Every nerd reaches that point where they’re told they need to sell their comic book collection, grow up, be an adult – all of that stuff Shannen Doherty was yelling at Jason Lee about at the start of Mallrats. I don’t completely fall into that category, largely because I don’t actually have a true comic book collection to speak of, apart from a handful of Harley Quinn titles from Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner and just about every issue of Ant-Man and The Astonishing Ant-Man written by Nick Spencer. I came to my comic book fandom through film and TV, and that’s where it has mostly stayed. However, it’s 2018 and probably in the time since I’ve written this Netflix added like 70 more shows, and I only just started The Innocents. Survival as a pop culture fans means knowing when to say enough’s enough.
We are all Jean-Luc Picard yelling:
Now, here comes DC saying, “What line? What are you talking about lines for? And why ever ‘sell your collection’? Stay a fan forever. We have just the streaming service to help with that.”
Presenting: DC Universe!
- Officially launches September 15h, coinciding with DC’s annual “Batman Day.”
- The first original show, Titans, will premiere on the service on October 12th, 9 days after debuting at New York Comic Con. It will air in weekly installments.
- Further original shows, like Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, Young Justice and Harley Quinn, will debut sometime in 2019.
- ”The streaming service is designed as a one-stop-shop for all things DC, and it’ll allow members to draw from a huge library of TV, film, and comics” – via The Verge
- In addition to original live-action and animated programs as well as a daily news show featuring John Barrowman among a wide variety of other hosts, DC Universe will also “have a wide range of classic TV shows, including Lois and Clark, as well as an HD remastered version of Batman: The Animated Series” – via The Verge
- Unlike other streaming services, DC Universe will also have digital comics available to read and the selection will update every month.
- It will cost $7.99 a month or $74.99 for 15 months, with the first 3 of those 15 months being free
- Early subscribers get a physical omnibus copy of The New Teen Titans mailed to them.
To be fair, that sounds like a great deal, but I’m not going to pay for the privilege of seeing Kevin Smith and/or his daughter chatting on a daily news show about the latest hot DC comic book or movie trailer. I already own most of the DC-related movies and TV shows I’d want to watch. Having all of that in a single streaming service would certainly be nice, but as a bonus, not the primary selling point.
Backfilling a service with catalog titles is fine, but in order to stand out you need original content and man, oh man does their first new original look terrible:
DC Universe, TO THE EXTREME!
Yeaaaaaahhhhhh….I’m not watching that. I will, however, watch the inevitable Teen Titans Go! episode making fun of it, and when that happens it’ll be on Cartoon Network, not DC Universe.
Call me again when Young Justice or Harley Quinn arrives.
I applaud DC’s effort to create something so tailored to its fans, and from a Hollywood business standpoint this certainly marks an interesting new entry into the streaming service sweepstakes. However, content is king and with the CW voluntarily morphing into the DC Channel over the past half decade and placing all of those Arrowverse shows on Netflix we’re not exactly lacking for programming on the already-existing streaming services. I’m going to need a lot more than “Here’s a bunch of old stuff!” AND Robin saying “Fuck Batman” to pull me in to DC’s new online universe.
What about you?