As we move into the next phase of streaming media, world domination, where studios launch their own services with exclusive content in an attempt to compete with Netflix (take a bow, Disney Play), Warner Bros. has announced (via a Kevin Smith-hosted live stream) that the DC Universe digital subscription service will be launched in the US on 15 September 2018.
The platform provides access to a large back catalog of animated shows (including Batman: The Animated Series in high definition) and movies, brand new animated and live-action original shows (such as the emerging Titans and Swamp Thing), a Comixology-style library of digital comics and a forum for fans to discuss their favorite DC features.
In addition to the arrival date, it also turned out that the first large original series of DC Universe, Titans, will land on the service less than a month later on 12 October (visitors to New York Comic-Con will have the opportunity to see it early on 3 October).
Holy streaming prices, Batman!
DC Universe has so far only been announced for the US and is priced at $ 7.99 per month (around £ 6 / AU $ 11) or $ 74.99 per year (around £ 60 / AU $ 100) with a first three extra months that are offered for free. According to Smith, the subscription price gives users access to two screens at once.
Users in the US who sign up for the DC Universe service before 12 pm (PST) on 12 September are also in the race to win a study tour in Batman and a ride in the Batmobile.
You can watch the extremely gritty and gritty trailer from Titans below, but be warned – it is so sharp that you may only need to look at yourself.