Finally, more information on DC’s upcoming digital service has been revealed.
DC Entertainment has issued a statement providing fans with their best idea yet of what shape the DC Universe app will take when it launches later this year.
The app will be home to movies, TV, and comics, all of which will draw on DC’s decades-long well of intellectual property. Animated and live action series and movies will populate the app, spanning from the Fleischer Superman cartoons to the Tim Burton Batman movies, DC Universe animated features, and more. In a statement, Craig Hunegs, president, Warner Bros. Digital Networks had this to say:
“Developing new ways for consumers to access some of our most popular and iconic brands and franchises as well as exclusive, new content whenever they want, on the devices they choose, is one of our studio’s top priorities. The DC UNIVERSE platform gives fans a place to tailor their experience and build a direct relationship with DC in a way they never could before.”
The app will also have aspects for breaking news, fan interaction, and an “ever-growing” DC Encyclopedia, as well as opportunities to earn rewards, participate in contests, and buy exclusive merchandise.
Fans in the United States can sign up now 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 valuable feedback on the early version of the service before it goes live later this fall. Dan DiDio, publisher, DC Entertainment added:
“We wanted the DC Universe comic reader to be a blend of art and technology that would further enhance fans’ experience 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 longbox 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.”
The DC encyclopedia, the space which fans can contribute, will hold bios of hundreds of DC characters and places. In addition, members will have the opportunity to win premium rewards, including game unlocks, first-chance access to pop-culture events, exclusive experiences and more.
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.
Members can read some of the most famous stories in comic book history such as the first 1938 Action Comics that introduced Superman to the world as well as Detective Comics #27 which first introduced Batman in 1939. Other titles include Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s iconic Justice League (2011), Swamp Thing (2011) written by Scott Snyder, and Harley Quinn (2013) written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. Rotating selections will cater to both members new to comics and passionate fans looking for hard-to-find titles. Comics can also be downloaded for reading offline on a smartphone or tablet.
The operation of DC Universe will be managed by Sam Ades, general manager and senior vice president, Warner Bros. Digital Network, based in Burbank. The digital media executive formerly served as the senior vice president, direct to consumer, for DC Entertainment, where he was responsible for creating and executing DC’s digital marketing strategy.
Now, lets get into the highly anticipated DC Universe original programming!
Among the revelations was an official synopsis and release window for the upcoming third season of the fan-favorite animated series Young Justice, subtitled Outsiders. Jim Lee, chief creative officer and publisher, DC Entertainment, said this in a statement:
“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 series is expected to hit the network in 2019. Check out a brand new image of the show’s characters below!
Titans, the live-action series understood to be DC Universe’s flagship, featuring characters like Robin/Nightwing and Starfire, was given a release window and new snyopsis this morning as well.
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.
Titans is coming to the DC Universe app in late 2018. Check out two brand new images of Robin below!
Doom Patrol, the live-action series spinning out of the DC Universe’s flagship series, Titans. The team will get their own series after being featured guests in episodes of Titans when it launches.
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.
Doom Patrol is aiming for a 2019 release on the network.
Produced by Aquaman director James Wan, the live-action drama based on the DC character Swamp Thing got a brand new synopsis this morning as well:
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.
Swamp Thing has previously starred in two movies and a live-action TV series, as well as an animated series, outside of his comics, which have been split between traditional DC Universe stories and the publisher’s adults-only Vertigo imprint.
Swamp Thing looks to premiere on DC Universe some time in 2019.
Finally we have the famed character of Harley Quinn, who is set to star in her own series on the streaming service. Check out the synopsis:
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.
Harley Quinn aims to wreak havoc on the DC Universe service in 2019.
The DC Universe is set to make its debut some time near the end of 2018. Keep it locke don Talkies Network for all the latest on the newest streaming service!