DC Universe’s day of casting news continues, as the streaming service announces Ian Ziering has joined the cast of the Swamp Thing TV series as the DC Comics hero Blue Devil. The series is next in line to join the heroes of Titans, the flagship series that is currently nearing the end of its first season at the end of this month. With production already underway, the series will be the next chance for the nascent service to show it has what it takes to compete with the likes of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, in terms of the kind of comic book entertainment viewers can’t seem to get enough of.
So far, Swamp Thing has amassed a sizable cast that includes Andy Bean and Derek Mears, with the latter stepping in to play the mossy creature and Bean acting as his human counterpart Alec Holland. Joining them will be Riverdale actor Matt Cable, Jeryl Prescott (The Walking Dead), Crystal Reed (Gotham), as well as more familiar names like Kevin Durand (The Strain), Will Patton (Halloween), and Virginia Madsen (Sideways). That’s just a few of the actors already signed on for the series, but now it looks as though Ziering is set to take on the role of a color-coded DC Comics hero.
As reported by THR, the former Beverly Hills 90210 and Sharknado star will have a recurring guest role as the Blue Devil, an occult-fighting hero and one-time stuntman named Daniel Cassidy. In the comics, Cassidy’s unique look is actually a blue devil suit that was fused to his body following a run-in with an actual demon. Since then, Cassidy has become what’s known as a “weirdness magnet,” which might not be so great for the stuntman, but makes for some interesting storytelling in the funny books.
Ziering’s role is said to be that of “recurring guest star,” which means Blue Devil will pop up throughout the first season, though to what extent isn’t currently known. Given that the character is tied to the occult, and that the Swamp Thing series includes mystical elements, it stands to reason that the character will either serve as a catalyst for some of the first season’s storyline, part of the solution to the primary conflict, or both. Either way, it should be interesting to see how the series plans on depicting the character, especially alongside someone as weird as Swamp Thing.
So far Swamp Thing sounds as though it will build off the dark and violent Titans by moving the DC Universe into horror territory. With horror maestro and Aquaman director James Wan on board as executive producer, the series could wind up being an interesting proving ground for more esoteric characters in the DC library.
Swamp Thing is expected on DC Universe in 2019.