DC Daily has been canceled at DC Universe. The show was a major pillar of the streaming service, offering news, interviews and in-depth discussions on DC movies, TV shows, comics and more. But the powers that be have opted to ax the show, with the final episodes set to air next month. That raises the important question, is DC Universe in trouble?
First, here is what we know. DC Daily will air its final episodes over the coming weeks, with the final episode set to air in July. The series debuted in September 2018 as a launch title with the DC Universe streaming service. It was reportedly the cheapest original series that was produced for the service, falling well short of the costs associated with the likes of scripted shows such as Titans or Doom Patrol. The reason for the cancelation was not provided. A DC spokesperson had this to say in a statement.
"After more than 400 episodes, DC Daily will air its final broadcast on Friday, July 3. This year has brought more challenges than the show could overcome. We thank all the fans and talent and hosts for bringing this show to life. It's been a fun ride."
The timing of the cancelation leaves quite a bit of room for what one might call reasonable speculation. WarnerMedia, the conglomerate comprised of Warner Bros. and AT&T, recently launched HBO Max. The company's major streaming play is intended to compete directly with Netflix, as well as other services such as Disney+, Hulu and NBC's upcoming Peacock. DC is expected to be a big part of HBO Max, with shows like Green Lantern and Justice League Dark in development. But where does that leave DC Universe?
For the sake of comparison, DC Universe goes for $7.99 per month, while HBO Max runs $14.99 per month. For that extra money, users get a whole lot more content. Doom Patrol season 2 will be airing on both DC Universe and HBO Max. Meanwhile, Stargirl is also airing on The CW and Swamp Thing, which was canceled after just one season, is airing reruns on the network as well. The Harley Quinn animated series was also picked up to run on SyFy. Titans, which airs exclusively on DC Universe, could easily be ported to HBO Max. With DC Daily getting the ax, there is little left to make the service worth the money for fans, it would seem.
It would make sense for WarnerMedia to create some brand unity and bring much of what DC Universe has amassed over to HBO Max. The niche service seems increasingly difficult to maintain in a marketplace that is, by the day, becoming flooded with streaming options for consumers. At the very least, this is one less thing for subscribers to enjoy. At worst, it could be the beginning of the end for DC Universe. This news comes to us via Collider.