DC Universe Announces Price, Launch, Will Be Like Netflix for Comics and More

Ever since DC Comics announced their direct-to-consumer video service DC Universe, we’ve been wondering exactly two things: “When?” and “How much?” The company has now revealed all of that, along with a few, shall we say, signing bonuses.

We know the service will include a large selection of DC Comics-inspired entertainment, including movies, cartoons, and comics. But what, precisely, will we see? When it comes to live-action, they’re trying for as much as possible; Warner Bros’ content will be the easiest to license, and the Adam West Batman a bit trickier, though not impossible. As far as comics, they hope to curate a collection that helps serve as a gateway to casual fans who may see a character on a TV show and want to know more. Like Netflix, the content will rotate every month, though as Jim Lee put it, “The goal will be to have more comics than you can possibly read.” New comics will also be day-and-date available to purchase, with 4K resolution and panel-by-panel reading functionality.

Four original live-action shows will anchor the weekly programming: Titans, its spin-off Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, and a fourth to be announced at Geoff Johns’ Comic-Con panel. Swamp Thing, executive produced by James Wan, will exist in a separate reality from the other two announced shows.

So how do you get it? Starting this fall, per the press release, “fans in the United States can now pre-order DC UNIVERSE at DCUNIVERSE.com for the yearly membership fee of $74.99 (plus tax, if applicable in your state). Monthly memberships will be available at launch for $7.99 a month.” Order a year before it goes live and get three months free. Preorder before Sunday, July 22, and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win tickets to the Aquaman premiere.

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Images: DC Universe/Warner Bros, Luke Y. Thompson

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