DC has finally released a ton of new details regarding their upcoming streaming service. DC Universe was initially announced last year, though at the time it wasn't given a name, but promised to be the new digital home for all things DC. In the company's announcement, it appears as though they're really trying to live up to the promise. DC Universe will include original live-action and animated series, classic TV series and films, a curated selection of digital comic books, breaking news, an expansive DC-centric encyclopedia, and access to exclusive merchandise. Craig Hunegs, president, Warner Bros. Digital Networks, had this to say in a statement.
"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."
In addition to shows such as Titans which will be the first original series to air on the service later this year, subscribers will have access to movies from DC's library. Titles include all four original Superman movies, as well as a selection of their animated movies including Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Green Lantern: First Flight, and Wonder Woman. One major selling point is that DC Universe will feature classic shows, such as the first two seasons of Batman: The Animated Series but, sadly, not the whole run. Particularly exciting is the inclusion of the original Lynda Carter Wonder Woman series, available for the first time in HD. DC also released new descriptions for the previously announced live-action shows Titans, Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing and animated offerings Young Justice: Outsiders and Harley Quinn. The descriptions read as follows.
"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. 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."
Easily one of the most exciting and important elements of this new service is the fact that it will finally include subscription-based access to a massive library of DC Comics titles. While it won't include everything from the publisher's history, it will be host to a massive curated library consisting of thousands of titles. It will also differ from competition such as Marvel Unlimited, in that, the comics will be able to be viewed on a TV screen through the DC Universe app. Here's what Dan DiDio, publisher for DC Entertainment, had to say about the comic book side of things.
"We wanted the DC Universe comic reader to be a blend of art and technology that would further enhance fans' experiences 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."
In addition to the media content, subscribers will also have access to exclusive figures from DC Collectibles, starting with all-new six-inch Justice League Animated action figures based on the 2001 series. There will also be a major social component to DC Universe, allowing fans to connect with one another and create personalized profiles and create and share lists. DC also promises that there will be exclusive contests and chances to win prizes, as well as an extensive DC Encyclopedia. DC is definitely including a lot here.
The service will be extremely accessible, as it will launch in the U.S. on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV, as well as the web and mobile web. There is no official public launch date for DC Universe yet and the company still hasn't announced just what a subscription will cost, which could be a major sticking point for those outside of the hardcore fanbase. Those who want to register for the beta can do so at DCUniverse.com. You can check out the DC Universe launch trailer, as well as a new look at Brenton Thwaites as Robin from Titans and new Young Justice: Outsiders artwork, for yourself below.