DC Universe series started shooting in Wilmington earlier this month

WILMINGTON -- Film crews took over Greenfield Lake Thursday to film a number of scenes for the new television series “Swamp Thing.”

The elaborate shoot started in the afternoon as a parade of 18 boats arrived on the scene and slipped into the lake to film a few short scenes featuring series stars Crystal Reed and Andy Bean. The DC Universe streaming series, which will premiere in 2019, follows a Center for Disease Control researcher (Reed) as she travels to a Louisiana town to investigate a mysterious and potentially dangerous swamp, from the waters of which the elemental hero Swamp Thing will emerge.

As the sun began to set, the 100-person crew began to transition to night scenes, one of which was scheduled to involve a boat explosion. The scene required a N.C. Department of Transportation-approved four-minute closure of traffic, sometime between 5-6 p.m. during rush hour, along Carolina Beach Road and Third Street to ensure drivers weren’t distracted by the fire and explosion sounds.

The explosion, however, was delayed into the night while other scenes were filmed.

The promise of film action, a sight that has been more rare in recent years, drew about two dozen onlookers to various vantage points around Greenfield Lake.

Bundled up and carrying blankets to sit on, some were just just passing by for a lucky glimpse. Others were settled in for the long haul -- or at least until the explosion.

Huge spotlights and equipment lit up parts of the lake, casting shadows of the tall trees on the Wilmington lake's water.

This won’t be the only time Greenfield Lake gets its screen time. Crews will be back on Dec. 20 for more filming, though no explosions are expected.

Reporter Hunter Ingram can be reached at 910-343-2327 or Hunter.Ingram@StarNewsOnline.com.