Will DC Universe Outfly Netflix?

A Netflix alternative that shows nothing but DC superheroes? Count me in! Despite my previous post that suggested that there may be too many superhero shows on TV at the moment, the geek in me cannot help being excited about DC Universe, the soon-to-be-launched streaming service from DC that aims to gather under one roof vintage DC TV series as well as exclusive new series. I like the idea of having a whole library of old and new DC shows for me to dip into whenever I have time, without the pressure that comes with following current series on TV.

The official landing page states: “DC Universe is a first-of-its kind, immersive digital experience designed just for DC fans. One of the many incredible things your membership will include is unlimited access to … exclusive original series.”

The original announcement said that the service will be launched sometime in 2018, most probably in the fourth quarter. There has been no information released regarding pricing, though it is likely that, like Netflix, DC Universe will offer several different packages at different prices.

Potential New Shows

Some of the promised original shows:

  • Titans: based on the many and various Teen Titans series that DC has published since the 1960s – this live action series follows a group of young superheroes recruited from every corner of DC Comics.
  • Swamp Thing: Another live action series set for launch in 2019. The drama follows what happens when CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus.
  • Young Justice: Outsiders: This animated series carries on from Young Justice which aired on Cartoon Network in 2013.
  • Harley Quinn Animated Series: an adult-oriented animated series focusing on harley Quinn. Twenty-six half-hour episodes featuring both Harley and her BFF Poison Ivy will follow our anti-heroine as she breaks away from The Joker to define her own identity as the most successful crook in Gotham City.
  • Metropolis: Set in a time before Superman relocated from Smallville, the planned show will see dogged reporter Lois Lane investigating meta-human crimes, with assistance from a pre-villain Lex Luthor.

What about old shows?

The vintage material we could be watching could include everything from Batman ’66 to Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, to the first Flash series with John Wesley Shipp, to the more recent Smallville series.

There’s also a big catalogue of animated series which DC could tap into: everything from Super Friends to Static Shock to the iconic Batman: The Animated Series.

It is less clear if the current DC series shown on The CW (Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and Black Lightning) will be included because currently Netflix is the exclusive US subscription TV service for these shows. Until the deal expires, these shows will most probably not appear on DC Universe.

However, the animated shows currently hosted on CW Seed, the network’s free online service, could also potentially move to DC Universe. These include Vixen and the Constantine cartoon.

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