DC Universe (streaming service)

DC Universe is a video-on-demand service operated by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Digital Networks. It was announced in April 2017, with the title and service formally announced in May 2018. The service includes original television programming, access to select animated series and films from DC's back catalogue, a rotating selection of comics from DC Comics, forum discussion space, and a merchandise store. DC Universe launched in a beta state in late August 2018, with its full release on September 15, 2018.

DC Universe
DCUniverse
Type of site
Video on demand
Available inEnglish
HeadquartersBurbank, California,
Area servedUnited States
OwnerWarnerMedia[1][2]
Key peopleSam Ades (GM & SVP, Warner Bros. Digital Networks)
ServicesStreaming service, OTT
Parent
Websitewww.dcuniverse.com
RegistrationMonthly or annual subscription required to access content
LaunchedSeptember 15, 2018
Current statusActive

History and development

In April 2017, DC Universe was announced as an untitled service with original television programming,[4] with its title announced a year later in May 2018.[5] The next month, the features of the service beyond original programming were revealed, including access to older DC live-action and animated films and animated series for a select period of time, a rotating selection of comics, forum discussion space, a merchandise store, and DC encyclopedia.[6][7] Sam Ades, the general manager and senior vice-president at Warner Bros. Digital Network, will manage the service.[7]

The service's first slate of programming, Titans and Young Justice: Outsiders, was revealed in April 2017.[4] That November, a Harley Quinn half-hour animated series was announced for the service.[8] In January 2018, a Superman prequel series titled Metropolis was announced, focusing on Lois Lane and Lex Luthor.[9] In May 2018, the live-action series Swamp Thing and Doom Patrol were announced,[10][11] and Metropolis was being redeveloped.[10] In July, a live-action Stargirl series was announced, which would also feature additional members of the Justice Society of America.[12] A month later, the daily news program DC Daily was announced.[13] In early September 2018, it was revealed the service would be available in Canada at an unspecified date.[14]

Availability

DC Universe launched in the U.S. on September 15, 2018,[15] and is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV, in addition to web and mobile web access.[7] Each subscription to DC Universe can be used on two devices at a time.[16] Pre-orders for the streaming service became available starting on July 19, 2018,[17] while an early beta-version was made available to select users in August 2018.[6][18]

Content

Original programming

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Notes
DC Daily News program September 15, 2018 1 season Daily news program with shows five days a week[19]
Titans Action drama October 12, 2018 1 season Renewed for a second season[20]
Young Justice: Outsiders Superhero January 4, 2019 1 season Split season, first half in January, second half in June[21]
Doom Patrol Drama February 15, 2019 1 season Currently airing[6][22]

Upcoming original programming

Ordered

Title Genre Premiere
Live-action
Swamp Thing[6] Horror May 2019[23]
Stargirl[12] Drama August 2019[23]
Animation
Harley Quinn[6] Adult comedy November 2019[23]

In development

Title Genre
Metropolis[10] Drama

Films and television series

At launch, the service included the four Christopher Reeve Superman films, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, animated television series Batman: The Animated Series, Static Shock, Young Justice, Teen Titans,[6] Batman Beyond, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Justice League,[17] live-action television series Lois & Clark and Wonder Woman, the latter remastered in high-definition,[18] and animated films including Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Green Lantern: First Flight, and Wonder Woman,[6] among others. Content is updated on a monthly basis.[16]

References

  1. ^ Donnelly, Matt (October 10, 2018). "WarnerMedia to Launch Direct to Consumer Streaming Service in Late 2019". Variety. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 14, 2018). "Kevin Reilly Named Head Of Content & Strategy For WarnerMedia's New Streaming Service". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Introducing DC UNIVERSE: A First-of-Its-Kind Digital Subscription Service Designed Especially for Fans" (Press release). DC Entertainment. Business Wire. June 28, 2018. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (April 25, 2017). "DC Digital Service To Launch With Titans Series From Greg Berlanti & Akiva Goldsman And Young Justice: Outsiders". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (May 2, 2018). "DC's New Digital Service Gets A Name". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Ramos, Dino-Ray (June 28, 2018). "DC Universe Streaming Service Set To Launch With Live-Action 'Titans', 'Doom Patrol', & 'Swamp Thing'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c McMillian, Graeme (June 28, 2018). "DC Unveils Details of DC Universe Streaming Service". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 21, 2017). "Harley Quinn: DC Digital Service Orders Animated Series About Comic Book Villainess From Powerless Trio". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  9. ^ Otterson, Joe (January 30, 2018). "Superman Prequel Series Metropolis Lands 13 Episode Order at DC Digital Service". Variety. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  10. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (May 2, 2018). "Swamp Thing Drama Series In Works At DC Digital Service, Metropolis Heads To Redevelopment". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  11. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 14, 2018). "'Doom Patrol' Live-Action Series From Greg Berlanti Set at DC Digital Service". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Patten, Dominic (July 19, 2018). "Geoff Johns To Write & Produce 'Stargirl' Series For DC Universe – Comic-Con". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  13. ^ Pedersen, Erik (August 22, 2018). "'DC Daily' Set For DC Universe Streaming Service; Kevin Smith To Host Kickoff Show". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  14. ^ Barr, Calvin (September 16, 2018). "DC Universe is Coming to Canada (Eventually)". Screen Rant. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  15. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (August 29, 2018). "DC Universe Digital Subscription Service To Launch On Batman Day; Sets 'Titans' Premiere". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on August 30, 2018. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  16. ^ a b Liptak, Andrew (August 29, 2018). "DC's streaming video service will launch on September 15th". The Verge. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "'DC UNIVERSE Pre-Orders Open at $7.99/Month". Newsarama. July 19, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  18. ^ a b Polo, Susana (June 28, 2018). "DC Comics unveils streaming service with a lot more than just shows". Polygon. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  19. ^ Sottile, Alexis (September 15, 2018). "DC Daily Launches on Batman Day With New Look At The Titans Show". SyFy. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  20. ^ Petski, Denise (October 4, 2018). "'Titans' Renewed For Season 2 By DC Universe Ahead Of Premiere; Trailer Unveiled". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  21. ^ Dyce, Andrew (November 27, 2018). "DC's Young Justice: Outsiders Trailer & Release Schedule". Screen Rant. Valnet, Inc. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  22. ^ Salkowitz, Rob (December 21, 2018). "DC Universe's Live Action 'Doom Patrol' Gets Premiere Date". Forbes. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  23. ^ a b c DC Universe [@TheDCUniverse] (December 27, 2018). "Coming to #DCUNIVERSE in 2019. (Dates subject to change) [video highlighting the 2019 series with release months]" (Tweet). Retrieved December 28, 2018 – via Twitter.

External links

DC Comics

DC Comics, Inc. is an American comic book publisher. It is the publishing unit of DC Entertainment, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. since 1967. DC Comics is one of the largest and oldest American comic book companies, and produces material featuring numerous culturally iconic heroic characters including: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Nightwing, Green Arrow, Aquaman, Hawkman, Cyborg and Supergirl.

Most of their material takes place in the fictional DC Universe, which also features teams such as the Justice League, the Justice Society of America, the Suicide Squad, and the Teen Titans, and well-known villains such as The Joker, Lex Luthor, Catwoman, Darkseid, Sinestro, Brainiac, Black Adam, Ra's al Ghul and Deathstroke. The company has also published non-DC Universe-related material, including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and many titles under their alternative imprint Vertigo.

The initials "DC" came from the company's popular series Detective Comics, which featured Batman's debut and subsequently became part of the company's name. Originally in Manhattan at 432 Fourth Avenue, the DC Comics offices have been located at 480 and later 575 Lexington Avenue; 909 Third Avenue; 75 Rockefeller Plaza; 666 Fifth Avenue; and 1325 Avenue of the Americas. DC had its headquarters at 1700 Broadway, Midtown Manhattan, New York City, but it was announced in October 2013 that DC Entertainment would relocate its headquarters from New York to Burbank, California in April 2015.Random House distributes DC Comics' books to the bookstore market, while Diamond Comic Distributors supplies the comics shop specialty market. DC Comics and its longtime major competitor Marvel Comics (acquired in 2009 by The Walt Disney Company, WarnerMedia's main competitor) together shared approximately 70% of the American comic book market in 2017.

DC Daily

DC Daily is an American daily news program hosted by Tiffany Smith that premiered on September 15, 2018, on DC Universe. It covers news and content related to DC Comics, the various original series offered by the service, and the DC Universe community.

DC Universe (disambiguation)

The DC Universe is the fictional universe that serves as a setting for DC Comics stories.

DC Universe may also refer to:

DC animated universe, the setting for the animated series based on DC Comics

DC Universe Online, a video game based on the main DC Universe

DC Universe (toyline), a range of toys based on DC Comics characters

DC Universe Classics, a sub-line of the DC Universe toys

DC Universe Animated Original Movies, direct-to-video animated films

DC Universe Roleplaying Game, a role-playing game released in 1999

DC Universe, a number of DC Comics comic books:

DC Universe #0, a 2008 one-shot that acted as a prologue for Final Crisis

DC Universe: Decisions, a 2008–2009 limited series

DC Universe Holiday Bash, three end-of-year specials published between 1996 and 1998

DC Universe: Last Will & Testament, a 2008 one-shot

DC Universe: Legacies, a 10-issue limited series

DC Universe Online: Legends, a 26-issue dual-weekly limited series, based on the DC Universe Online game

DC Universe: Trinity, a 1993 2-issue miniseries which bookended the storyline Trinity

DC Extended Universe, a series of superhero films based on DC Comics characters.

DC Universe (streaming service), a streaming service featuring exclusive television series based on DC Comics

Diane Guerrero

Diane Guerrero (born July 21, 1986) is an American actress and author. She is known for her roles as inmate Maritza Ramos on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black and Lina on Jane the Virgin. Guerrero grew up in Boston and remained there after the rest of her family was deported to Colombia. She is an advocate for immigration reform. Her role on Orange Is the New Black has contributed to three consecutive wins for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Guerrero is the author of In the Country We Love: My Family Divided, a memoir about her parents being detained and deported when she was fourteen.

Donna Troy

Donna Troy is a comic book superheroine published by DC Comics. She first appeared in The Brave and the Bold vol. 1 #60 (July 1965), and was created by Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani. She has been known as the original Wonder Girl, and Troia.

In May 2011, Donna Troy placed 93rd on IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time.

Donna Troy has appeared in numerous cartoon television shows and films. She appeared in her first live adaptation on the Titans television series for the new DC Universe streaming service played by Conor Leslie.

Doom Patrol

The Doom Patrol is a superhero team appearing in publications from DC Comics. The original Doom Patrol first appeared in My Greatest Adventure #80 (June 1963), and was created by writers Arnold Drake and Bob Haney, and artist Bruno Premiani. The Doom Patrol has since appeared in multiple incarnations in comics and adapted to other media. Although not one of the most popular superhero teams, they have never been out of print more than a few years since their introduction.

The first Doom Patrol consisted of super-powered misfits whose "gifts" caused them alienation and trauma. Dubbed the "World's Strangest Heroes" (an epithet conceived by editor Murray Boltinoff), the original team included The Chief (Niles Caulder), Robotman (Cliff Steele), Elasti-Girl (Rita Farr), and Negative Man (Larry Trainor). The team remained the featured characters of My Greatest Adventure, which was soon retitled Doom Patrol from issue #86 (March 1964) onwards. The original series was canceled in 1968 when Drake killed the team off in the final issue, Doom Patrol #121 (September–October 1968). Since then, there have been six Doom Patrol series, with Robotman as the only character to appear in all of them.

Harley Quinn (TV series)

Harley Quinn is an upcoming American adult animation web television series based on the Harley Quinn character created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm that is set to premiere in October 2019 on DC Universe. The series is set to be written and executive produced by Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, and Dean Lorey and will follow the misadventures of the Joker's psychotic ex-girlfriend and partner-in-crime, Harley Quinn, and her best friend, Poison Ivy.

James Wan

James Wan (born 26 February 1977) is an Australian film director, screenwriter, and producer.Wan is known for directing the horror film Saw (2004) and creating Billy the Puppet. He also directed Dead Silence and Death Sentence (both 2007), Insidious (2010), The Conjuring and Insidious: Chapter 2 (both 2013), Furious 7 (2015), The Conjuring 2 (2016) and Aquaman (2018).

Jason Todd

Jason Todd is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with Batman. The character first appeared in Batman #357 (March 1983) and became the second character to assume the role of Batman's vigilante partner, Robin.

Though initially popular, the character as written by Jim Starlin was not well received by fans following a revamping of his origin by Max Allan Collins (Batman #408–409). For 1988's "Batman: A Death in the Family" storyline (Batman #426–429), DC Comics held a telephone poll to determine whether or not the character would die at the hands of the Joker, Batman's nemesis. Todd was killed off by a margin of 72 votes (5,343 for, 5,271 against). Subsequent Batman stories dealt with Batman's guilt over not having been able to save him.

In 2005's "Under the Hood" story arc, the character was resurrected and became the second character to take up the Red Hood alias. Assuming the role of an antihero with a willingness to use lethal force and weapons, Jason Todd operates as the Red Hood in current DC Comics continuity.In 2013, ComicsAlliance ranked Todd as #23 on their list of the "50 Sexiest Male Characters in Comics".Todd has appeared in numerous cartoon television shows and films. Todd's Robin appears in his first live adaptation as a guest star on the Titans television series for the new DC Universe streaming service, played by Curran Walters.

Krypto

Krypto, also known as Superdog, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with the superhero Superman. In most continuities, Krypto is Superman's pet dog, and is usually depicted as a white dog of a generic pedigree. Krypto is sometimes depicted as resembling a Labrador Retriever, but his specific breed is almost never specified.

Krypto has appeared in numerous cartoon television shows and films. He appeared in his first official live adaptation (excluding Smallville) on the season finale of Titans television series for the new DC Universe streaming service.

List of Young Justice episodes

Young Justice is an American animated television series created by Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti for Cartoon Network. The series follows the lives of teenaged heroes who are members of a covert operations team that takes orders from the Justice League. The series debuted on January 7, 2011 with a two-week reairing of the first two episodes, which originally aired as an hour-long special on November 26, 2010.After an extended hiatus starting in 2013, Warner Bros. Animation announced on November 7, 2016 the show's return for a third season, titled Young Justice: Outsiders. The third season premiered on the DC Universe streaming service on January 4, 2019. As of January 25, 2019, 59 episodes of Young Justice have been released, concluding the first half of the third season.

List of television series based on DC Comics

Below is a list of television series based on properties of DC Comics. This list includes live-action and animated series.

Lucifer (TV series)

Lucifer is an American urban fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series developed by Tom Kapinos that premiered on Fox on January 25, 2016. It is based on the DC Comics character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic book series The Sandman, who later became the protagonist of a spin-off comic book series, both published by DC Comics' Vertigo imprint. The series is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television.

The series revolves around Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the Devil, who abandons Hell for Los Angeles where he runs his own nightclub and becomes a consultant to the LAPD. The ensemble and supporting cast include Lauren German as Detective Chloe Decker, Kevin Alejandro as Detective Daniel "Dan" Espinoza, D. B. Woodside as Amenadiel, Lesley-Ann Brandt as Mazikeen, and Rachael Harris as Dr. Linda Martin. Filming took place primarily in Vancouver, British Columbia before production was relocated entirely to Los Angeles, California beginning with the third season.

The series received initially mixed reviews from critics during its first season, though the subsequent seasons drew more favorable acclaim. Many critics particularly praised Ellis' performance. Despite initially high viewership for its debut, ratings remained consistently low throughout the series' run on Fox. On May 11, 2018, Fox cancelled Lucifer after three seasons. A month later, Netflix picked up the series for a fourth season of ten episodes, which is set to be released in 2019.

Mark Verheiden

Mark Verheiden (born March 26, 1956) is an American television, movie, and comic book writer. He was a co-executive producer for the television series Falling Skies for DreamWorks Television and the TNT Network.

Trigon (comics)

Trigon () is a fictional supervillain published by DC Comics. He is one of the most powerful beings in the DC Universe, having enslaved many worlds. He is the archenemy and father of the superhero Raven.

Seamus Dever portrays Trigon in the Titans television series, a DC Universe streaming service exclusive.

Victor Cook

Victor Cook is an American television producer and director, perhaps best known for the animated series The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008–09), Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010-13) and Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters (2017–18).Cook was also director of 2007's Hellboy: Blood and Iron, the second of two Hellboy Animated films.

Wildcat (comics)

Wildcat is the name of several fictional characters, all DC Comics superheroes, the first and most famous being Theodore "Ted" Grant, a long-time member of the Justice Society of America (JSA). A world-class heavyweight boxer, Grant became entangled inadvertently in the criminal underworld and developed a costumed identity to clear his name.

Modern depictions of Wildcat show him to be a rowdy, tough guy with a streak of male chauvinism, leading to frequent clashes with the relatively progressive Power Girl, as well as exploring some of the character's insecurities. Meanwhile, a magical "nine lives" spell has explained his vitality at an old age. Like many older JSA members, he has been a mentor to younger heroes, particularly the second Black Canary.

Other characters have taken Grant's name and identity, including his goddaughter Yolanda Montez, who served as a temporary replacement for him, and his son Thomas "Tom" Bronson, a metahuman werecat who is tutored by him as a second Wildcat and a JSA member in late-2000s stories.

Ted Grant briefly appeared in an episode of Smallville played by Roger Hasket. Grant’s Wildcat was also a recurring character on the third season of Arrow played by J.R. Ramirez. He was a retired vigilante who was training Laurel Lance to become one. Wildcat will also appear on the DC Universe streaming service show Stargirl played by Brian Stapf.

Young Justice (TV series)

Young Justice is an American animated television series developed by Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman for Cartoon Network. Despite its title, it is not a direct adaptation of Peter David, Todd Dezago and Todd Nauck's Young Justice comic series, but rather an adaptation of the entire DC Universe with a focus on young superheroes.The series follows the lives of teenage superheroes and sidekicks who are members of a fictional covert operation group referred to simply as 'the team'. Young Justice is essentially a young counterpart to the famous adult team, the Justice League. The main setting is a fictional universe apart from the previous DCAU and other continuities (designated at one point as Earth-16) during a time period in which superheroes are a relatively recent phenomenon.The series debuted with an hour-long special on November 26, 2010, with the airing of the first two episodes, "Independence Day" and "Fireworks". Young Justice premiered on September 9, 2011, on Teletoon, in Canada. After airing its second season, titled Young Justice: Invasion, the series was canceled alongside fellow DC Nation show Green Lantern: The Animated Series in spring 2013.

On November 7, 2016, Warner Bros. Animation announced that the series would be returning for a third season, titled Young Justice: Outsiders, which premiered on January 4, 2019 on DC Universe.

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