A new DC Universe is coming soon. We already have the DC Entertainment Universe for the movies and the Arrowverse on the CW Network – but for those who love to stream, the DC Universe launches its subscription service this August.
The service will be the first of its kind and will offer a large library of animated and live-action material. If you liked Batman Returns, they have it. Loved Christopher Reeve as Superman, they have those movies too. Want to relive the original Wonder Woman series, you can do that and so much more.
But no service is complete without original content. There are five new series in the works created exclusively for the DC Universe. Developed by Warner Brothers Television, Swamp Thing and Doom Patrol are set for a 2019 release. The live-action adventure series, Titans will premiere later this year. Warner Brothers Animation is also developing a range of animated series including Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders. Both are scheduled to debut in 2019.
- 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 favourite 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.
The DC Universe is also designed to be a hub for anything and everything DC Entertainment, giving fans access to news, contests, exclusive merchandise and collectables. As an added bonus fans of the actual comics will be able to read them via the DC Universe. The service’s comics-reader is said to include easy access across devices from a phone or tablet, to a living room screen. The library of accessible comics is referred to in the thousands, with several historic issues, as well as acclaimed runs and reboots specifically highlighted.
DC co-publisher Dan Didio explains, “We wanted the DC Universe comic-reader to be a blend of art and technology that would further enhance fan experiences of the live-action and animated programming on DC Universe. 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.”
DC Universe is also set to serve as much more than a streaming service. Aiming to create a welcoming place for everyone to immerse themselves in their own level of DC fandom, the interactive social-media-type arc will offer fans the ability to customize their account with avatars, assemble playlists based on their favourite heroes and villains, and engage in dedicated forums.
Fans in the U.S can sign up immediately for a chance at DC Universe’s beta access, which will open in August. Beta access will give members a chance to test the new digital experience and provide feedback before the service goes live worldwide a little later in the year.