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After months of speculation from fans, we now know the first details about DC Comics' upcoming video streaming service. The platform, which was first hinted at in the fall of 2016, will officially be known as "DC Universe". DC celebrated the announcement by launching a new website. DC Universe official site

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Fans have been speculating quite a lot about the details of DC Universe, especially following the various projects that were announced for the platform. Among them are Titans, a live-action take on the various members of Teen Titans, a Harley Quinn animated series, a long-awaited new installment of Young Justice: Outsiders, and a just-announced Swamp Thing live-action series from James Wan.

 

"DC Universe is a first-of-its kind, immersive digital experience designed just for DC fans." The website reads. "One of the many incredible things your membership will include is unlimited access to the following exclusive original series."

 

Titans will be executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter, and Warner Bros TV, and is expected to debut sometime this year. The series' cast includes Brenton Thwaites as Grayson/Robin, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, and Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly as Hawk and Dove.

 

Young Justice: Outsiders will be a third season of the beloved Young Justice animated series, and will feature cast members such as Khary Payton as Aqualad, Danica McKellar as Miss Martian, Nolan North as Superboy and Superman, and Alyson Stoner as Batgirl.

 

The Harley Quinn Animated Series is expected to be an adult-oriented half hour series, which is created by Powerless EPs Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey. Casting for the series has not been announced yet.

 

Also on the docket is a Metropolis live-action drama series, which was announced earlier this year. With the series expected to begin filming in the back half of this year, it might take a while longer for Metropolis to make it onto DC Universe.

 

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1 hour ago, DavidTheDavid said:

Live action Swamp Thing. Now that will be interesting.

Top of my list.

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This business model worries me. Their plan is to require dedicated membership/subscriptions to access 4 shows? Am I understanding it correctly?

People are going to pirate the hell out of them...

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The Highly Anticipated DC UNIVERSE Streaming Service Could Launch As Soon As This August

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We currently know a lot about what series will be included on the DC Universe streaming service, with a live-action Titans series and the third season of Young Justice among the more anticipated programs, but we didn’t have a clear idea of when the service would launch.

Thankfully, during an appearance on the James Bonding podcast, DC Entertainment Community Manager Dani Snow briefly discussed the online platform and when it may be available.

“We are about to launch, I think late August, our DC Digital platform, which will be a hub for all things DC," Snow said before explaining what kind of content will be on the service. “There will be digital movies, TV shows that you can watch, streaming. We're gonna have a lot of comics on there. There's gonna be a lot of good stuff on there."

 

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On 5/3/2018 at 9:26 AM, Callaway29 said:

This business model worries me. Their plan is to require dedicated membership/subscriptions to access 4 shows? Am I understanding it correctly?

People are going to pirate the hell out of them...

Also strong rumor they will have digital comics up on this site like Marvel Unlimited. That to me will get me to sign up.

 

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There is talk of the DC Universe reevaluating its go-forward strategy. But now that it is part of the AT&T corporate umbrella, it is most probably going to be rolled into a much larger streaming offering like Disney+ having MCU and Marvel productions.

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As AT&T's WarnerMedia gets set to launch a streaming service, the Hollywood studio will have a first-look deal for content with Gary Barber's production firm.

 

Spyglass Media Group has secured Warner Bros. Pictures as a strategic investor.

 

The deal, unveiled Tuesday by Gary Barber, chairman and CEO of Spyglass, will see Warner Bros. take an equity stake in the development, finance and production company, while the partners have also inked a first-look arrangement for content.

 

Financial terms for the pact were not disclosed, but it comes as AT&T's WarnerMedia, which includes Warner Bros., gets set to launch a content-hungry, direct-to-consumer streaming service later this year.

 

"For many years, Warner Bros. has been a dedicated studio partner and we have shared numerous successes together. Their confidence in Spyglass’ brand and vision is invaluable as we continue to build a premier content company. I look forward to our future collaborations together," Barber said in a statement.

 

Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich added in his own statement: "We have a long, successful relationship with Gary and we’re excited to be in business with him at Spyglass. We’re looking forward to exploring the creative opportunities Spyglass has to offer."

 

Spyglass is home to over 250 film and TV library titles, including Project Runway, The King’s Speech and The Artist.

 

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Here's the real details concerning AT&T, WarnerMedia and the DC Universe.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: DC Universe's Role in WarnerMedia Streaming Plans Unclear

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The news of the episode reduction happens to come as DC Universe parent company WarnerMedia is plotting a larger direct-to-consumer streaming platform. The OTT platform, expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2019, will feature scripted originals as well as content from corporate siblings HBO, Turner's TBS and TNT, among others.  The platform will be overseen by former NBC Entertainment president Bob Greenblatt and Turner's Kevin Reilly as WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey makes the streaming platform a top goal for the company.

 

WarnerMedia has yet to reveal its larger plans for its streaming platform, which will compete with fellow upstarts Disney+ (launching Nov. 12) and Apple (in the fall) as well as Comcast (2020). Disney+ unveiled its streaming plans last week during a nearly four-hour presentation to investors that impressed both Hollywood and Wall Street. Their platform will feature hubs for Marvel, Star Wars, Disney and Lucasfilm (Star Wars) content on its home screen. That presentation set a very high bar for WarnerMedia, which considers DC Comics among its crown jewels.

 

The idea of having dueling streaming services — even though DC Universe is considered a niche platform — could be a potential wrinkle for WarnerMedia. DC Universe — which does not release subscribers —features a massive library of comics via its proprietary comic reader, which could pose a problem if its parent company wants to fold that service in with its larger OTT service. The addition of the comic library was designed to help DC Universe take on Marvel Unlimited. Also unclear is if DC Universe content would be exclusive to that platform before it hits WarnerMedia's unnamed service and if the DC label could be an additional monthly charge on top of a base fee.

 

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With three new, high-profile pilots coming to The CW this fall, the network will not be renewing its current output deal with Netflix and will instead be shopping new series to streaming services individually, according to Deadline. That means that Batwoman, Katy Keene, and Nancy Drewcould find another home for streaming -- or may have to wait until Warner Interactive has its planned streaming service in place to see official announcements. The broader deals make things easy for consumers -- who can generally know where to look and when for new series coming to streaming platforms -- but a mixed bag for networks.

 

The CW, which is jointly owned by Warner Bros. and CBS, will apparently take a reduced role in shopping shows to streaming services. According to the Deadline story, Warner Bros. TV and CBS will be responsible for finding their shows a home. Interestingly, of the three big shows launching in the fall, there is one owned by Warner (Batwoman), one owned by CBS (Nancy Drew), and one that is owned by Warner but produced with financial participation by CBS (Katy Keene). That means watching where each of the three end up could give fans a quick glance at the way streaming rights are likely to be handled in the near future. The original Netflix deal brought in $1 billion for The CW in 2011, and was renewed in 2016 with slightly changed terms.

 

The article did not suggest what would happen internationally, where Netflix is the initial broadcaster of series like Riverdale. Existing deals for series that launched prior to 2019 will remain unchanged for now. The Deadline story also suggests that WarnerMedia's app is the most likely destination for Batwoman, while Netflix will likely land Katy Keene. The future of Nancy Drewis a question mark and may depend on how much competition there is for the title.

 

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It’s worth it for doom patrol, easily my favorite comic adaptation. The finale is next week, so you could get for a month and watch the whole run.

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