Upon its first announcement, DC Universe seemed like nothing more than a streaming service that would put up a futile fight against the streaming giants of the age. However, recently we’ve been treated to some more information related to the brand new nerdy service, and while once upon a time the idea of such a venture seemed weak and unexciting, it’s shaping up to be something incredibly special. Because we’re so excited about this, we’ve compiled a list of all the things that you’re going to need to know by the time this service is launched.

We’re getting a nice amount of TV series’

For a brand new start-up, the DC Universe service was once presumed to be very limited in what it could offer, however, we’ve since been proven wrong. We’ll be getting the live-action Titans, featuring Brenton Thwaites as Robin, alongside its spinoff Doom Patrol, Young Justice: Outsiders, Swamp Thing, and an adult-oriented Harley Quinn animated series. Let’s be honest, with all of these shows launching at the same time, the heads behind DC Universe have to be pretty ballsy.

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The return of the classics

DC Universe is set to give us back some of their old school series’ and movies, including (get this) the first two series’ of Batman: The Animated Series, the four Christopher Reeve Superman movies, Batman, Batman Begins, Batman Returns, The Dark Knight, Static Shock, Young Justice, Teen Titans, the live-action TV series’ Lois & Clark and Wonder Woman (with Wonder Woman being remastered in HD), and animated films like Green Lantern: First Flight, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox and Wonder Woman. This monstrous list is as riddled with hype as it is exhausting to read aloud, and this is proving DC Universe’s worth even before we know when it will be released.

Comic books galore

This service is not merely designed for those who want to binge their favourite old-school campy Superman flicks- every single month, the service will roll out a whole new catalogue of classic and fan-favourite comic books that can be read right from the app on your phone. This will span right from the modern issues all the way back to Action Comics #1, so this is absolutely one for the die-hard fans who need to either catch up on newer characters or harken back to the good old days of the birth of their favourite heroes.

The DC Encyclopedia

Oh yes, you heard that right. The service will house a huge library of facts and information regarding the DC comic and movie universes, and it will be contributable from the fans. So essentially, DC has given us an elite version of Wikipedia for the biggest nerds in the world to create and build upon, giving you the absolute biggest, geekiest, most exclusive resource to blast your mates with DC facts. Nice.

This all sounds amazing, right? Well, I’ve got a bubble to burst for you-
Right now we don’t know when this will launch or how much the service will cost, and at launch, it will be a US exclusive. However, all is not lost, as DC have specified that it won’t be coming to the UK YET, which means they’re actively working on bringing their incredible package to us Great British nerds. When more information is unveiled we’ll keep you updated.

How are you feeling about DC Universe? Do you reckon it’ll take off or flop? Let us know by leaving a comment or tweeting us at @HeroesDirect!

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