From day one, DC Universe sounded like streaming service doomed to fail. Yes, if you were a DC fan, there was a lot to love. A crap ton of movies, TV shows (a few of which were original), and comics to help whet your DC appetite? I can certainly understand the appeal. But in an age where diverse and plentiful content is the game, it never made sense to me to have a service for one specific brand. Yes, you could point to Disney+, but there are several brands within that larger brand. And even without that fact, comparing Disney to DC is like comparing apples and oranges.
Honestly, I was shocked that DC Universe survived the HBO Max launch. Even among the contacts we have here at the site, those involved at DC Universe assured us that the service was still going and had a future. But, with shows like Doom Patrol and Harley Quinn making their way to HBO Max, it seemed inevitable that DC Universe would shutter. And then there were the WarnerMedia layoffs.
The coronavirus pandemic has had a negative impact on many aspects of the industry, and on Monday of this week, WarnerMedia began a massive round of layoffs. Now, according to a report from THR, these layoffs have affected DC Comics and DC Universe.
In addition to the “significant number of high-level figures,” DC Comics is losing editor-in-chief Bob Harris, “senior VP or publishing strategy and support services Hank Kanalz, VP of marketing and creative services Jonah Weiland, VP global publishing initiatives and digital strategy Bobbie Chase, senior story editor Brian Cunningham, and executive editor Mark Doyle.” All in all, roughly a third of DC’s editorial is being laid off.
But that’s not it. Insiders tell the outlet that “the majority of” the DC Universe streaming staff has been laid off. Furthermore, the outlet states this was an expected move following the launch of HBO Max. This makes a lot of sense to me, and I honestly assumed DC Universe would have closed regardless of whether or not we had a pandemic.
“DC Universe was DOA as soon as the AT&T merger happened,” one source told the outlet.
Are you surprised to see DC Universe’s likely run coming to an end? Do you expect someone to swoop in and save the day? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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