The prominence of streaming services continues to rise. Just pop over to The Cord Cutter Podcast to hear about all of the exciting developments that keep occurring on the streaming circuit. There's plenty to get excited about in the realm of streaming, and one of the most intriguing the bunch is the fact that a service entirely dedicated to streaming DC content is coming later this year. The service will be called DC Universe, and there are already big reasons to look forward to what's to come.
With that in mind, we've put together a handy guide to all of the DC shows that are set to debut on DC Universe when it comes together. We will endeavor to keep this as up-to-date as possible, so make sure to keep a close eye on it as the streaming service's launch date draws near. On that note, let's get things started with the first-ever live-action Teen Titans series.
First up, we have Titans. The live-action Teen Titans series has been rumored for years, with the project at one point set to go to TNT. The project has cast the bulk of its characters, with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Brenton Thwaites taking center stage as Dick Grayson, Teagan Croft stepping in as Raven, Ryan Potter portraying Beast Boy, Anna Diop playing Starfire, and Alan Ritchson (of Smallville fame) and Minka Kelly as Hawk and Dove, respectively.
For DC purists out there, Titans promises quite a bit that's worth getting excited about in the long run. For starters, the show already looks like a visually-faithful adaptation of the DC Comics lore. Moreover, that visual fidelity could potentially indicate that other aspects of the show will similarly offer up faithful adaptations of the classic Teen Titans books. This does not inherently mean that we'll definitely see a live-action adaptation of an iconic storyline like The Judas Contract (which got a pretty solid animated adaptation last year), but it also doesn't rule out such a thing happening as well.
Young Justice: Outsiders
Next up we have the long-awaited third season of Young Justice, which will be known as Young Justice: Outsiders. As a plot-driven show, not much has been specifically revealed about Season 3 of the teen superhero series, but we can reasonably assume that it will build off of several plot threads left dangling at the end of Season 2. Among these cliffhangers were the question of what happened to Wally West after he disappeared in the season finale (because we have a feeling that he's not dead), as well as Nightwing's decision to leave the team, the tease of Darkseid, and the lingering questions about what happened to Jason Todd before Tim Drake stepped in as the new Robin.
Another interesting thing worth noting is the question of how Young Justice: Outsiders will play off of Titans. DC Universe is kicking off with two shows focusing on the exploits of the Justice League's sidekick team, which means Young Justice will have to do something very distinct to set itself apart from the events of Titans. How is that going to happen? We still have no real idea, but we're dying to find out for sure.
Another series set to arrive on DC Universe is a solo animated series focusing on none other than Harley Quinn -- which makes plenty of sense, particularly when we consider the fact that Harley began her DC career in animation on the beloved Batman: The Animated Series. The show will primarily center on Harley Quinn after breaking up with The Joker, and follow her on her mission to become "criminal Queenpin of Gotham City" alongside her close friend (and sometimes girlfriend) Poison Ivy. Beyond that, recently-leaked details about the show's supporting cast have revealed that it will also include DC mainstays like The Joker, King Shark, Clayface, Doctor Psycho, and several more.
The show is being spearheaded by the same folks behind NBC's short-lived DC workplace sitcom, Powerless, so hope remains high that a home on a DC-specific platform can give this project more life.The decision to focus specifically on Harley Quinn seems to show how much the folks at DC value her as a character. Harley has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years, and much of that is likely due to Margot Robbie's live-action portrayal of the character in the critically-maligned but financially-successful 2016 DCEU villain outing, Suicide Squad. The villain/anti-hero is already lined up to appear in several more movies, and the Harley Quinn animated series will likely go a long way toward solidifying her place amongst the fanbase for the foreseeable future.
DC Universe is also giving a solo series to one of DC's most unusual comic book heroes: Swamp Thing. The streaming service has given a straight-to-series order for Swamp Thing for a 2019 debut. Unlike other versions of Swamp Thing that have appeared on the small screen in recent years, this version of the character will not be animated. The series will be a live-action hourlong drama that follows CDC researcher Abby Arcane upon her return to Houma, Louisiana to study a swamp-borne deadly virus. Her relationship with fellow scientist Alec Holland is cut short when he's tragically killed... or so it seems. The mystifying secrets of the swamp are as incredible and confounding as they are dangerous, and Swamp Thing should stand out from the other new DC Universe series.
Swamp Thing will be executive produced by James Wan, who is best known for directing The Conjuring. It should be interesting to see how the show's version of Swamp Thing will compare to the one that debuted on the pages of DC Comics way back in 1971. All things considered, fans are in for something truly unique on the streaming service in 2019.
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