In celebration of a day devoted to pop culture’s most famous masked superhero, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are gearing up to launch their long-awaited SVOD service for all things DC on September 15 in the US. DC Universe will feature new original animated and live-action scripted series, classic TV series and films, a curated selection of comic books, animated movies and exclusive merchandise featuring iconic characters Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman.
The streaming service will be available for US$7.99 per month, or US$74.99 annually, and is operated by Warner Bros. Digital Networks in collaboration with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Digital Labs.
Several new exclusive series are planned, including Titans (pictured), which will bow on October 12 following its Warner Bros. Television world premiere on October 3 at New York Comic Con. Created by Geoff Johns (The Flash), the 12-episode series is a reimagined, grittier version of DC Comics’ Teen Titans starring Batman’s former superhero sidekick Robin. Akiva Goldsman (Star Trek: Discovery) and Greg Berlanti (Supergirl) are executive producing.
Other original exclusives include Doom Patrol, a live-action show launching in 2019 based on the DC Comics title of the same name; a third season of animated series Young Justice; news program DC Daily hosted by Kevin Smith; a Swamp Thing series produced by James Wan; and a Stargirl series.
As for library titles, live-action series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and animated series Batman, Teen Titans, Superfriends and Justice League will all be available on DC Universe. Meanwhile, the service’s comics lineup will feature the first appearances of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, as well as Batman: Gothic, Shazam, The New Teen Titans, Identity Crisis, The Batman Adventures and Jack Kirby’s New Gods.
DC Universe arrives as Disney is preparing to launch its own streaming service next year, featuring live-action and animated movies from DC rival Marvel, Disney, Pixar and Lucasfilm, as well as thousands of titles from Disney’s film and television library. The high costs of creating the service, though, were a contributing factor in Disney’s recent Q3 earnings miss.