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Post by WyldeMan on 6/28/2018, 8:39 am

DC Universe Streaming Service Set To Launch With Live-Action ‘Titans’, ‘Doom Patrol’, & ‘Swamp Thing’
We’ve known for some time that DC Comics has been preparing its own digital streaming service, but today, the company revealed that the platform will go far beyond just TV shows. DC Universe isn’t a streaming platform so much as a subscription service for all things DC, including comics, TV shows, and movies. A beta version will be going live this August.

The new original TV shows that will premiere on the service have already been announced: the live-action Titans is scheduled to debut later this year, with Swamp Thing and Doom Patrol scheduled for 2019. On the animated side, the third season of Young Justice: Outsiders and the new Harley Quinn series will debut in 2019, as well. But DC Universe will also feature other films and TV shows featuring DC Comics characters, including movies like Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, the four original Christopher Reeve Superman films, and TV shows like Lois and Clark and the Lynda Carter series Wonder Woman. Conspicuously missing are more recent DC film adaptations such as Man of Steel, Justice League, Suicide Squad, and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman. Given that several of those films underwhelmed fans, however, that could be considered a feature rather than a bug.

DC Universe will also be offering up many of the company’s animated films — Batman: Year One and Gotham by Gaslight are two of the titles mentioned — but what could make the service stand out is its selection of comics. At this point, the details are a little fuzzy as to which titles will be available. According to press materials, DC Universe will offer “a rotating, curated selection of digital comics” that will include various titles, stretching back to the introduction of Superman in the 1930s.

The service will be available on the web as well as on phones, tablets, and TV screens, with support planned for iOS and Android devices, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV. The complete service will launch this fall, but those interested in getting a sneak peek can sign up to be part of the August beta release at the DC Universe website.

The idea of a subscription service dedicated to a specific brand or intellectual property isn’t new: MGM launched a Stargate service last year, and Disney is currently readying its own streaming service, which will be home to Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar shows and movies. But DC Universe’s ability to bring together so many different types of content, created across decades, does make it a unique proposition for hardcore fans of its characters. Whether the service will be successful, however, will no doubt come down to two things: pricing, which has yet to be announced, and whether the new original TV shows (listed below) will be strong enough to draw those subscribers who want more than just legacy content.


  • Titans follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging. This gritty take on the classic Titans franchise finds Dick Grayson and a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness named Rachel Roth as they get embroiled in a conspiracy. They’re joined by Starfire and Beast Boy to become a surrogate family and team.

  • 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 none other than the ultimate hero for the digital age, Cyborg. These rejects band together on a mission that will take them to the weirdest and most unexpected corners of the DC universe.

  • Swamp Thing is a scary love story following 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.

  • 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 tracks the lovable, raucous villain with a fractured psyche after she breaks up with The Joker and tries to make it on her own to become Gotham’s main queen-pin.

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Post by WyldeMan on 9/16/2018, 4:06 am

Warner Bros Digital Launches DC Universe With Heroic Hopes
With hopes for a heroic future, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Digital Networks on Saturday launched DC Universe, a streaming site that entices superhero fans to pay $7.99 a month for access to new television shows, digital comics, fan forums, exclusive merchandise as well as a rotating archive of vintage DC movies and television shows.

Beginning Oct. 12, the streaming service will be the home to Titans, a new weekly live-action television series that features a team of young superheroes led by Batman’s protege, Robin (Brenton Thwaites) and includes the hot-tempered alien princess Starfire (Anna Diop), the mysterious empath Raven (Teagan Croft) and the green-skinned shape-shifter Beast Boy (Ryan Potter).

The same superhero team is featured in the Warner Bros. Animation theatrical release Teen Titans GO! To The Movies (which opened July 27 and has grossed $47 million worldwide to date) but the live-action version is billed as a far grittier and more intense iteration that is closer in tone to the 2016 DC film Suicide Squad. The pilot is directed by Brad Anderson, best known for the harrowing 2004 thriller The Machinist, which starred Christian Bale. Veteran creators Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, and Geoff Johns are the executive producers on Titans and wrote the pilot.

Three other live-action productions will join Titans on the DC Universe service in 2019: Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, and Stargirl. Plans are in place for those shows and Titans to shift to a twice-a-week release schedule in 2019. Two new animated series — Young Justice: Outsiders and Harley Quinn — are also in the works for DC Universe.

The five DC television adaptations that now air on the CW (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Black Lightning, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) will not be part of the DC Universe streaming service.

The archive of vintage superhero screen fare will rotate familiar favorites such as the 1970s primetime series Wonder Woman starring Lynda Carter, the acclaimed 1990s cartoon franchise Batman The Animated Series and the Christopher Nolan-directed Batman feature films starring Bale.

Sam Ades, the general manager and senior vice-president at Warner Bros. Digital Network, manages the service.
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Post by joey con carne on 9/16/2018, 7:11 am

Here's a link to the membership fees and "perks" with each membership level.

https://www.dcuniverse.com/coming-soon/

There's two plans: $7.99 a month or a premium annual membership for $74.99.

Check it out, yo!
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Post by WyldeMan on 9/16/2018, 8:12 am

@joey con carne wrote:Here's a link to the membership fees and "perks" with each membership level.

https://www.dcuniverse.com/coming-soon/

There's two plans: $7.99 a month or a premium annual membership for $74.99.

Check it out, yo!


For $75 a year I better get a Lantern decoder ring!!!
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Post by UltimateMarvel on 9/16/2018, 12:01 pm

The idea is pretty cool! Marvel needs to do something like this too. I wish they started with $50 a year though. They could have slowly hiked up the price depending on the number of subscribers in a year or 2.
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Post by WyldeMan on 9/16/2018, 1:43 pm

@UltimateMarvel wrote:The idea is pretty cool! Marvel needs to do something like this too. I wish they started with $50 a year though. They could have slowly hiked up the price depending on the number of subscribers in a year or 2.


Disney owns Marvel and Fox and is launching it's own juggernaut streaming service in 2019.
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Post by Tyger on 9/16/2018, 1:53 pm

I don’t know why the content is revolving and not constant. I get the CW shows are probably tied up in other deals right now, but I would think they’d be added eventually.

Abe is right that Marvel should do this too since it’s not just streaming video but also access to digital comics. Not that I’d get it, but it’d be smart.

I’ll probably get the DC one, the annual cause it’s cheaper but I’m not in a rush.
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Post by WyldeMan on 9/16/2018, 2:13 pm

@Tyger wrote:I don’t know why the content is revolving and not constant. I get the CW shows are probably tied up in other deals right now, but I would think they’d be added eventually.

Abe is right that Marvel should do this too since it’s not just streaming video but also access to digital comics. Not that I’d get it, but it’d be smart.

I’ll probably get the DC one, the annual cause it’s cheaper but I’m not in a rush.

I previously made a thread about the upcoming launch of Disney Streaming which should fill in some details for you guys but here's one of the main points:


To make the Disney-branded service as robust as possible, Disney will allow a lucrative licensing deal with Netflix to expire. Starting with “Captain Marvel” in March, all of the films that Walt Disney Studios releases in theaters will subsequently flow to the Disney streaming platform instead of to Netflix. (There are “no current plans” to move Marvel-themed television shows off Netflix, a Disney spokeswoman said.)
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Post by Tyger on 9/16/2018, 2:34 pm

Again, that’s just talking about streaming video. They'd be smart to specifically make Marvel service with comics or just add books to the overall thing I guess.
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Post by WyldeMan on 9/16/2018, 3:03 pm

@Tyger wrote:Again, that’s just talking about streaming video. They'd be smart to specifically make Marvel service with comics or just add books to the overall thing I guess.

But Marvel is owned by Disney and as I am fond of saying, Disney loves to keep all their ho's in one stable. Star Wars and Marvel are their top priories and developing new live action content for them specifically but are you asking about a digital comic service?. Where the user can scroll the Marvel comics library with like a Netflix or Hulu interface but instead of shows you read comics? I'm quite confounded.
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Post by Tyger on 9/16/2018, 5:25 pm

Yeah that’s part of the DC service. It’s not just streaming video, it’s also digital comics you can view on all your screens.
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Post by UltimateMarvel on 9/16/2018, 6:58 pm

I forgot Disney is also doing their thing. Yeah, it'd be nice to have comics available there too. I haven't read some in a while but in a service like this where everything is available, why not. Not just old comics though, it has to have current and any future comics in there too.
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Post by WyldeMan on 9/16/2018, 7:00 pm

@Tyger wrote:Yeah that’s part of the DC service. It’s not just streaming video, it’s also digital comics you can view on all your screens.

Oh I wasn't aware of that, I still prefer the old school way, I can't read books digitally either.
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Post by Rusty on 9/16/2018, 7:04 pm

@WyldeMan wrote:
@Tyger wrote:Yeah that’s part of the DC service. It’s not just streaming video, it’s also digital comics you can view on all your screens.

Oh I wasn't aware of that, I still prefer the old school way, I can't read books digitally either.

Same. I have to have a physical copy in my hands to read.
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Post by WyldeMan on 9/16/2018, 7:16 pm

@Rusty wrote:
@WyldeMan wrote:
@Tyger wrote:Yeah that’s part of the DC service. It’s not just streaming video, it’s also digital comics you can view on all your screens.

Oh I wasn't aware of that, I still prefer the old school way, I can't read books digitally either.

Same. I have to have a physical copy in my hands to read.

I read a lot of books every month so a few years back I bought a Kindle but couldn't get through one chapter of a single book after a month, there's something very weird about reading in such a fashion, it feels completely unnatural to me. I gave the Kindle to my niece to play her games and I went back to reading the way I always have.

I have zero interest in reading comics on my tv screen either, a still version of something like looks like an animated movie but its also silent? What the hell can be gained from reading comics this way? This might be popular for most kids today but I'm too old for that shit.
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Post by Tyger on 9/16/2018, 8:40 pm

I think comics and books in general are some of the few things that I prefer digitally over physical. It’s more comfortable for me to read on my iPad than holding a book open for significant periods of time.
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Post by WyldeMan on 9/16/2018, 8:43 pm

@Tyger wrote:I think comics and books in general are some of the few things that I prefer digitally over physical. It’s more comfortable for me to read on my iPad than holding a book open for significant periods of time.

A book always feels much lighter to me than a Kindle which pains my wrists in a few minutes.
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