Warner Bros.’ upcoming DC Entertainment streaming service, DC Universe, has officially pegged August 2018 for an early beta launch and fall 2018 for a full live launch.
The dates align with details provided earlier this month by Dani Snow, community manager for DC Entertainment. The service will provide access to all-new original live-action and animated series, classic TV series and films, a curated selection of digital comic books, breaking news, an expansive DC-centric encyclopedia and access to exclusive merchandise.
“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 of Warner Bros. Digital Networks, in a statement. “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.”
Original series planned for the platform include “Swamp Thing” and “Doom Patrol,” which are scheduled to debut in 2019. The live-action series “Titans” premieres later this year. Warner Bros. Animation is also developing a slate of animated TV series based on existing properties, including “Harley Quinn” and the third season of the “Young Justice: Outsiders,” both debuting in 2019.
“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 for DC Entertainment, in a statement. “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.”
At launch, DC Universe will feature films including the first four Superman movies, animated films and the first two seasons of “Batman: The Animated Series.”
The service will feature a social element, allowing users to rate, create and share their own personalized playlists. DC promises to provide a “forum for posting information, finding friendship and sharing their DC passions in a shared, moderated space within DC Universe.”
DC Universe will work on desktop and all iOS and Android devices. It’s also compatible with Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Google Chromecast.