DC Comics/Warner Bros. have been talking up the new DC Universe digital subscription service — where fans will get to watch James Wan’s “Swamp Thing,” along with “Titans,” “Young Justice: Outsiders,” “Harley Quinn,” and “Doom Patrol.”
The DC Universe will start Beta access in August and officially launch this fall. It just shared a first look trailer and more information on the offerings:
“Watch. Read. Shop. Connect. Explore. Win. This is your universe.
Introducing DC Universe. A first-of-its-kind digital experience designed for DC fans.”
DC Entertainment chief creative officer and publisher Jim Lee shared 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.”
“Titans” premieres later this fall; DC shared a new look at Brenton Thwaites’ Robin/Dick Grayson:“Swamp Thing” and “Doom Patrol” are slated for a 2019 release, along with new animated TV series “Harley Quinn” and the new season of “Young Justice.” (See below for more details.)
As TheWrap noted, the “nostalgic content” Jim Lee referenced includes things like the four original “Superman” movies, the original “Wonder Woman” series, the first two seasons of “Batman: The Animated Series,” and more.
Here are more details on the new shows:
“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.
“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.
“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.
At the moment, DCUniverse.com is still marked “Coming Soon,” but you can sign up on the site to help build the universe.
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