The Marvel Cinematic Universe may be all any superhero fan can talk about right now, what with Infinity War having just premiered, but the House of Ideas’s rival, DC, just released highly anticipated details about another universe. DC’s streaming service, which will be the home of the Teen Titans live-action show Titans, a Harley Quinn series, and Season 3 of Young Justice, has a name: DC Universe.
The announcement came on Wednesday afternoon, when DC unveiled the name and the title cards for the three shows on its website. Here’s how DC describes DC Universe:
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 the following exclusive original series.
While there are surely going to be some unique aspects of DC Universe that set it apart from the competition, it’s not as unprecedented as that “first-of-its kind” descriptor might imply. CBS has a streaming service, CBS All Access, and it’s doing well for itself thanks to Star Trek: Discovery. Disney, which owns Marvel, has a streaming service of its own coming soon as well. For corporations like Disney and Warner Bros. launching a subscription-based streaming service is a way to compete with the Netflix model, with the added bonus of being able to potentially put all of the movies and shows they own behind their own paywall, rather than striking a deal with a third party.
It’s unclear how much DC Universe will cost, and there isn’t an official launch date yet. This also means that Titans, Young Justice, and Harley Quinn don’t have premiere dates. Back in December, Young Justice co-creator Greg Weisman tweeted that he knew for sure that Season 3 would premiere in the fourth quarter of 2018, which would be late this year. Given that Young Justice will air on DC Universe, it seems like the streaming service will launch before the year is up, unless something has changed.
Shortly after the news broke, The Hollywood Reporter wrote that DC was pursuing a Swamp Thing show for DC Universe that would be executive produced by Aquaman director James Wan. However, Swamp Thing was not part of the main announcement. Here are the title cards for the three announced shows, Titans, Young Justice, and Harley Quinn.*
All three shows have a certain amount of buzz around them, as the live-action Titans series recently raised a lot of eyebrows due to some set pictures of the cast in costumes that didn’t look amazing, given the circumstances. The most exciting offering, perhaps, is the continuation of Young Justice, a cartoon that aired from 2010 to 2013 and was beloved by fans for it’s all-ages yet deeply complex take on DC heroes. The revival is a chance for the series to continue telling its story. Young Justice is so good, you guys.