DC Entertainment’s new subscription streaming service DC Universe has been officially announced, promising to bring together DC comics, movies, and TV shows – including new live-action and animated shows – all on one platform.
Users will be able to stream the content directly to their phone, tablet, laptop or TV, and the platform will be a one-stop shop for all things DC. The service also promises to keep fans updated on all news, products, and contests, as well as delivering exclusive new shows for subscribers. But what content can fans expect to see in DC Universe? Here’s a rundown of everything we know so far.
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For fans of DC Comics, DC Universe will offer the opportunity to enhance their reading experience by holding a “curated” library of accessible comics that DC refers to being in the thousands, with several historic issues, as well as acclaimed runs and reboots specifically highlighted. The comics will include “native, untethered access across devices from a smartphone or tablet to a living room screen,” and will blend comics with animation, by allowing the user to watch exclusive video content, followed by reading the comic that inspired it. A full list of comic content isn’t yet released, but the DC Universe state “From Action Comics #1 to Rebirth” will be available, and pictures on the site include Teen Titans, All-Star Superman, Trinity, Batman, and Wonder Woman.
The DC Universe will stream classic DC live-action and animated movies, so you can forget doing anything productive because we’ll all be spending time reliving our youth. Movies expected to arrive on the platform as part of a rotating library of hits include:
Superman The Movie – The original (and many would say still the best) Superman movie starring Christopher Reeve as the titular superhero will be available to enjoy time and again. It’s also highly probable that the special effects will seem laughable, but we were wowed by them at the time.
Superman II – The sequel to the original Superman, Superman II stars Christopher Reeve with Gene Hackman and Terence Stamp.
Superman III – Reeve reprises his role for this 1983 movie, with Richard Pryor, Robert Vaughn, and Annette O’Toole also featuring.
Superman IV: The Quest For Peace – The last time that Reeve would play Superman, the movie is still thought of as one of the worst movies ever made. Regardless, it’s still going to be worth a watch – even if only for the cringe-factor.
Supergirl – We don’t often hear about this 1984 movie starring Helen Slater, but it’s worth remembering that this was the first English speaking superhero movie to feature a female protagonist
Batman – Directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton in the central role, with Jack Nicholson as The Joker. This one is also likely to be watched time and again.
Batman Returns – The sequel to Batman, again directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton. Danny DeVito also stars as The Penguin, with Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman.
Batman Forever – Val Kilmer takes on the central role for this 1995 classic, directed by Joel Schumacher. Chris O’Donnell is Robin, while Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey take on the villain roles.
Batman Begins – In 2005 Christian Bale took on the role of the caped crusader, with Michael Caine as the ever-loyal Pennyworth.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox – Relive this 2013 animated movie, featuring appearances from The Flash, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and more. Other Justice League animated movies set to appear on the DC Universe include Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, and Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – This 2012/13 two-parter is definitely worth a watch. Other animated Batman titles include; Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman: Gotham Knight, and Batman: Bad Blood.
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