We still don’t know the exact date when DC plans to roll out DC Universe, its long-anticipated digital streaming service, other than the studio’s assurance that it could come as early as August. But the pieces continue to fall into place, as DC’s latest announcement — that Batman: The Animated Series will be landing on the service, and for the first time, in high definition — edges us ever closer to launch day.
DC announced via Twitter that the first two seasons of Batman: The Animated Series will be available in hi def at launch, joining TV classics like Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman as a confirmed day-one launch title.
Batman: The Animated Series ran from 1992 to 1995, bringing an angular, noir-ish art style to the Dark Knight’s series run on the Fox Kids network. The show predated the advent of consumer-grade high-definition TVs, and DC hasn’t revealed any details on how the show will make the jump from standard def to current-gen. The studio’s already prepping a Blu-ray release for Batman: The Animated Series, so it looks as though the heavy lifting, at least on the technical side, is already done.
Similarly, we’ll have to wait and see whether the show’s original 4:3 screen formatting is preserved — or if DC has something else up its sleeve. For what it’s worth, the studio’s even promoting Wonder Woman, which aired its final episode in 1979, as landing at DC Universe “for the first time ever in stunning HD.”
In addition to Batman and other past hits from DC’s TV lineup, DC Universe appears to be going all in as a truly broad-ranging representation of everything both old and new that the studio has to offer. Beyond the live action Titans, the studio’s also working on new live action series based on Doom Patrol and Swamp Thing, as well as a new half-hour animated comedy based on Harley Quinn.
DC Universe is also promising the service will be home to the original Superman, Tim Burton’s Batman, and plenty more of its iconic film titles, as well as providing a digital access portal into its vast comic book world. While the launch date’s still a mystery, it’s definitely getting closer: whether by August or beyond, DC Universe is slated to go live before 2018 is done.