After teasing it for quite some time, glimpses of the upcoming shows and finally a reveal of the platform name recently, DC Entertainment has fully unveiled the scope of their streaming platform digital subscription service DC Universe.
According to their press release, DC Universe will be a digital subscriptions service that “gives fans access to exclusive content and experiences not available anywhere else” and with membership “fans will enjoy all-new original live-action and animated series, classic TV series and films, a curated selection of digital comic books, breaking news, an expansive DC-centric encyclopedia, and access to exclusive merchandise.” Those that join will also be able to communicate with other fans through a community system, earn rewards and take part in various sweepstakes and contests.
“Developing new ways for consumers to access some of our most popular and iconic brands and franchises as well as exclusive new content whenever they want, on the devices they choose, is one of our studio’s top priorities,” said Craig Hunegs, president, Warner Bros. Digital Networks. “The DC UNIVERSE platform gives fans a place to tailor their experience and build a direct relationship with DC in a way they never could before.”
Alongside an assoretment of classic superhero films (both live action & animated) including all four original Superman films and classic superhero TV shows from the library (Batman: The Animated Series, Wonder Woman), members will also have access to all the new original content that has been created specifically for the platform (or revived for the platform in the case of Young Justice).
- Titans follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and loveable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.
- Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcasts: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman and Crazy Jane. Led by the mysterious Dr. Niles Caulder they’re called into action by the ultimate hero for the digital age, Cyborg. Banding together these rejects find themselves on a mission that will take them to the weirdest and most unexpected corners of the DC universe.
- Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.
- Young Justice: Outsiders features the return of the fan favorite animated series with a huge cast of DC’s most iconic young superheroes – plus brand-new characters, many of whom are just discovering their unique meta-powers and special abilities. Set against the backdrop of a rich, deep world that touches all corners of the DC universe, the season focuses on meta–trafficking, and an intergalactic arms race for control of these super–powered youths.
- Harley Quinn follows Harley’s adventures after she breaks up with the Joker and strikes out on her own in this new adult animated comedy. With the help of Poison Ivy and a ragtag crew of DC castoffs, Harley tries to earn a seat at the biggest table in villainy: the Legion of the Doom.
“DC UNIVERSE is so much more than a streaming service. It’s a welcoming place for everyone to immerse themselves in their own level of DC fandom, with the epic characters, stories, and experiences they have come to expect from DC,” said Jim Lee, chief creative officer and publisher, DC Entertainment. “We are investing in and creating original, high-quality shows including the new Titans series, and curating the most beloved nostalgic content, while at the same time elevating the comic reading experience to new heights. Nothing this robust has ever been offered to fans before.”
Members will also be able to access a rotating curated selection of thousands of DC Comics from across the ages and read them on their smartphone, tablet or even their television screen. Some of the launch titles include Superman’s first Action Comics appearance, Batman’s intro in Detective Comics #27, Geoff Johns & Jim Lee’s Justice League (2011), Scott Snyder’s Swamp Thing (2011) and Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner’s Harley Quinn (2013) series.
“We wanted the DC UNIVERSE comic reader to be a blend of art and technology that would further enhance fans’ experiences of the live-action and animated programming on DC UNIVERSE,” said Dan DiDio, publisher, DC Entertainment. “This hand-curated selection from our decades of comic creations gives fans a thematic digital long box to carry with them on the device of their choosing or lets them watch exclusive video content on a big screen followed by the comic that inspired it.”
Those interested in the platform can sign up today for an opportunity to participate in beta access which opens in August. This allows the fans to test out the digital platform and give feedback before the service fully launches in the fall.