Everybody seems to want their own streaming service. DC Entertainment, the company that DC Comics started only to now just be a part of, is starting their own service of the DC owned shows. Although it’s a division of Warner Brothers so it’s really just going to be Warner Brothers’ owned DC shows. They’re calling it DC Universe, because things aren’t confusing enough between comics, movies, TV, and video games. They’re each their own continuity while the video games have numerous continuities. Right now it’s just a preview site of their original shows, which may or may not be a shared universe…Marvel Studios has the right idea. One continuity for movies, TV and Netflix, and a separate one for the cartoons. DC’s beyond comics ideas are kind of jumbled, and then they botched the “Extended Universe” of the movies by letting Zack Synder and David Goyer near it. They’ve proven to be good creators but a bad fit for the DC Multiverse.

I’ve heard that it might include previous shows and movies but all the site is currently showing are the original series, and I’ll be using this article from Fansided to collect the summaries of what the series should be about.

Titans

TITANS is an all-new live-action drama series that follows a group of young soon-to-be Super Heroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In this action-packed series, Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes, including Starfire, Raven and many others. TITANS is a dramatic, live-action adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book teams ever.

According to Fansided Dick will be Robin instead of Nightwing, because Hollywood can’t get over the fact that Dick isn’t using the same hero name they grew up with and haven’t since the 1980s. We haven’t had a live-action Nightwing before and it looks like we still won’t. And of course all the cartoons that did have Nightwing (not counting the movies adapting a particular storyline or graphic novel) have at least started him as Robin for the first batch of stories. Dick Grayson grew up and today’s writers should just accept it!

I’ve also seen people immediately write off this series based on a couple of set shots that I think are unfair to judge. It’s possible the actors were taking  a break, the characters were incognito, or the special effects team aren’t going to alter a bunch of set photos. I at least haven’t seen official photos of Starfire or Raven and I think people need to wait on that at least. Yes, Starfire should be orange and Beast Boy should be green. This isn’t the old Incredible Hulk days where Lou Ferigno was given a wig and painted green with some other make-up. Let’s wait until we see something resembling a final product. There was also some talk of Hawk and Dove (using the love-interest Dove and not Hawk’s brother, who hasn’t been Dove in years but that didn’t stop Justice League Unlimited and it doesn’t stop anyone with Nightwing) getting a spin-off but let’s see if this works first. Or you know…the entire service before you start looking too far ahead.

Young Justice: Outsiders

In “Young Justice: Outsiders,” the teenage Super Heroes of the DC Universe come of age in an animated world of super-powers, Super-Villains and super secrets. In the highly anticipated new season, the team faces its greatest challenge yet as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy.

Young Justice was a good series and I’m one of the fans excited to see new episodes. (The question is will DC Universe Streaming also post the old episodes.) They may also start plotting out a season four and five but again let’s see if this works first. I know this was originally planned for Netflix and maybe they’d pick it up if this service fails. I do like the character models for the new characters.

Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn, based on the DC characters, focuses on Harley Quinn, who finally has broken things off with the Joker once and for all and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City.

I’m sorry. I like Harley as much as everyone else but I don’t think she can carry a show as the protagonist. I can’t bring myself to root for a psychologically damaged lunatic. I might check this out for curiosity alone but I don’t see myself watching this every week. I want to see shows about the good guys unless it’s about bad guys failing hilariously.

Metropolis (no logo released)

Set in the wondrous and awe-inspiring City of Tomorrow before the arrival of Superman, Metropolis follows Lois Lane and Lex Luthor as they investigate the world of fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets.

Again? Lois and Lex working together? Yeah, post-Crisis and in a few other continuities Lex and Lois dated but it’s basically a fusion of Smallville and Gotham and I don’t care for either any more than I do Krypton. We introduced a Superman in Supergirl, why not make that show? Have it part of DC Universe Streaming so it doesn’t overshadow the Supergirl show on the CW and it’s all good. I don’t want to see a prequel without the actual hero. You can tell Lois Lane solo stories without Superman but still have Superman exist. The comics did it, and once you hit the Bronze Age it isn’t about Lois pulling stupid stunts to make Superman marry her. There were some good stories.

I said some, not all. The show has apparently gone into redevelopment so who knows what will change by the time it finally goes on the service. The sad part is some of these prequels might be more interesting as solo properties rather than DC superhero series without the superhero.

Swamp Thing

When CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.

They should just show the old USA series and be done with it. It’s not usually my kind of show and yet I watched it every week. This will be the fourth time Swamp Thing has had his own series, but I’m counting a movie and sequel in that list as well as the “I liked it but even I admit it wasn’t very good” cartoon. Plus he’s appeared in Justice League Action and I think at least one of the direct-to-video animated movies so he’s not an unknown property. Fansided also says he would have been on season two of Constantine had there been one, but I keep forgetting the show happened. Like I said, it’s not my wheelhouse.

Doom Patrol

Doom Patrol is a re-imagining of one of DC’s most beloved group of outcast Super Heroes: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl (not to be confused with Elastigirl of the Incredibles–SWT) and Crazy Jane, led by modern-day mad scientist Dr. Niles Caulder (The Chief). The Doom Patrol’s members each suffered horrible accidents that gave them superhuman abilities — but also left them scarred and disfigured. Traumatized and downtrodden, the team found purpose through The Chief, who brought them together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence — and to protect Earth from what they find. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of super-powered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them. Picking up after the events of “Titans,” “Doom Patrol” will find these reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.

Apparently they’re planned to be reoccurring characters in Titans to set-up this series, which means DC Streaming is already smarter than DC movies if they don’t half-ass it like they did with Batman V Superman. I’m curious but I’ve never had the opportunity to check out the characters outside of the tie-in comic to Batman: The Brave & The Bold and those appearances on Teen Titans that I’m pretty sure was just meant to bring the Brain and his crew in to replace Slade as the antagonist.

So that’s the shows we know is coming. What we don’t know (unless I’ve missed that announcement) is whether this will be a free service like the networks or Crackle, a combination of free and ad-free paid subscriptions with extras like Hulu used to be or YouTube Premium (the re-branding of YouTube Red and at least this name makes sense), or pay to see everything and how much a subscription will cost. I like option one best obviously but as I said before option 2 would have more to offer customers and they’d make at least a little more money that way. I’ll be keeping an eye on this and let you know when they finally have a price and a start date beyond 2018.

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A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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