Our friends at Polygon got ahold of more details from DC Entertainment on the additional content their new, forthcoming streaming service (DC Universe) will include. Also, DC announced that a beta of the service would begin in August!
DC Entertainment previously announced the inclusion of original TV shows exclusive to the service, including the live-action Titans (see newly released first shot of Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Robin below) and Doom Patrol, as well as the animated adult-oriented Harley Quinn series plus Young Justice: Outsiders. But DC Entertainment recently released details of including classic DC Comics television and film adaptations, a selection of thousands of comics to read (answering their lack of a competitive digital comics service akin to Marvel’s “Marvel Unlimited“), fan forums, an encyclopedia, and exclusive access to DC merchandise and rewards.
Polygon also notes the following exciting content:
Subscribers will gain access to movies like Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Richard Donner’s Superman (as well as its three sequels) at launch — and to television series like Batman: The Animated Series, Static Shock, Young Justice, Teen Titans, Lois & Clark and Wonder Woman ’77, the latter of which will be remastered in HD for the first time.
Of course, a BIG hole in that series list above is the iconic “Batman ’66” series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. Hopefully, this is a forthcoming announcement!
Regarding access to DC’s iconic comic book line digitally, DC is quoted as saying “rotating selections will cater to members new to comics and passionate fans looking for hard-to-find titles”. The integrated digital service will allow users to download comics for offline reading. A list of sample titles available at launch included titles dating back to 1938, alongside DC’s 2011 New 52 reboot and more recent titles, like 2015’s Cyborg and 2014’s Deathstroke.
Pricing for the service has not been released yet, comparatively Marvel’s digital comics only service $9.99/month.
The service will be available through the web, phones, tablets, and TV screens, with support planned for iOS and Android devices, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV. The complete service will launch this fall, but those interested in getting a sneak peek can sign up to be part of the August beta release at the newly unleashed DC Universe website.
Still undecided? Check out the new trailer for the service: