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May 3, 2018

DC’s streaming service has a name and a new show

by John_A

DC’s streaming service is no longer quite so mysterious. The unlimited video offering is now called DC Universe (not to be confused with the DC Extended Universe), and has a landing page to whet your appetite. There’s a new show to go alongside the announcement, as well — DC has unveiled Swamp Thing, an adaptation of the classic comic series. This version has CDC researcher Abby Arcane studying a swamp virus in Louisiana and falling in love with fellow scientist Alec Holland, only to ‘lose’ him. Needless to say, he isn’t really gone — and he’s key to fending off “powerful forces” that want to use the swamp for nefarious ends. It premieres sometime in 2019.

The series will have a strong pedigree. Saw director James Wan is serving as the executive producer alongside Mark Verheiden (conveniently involved in the related show Constantine), Gary Dauberman (It) and Michael Clear (Annabelle: Creation).

The service already had four animated and live-action shows lined up, including Titans (which includes characters like Robin and Supergirl), Harley Quinn, Young Justice: Outsiders and the Superman-themed Metropolis. DC pitches it as more than a straightforward subscription service with fan interaction that involves both comics and shows. In other words, it’s not just attaching itself to a partner as with Marvel. It’s wagering that it can offer more with its own service (albeit one made with Warner Bros.’ help) than tying itself to someone else.

Via: Deadline, Variety, Newsweek

Source: DC Universe, DC Comics

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