For months, DC fans have been anxious to find out when the new DC Universe streaming platform would be launching, and tonight on DC Daily, host Kevin Smith officially revealed that the service would be available from September 15, which just so happens to be Batman Day.
Upon release, subscribers will be able to enjoy comic,community, and shop perks, as well as, a slate of classic DC shows and movies including Batman Begins, the Christopher Reeve Superman films, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Batman: The Animated Series, Super Friends, and more. It’s important to note, however, that the DC Universe Originals would follow up with Titans announced for October 12th, and Young Justice: Outsiders, Doom Patrol, Stargirl, the Harley Quinn animated series, and the James Wan-produced Swamp Thing series set for a 2019 rollout.
When the trailer for DC Universe’s Titans debuted at Comic-Con International in San Diego, it was met with instantaneous controversy, particularly for the moment where Robin declared, “Fuck Batman.” According to co-creator Geoff Johns, the live-action series was always going to be controversial — but that’s a good thing. While he believes the trailer isn’t representative of the show as a whole, he says it is indicative of the show’s plan to explore Robin’s fallout with the Dark Knight.
As Johns explains to CBR at SDCC, “It is! It is controversial! I think that was expected though, you know? I don’t think anyone was like, ‘What? Wait! What?!’ As I’ve been telling people, I’m like, you know, not to take the trailer as, ‘This is the whole show.’ But I’m glad there’s discussion and there should be discussion about that and why we would go that direction and why Robin would ever get to that point,” “You know, a big part of the series is exploring, and a big part of the series that we’re exploring is the moment that Robin left Batman.”
Johns continued his reassurance by saying, “In the Titans, he was kind of a lost character,” he continued. “He was looking for what his next thing was, and the Titans individually are all lost and they form a family — a surrogate family that’s… you know, we’re staying true to Marv [Wolfman] and Geroge [Perez]’s take on the Titans in that sense. But you’re going to see what Robin’s gone through and why he’s gotten to that point and I’m excited for people to see it. I don’t think they really quite know what the show is, and it’s going to be fun to watch.”
Johns wrapped his insight to the Titans with some statements on the revolving cast they plan to include and explore. “Well, Donna Troy, you’re going to see her. That’s been rumored out there, I think, for a while” he said with a laugh. “Hawk and Dove, who are in episode 2, and they’re fantastic. They are really, really, really, really strong. You know, the thing with Titans is that whole universe of Titans is open to us, so we’ll be exploring every facet of that as we go through the series, but the first season… you know, I’ve spoiled enough characters for a season.”
While we are rapidly approaching the Titans release, and we’ve gained some knowledge on even a series as far of as Stargirl, one production we’ve yet to learn much about is Swamp Thing. However, recently it was made clear that James Wan did not want to direct the show himself, but would instead allow another mind to merge with his and create an even better and more rounded vision. While, it’s not clear if that will remain the case, or if it will just be the pilot to allow a precedent to be set for him to work from, we may have an answer as to who would lead the pilot episode with a Slash Report that claims to have heard from multiples sources that the Underworld creator, Len Wiseman, is set to helm the first episode of the new live-action series that is currently scheduled to begin filming this fall in Wilmington, NC.
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