The DC Universe streaming service has been in the pipeline for a long time now and it seems like a lot of DC fans are happy about subscribing to it. There’s going to be a lot of great content made available on it both old and new and now we have confirmation on the launch date and pricing.
It was announced on the first episode of Kevin Smith’s DC Daily series that DC Universe will officially launch on September 15th, 2018 which is also the previously announced Batman Day. As far as the pricing, membership subscriptions will cost $7.99 a month or $74.99 a year.
You can find all of the details of what the service entails below.
With membership, DC Universe offers 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. Fans will also be able to connect with others in the DC community, earn premium rewards, and participate in sweepstakes and contests.
Craig Hunegs, president of Warner Bros. Digital Networks, said: “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. 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.”
“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. 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,” added Jim Lee, chief creative officer and publisher at DC Entertainment.
Fans can sign up today for an opportunity for beta access, opening this August. Beta access will give members a chance to test the new digital experience and provide feedback on the early version of the service before it goes live later this fall.
Titans, Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, Young Justice: Outsiders, and Harley Quinn are currently the all-new original live-action and animated series in development for DC Universe. From Warner Bros. Television, Swamp Thing and Doom Patrol are set to debut in 2019, following the live-action adventure series Titans which premieres later this year. Warner Bros. Animation is also developing a slate of animated TV series based on existing fan favorites, like Harley Quinn and the third season of Young Justice: Outsiders. Both animated series will debut in 2019.
On top of the original content, some of DC’s most beloved superhero films will be available at launch including all four original Superman movies, an assortment of animated films including Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Green Lantern: First Flight, and Wonder Woman. Classic TV shows will also be available, including the first two seasons of Batman: The Animated Series and the original Wonder Woman series in HD.
A curated selection of thousands of DC comics will be available to DC Universe members from a library that includes decades of comics creations. Some of these comics include the 1938 Action Comics that introduced Superman to the world as well as Detective Comics #27 which was the first introduction of Batman in 1939. Other titles include Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s iconic Justice League, Scott Snyder’s Swamp Thing, and Harley Quinn, written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner.
Dan DiDio, publisher at DC Entertainment, commented: “We wanted the DC Universe comic reader to be a blend of art and technology that would further enhance fan’s experiences of the live-action and animated programming on DC Universe. This hand-curated selection from our decades of comic creations gives fans a thematic digital longbox to carry with them on the device of their choosing or lets them watch exclusive video content on a big screen followed by the comic that inspired it.”
Members will find themselves part of a community within DC Universe where they can rate, create, and share their own personalized playlists. Fans will be able to personalize their profile and select their own avatar as well. The forum allows for posting information, finding friendship, and sharing their DC passions in a moderated space.
Fans will also have the opportunity to explore news, interviews, and previews in daily video segments that help keep members up-to-date. The DC encyclopedia allows fans to contribute bios of hundreds of DC characters and places. Members will also have chances tow in premium rewards, including game unlocks, first-chance access to pop culture events, exclusive experiences, and more.
Finally, members will have exclusive access to all-new six inch Justice League Animated action figures from DC Collectibles, based on designs from the fan-favorite animated series starting in fall 2018. Members will also have access to a wide range of exclusive, curated, and hard-to-find DC merchandise from a variety of licensing partners before anyone else.
DC Universe, which will be available in the U.S. at launch on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, web and mobile web, will be managed by Sam Ades, general manager and senior vice president at Warner Bros. Digital Networks.