Comic fans have been waiting for this news with bat-ed breath, and now DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Digital Networks are finally letting us in on when their new digital streaming service, DC Universe -- which includes the show DC Daily -- will finally be up and running.
During a livestream on Wednesday, Kevin Smith announced that the service will kick off on Sept. 15, which just so happens to coincide with Batman Day! It was also revealed that the world premiere of new original series Titans will be held at New York Comic-Con on Oct. 3 before debuting on the streaming service on Oct. 12.
Smith took the opportunity to tell fans what they can expect from DC Daily, which will be available once you've downloaded the service. The exciting new talk/news show will dig into everything happening across comics and TV in the DC world and feature breaking news, panels, special guests, and exclusive giveaways, among other cool stuff.
The livestream gave fans a little preview of the 2,100-square-foot studio in Burbank that’s been especially designed for the show, featuring a casual Batsuit and Batmobile in the background. One person we can definitely count on being fun to watch is the host of the show, Smith himself. "I go deep on DC. DC is my religion!" he said on the livestream excitedly. "It's how I learned to be moral in this world. Not in church... [but] from reading DC Comics."
Smith's first guest on the pilot show included Chief Creative Officer and Publisher of DC Entertainment, Jim Lee, as well as Teri Hatcher, star of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Hatcher gave a warm and insightful Q&A about the show with Smith, while giving us a feel of what we can expect to hear from future guest interviews.
Meanwhile, Rob Kamphausen, the VP of Product at Warner Bros. Digital Labs, walked fans through the accompanying app of the streaming service, which can be pre-ordered here. One of the fun things mentioned by Kamphausen is that the service will feature comic books as well as movies, so you’ll have the chance to view your favorite DC comics on your smart phone or on a big-screen TV.
There will be fan forums including a connect section called ‘Community’ giving you the opportunity to jump into discussions with other users on a variety of different categories including comics, TV shows, movies, and more. And if you want to brush up on all the DC lore, there will also be an encyclopedia section where you could no doubt lose a good few hours of your time.
The service will also be available on devices such as Roku and Apple TV. If you pre-order an annual membership now, Warner Bros. will give you three additional months free (that’s 15 months of unlimited access for $74.99 or less than $5 a month.)
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