For what it’s worth DC Universe has done a very good job in what may be considered a niche platform with it’s content. Last fall they launched their streaming service and have been adding content consistently. Starting off with their first original live action series Titans, then the return of the Young Justice animated series with Young Justice: Outsiders and most recently their second live action series Doom Patrol. They’ve added and will add a large amount of comics and are releasing their animated films on the service as they are available digitally. So it’s going well right?
Not exactly. It was reported last night that Warner Bros. Television had halted production on DC Universe’s next live-action series Swamp Thing, based on the comic book series by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. The news at the time stated that the series was halted because WarnerMedia was now looking into the future of the DC Universe streaming service. Some of the cast were very upset with this decision. For example Virginia Madsen in a now deleted Instagram post said, “I’m beyond sad. What a terrible decision. We have been cut to the core by those who have never set foot into the Swamp.”
Via The Hollywood Reporter we know have a better idea as to what is going on. According to their report, Warner Bros. Television reduced the order for Swamp Thing from thirteen to ten episodes after creative differences between them and DC Universe. For the moment Warners and DC Universe declined to comment. They did however release a teaser for Swamp Thing, there by confirming that the series will still debut on May 31st as planned.
DC Universe’s parent company WarnerMedia is planning a larger direct-to-consumer streaming platform in what is becoming a competitive and crowded market. Their service would complete with the current streaming services as well as newcomers from Disney, Apple and Comcast. Their service, which is expected to launch in the fall, is said to feature scripted originals and content from it’s corporate siblings HBO, TBS, TNT and others.
Last week Disney+ announced their launch date as well as what content to expect and let’s be honest it’s very impressive for the base price. This set a really high bar for other upcoming streaming services like WarnerMedia’s, which like we mentioned owns DC Comics. For them, having competing streaming services could be a problem. In case they do want to merge DC Universe with their larger OTT service, one problem they would have to address would be the comic book reader that is included with the ever growing collection of comic book series.
For now DC Universe continues to grow as scheduled. This week they released Warner Animations latest DC animated film Justice League Vs. The Fatal Five. Also they have recently expanded their availability to Xbox users. Soon we will have the Swamp Thing series, the second half of Young Justice: Outsiders, the new animated series Harley Quinn as well as Geoff Johns live-action series Stargirl.
If there is one thing that WarnerMedia has been good at is micromanaging. For a while they were all over the place with the live action films. This year at San Diego Comic-Con they will not be having a DC specific booth, but instead merging it with the Warner Bros. booth, which is ridiculous in my opinion. I wouldn’t be surprised if they take apart the DC Universe streaming app by the end of the year.
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DC Universe currently releases a new episode of Doom Patrol every Friday on their streaming service.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter