in to fan service. The addition of more humor is just sharpening the knife to make those deaths all the more shocking – which is exactly why fans love to watch.

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Game of Thrones season 8 airs Sundays at 9pm ET on HBO.

2019-04-18 03:04:36

Rose Moore

Swamp Thing Teaser Reveals First Look At Live-Action Swamp Thing

DC Universe releases a live-action Swamp Thing TV show teaser that reveals a first look at the titular creature. Swamp Thing is one of a handful of live-action original TV shows planned for the DC Universe streaming service. It will follow the debuts of Titans in Fall 2018 and Doom Patrol in February. But while Doom Patrol is a spinoff from Titans, and therefore set in the same world, Swamp Thing will be completely separate. Swamp Thing is set to premiere on DC Universe May 31, with that being announced at WonderCon 2019.

Swamp Thing is produced by James Wan (Aquaman), with Underworld’s Len Wiseman directing the pilot episode and Mark Verheiden serving as showrunner. The series is a live-action adaptation of the DC Comics character created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. Swamp Thing stars Andy Bean as Alec Holland, with Derek Mears portraying his Swamp Thing alter-ego, and Crystal Reed as co-lead Abby Arcane. Earlier today it was reported that Swamp Thing was shutting down production on season 1 early, shortening the series order from 13 episodes to 10. Now, fans have their first look at the series’ titular character.

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DC Universe released a Swamp Thing teaser video that unveils the first look at the live-action Swamp Thing, brought to life by Mears. Watch the short video below:

Previously, Swamp Thing set photos offered teases of what to expect from the DC Universe TV show, and a Swamp Thing set video released by Wiseman previewed the creepy tone of the series. The show is described as having a “strange but alluring Shape of Water romance” between Abby Arcane and the Swamp Thing. While those early set photos from the series featured Reed’s Abby and Bean’s Alec, though, this is the first look at the actual Swamp Thing himself.

Superhero TV shows have been hit-and-miss with their live-action takes on comic book characters, and the same can be said for DC Universe’s originals. Although Doom Patrol’s Robotman is a fairly solid take on the odd character, the TV show’s Cyborg costume and design hasn’t been as well received – especially with a big screen Cyborg to live up to. It remains to be seen how fans will react to the DC Universe’s Swamp Thing, another character that’s particularly tough to bring to live-action. Further, this brief teaser only reveals a portion of the costume, and not much action, so a better look is still to come. A trailer for Swamp Thing will surely be released in the next month or so and fans will get a better idea of what to expect from the series when it debuts in late May.

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Swamp Thing season 1 premieres Friday May 31st on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

2019-04-17 12:04:32

Molly Freeman

Swamp Thing Reportedly Shuts Down Production Early, Cutting Season 1 Short [Updated]

DC Universe’s live-action Swamp Thing TV show shuts down production early, cutting off season 1 at 10 episodes instead of the previously ordered 13. Prior to the launch of DC Universe last fall, Swamp Thing was put into development as one of the streaming service’s original series. It joined a slate of live-action TV shows created for DC Universe that also includes Titans and Doom Patrol as well as the still upcoming Stargirl. Swamp Thing adapts a DC Comics property to live-action for a dramatic take on the titular character created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson.

The Swamp Thing TV show started filming in late 2018 and was expected to wrap in May. Len Wiseman directed the Swamp Thing pilot and remained on board the series as an executive producer, alongside fellow producers James Wan (Aquaman), Gary Dauberman (The Nun) and Michael Clear (The Curse of La Llorona). Mark Verheiden (Daredevil, Constantine) serves as the series’ showrunner. Swamp Thing stars Andy Bean as Alec Holland and Derek Mears as Swamp Thing along with Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane. However, it appears the first season of Swamp Thing will be shorter than previously expected.

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Local North Carolina newspaper Wilmington Star News reports production on Swamp Thing season 1 was shut down before it was previously expected, with the season order being reduced from 13 episodes to 10. According to the report, local crew members were told the series will wrap production on episode 10 before stopping to allow the writers time to rewrite the ending. Further, several days of reshoots are expected to still take place. Screen Rant has reached out to DC Universe for comment. UPDATE: The Wrap reports the change in episode count was due to “creative decisions” according to a source with knowledge of the production.

The news of Swamp Thing production shutting down was seemingly confirmed by actress Virginia Madsen – who plays Maria Sunderland on the series – on Instagram Wednesday morning, who wrote, “I’m beyond sad. What a terrible decision. We have been cut to the core by those who have never set foot into the Swamp. And despite the rule I am going to use the hashtag. #swampthing.” The post was deleted shortly after. See a screenshot below.

As of now, it’s unclear why Swamp Thing production shut down. Wilmington Star News purports it’s part of a larger issue as the DC Universe streaming service evaluates its future, but that seems to be largely speculation – either from the publication itself or its sources close to the Swamp Thing production. As of recently, DC Universe appeared to have plenty of confidence in Swamp Thing, announcing the season 1 premiere date as May 31 at WonderCon 2019.

Further, it’s uncertain what will become of Swamp Thing now that DC Universe has cut down the show’s first season order by three episodes. It’s not a good sign, to be sure, and may spell the end of the series before it even begins. However, it may be the case that Swamp Thing will receive further episodes in a second season. After all, Titans season 1 turned its original finale into the season 2 premiere, so perhaps Swamp Thing will have a chance to tell the rest of the story the show’s creatives originally intended in future episodes. For now, fans will have to wait and see what becomes of Swamp Thing, and they’ll get to see the show for themselves when it launches late next month.

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Swamp Thing season 1 premieres Friday May 31st on DC Universe.

Source: Wilmington Star News

Update Source: The Wrap

2019-04-17 09:04:20

Molly Freeman

DC Universe Reportedly Not in Danger Despite Swamp Thing Shutdown

The future of DC Universe still appears to be bright, despite reports that Swamp Thing‘s sudden shutdown was part of a larger revaluation of the digital service. Warner Bros. and DC launched DC Universe last year with the goal of the service to be a one stop shop for all things DC. Digital versions of comics can be found on it, along with a back catalog of older live-action and animated content, but one of the major selling points of DC Universe was the original content it would include.

The first of these series was Titans, which was later followed by a semi-spinoff series in Doom Patrol. DC Universe also became the home of the revival of Young Justice and has several shows – both animated and live-action – currently in various stages of development and production. One of these shows is a live-action Swamp Thing series produced by Aquaman‘s James Wan. There’s been plenty of interest in the series, but trouble recently hit when it was revealed that the episode order had been reduced from 13 to 10. Production came to a halt to allow the ending of the season to be rewritten, but then speculation turned to this having negative implications on the future of DC Universe as a whole.

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Following these dour reports on DC Universe’s future and others that cited “creative decisions” being the reasoning behind Swamp Thing‘s episode count change, Slash Film is providing an update of their own. They report that the trouble with Swamp Thing does “not reflect the health of the DC Universe service,” indicating this is a one time instance and not part of a larger problem with the service. Additionally, their sources say that DC Universe is “outpacing expectations” in the six months since it launched.

Despite how the Swamp Thing news originally came across, it isn’t too surprising to hear that DC Universe is not in trouble overall. The service is still airing new episodes of Doom Patrol, may be in production on season 2 of Titans, and has announced an entire slate of content that will arrive on a weekly basis for the remainder of the year. The service has also been making larger improvements to what it offers after an expanded comic library was revealed, and they just announced that the app is now available on Xbox One. This would be a lot of work to do for Warner Bros. and DC if they planned on shutting the service down anytime soon and after a fairly short launch window.

That said, this doesn’t mean that changes to DC Universe and its content aren’t on the way. WarnerMedia is currently in the process of developing a streaming service of their own, which will see content from HBO, New Line, WB, and more all be made available at one place. With the streaming wars in full swing, it may better suit WarnerMedia to consolidate their services into one offering, instead of having HBO Go, DC Universe, and the new streamer all going simultaneously and selling separately. That’s just speculation for now though, so expect DC Universe to continue to remain intact for the next few months at the very least, even if Swamp Thing is potentially short lived.

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Source: Slash Film

2019-04-17 05:04:58

Cooper Hood

Avengers: Endgame’s 3-Hour Runtime Is Least Interesting Thing, Says Kevin Feige

Avengers: Endgame‘s three-hour runtime is the least interesting thing about the film, according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. If ever there was a tentpole that demanded a long runtime (be it three hours or more), it would certainly be Endgame. The sequel serves as the culmination of eleven years and more than twenty films’ worth of storytelling, starting with the original Iron Man and carrying on through to last year’s Avengers: Infinity War. It also has to payoff the latter’s cliffhanger ending, which saw half of all life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe “dusted” by Thanos.

Between all that and the sheer number of characters (basically, everyone still alive in the MCU) demanding screen time in the film, it’s long been expected that Endgame would be the longest MCU blockbuster to date. Sure enough, directors Anthony and Joe Russo have now confirmed that Endgame runs a little north of three hours in total (fifty-eight seconds, to be precise). As for Feige: the MCU architect mostly seems happy that the runtime is official, and the discussion around the film can finally move onto other topics.

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Speaking to io9, Feige said he feels the runtime is the “least interesting thing” about Endgame or any movie, for that matter. He went on to explain that the MCU’s films are, generally speaking, as long as they need to be, and what that even means:

“What I’ve always said is a movie is as long as it should be. And we are not fans of overindulging movies. We are not fans of laborious lengths for no reason. We are fans of movies that you wish didn’t end. Movies that you want to see again as soon as it’s over. And movies that you just don’t ever find a good time to run out to the bathroom. That’s when a movie’s working. And if a movie doesn’t feel like that to us we continue to trim, we continue to shape, we continue to bring that time down. That happened to a certain extent on this movie. But we got to a point where it feels very exciting and goes by very quickly and in the end is the perfect length. And everybody that saw the movie felt the same way.”

It’s fairly easy to grasp what Feige is getting at here. A long runtime isn’t necessarily indicative of a movie’s pacing and narrative structure being good or bad any more than a short runtime is. Indeed, there are plenty of films out there that seem to drag on forever, despite running well under two hours (or even 90 minutes, in certain cases). By comparison, there’ve been plenty of blockbusters over the last two decades alone – ranging from the Lord of the Rings trilogy to recent films like Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Aquaman – that’ve run upwards of two and a half hours or more, yet managed to fly by with nary a moment that drags or feels superfluous. It remains to be seen if that’s the case or not with Endgame, but Feige, the Russos, and co-writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely seem pretty confident that it is (at the moment, anyway).

Besides, whether the movie lives up to the daunting expectations or not, its runtime will probably be the last thing on a lot of people’s minds by the time Endgame wraps up. The Russos have described the film’s ending as being a “definitive conclusion” to the larger Infinity Saga, and one that’s never really been done in a superhero blockbuster before. It’s an intriguing tease and one that fans have been anticipating, knowing that Endgame will mark the end of the road for a lot of their favorite Avengers, one way or another. If they have to wait another three hours to finish the journey, then so be it.

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Source: io9

2019-04-08 02:04:15

Sandy Schaefer

Young Justice: Outsiders Return, Swamp Thing Premiere Date Announced

DC Universe has revealed when Young Justice: Outsiders will return, as well as set a premiere date for Swamp Thing. The streaming platform launched last September, with the announcement that DC’s upcoming slate of original programming would be exclusively available to subscribers. Titans was the first live-action show to air, with Doom Patrol close behind. DC Universe also revived beloved cartoon Young Justice for another season, titled Young Justice: Outsiders. Next up is Swamp Thing, but the service also has plenty more in store for viewers with both a live-action Stargirl show and an animated Harley Quinn series on the way as well.

Young Justice ran for 2 seasons, beginning in 2010 and has maintained an incredibly passionate fanbase since its untimely cancellation. The series was given new life on DC Universe when the service picked it up for season 3, which began airing back in January. Young Justice: Outsiders took a break after 13 episodes and fans have been eagerly awaiting its return. Another one of DC’s most highly anticipated upcoming projects is its live-action Swamp Thing adaptation. The series will be produced by James Wan’s Atomic Monster, with Underworld helmer Len Wiseman directing the pilot. Much of the show will center on Abby Arcane, who will be portrayed by Teen Wolf actress Crystal Reed. In the comics, Abby is the close confidant and sometimes love interest of Alec Holland, aka Swamp Thing.

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DC Universe unveiled several new developments at WonderCon this year, some of the most exciting being a premiere date for Swamp Thing, as well as when Young Justice: Outsiders will return to wrap up season 3. The first episode of Swamp Thing will hit the streaming service on Friday May 31, and the remaining 13 episodes of Young Justice: Outsiders will begin airing on Tuesday July 2.

Although many fans were hesitant to shell out more money for yet another streaming service, DC is certainly putting a great deal of effort into their slate of original programming. Titans was renewed for season 2 before the pilot even aired, indicating that DC was feeling very optimistic about the series. Although some viewers had misgivings about the darker tone of Titans, the show’s popularity only increased as the season unfolded. Doom Patrol has been quite well-received, likely because DC chose to embrace all of the wonderful weirdness of that particular team. Young Justice: Outsiders was a big hit with viewers as well.

There was worry that a Swamp Thing adaptation would be difficult to pull off and this may yet prove true. However, writer Gary Dauberman promised that the series will be dark, violent and mature-rated, even stating they were taking their cues from Alan Moore’s seminal run on the title. Aside from the fact that those behind-the-scenes will be taking the character very seriously, the way that DC successfully adapted a team as outlandish as Doom Patrol should ease the minds of at least some fans. With excitement for the series quickly mounting, Matt Ryan has even stated that he’s hoping to reprise his role as John Constantine, should the DC Universe series eventually choose include the character – which would make sense, since it was Moore’s run on Swamp Thing that introduced Constantine.

With so many streaming services vying for viewers’ attention, DC Universe is certainly doing its best to separate itself from the pack. The sheer volume of original programming, especially considering the characters that DC has chosen to focus on, is undeniably awesome. As for Young Justice: Outsiders, it’s unclear if season 3 will be the end for the team or if DC will give the green light for the cartoon to continue. Fans won’t have to wait too long for Swamp Thing’s debut, but learning the fate of the animated series will likely require some patience.

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Swamp Thing season 1 premieres Friday May 31 on DC Universe. Young Justice: Outsiders returns Tuesday July 2 on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

2019-03-29 06:03:27

Jamie Gerber

Swamp Thing: Matt Ryan Wants Constantine to Appear on DC Universe Series

Matt Ryan reveals that he wants to play John Constantine in the upcoming DC Universe series Swamp Thing. Constantine first appeared in The Saga of Swamp Thing #37 in 1985. Created by Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette, and John Totleben, Constantine is an anti-hero appearing in DC Comics who often goes up against supernatural forces. Keanu Reeves played the character in a 2005 film, but Ryan is the current actor taking on the role.

Ryan stepped into the role of Constantine in 2014 when NBC came out with their live-action version of the character. Unfortunately for fans, Constantine was canceled in 2015 after only one season. However, Ryan did return to the role for a crossover episode on Arrow in season 4, and is now a recurring character on Legends of Tomorrow. Ryan has also voiced Constantine in the animated movies Justice League Dark and Constantine: City of Demons The Movie, as well as the animated series Constantine: City of Demons. Now, it looks like Ryan wants to once again play the character, but in a different TV show.

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Ryan commented about his potential appearance in Swamp Thing during a recent panel at Wizard World Cleveland (hat tip ComicBook). Ryan certainly didn’t confirm that Constantine would be included in Swamp Thing, but he mentioned, “John Constantine was born in Swamp Thing. Eventually, he has to be on Swamp Thing, and I just hope it’s me”. Ryan didn’t have much else to say about Swamp Thing, but did joke, “I’m still playing this role four years after Constantine was actually cancelled, so I must be doing something right”.

As mentioned before, Swamp Thing will be one of the new shows that will stream exclusively on DC Universe. Swamp Thing is said to be premiering in May, with Andy Bean and Derek Mears playing the two halves of Swamp Thing. The show will be based on Alan Moore’s comic run of Swamp Thing and have a very dark, scary and mature tone. Swamp Thing will be one of the many original superhero shows coming to DC Universe this year, following Doom Patrol which was released earlier this year.

Even though many fans would love to see Ryan return once again to the role of Constantine in a new show, the odds of that happening seem to be fairly slim. While most of the superhero shows on The CW are under the umbrella of the Arrowverse, the original shows on DC Universe don’t connect to The CW’s shows. Additionally, Doom Patrol and Titans take place in the same universe, but it has already been revealed that Swamp Thing will be in a separate universe from the other DC Universe titles. While Ryan probably won’t get a chance to play Constantine in Swamp Thing, there is always the possibility that the character could be introduced at some point with a different actor.

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Source: ComicBook

2019-03-28 05:03:31

Christopher Fiduccia

The Gifted Has No Professor X – And That’s A Good Thing

The Gifted is an X-Men universe without Professor X as a guiding example – and that could ultimately be a good thing for the mutants in the FOX series. While the absence of the X-Men hurts the show in some fans’ eyes, The Gifted has actually seized the opportunity to tell a story about a world where mutants exist and humans hate and fear them, that just isn’t possible if the X-Men are around. The Gifted depicts the daily horrors mutants face, but season 2 is building towards the potential for something new in an X-Men story, and the key is subtracting Professor X from the equation.

The X-Men films have centered around the dueling ideologies of Charles Xavier and Magneto. The two frenemies have spent decades promoting their conflicting visions for the future of mutants: Professor X dreams of a world where mutants and humans peacefully coexist, while Magneto wants mutants to take ‘their rightful place’ as the dominant species on Earth – humans be damned. Magneto rallies mutants to his cause as the Brotherhood, a band of mutant extremists, while Xavier fosters mutants in his school and teaches them to be the X-Men and save the world as superheroes. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of The Gifted is how thoroughly the series is exploring what happens when the X-Men and the Brotherhood are removed as the centerpiece of the story.

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The Gifted‘s infamous 7/15 incident ignited a widespread fear and distrust of mutants that led to the disappearance of both the X-Men and the Brotherhood. The millions of mutants in the United States were left to fend for themselves, as human political policies quickly acted to strip mutants of their rights, with the government agency Sentinel Services arresting, detaining, and even depowering mutants for any infraction of the law (in many cases, for simply being mutants). Professor X saw the writing on the wall and left behind a ragtag nationwide network called the Mutant Underground to help protect mutants; the main heroes in The Gifted are the Atlanta/Washington, D.C. cell of the MU led by Thunderbird (Blair Redford) and Eclipse (Sean Teale). On the opposite side of the coin is the Hellfire Club, a well-funded, decades-old mutant secret society now led by an Inner Circle, overseen by Reeva Payge (Grace Byers) and the Frost Triplets (Skyler Samuels).

The conflict between the Mutant Underground and the Inner Circle echoes the X-Men vs. Brotherhood conflict, but with a key difference: because the heroic mutants have no Professor X leader figure, the Inner Circle can win. And if the Inner Circle does win, here’s how they could actually save all mutants in a way Charles Xavier and his X-Men never could.

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The Gifted Rejected Professor X’s Dream From The Beginning

Even from the pilot of The Gifted, it was evident that Professor X’s dream of mutants and humans’ coexistence is simply not possible in this universe. Indeed, the series has even exposed the fallacy behind the X-Men: While Charles Xavier welcomed students into his school, he could only harbor a relatively small number of mutants, and the X-Men as a superhero team were never designed to address the issues of mutants’ political rights. Even the Mutant Underground Professor X left behind is ill-equipped to do more than provide temporary safety for mutant fugitives. The series has openly debated Professor X’s dream of coexistence and come down hard against it because, in this universe, it’s unrealistic. Erg (Michael Luwoye), the leader of the Morlocks, openly mocks the idea of coexistence and believes separation from humanity is the only path to mutant safety.

Both the U.S. government and society as a whole exhibits an open hatred of mutants in The Gifted. In the series, there is no Dr. Hank McCoy (Kelsey Grammer) in the White House advocating for mutant rights. Mutants are victims of harassment by police and by ordinary people (many joined a hate group called the Purifiers) and when they are incarcerated, they are subjected to genetic experiments and torture. The Gifted takes a withering view of humans; besides Caitlin Strucker (Amy Acker), whose husband Reed (Stephen Moyer) and children Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White) are mutants, most of the humans in the series are shown to be racists. Even the sympathetic humans veer towards wanting mutants “cured” as opposed to being open to coexistence. The only people mutants can truly trust in The Gifted are other mutants, but they also fracture over what’s best for mutantkind.

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Ultimately, The Gifted universe rejects Charles Xavier’s dream. Season 2 has shown the Mutant Underground struggling with the painful realization that their fight to preserve Professor X’s dream is futile. Blink (Jamie Chung) openly questions the clearly ineffective Mutant Underground, while her boyfriend Thunderbird bears the weight of his failures as the Underground’s leader. Deep down, Thunderbird also knows the Mutant Underground can’t win, because Professor X’s dream is wrong for the mutants of The Gifted. Meanwhile, the Inner Circle is fighting for a different dream – and their dream seems like the right one.

The Inner Circle’s Dream Is A Mutant Homeland

The Gifted season 2 has been a marked improvement over season 1 because it shifted the focus from the Mutant Underground to the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club. In season 2, as the heroic Underground grasps at straws, the devious Inner Circle is driving the action and achieving results as they fight for their ultimate goal: a mutant homeland. Without the X-Men to save the world (and preserve the status quo), the Inner Circle is taking it upon themselves to save mutantkind.

To be fair, the Hellfire Club is a far cry from Professor X’s halcyon School for Gifted Youngsters; though the Inner Circle does take in mutants, their recruits are chosen to fulfill the specific needs of the Inner Circle’s master plan, and Reeva is a manipulative and dangerous leader who will commit murder when she has to. But her methods aside, Reeva, like the rest of the mutants, has a history of being victimized by the racism of humans. Her dream is to create a place where mutants can be free and have the protection they presently lack.

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In short, Reeva actually has a plan that will save mutants and give them a future – but it will undoubtedly cost lives, both human and mutant. After recruiting Polaris (Emma Dumont), the daughter of Magneto, and Andy Strucker, whose family history dates back to the founding of the Hellfire Club, Reeva took over the Inner Circle (by murdering its former members) and moved forward with Project Homeland. Her team has coerced, killed, and stolen hundreds of millions of dollars from Creed Financial, a bank that made its fortune from the suffering of mutants. But the goal of a mutant homeland is within reach.

So while the Inner Circle’s methodology is evil, because the mutants (not the humans) are the main POV characters of The Gifted, the series tacitly asks the audience whether they would want the Inner Circle to succeed if they were also mutants living in this universe. In doing so, The Gifted takes Magneto’s credo “by any means necessary” (borrowed from Malcolm X) and applies it to a goal that X-Men fans haven’t seen depicted in the films thus far: the mutants founding a nation of their own.

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Polaris Becoming Like Magneto Changes The Gifted

Polaris is a major player in The Gifted who has been largely sidelined in season 2. She gave birth at the beginning of the season and her main focus was being a mother to her baby Dawn, but in episode 8, “the dreaM”, Lorna Dane decided to act. After watching Rebecca Hoover/Twist (Anjelica Bette Fellini) murder 30 human hostages during the Creed Financial heist, which ignited widespread anti-mutant violence, Polaris decided to hide Dawn with her Aunt Dane in Missouri. As a result, Polaris has become more like her father Magneto.

As one of the most powerful mutants in The Gifted, Polaris is a force to be reckoned with. Though she joined the Inner Circle, she did so because she felt they had the resources to keep her baby safe. However, though she also believes in a mutant homeland, she has bristled under Reeva’s manipulative leadership, which sets up a power struggle for the Inner Circle between its current leader and Magneto’s daughter. Though she is gifted with her father’s magnetic abilities, Polaris doesn’t share Magneto’s hatred of humanity. If Polaris takes over the Inner Circle, she could be a better, more compassionate mutant leader than Magneto was – but the question is whether Polaris can be the mastermind Reeva is to actually achieve the mutant homeland.

The Mutants Can Win In The Gifted

Season 2’s tagline is “Dawn of a Mutant Age” and the Inner Circle is inciting mutants to stand up for their rights with the hashtag #MutantUprising. Clearly, The Gifted‘s macro story is building towards the mutants somehow achieving their homeland – which, if the vision the Frosts implanted in Polaris’ mind is accurate, would mean carving out Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area as the mutants’ nation within the United States. While this is an audacious plan, the mutants are the heroes of The Gifted, regardless of which faction they fight for, and the humans are by and large the villains. Therefore, the ‘good guys’ winning would mean the mutants get what they deserve: their own homeland.

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Not only is this a new and exciting kind of story for an X-Men movie/TV show (the comics have long featured Genosha, a mutant-owned island and refuge, which will be seen in Dark Phoenix), it’s a story that can only be told without Professor X and the X-Men. While the lengths the series goes to avoid saying the name “Magneto” is annoying, instead of not being able to use the most famous X-Men characters be a detriment, The Gifted has seized the opportunity to tell an epic about mutants that benefits from Professor X’s absence.

Ultimately, Charles Xavier’s idyllic dream wouldn’t work in The Gifted’s harsh and violent world. In turn, Professor X would never allow the Hellfire Club to implement a master plan that would destabilize the United States and the X-Men would likely stop the Inner Circle – thereby maintaining the status quo and denying mutants a homeland. So while the mutants are suffering now, if they win in The Gifted, they could achieve something they would otherwise never have if Professor X had his say.

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The Gifted airs Tuesdays @ 8 PM on FOX.

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