About a year ago, Warner Bros. announced their plans for launching their own streaming service. One that would cater to the fans of the DC comics and would allow them to produce shows or films that would’ve been deemed less that profitable for the big screen. And lo and behold, we now have official confirmation. It has been revealed that the streaming service will be called DC Universe.
— DC (@DCComics) May 2, 2018
So what’s new about this streaming service? Why should you care about another one of these? For starters, this new service, as the name suggests, is all about DC fandom. Here’s what the official reveal said about it:
DC Universe is a first-of-its kind, immersive digital experience designed just for DC fans. One of the many incredible things your membership will include is unlimited access to the following exclusive original series.
If you love the CW Arrowverse shows, and have been following the larger DCEU (or whatever it’s being called now), strap right in. The studio is now planning to go beyond those mediums to deliver the comic book shows and presumably movies that an absolute DC fan, and the rest of us, would love to watch.
To celebrate the impending launch of the service, DC has finally released logos for the first batch of shows that will headline the streaming service. The first of these is the upcoming live-action adaptation of the Teen Titans, albeit minus the ‘Teen’ part of it. Of all the upcoming shows, Titans seems to be under scrutiny the most. Making a show about the Green Arrow or the Legends of Tomorrow is one thing, but one about Batman’s former side-kick ? That’s risky territory.
The company has also released some other logos for upcoming shows, including a third season of Young Justice (finally!), called Young Justice: Outsiders. Of all the title reveals, this seems the most promising. Fans of the show have been crying out loud for a third season, ever since the show ended back in 2013. If anything, this is the show that seems to hold the most promise.
Next in line is an animated Harley Quinn show. For argument’s sake, Harley Quinn is trending pretty high on fans’ minds, especially after Suicide Squad. It seems to be an interesting take on a rather interesting character. After the Arkham games, Harley Quinn is now more popular than ever, and DC seems to be making a smart move by capitalizing on her with DC Universe moving forward.
Last on the list is the most surprising. A show about Swamp Thing? Who could ever have guessed right? But looking at the positive side of things, the show is being made in partnership with James Wan. The same guy who is directing the upcoming Aquaman solo film. Time will tell whether it will work, but we’re hoping for the best. Wan has proven himself in the past as being a competent filmmaker, and we truly hope to see him headline this show towards success.
As for pricing, nothing has been set in stone yet. But for a streaming service which looks to be catering towards a pretty specific demographic, we have reason to believe that it won’t cost any more than what you’re paying for Netflix right now. The service will launch early next year, with more details to be revealed soon. As of now, these are the shows that look to be spear heading the service, but there are others that have been announce to be joining the queue, chief among them being the Superman prequel series: Metropolis. Yes, we know, it looks like it may be related to Smallville, but don’t count on it yet.
If anything, this looks to be Warner Bros. move to take on the immensely successful shows that Marvel has put out on Netflix. The only difference being that these shows will not connect in any way to the larger DC film universe. At least that’s what we’ve been led to believe.
Time will tell how all this will pan out. But in the meantime, we’re getting more super hero shows! Whether you like them or not, it has to be agreed upon that we’re living in the golden age of comic book adaptations, and that’s not a bad thing.