I have always been a “DC” guy when it came to which set of characters I preferred between them and Marvel. Not that I don’t like Marvel character, many are close to my heart. But if I had to choose between the two, its DC all the way. This is why I was oh so excited when they were going to launch their DC Universe app. This was going to allow fans to find films, tv-series and comic books in one place. Two years ago I had the privilege to preview the app at San Diego Comic-Con and it seemed to have potential. But unfortunately, as we know with all things DC at the moment (TV, movies, comics, and streaming), nothing is a sure thing.
Fans seemed satisfied with some of their live-action series like Titans and Doom Patrol. Also their animated series like the on-going Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders. Issues seemed to have started with Swamp Thing, which had the approval of fans and critics. Only days after it’s the premiere, it was canceled. Their upcoming series Stargirl would no longer be exclusive to DC Universe. It will also be shown on The CW. Recently we have also learned that this fall, The CW will also be showing the first season of Swamp Thing. These moves, of course, take away from the app’s exclusive content. But wait there’s more!
What many have seen as the proverbial dagger is the arrival of WarnerMedia’s HBO Max. In its first trailer, we saw that it would feature DC Universe’s Doom Patrol and would be home for the first season of The CW’s Batwoman. It will also include new original DC content like Justice League Dark and Green Lantern. That is a lot of DC content that would seem to be exactly what the DC Universe app was made for.
These moves from WarnerMedia has many talking about the uncertain future of DC Universe, because according to a report from Business Insider right now, “Everything is about HBO Max now.” This is coming from a former Warner Digital Labs employee. Another former employee commented that, “Most of the people who I’d worked with were confused about what HBO Max means for DC Universe. It seems like DC Universe is emphasizing its comics and nobody seems to know where video falls into that.” For now, “The feeling in the office is that DC Universe is going to be around for at least another year or two. They want to keep it around but they want to keep it small.”
Like with Doom Patrol, does this mean that the DC content will overlap? Or is this a move where they will slowly transition their video content to HBO Max? Leaving DC Universe as a source for DC comics. With so many streaming services popping up left and right, if HBO Max overlaps their series, this could make DC Universe unnecessary. HBO Max will have so much more to offer like Lord of the Rings series and Game of Thrones. I guess we’ll wait and see what happens.
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WarnerMedia’s HBO Max debuts May 27th.