DC has been teasing bits and pieces of its upcoming digital platform for a while, but until now, we hadn’t heard anything solid on when the streaming service — the home for original new shows like the live action Titans series — would actually launch.
But it’s beginning to look as though we won’t be in the dark much longer. In a recent appearance on the James Bonding podcast, DC Entertainment community manager Dani Snow revealed the company is hoping to debut its new platform sometime this summer — tentatively, she seemed to suggest, by the end of August.
“[W]e are about to launch, I think late August, our DC Digital platform, which will be a hub for all things DC,” said Snow. “There will be digital movies, TV shows that you can watch streaming. We’re gonna have a lot of comics on there, so there’s gonna be a lot of good stuff on there.”
Snow said DC is in the final stages of shoring up the rights to its extensive back catalog, and that it all will appear at DC Digital alongside the four new original shows currently known to be in development.
“Right now we are working on getting everything from the back catalog of, like, animated TV shows and movies on there now,” she explained. “We will also be producing — I think right now we have four in production — original shows, including Swamp Thing, which a lot of people are really excited about since it’s a horror title.”
Titans looks like it’s shaping up to be a true ensemble tentpole for DC Digital. Based on DC’s Teen Titans comics, Titans will place Robin at the head of DC’s extensive stable of superheroes during their up-and-coming phase for a 13-episode first-season run.
What are the other three originals we know about? Well, the recently-announced Swamp Thing will be an hour-long live action drama set in the rural bayous of Louisiana, following CDC researcher Abby Arcane back to her childhood home to chase down the mystery behind a new swamp-borne virus. There’s also a new animated half-hour comedy based on Harley Quinn in the works, with the first season set to span a robust 26 episodes.
Lastly, DC Digital will become the new home for Young Justice: Outsiders, which had gathered a devoted fan following before Cartoon Network pulled the show after only two seasons. Young Justice: Outsiders will hit the platform right at the start of an all-new Season 3, picking things up right where they left off.
It sounds like things are beginning to move quickly, so stay tuned for lots more info — and more buzz — as DC ramps up its DC Digital marketing campaign.