Warner Brothers along with DC Entertainment announced their plans in the spring of 2017 to offer their own streaming service for geeks, nerds, and just DC fans alike. The service was touted as offing its subscribers content including original productions, archived videos, as well as comic book related material and more.
Although Disney announced almost a year later of their intent to offer a service pretty much similar to DC's own, and remember Disney now owns DC's rival Marvel, it does appear that Warner Brothers and DC have gotten a pretty significant jump on their rivals.
The new digital streaming service, according to DC Entertainment is to house and archive the most extensive assortment of both past DC television shows, while adding the exclusive brand-new shows that the service will be developing—taking its cue from the highly successful original series and movies that Netflix has become known for.
It is already generating talk around the water coolers and is expected to change the way we look at DC produced content dramatically. Lets take a look at what we know so far, which appears could very well be a history-making endeavor:
When first announced, the streaming service was being billed as merely that—“DC's streaming service." However, in May of 2018, the creators confirmed and announced the official name—DC Universe. This is not be confused in any manner to the DCEU—which was the original name assigned to the big screen theatrical productions based in the DC Extended Universe.
Although the specifics on what is available for viewers to watch changes by the moment, mostly because the network is still adding new shows daily, the overall categories so far include cartoons, live action series, and movies. Factor in the announcement that they fully intend to produce their own series and movies (again, similar to Netflix) and you can see there is pretty much a smorgasbord to choose from for any true DC fan.
Popular titles such as Titans, which were initially languishing in the black hole known as development at TNT, are available, along with such other titles as Swamp Thing, Young Justice: Outsiders, and the Harley Quinn cartoon series.
Now, I know you are wondering—what about the DC series currently running over at the CW? It would appear in a recent announcement that the CW had entered into a "multi-year" deal, which in effect allows Netflix to provide each series of previous seasons. This does not mean that the series, Supergirl, Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow won't eventually end up with the other DC content on the new service.
The streaming service will run you $74.99 annually, which comes out to $7.99 a month.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide?
Will this newest endeavor by Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment prove to become a significant player in online digital streaming services?