Good news, DC Universe fans – it seems that at least a smidge of our wish list for DC’s new streaming service, DC Universe, will come to fruition. While key questions remain unanswered (price!), some more of DC Universe’s content and a targeted launch date were just revealed, and what DC Universe plans to bring to your screens is becoming ever more clear.
As reported at Screen Rant, the planned launch date for DC Universe is August 2018. On an episode of the James Bonding podcast featuring Dani Snow, DC’s Community Manager, Snow pointed to late August as the targeted launch date, and also mentioned the company is “working on getting everything from the back catalog of animated TV shows and movies on there now.” While we don’t know the specifics, this bodes well for fans of DC’s animated properties through the years. Perhaps even more intriguingly, she confirmed that the service will include “a lot of comics” – again, short on the specifics, but long on the possibility. It seems our dream of DC deep dives, seeing a character’s animated antics and flipping to his or her funnybook origins is a stronger possibility than ever.
We also know that DC Universe has four original, live-action shows in production, as well as two animated ones. Here’s what we know about those so far.
A live-action series born out of DC’s Teen Titans property, Titans features Raven, Starfire, Robin, Beast Boy, and, intriguingly, Hawk & Dove. For a deeper dive on Titans, including the actors, DC Comics ties, and other possible characters, check out GEEK’s Everything You Need to Know About DC’s Live-Action Series.
DC Universe’s live-action Swamp Thing show is firmly entangled in the character’s horror roots, at least according to executive producer James Wan (known for, among other things, Saw).
Damn straight. More horror than anything. https://t.co/k2QTMdR9RJ
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) May 2, 2018
Not much is known yet about this series, but at its core, the Swamp Thing tale has elements of a Beauty and the Beast-type story, with scientist Alec Holland’s transformation into a creature of muck and vines complicating, but not halting, his romantic relationship with Abby Arcane, two recently confirmed characters of the series.
DCU has ordered 13 episodes of Doom Patrol, which it seems will spin out of Titans and at least initially guest-star Cyborg. The team will consist of some of the classic lineup – Robotman, Negative Man, Dr. Niles Caulder, and Elasti-Girl – as well as one of the standouts from the comic book version’s Vertigo renaissance, Crazy Jane. The show, encouragingly, is executive produced by Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jeremy Carver, who is also writing the series. It is set for a 2019 debut.
It seems that there’s hay to be made by exploring DCU’s most famous cities before they become home to their iconic heroes. From Gotham executive producers John Stephens and Danny Cannon, Metropolis will focus on dogged reporter Lois Lane and billionaire businessman (and DC’s best villain this side of people wearing clown makeup) Lex Luthor. Of course, this is before the arrival of Superman – one of the factors in comics that pushes Lex over the edge from being less than scrupulous to outright villainy – so perhaps it’s not so unusual to see him in a protagonist role. In any case, according to Deadline, the series teams those two icons to “investigate the world of fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets.”
YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS
The long-awaited third season of the Teen Titans-adjacent Young Justice show. This is one of two original animated projects we know are in the works for DC Universe.
The show is supposed to show up in the fourth quarter of this year, and looks to be featuring Nightwing, Robin, Arsenal (a.k.a. Speedy/Red Arrow), Superboy, Wonder Girl, and Blue Beetle, as well as the pleasantly surprising additions of Static, Spoiler, Thirteen (likely Tracy Thirteen, daughter of occult investigator Dr. Thirteen), Arrowette, and Black Lightning. Past seasons featured Miss Martian, Kid Flash, Red Tornado, Aqualad, Zatanna, and Artemis, so chances are we will catch up to those characters as well. Then this image was released on Twitter in May, more or less confirming Katana, Metamorpho, and characters that are speculated to be Solstice, Geoforce, and possibly Bug (this guy) as well. This series looks bananas, and worth the wait – Young Justice originally launched in 2010, and season two finished up in 2013.
Another animated series will focus on DC breakout character Harley Quinn, and is brought to you by the folks behind the very underrated (in our opinion) DC live-action comedy Powerless, Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker. The series will also include Poison Ivy and many other of Gotham’s famous and infamous citizens, and, with Halpern and Schumacker powering its engine, should be one of DC Universe’s most humorous offerings.
How much does it cost? What format will these comics take, and how extensive is the library, not to mention the back catalog of animated and other shows? We’ll let you know as soon as we have answers. In the meantime, just what we know so far is keeping us tantalized!
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