DC Universe Beta Launches In August, Streaming Service In Fall

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DC Universe reading section. DC

The first time comic book fans heard of a DC streaming service was over a year ago when Young Justice Season 3 got confirmed. Now, DC Universe is official, website and all, and it's much more than new TV shows. A curated comic book library and loads of older classic DC movies and TV will be available come fall 2018. Sign up for the beta version to access DC Universe in August. DC has yet to announce a price.

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DC Universe Home screen. DC
DC Universe Streaming Features Explained: What to Expect

Perhaps the most exciting part of DC Universe is the inclusion of comic books as a main focus. DC Universe contains its own reader that, in addition to smartphones and tablets, can be projected onto a big-screen TV "rendered in vivid detail." Comics can be downloaded for offline reading and rotating selections will "cater to both members new to comics and passionate fans looking for hard-to-find titles," says DC Entertainment in the announcement. It's remains unclear if DC Universe will also feature new, ongoing titles.

"We wanted the DC UNIVERSE comic reader to be a blend of art and technology that would further enhance fan's experiences of the live-action and animated programming on DC UNIVERSE," said Dan DiDio, publisher DC Entertainment, said in a press release. "This hand-curated selection from our decades of comic creations gives fans a thematic digital longbox to carry with them on the device of their choosing or lets them watch exclusive video content on a big screen followed by the comic that inspired it."

DC Universe also has updated descriptions for each original series, including new photos of Young Justice and Titans.

Titans follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and loveable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.

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Robin in the new "Titans" series. DC

Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC's strangest group of outcasts: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman and Crazy Jane. Led by the mysterious Dr. Niles Caulder they're called into action by the ultimate hero for the digital age, Cyborg. After banding together these rejects find themselves on a mission that will take them to the weirdest and most unexpected corners of the DC universe.

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'Doom Patrol' will start production this year. DC

Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana, but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.

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'Aquaman' director James Wan is attached to 'Swamp Thing,' the latest series to be announced on the DC Universe platform. DC

Young Justice: Outsiders features the return of the fan favorite animated series with a huge cast of DC's most iconic young superheroes - plus brand-new characters, many of whom are just discovering their unique meta-powers and special abilities. Set against the backdrop of a rich, deep world that touches all corners of the DC universe, the season focuses on meta–trafficking, and an intergalactic arms race for control of these super–powered youths.

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A new photo from "Young Justice: Outsiders." DC

Harley Quinn follows Harley's adventures after she breaks up with the Joker and strikes out on her own in this new adult animated comedy. With the help of Poison Ivy and a ragtag crew of DC castoffs, Harley tries to earn a seat at the biggest table in villainy: the Legion of the Doom.

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The 'Harley Quinn' animated series will arrive on DC Universe in 2019. DC

The website teases the opportunity to watch Batman: The Animated Series and the original Wonder Woman series in HD. Those are far from your only two options for classics. Watch all the old Superman movies, Dark Knight, Super Friends, Birds of Prey, The Flash (1990) Lois & Clark, Static Shock, Adventures of Superman and new animated movies like Gotham By Gaslight and Flashpoint Paradox and Green Lantern: First Flight. It's still unclear if big movies like Wonder Woman or other DCTV shows like The Flash will land on DC Universe on demand at some point down the line.

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Members will have exclusive access to all-new six-inch Justice League Animated action figures DC

Other features include an interactive encyclopedia that provides character histories and explains important storylines. The store will also allow members to shop for merchandise only available on DC Universe. Also, get the latest news and connect with creators and larger DC community through discussion forums. "We are investing in and creating original, high-quality shows including the new Titans series, and curating the most beloved nostalgic content, while at the same time elevating the comic reading experience to new heights. Nothing this robust has ever been offered to fans before," said Jim Lee, chief creative officer and publisher, DC Entertainment.

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