Once again, Netflix has scooped up a show intended for a specialty-branded streaming service. Well, in other territories, at least.
Deadline reports Titans, DC Universe’s first original scripted drama, will stream internationally on Netflix. The streaming giant also has international rights to Star Trek: Discovery, a scripted drama available only on CBS All Access in the United States. Both of which are interesting situations as the programs are primarily meant to drive viewers away from Netflix in the States and help support a strange ecosystem of niche streaming platforms.
In DC Universe’s case, things hit a little closer to home as it will not be a position to host The CW superhero shows for a number of years. Two years ago, the network signed a lucrative deal with Netflix to quickly stream new episodes of shows like Black Lightning and Arrow following the conclusion of their broadcast seasons; which will continue to be the case for some time. Black Lightning, as it happens, is also a Netflix exclusive in international markets.
But, at the very least, viewers in other countries worrying about their ability to see Titans can rest easy knowing they will not need a DC Universe account — which is only available in the US — to enjoy the program.
And, as it happens, Netflix has released a trailer fore the show to its international markets which sells the concept a helluva lot better than the infamous “F*ck Batman” preview:
The series, which executive producer Geoff Johns said is “more of a 12-hour movie,” stars Blue Lagoon: The Awakening‘s Brenton Thwaites) as a disgruntled Dick Grayson who sets off on his own following a disagreement with Batman. Finding work as a cop, he eventually returns to superheroing to help a young Raven (Teagan Croft) face impossible odds. Anna Diop and Ryan Potter also star and Starfire and Beast Boy.
Titans debuts on October 12th.