DC Streaming Service Finally Named – ‘DC Universe’. Adds Live-Action ‘Swamp Thing’ Series.
Finally, DC’s direct-to-consumer streaming service has a name – ‘DC Universe’, and they have also commisioned a new show for its line up, ‘Swamp Thing’.
The newly named DC Universe is described as “a first-of-its-kind, immersive digital experience designed just for DC fans.” What isn’t clear at the moment is if we will be able to get it in the UK, or if this is just for those American folk. DC is still being tight-lipped about anything to do with the rollout though, so we’ll have to wait and see!
DC Universe will be the home to the new ‘Titans‘ series, which sees Brenton Thwaites (‘Home & Away’, ‘Maleficent’) star as Dick Grayson, aka Batman’s partner, Robin as he strikes out as his own man with his new family, the Titans. The show is written and produced by Akiva Goldsman (‘Star Trek: Discovery’, ‘The Dark Tower’, ‘Fringe’), DC God Geoff Johns (‘The Flash’, ‘Arrow’) and the Arrowverse’s Greg Berlanti.
The new ‘Swamp Thing’ series is being produced by James Wan’s Atomic Monster (‘The Conjuring’ and ‘Saw’ franchises) and written by Mark Verheiden (‘Ash vs. The Evil Dead’, ‘Daredevil’, ‘Constantine’) and Gary Dauberman (‘It’, ‘Annabelle: Creation’).
The official synopsis reads:
When CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland—only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous—and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.
‘Swamp Thing’ has been around in the comic books since the 1970’s and over the years has had huge names in the comic book world work on it such as Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Brian K. Vaughan and Scott Snyder. It’s not the first time ol’ Swampy has been attempted in live-action, as horror maestro Wes Craven made 2 movie versions in 1982 and 1989, and there was a tv series which ran for 3 seasons from 90 to 93. There have also been a number of animated series.
Currently, ‘Swamp Thing’ has a “script-to-series” order, meaning if the script is good, they will bypass the pilot stage and go straight into production.
Also coming to DC Universe is are a revamped version of the animated series ‘Young Justice’, titled ‘Young Justice: Outsiders’ and a new ‘Harley Quinn’ animated show. Additionally, there are plans for a ‘Metropolis’ series starring Lois Lane and Lex Luthor set prior to Superman showing up, which was to feature the duo investigate the world of fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets. However, that has been delayed whilst the scripts are redeveloped.
We’ll bring you more news on DC Universe as we get it!