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DC Comics is getting in the streaming TV game in a big way with its upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service, called DC Universe. The streaming service was announced back in April 2017, and it was reportedly intended to launch at some point in the fourth quarter of 2018. Naturally, many of us took that to mean that DC Universe and its many perks would go live sometime in or after October. Now, comments from DC Entertainment Community Manager Dani Snow point toward a much earlier launch. Here's what she had to say:
We are about to launch, I think late August, our DC Digital platform, which will be a hub for all things DC. 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.
According to DC Entertainment Community Manager Dani Snow in her comments on the James Bonding podcast, DC Universe will debut sometime around late August of this year. She didn't give a concrete date for when the streaming service will become available, but "late August" is a far more specific window than "the fourth quarter" of 2018, and the Community Manager would surely have the inside details! Assuming the late August window is indeed correct, viewers won't have to wait nearly as long as we expected to get a look at the TV shows, movies, and comics the service will have to offer.
Hopefully the announcement of a premiere window for DC Universe means that more details about the streaming service will be released sooner rather than later. While a fair amount of information has been released about the long-awaited Titans TV show, many of the other series are still largely shrouded in mystery, and even less is known about the digital movies and comic options that will be included with the subscription. It should be interesting to see what is the biggest draw to subscribers. The TV shows sound like projects any DC fan will enjoy and will provide ongoing content, unlike movies. We'll have to wait and see.
Dani Snow elaborated on what people can expect from DC Universe:
Right now, we're working on getting everything from the back catalog of animated TV shows and movies on there now, but we will also be producing. I think, right now, we have four in production, original shows, including Swamp Thing.
Although Dani Snow did not go into detail about the four original shows in production, we can probably assume that she's referring to Titans, Young Justice: Outsiders, Harley Quinn, and Swamp Thing. The service previously had a Metropolis series in the works, but that is apparently being retooled. Although live-action show all about the Doom Patrol is slated for production as well, presumably as an offshoot of Titans, news of The Doom Patrol wasn't announced until the middle of May. Production likely wouldn't have started yet.