The swamp feels a lot less lonely this morning.
While we’re still waiting to learn who will be playing Swamp Thing himself, it’s been revealed that actress Crystal Reed (Teen Wolf) will be embodying Abby Arcane, Swamp Thing’s wife and partner and niece of the villainous Anton Arcane in the upcoming live action series based on the genre-pushing comic series. Known for her caring nature and distinct white hair with black streaks, Abby is a longtime staple of the Swamp Thing comic series, and made her debut in SWAMP THING #3.
Swamp Thing’s description of the character doesn’t put her too far away from what fans are expecting: Smart and caring, CDC Doctor Abby Arcane's strong sense of empathy puts her at the center of a horrific life-threatening epidemic in her hometown, where she faces emotional demons from her past... while a chance meeting with scientist Alec Holland takes her into a world of horror and the supernatural, and of the elemental creature known as Swamp Thing.
Making her first appearance in 1973, Abby Arcane wasn’t originally romantically involved with Alec Holland. The pair began their comic book relationship as friends before falling in love over time, getting married and eventually mothering a daughter with Swamp Thing. In the comics, Abby is also a psychic, with the ability to experience empathy towards living beings, as well as telepathy and telekinesis.
This is Reed’s second dive into the world of #DCTV. Gotham fans will recognize her right away from her memorable season four role as Sofia Falcone, who proved to be a powerful foil to James Gordon and Gotham’s crime families before she met her violent end. Reed was charismatic in the role, so it’ll be fascinating to see what she does with a character who’s more altruistic and kind, more no less complex.
Announced earlier this year, Swamp Thing promises to be a horror-tinged take on the material and arrives care of executive producers James Wan, Mark Verheiden, Gary Dauberman and Michael Clear, who together are behind some of the best horror franchises of the past few years, including The Conjuring, It and Annabelle. While Abby Arcane has appeared in live action before, it’s been a while. The last time was in 1990’s Swamp Thing series, which aired on USA Network.
The new Swamp Thing series doesn’t yet have a premiere date, but will air exclusively on DC Universe.