DC Comics heroes get a streaming service all to themselves
If you’ve ever dreamed of a network devoted to superhero TV shows, it’s your lucky day.
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television — the producers behind small-screen superhero favorites like The CW’s Flash, Arrow and Supergirl — are launching their own digital streaming service in 2018, designed to be a shot of pure DC Comics goodness that will be delivered direct to fans.
The long-gestating Teen Titans series, Titans, which was originally in development at TNT, will be the flagship live-action series for the new streaming network, while the third season of fan-favorite animated series Young Justice will also debut on the service in 2018.
Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, the executive producers behind The CW’s live-action superhero slate, will exec produce Titans, along with DC Entertainment’s President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and writer-director Akiva Goldsman.
Titans follows a group of young, soon-to-be super heroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In this action-packed series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes, including Starfire, Raven and many others. Goldsman, Johns and Berlanti will write the series. (Dick Grayson — aka the original Robin — will also headline a planned Nightwing movie as part of DC and WB’s film universe, which is separate from their TV properties.)
In Young Justice: Outsiders, the teenage super heroes of the DC Universe come of age in an animated world of super-powers, super-villains and super secrets. In the new season, the team takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy.
Young Justice reached more than 25 million unique viewers in each of its two seasons on Cartoon Network. Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!, Justice League Action) is executive producer of Young Justice. Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood, Superman Doomsday) and Greg Weisman (Star Wars Rebels, Gargoyles) are producers of the series, which hails from Warner Bros. Animation. Emmy Award winner Phil Bourassa (Justice League Dark, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) serves as the series’ art director.
Since The Flash, Arrow and Berlanti’s other superhero shows are part of The CW’s newly-renegotiated deal with Netflix, don’t expect to see them on the streaming service any time soon — but the DC universe has no shortage of characters that might be ripe for adaptation if the digital network proves popular enough.