DC Universe, DC Comics' exclusive streaming service featuring original content as well as a rotating selection of shows, films and comics from DC's history dropped into WonderCon today to give fans some insight into what they can expect from the on-demand service as it rounds the corner of its first year in existence. Since launching the service in September of 2018, DC Universe has rolled out three well-received original series including Titans, Young Justice and Doom Patrol. Titans has been renewed for as second season, and Young Justice: Outsiders and Doom Patrol are each still in the middle of their firsts.
2019 will see DC Universe welcome two other live-action shows to round out its current slate; Swamp Thing starring Andy Bean (Here and Now) and Crystal Reed (Gotham) and Stargirl starring Brec Bassinger (Bella and the Bulldogs) and Joel McHale (Community). DC Universe's first adult animated series is also set to drop in the fall of 2019 - Harley Quinn stars Kaley Cuoco as the titular femme fatale and Lake Bell as her new partner in crime Poison Ivy after Harley starts a new life after breaking up with the Joker (Alan Tudyk).
Panelists included DC Universe COO Sam Ades, publisher Jim Lee, Doom Patrol showrunner Jeremy Carver, Swamp Thing showrunner Mark Verheiden, Young Justice producers Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti and moderator Clarke Wolf of DC Daily.
After a sizzle reel showcasing some of the live events sponsored by the service to honor Shazam! and Batman's upcoming 80th birthday, Lee and Ades reiterated that the service would be free of charge to the public for one day, March 30th, in honor of the Cape Crusader's 80th turn around the sun. Lee also announced that as of April 2019, the DCU would offer a groundbreaking 20,000+ comics to its subscribers, including issues available 12 months after their release and the entire first season of Krypton. The SyFy series drops April 5th, coincidentally the same day as Shazam! hits theaters.
After the announcement, Lee expressed his excitement at the hugely increased amount of content subscribers would receive: It is the ultimate digital library of content, 20,000 books. I figure it'll take like, a year? If you spent every awake hour reading comics? It's a lot of stuff. And then we're continually adding to it as we continue to publish comics. So, this is a huge upgrade from what you guys were getting already. I'm very excited because it just means we're gonna show people more of the connectivity between the comics and the media adaptations that they inspire."
New premiere dates were also announced for several series - according to Lee, "Stargirl will debut in 2020 and we moved up the second season of Titans to earlier this year." Swamp Thing will arrive on May 31 and Batman: Hush will premiere this summer. Fans got to see a trailer for Swamp Thing which featured a horror series that, according to Verheiden, is designed "to scare the daylights out of you." The trailer evoked Blumhouse tones mixed with some southern gothic - suffice it to say, this will be frightening.
As for Titans, Season 2 guest stars officially announced included Chella Man as Jericho, Joshual Oprin as Superboy, Esai Morales as Deathstroke and Chelsea Zhang as Ragaver. Jeremy Carver showed fans an exclusive clip from the upcoming episode of Doom Patrol titled "Danny Patrol," and let slip that Flex Mentola would also join the show. And after thanking the fans for helping Young Justice: Outsiders find another home on the DCU, Greg Wiseman and Brandon Vietti aired the as yet unseen episode 14 of the animated series third season, something subscribers won't get to see until the series returns for the second half of the season on July 2nd.