It’s hard to believe that it was just a little over a month ago that everyone was reporting that the sky was falling at DC. This because of the number of layoffs that took place. Specifically many began to write DC Universe’s eulogy, saying that it was only a matter of time before the service was canceled. At the time we had reported that we had herd that the service would not be eliminated but re-focused. Soon after FanDome came around and with two days of announcements and features, it seemed like any talk of DC’s woes went away.
But the question still stood, what was going to happen to the DC Universe streaming service? Yesterday we finally got an official answer. DC announced that DC Universe will be evolving into DC Universe Infinite. This will be a premium digital comic book service that is scheduled to launch on January, 21st, 2021. This will give subscribers access to over 24,000 comic books from its launch date. They will also feature digital-first comics, have access to fan events, and a steady stream of recently released comics six months after their physical versions hit comic book shops. DC Universe Infinite plans on expanding globally in the summer of 2021.
“Our fans love the platform’s robust library of comic books and, with the transformation, we will not disappoint,” said DC Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee. “I’m excited to share that not only will DC UNIVERSE INFINITE members still be able to read all of the great comics that they’ve enjoyed but new issues are debuting on the platform quicker than before, digital-first exclusives are being created, and the members-only events will begin as soon as possible. There has never been a better time to be a DC fan!”
Some of the digital-first comic titles include:
Aquaman: Deep Dives
Batman: Gotham Nights
DCeased: Hope at World’s End
Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red
Injustice: Year Zero
Shazam!: Lightning Strikes
Superman: Man of Tomorrow
Swamp Thing: New Roots
Wonder Woman 84
Here fans will be able to enjoy collections of comic books and graphic novels spanning over 80 years of the DC Multiverse. These titles will be able to be downloaded and enjoyed offline on smartphones and or tablets. The streaming service will not just feature books from the past, but also include DC Universe Infinite Originals. The community area will be free to all registered and premium DC subscribers with a full calendar of events planned for 2021. Current subscribers will not need to create a new account as their DC Universe login will be transferred to DC Universe Infinite.
So what about all of the premium DC video content? As expected, their new home will be HBO Max. This includes the third season of Doom Patrol and Titans. The third season of the animated series of Harley Quinn, as well as Young Justice: Phantoms. If current DC subscribers would like to continue access to premium DC originals DC has a special offer for you. Eligible subscribers to will have the opportunity to include HBO Max for an additional $4.99 per month for a limited time. This offer will only be available through October 30th, 2020.
DC Universe Infinite will be available at DCUniverseInfinite.com, iOS, and Android devices for $7.99 a month or $74.99 a year. Existing members and new subscribers during the pre-order window will receive a special thank you voucher redeemable at the DC Shop subject to terms and conditions. Annual subscribers will get a $25 voucher and monthly subscribers will get a $10 voucher on February 1st, 2021.
This was the only way that they were going to be able to keep this streaming service. With WarnerMedia’s launch of HBO Max, it makes sense that they would want to put all their video content in one place. I also feel that this is better for the DC series as it gives them better exposure. A lot more people will now be able to enjoy these series that otherwise wouldn’t have before. Now the question is, how many people want a DC digital comic book reader? We’ll find out soon enough!
What do you think if DC Universe Infinite? Let us know in the comment section below!
DC Universe Infinite launches in the U.S. on January 21st, 2020.
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