DC Universe, the upcoming streaming service, revealed a number of new features today ahead of a beta access launch scheduled for August.
Besides the already announced live action series Titans, Doom Patrol and Swamp Thing — and the animated Young Justice: Outsiders and Harley Quinn — the service will offer a wide array of classic DC-inspired film and television. The first four Superman films, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight will be among the feature films available at launch. Additionally, a number of the DC Universe Animated original movies and classic television series like Adventures of Superman and animated series like Static Shock will also be available. DC Universe will also offer the first two seasons of Batman: The Animated Series and 1970s/80s Wonder Woman series with High Definition remastering.
And while that vast collection of DC-branded film and television makes the service look far more attractive, DC Entertainment’s chief creative officer and publisher Jim Lee said in a statement that DC Universe is far 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.” Beyond the film and television offerings, the service will also make available thousands of DC Comics stories across a subscribers’ digital landscape; including historic issues like 1938’s Action Comics #1 and 1939’s Detective Comics #27 and more recent releases like Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s Justice League, Scott Snyder’s 2011 run on Swamp Thing and Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner’s Harley Quinn. The selections will rotate with an eye toward capturing new readers and “passionate fans looking for hard-to-find titles.” Hopefully, that means Ambush Bug and v4 of Legion of Superheroes will make its way to the service before too long.
“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,” added publisher Dan DiDio. “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.”
The service will also have community features, exclusive merchandise and contests. DC Universe is expected to go live in the Fall, but fans anxious to take a look can sign up to be part of the beta experience in August by heading over to dcuniverse.com.