Everything We Know About DC Universe Streaming Service
There’s a new streaming service vying for your time and money. DC Universe features exclusive new series starring a vast roster of characters from DC Comics. Not only does the new streaming service offer new shows and a catalog of classic movies and cartoons, it also offers digital comics and exclusive merchandise offerings. This is a big deal for consumers that already have to juggle a dozen streaming apps! The new service wants to attract subscribers with a unique combination of content that appeals to both new viewers and die-hard fans.
Here’s what we know so far. DC Universe is going to launch with two new shows that are already in production: Titans and Young Justice: Outsiders. Titans is the first live-action incarnation of the Teen Titans, starring Brenton Thwaites as Robin, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. Young Justice: Outsiders is the third season of a fan-favorite show that’s sure to draw a few subscribers.
They’ve also announced Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, and an animated series starring Harley Quinn will debut on DC Universe in the future.
Classic Movies and Television
DC Universe has also secured streaming rights to an impressive collection of movies and series. DC has a deep bench of content, including classic films like Superman I to IV, television shows like Lois and Clark, blockbuster movies like The Dark Knight, and cartoons like Batman: The Animated Series and Teen Titans.
That said, DC Univese will not have access to their current shows from the The CW. The CW has a multi-year streaming deal with Netflix for all of their series, including The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow, Black Lightning, and Legends of Tomorrow. We expect that the WB will claw back those series when the current deal expires.
Subscribers can also read comics using a native digital reader. DC reports that the service will have a curated selection of titles, which makes us a little nervous. Access to decades of comics for one monthly fee will be a big draw for traditional fans, but it has to be more than one or two top titles to attract dedicated readers. One cool feature, however, is the fact that the app will suggest comics related to what you’re watching. This is a great way to create new fans and find interesting series.
DC has also announced that streaming service will have a built-in DC Encyclopedia. Fans can access and contribute to articles, fostering a vibrant fan community—in theory. We’ll have to wait and see what type of engagement is facilitated on the app.
Also interesting are reports that subscribers will receive exclusive offers on new collectibles and merchandizing, similar to PS Plus Members getting deals on new games. For many fans a new subscription could pay for itself pretty quickly if the site throws in a full good deals.
If you’re interested you can check out the beta this August. There’s no word yet on when the service will be open to the public.