In Justice League Dark, we see the following, what looks very much like the death of Swamp Thing:

Is Swamp Thing officially dead in canon now?

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    Dead dead? Or Comic-book dead? youtube.com/watch?v=8-OxH5vvWNg. Is he Uncle Ben in disguise? – Valorum Feb 27 '17 at 9:21
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    @Valorum I'm wondering if he's dead dead, completely gone and dead dead for reals. – Daft Feb 27 '17 at 9:30
  • I believe the word you're looking for is burninated – Gallifreyan Feb 27 '17 at 11:27
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    Can an elemental creature be killed? In the Hellblazer series, Swamp Thing is explored as a nature spirit representing the flora of Earth. I'm not an expert in Swamp Thing, but I seem to remember that the nature spirit exists in a somewhat symbiotic relationship with a human - Alex Holland for example - which is kind of a conduit for communicating with humans. I haven't read Swamp Thing in years, so my understanding could be off. And yes, I understand this question is referring specifically to JLD. – Oubliette Feb 27 '17 at 16:12
  • @Withywindle you should post that as an answer – Gallifreyan Feb 27 '17 at 19:42

Swamp Thing may have been "killed" in the JLD movie, but it is unlikely to be permanent due to Swamp Things elemental nature.

Answering the question if Swamp Thing was killed in the Justice League Dark animated film is difficult without knowing the direction of the future story arc, if any. I have tried searching for information about the story arc without much luck.

That being said, there are a some things I can point out as to why it is unlikely that Swamp Thing would be permanently killed.

The first is the background of Swamp Thing :

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The creature, called Swamp Thing, was originally conceived as Alec Holland mutating into a vegetable-like creature, a "muck-encrusted mockery of a man". However, under writer Alan Moore, Swamp Thing was reinvented as an elemental entity created upon the death of Alec Holland, having somehow absorbed Holland's memory and personality into itself. He is described as "a plant that thought it was Alec Holland, a plant that was trying its level best to be Alec Holland" Saga of the Swamp Thing #21, p.22

It is this version of the character that is present in the Hellblazer series featuring Constantine. The following image shows an examples of the dichotomy between the elemental creature and the human analogue that it is associated with - i.e Alec Holland. The image shows Constatine describing an interaction with the "green" itself, noting that it is nature in its raw form and that Holland is not there.

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Making the assumption that the character in JLD is an extension of this same character, the removal of the "humanity" associated with Swamp Thing (the body being removed) would not kill Swamp Thing, but would likely cause interest in human affairs to diminish; the indifference of nature. It is possible to conclude that a future iteration of Swamp Thing could possibly not have the personality associated with Alec Holland.

  • "human analogue" might be the wrong term. I had difficulty defining what the relationship between an elemental spirit of nature and the individual human it is associated with would actually be called. Symbiotic? Thrall? – Oubliette Feb 27 '17 at 20:15
  • In the comics, Swamp Thing is still around. – Not The Face Feb 28 '17 at 1:11

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