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DC Universe Streaming Service Plans Live-Action and Animated Series

The DC Universe is coming alive and hitting the small screens

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Fans of the DC Universe will get their own digital subscription service to binge-through this year, the service will be filled with exclusive content and brand-new adaptations featuring some of the biggest names in all of DC. The streaming-service will feature a combination of live-action and animated series; classic TV series and films; a curated selection of digital comic books; news and updates from the DC Universe; and an expansive “DC-centric encyclopedia”. Fans will also get to shop exclusive merchandise and collectables with their membership. A BETA is coming soon to test everything out, and we already know some of the launch titles.

This could be seen as an answer to Disney’s upcoming subscription service, which will most likely be filled with Marvel series and the planned “Star Wars” content.

“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,” said Craig Hunegs, president, Warner Bros. Digital Networks. “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.”

The service will be launching a BETA to test everything out, fans can sign up today to gain access through the link below. That is expect to start in August 2018. The service is expected to go live later this fall in 2018.

“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,” said Jim Lee, chief creative officer and publisher, DC Entertainment. “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.”

Warner Bros. Television is bringing “Swamp Thing” and “Doom Patrol” to the service in 2019, along with a live-action adventure series called “Titans” that is set to premiere later this year. Warner Bros. Animation is working on new series that will include Harley Quinn and a third season of the “Young Justice: Outsiders” animated series. Those two series are scheduled to debut in 2019, and more information and teases are expected over the coming months. The following are the official descriptions for the planned series, as detailed by Warner Bros.

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.

At launch the service will also offer four original Superman movies as well as animated movies including “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox,” “Green Lantern: First Flight,” and “Wonder Woman”. Fans can also stream the first two seasons of “Batman: The Animated Series” and the original “Wonder Woman” series in HD.

If you prefer comics, there will be a curated selection of DC comics to scroll through and enjoy. Members can read titles like the first 1938 Action Comics that introduced Superman, as well as Detective Comics #27 which first introduced Batman in 1939. Other titles include Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s Justice League (2011), Swamp Thing (2011) written by Scott Snyder, and Harley Quinn (2013) written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. Comics can also be downloaded for reading offline on a smartphone or tablet.

“We wanted the DC UNIVERSE comic reader to be a blend of art and technology that would further enhance fan’s experiences of the live-action and animated programming on DC UNIVERSE,” said Dan DiDio, publisher, DC Entertainment. “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.”

The operation of DC UNIVERSE will be managed by Sam Ades, general manager and senior vice president, Warner Bros. Digital Networks, based in Burbank. The digital media executive formerly served as the senior vice president, direct to consumer, for DC Entertainment, where he was responsible for creating and executing DC’s digital marketing strategy.

DC UNIVERSE will be available in the United States at launch on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV, as well as the web and mobile web. To learn more and register for an opportunity for beta access, visit dcuniverse.com.