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Everything We Know About DC UNIVERSE, DC’s Streaming Service

Everything We Know About DC UNIVERSE, DC’s Streaming Service

Update 8/29/18:

The long wait for the DC Universe digital streaming service is almost over, as DC Entertainment is set to launch of the DC Universe service to coincide with this year’s Batman Day, which falls on September 15. In addition, the debut date of the exclusive original series Titans was announced as October 12, 2018, with episodes released weekly on the service. The first season of Titans will consist of 12 episodes; Warner Bros. Television will host a world premiere screening of Titans on October 3, 2018 in conjunction with New York Comic Con.

This news and more was revealed during the live stream event of DC Daily earlier on Wednesday. The daily news show focused on all things DC will be available on the DC Universe service, with select segments also available for viewing at no cost on additional online channels.

In the Kevin Smith-hosted live stream, the writer/director and lifelong DC superfan revealed the inaugural slate of talent and experts that will host, share news and provide commentary as part of the DC Daily team. Among them are Tiffany Smith as the DC Daily news anchor, comic book writer Sam Humphries, DC Movie News host Markeia McCarty, Brian Tong, John Kourounis, John Barrowman, Samm Levine, Harley Quinn Smith, and two names that should be quite familiar to Nerdist fans, Clarke Wolfe and Hector Navarro.

The new season of Young Justice is set to hit in early 2019, and the first two original seasons can be viewed on DC Universe starting on launch day.

And of course, DC Universe, which will cost $7.99 per month or $74.99 annually, will provide access to comic books. Comics available through the digital subscription service will include the first appearances of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, along with fan favorites series like The New Teen Titans, The Batman Adventures, Jack Kirby’s New Gods, and many more DC classics.

Original post:

The DC Universe Streaming Service is officially set to launch in fall of this year, and the details are finally here. Although the platform is going to showcase original new series like Titans, Swamp Thing, Harley Quinn, Doom Patrol and Young Justice, it will also be the home to tons of classic television series and movies featuring DC Comics characters, and decades worth of actual DC comic books. On top of that, exclusive items will become available for fans through the service as well. Fans can sign up today for an opportunity for beta access, which will open in August 2018. Beta access will give members a chance to test the new digital experience and provide feedback on the early version of the service before it goes live later this fall 2018.

In a statement from Jim Lee, chief creative officer and publisher of DC Entertainment, he said  “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. 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.”

The most exciting aspect for fans of DC Universe will be all-new exclusive original live-action and animated series based on DC’s iconic characters. Developed by Warner Bros. Television, Swamp Thing and Doom Patrol are scheduled to debut in 2019, following the dramatic, live-action adventure series Titans which premieres later this year. Warner Bros. Animation is also developing a slate of animated TV series based on existing fan favorites, including Harley Quinn and the highly anticipated third season of the popular Young Justice: Outsiders animated series which are both scheduled to debut in 2019. Below are the synopsis for each series:

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 (Raven), 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. You can see the first full images of Brenton Thwaites as Robin below:

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.

There will also be a ton of legacy DC series available on the platform as well, including all four original Superman movies, and a selection of epic animated movies including Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Green Lantern: First Flight, and Wonder Woman. The service will also feature classic TV shows, including both Batman: The Animated Series and the original ’70s Wonder Woman series available for the first time in HD.

And what is DC if not comics? The DC Universe comics reader will include native, untethered access across devices from a smartphone or tablet to a living room screen rendered in vivid detail. Fans can scroll through some of their favorite comics from the comfort of their couch with family or friends and see this vibrant art form come to life like never before. A curated selection of thousands of DC comics will be available to DC Universe members from a library that includes decades of comics creations, starting from 1938’s Action Comics #1 to today’s modern series.

There will also be an extensive DC encyclopedia, short-form news, interviews and previews in daily video segments will keep fans up-to-date on the latest from all corners of the DC universe. The ever-expanding DC encyclopedia, to which fans can contribute, will house bios of hundreds of DC characters and places.

An exclusive for DC Universe members, DC Collectibles will offer a wide range of new action figures and collector’s items based on DC’s iconic characters and stories. Members will have exclusive access to all-new six-inch Justice League Animated action figures based on designs from the fan-favorite animated series starting in fall 2018. In addition to DC Collectibles, members will have access to a wide range of exclusive, curated and hard-to-find DC merchandise from a variety of licensing partners before the rest of the world. You can check out images of the new Justice League Animated action figures in our gallery below.

To learn more, be sure to visit www.DCUNIVERSE.com.

Are you as excited as we are for this all new experience for DC fans? Be sure to let us know down below in the comments.

Images: DC Entertainment / Warner Brothers

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