We finally know when DC Universe, the company's upcoming streaming service that has been in the works for over a year, will launch. DC will officially launch their streaming service on September 15, to coincide with this year's annual Batman Day. The announcement was made on the first episode of DC Daily, which was streamed live on YouTube now but will exist as part of DC Universe once it launches. This daily show will be a hub for DC news and is hosted by Kevin Smith.
DC Daily will also feature the likes of Tiffany Smith, John Barrowman, Samm Levine, Sam Humphries, Hector Navarro, Clarke Wolfe, Brian Tong, Markeia McCarty, John Kourounis and Kevin Smith's Daughter, Harley Quinn Smith. It's a little unclear how long the show will run each day, but the inaugural episode ran for three hours. When the service launches, this will be one of the only new bits of content fans will have access to, which is one of the drawbacks of being an early adopter, it would seem.
A large part of the appeal with DC Universe is the upcoming original shows that are being produced for it. Titans is the first of these shows coming down the pipeline, but it won't arrive until October 12, after first debuting at New York Comic-Con on October 3. After that, new episodes will drop weekly for twelve weeks. Unfortunately, DC has decided not to go Netflix style with their shows and will instead opt for a week-to-week viewing schedule. Other live-action shows scheduled for release on the service include Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, Stargirl, and Metropolis.
On the animated side, the highly-anticipated and long-awaited Young Justice: Outsiders, which serves as the show's third season, will debut on DC Universe. They are also developing a Harley Quinn animated series as well. Aside from new content, another majorly appealing part of the service is pre-existing DC content that will be made available for subscribers. Shows such as Wonder Woman, the Batman: The Animated Series, Superfriends, 2003's Teen Titans, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Constantine, Justice League and more shows will be included in the library. DC is also including a large selection of their animated movies, like Green Lantern: First Flight. On the live-action side, they're going to include all four of the original Superman movies.
One final, crucial element of the DC streaming service is the inclusion of a massive digital library of DC Comics titles. This is something fans have been wanting for a long time, as Marvel has offered Marvel Unlimited for years. While it won't include every issue in the publisher's long history, it will feature thousands of titles and for hardcore DC fans could be one of the most appealing elements of the service overall. Pre-orders for DC Universe are available now. Subscriptions can be purchased for $7.99 monthly or $74.99 annually. You can check out the first episode of DC Daily over at the DC YouTube channel for yourself below.