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“DC Universe” Details Released, Includes “Batman: The Animated Series” In HD, More

DC Entertainment has released details of its upcoming DC Universe proprietary streaming service, which will launch with the live action series Titans later this year. The Young Justice: Outsiders, originally set for a 2018 debut, and Harley Quinn animated series will debut in 2019. Complete press details are available below, along with new imagery.

Introducing DC UNIVERSE: A First-of-Its-Kind Digital
Subscription Service Designed Especially for Fans

DC UNIVERSE goes beyond streaming to deliver a deeply engaging experience;
members can watch, read, connect, explore, win and shop, all in one place

Original live-action series include Titans, Doom Patrol, and Swamp Thing;

original animated series include Young Justice: Outsiders, and Harley Quinn

Sign up today for an opportunity for beta access at dcuniverse.com

DC UNIVERSE is a first-of-its-kind digital subscription service that gives fans access to exclusive content and experiences not available anywhere else. With membership, fans will enjoy all-new original live-action and animated series, classic TV series and films, a curated selection of digital comic books, breaking news, an expansive DC-centric encyclopedia, and access to exclusive merchandise. Additional fan features include opportunities to connect with others in the DC community, earn premium rewards and participate in sweepstakes and contests.

“Developing new ways for consumers to access some of our most popular and iconic brands and franchises as well as exclusive new content whenever they want, on the devices they choose, is one of our studio’s top priorities,” said Craig Hunegs, president, Warner Bros. Digital Networks. “The DC UNIVERSE platform gives fans a place to tailor their experience and build a direct relationship with DC in a way they never could before.”

Members of DC UNIVERSE can:
WATCH exclusive originals and classic favorites;READ from an extensive list of curated comic books;CONNECT with the DC community;EXPLORE the latest breaking news and the ever-expanding DC encyclopedia;WIN premium rewards and participate in sweepstakes and contests;SHOP for exclusive merchandise.

Fans can sign up today for an opportunity for beta access, which will open in August 2018. Beta access will give members a chance to test the new digital experience and provide valuable feedback on the early version of the service before it goes live later this fall 2018.

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“DC UNIVERSE is so much more than a streaming service. It’s a welcoming place for everyone to immerse themselves in their own level of DC fandom, with the epic characters, stories, and experiences they have come to expect from DC,” said Jim Lee, chief creative officer and publisher, DC Entertainment. “We are investing in and creating original, high-quality shows including the new Titans series, and curating the most beloved nostalgic content, while at the same time elevating the comic reading experience to new heights. Nothing this robust has ever been offered to fans before.”

WATCH
At the heart of DC UNIVERSE will be all-new exclusive original live-action and animated series based on DC’s iconic characters. Developed by Warner Bros. Television, Swamp Thing and Doom Patrol are scheduled to debut in 2019, following the dramatic, live-action adventure series Titans which premieres later this year. Warner Bros. Animation is also developing a slate of animated TV series based on existing fan favorites, including Harley Quinn and the highly anticipated third season of the popular Young Justice: Outsiders animated series which are both scheduled to debut in 2019.

Titans follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and loveable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.

Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcasts: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman and Crazy Jane. Led by the mysterious Dr. Niles Caulder, they’re called into action by the ultimate hero for the digital age, Cyborg. Banding together these rejects find themselves on a mission that will take them to the weirdest and most unexpected corners of the DC Universe.

Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.

Young Justice: Outsiders features the return of the fan favorite animated series with a huge cast of DC’s most iconic young superheroes – plus brand-new characters, many of whom are just discovering their unique meta-powers and special abilities. Set against the backdrop of a rich, deep world that touches all corners of the DC Universe, the season focuses on meta–trafficking, and an intergalactic arms race for control of these super–powered youths.

Harley Quinn follows Harley’s adventures after she breaks up with the Joker and strikes out on her own in this new adult animated comedy. With the help of Poison Ivy and a ragtag crew of DC castoffs, Harley tries to earn a seat at the biggest table in villainy: the Legion of the Doom.

An assortment of DC’s most beloved superhero films will also be available at launch for exclusive streaming windows, including all four original Superman movies as well as a selection of epic animated movies including Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Green Lantern: First Flight, and Wonder Woman. The service will also feature classic TV shows, including the first two seasons of Batman: The Animated Series and the original Wonder Woman series available for the first time in HD.

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READ
The DC UNIVERSE comics reader will include native, untethered access across devices from a smartphone or tablet to a living room screen rendered in vivid detail. Fans can scroll through some of their favorite comics from the comfort of their couch with family or friends and see this vibrant art form come to life like never before. A curated selection of thousands of DC comics will be available to DC UNIVERSE members from a library that includes decades of comics creations.

Members can read some of the most famous stories in comic book history such as the first 1938 Action Comics that introduced Superman to the world as well as Detective Comics #27 which first introduced Batman in 1939. Other titles include Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s iconic Justice League (2011), Swamp Thing (2011) written by Scott Snyder, and Harley Quinn (2013) written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. Rotating selections will cater to both members new to comics and passionate fans looking for hard-to-find titles. Comics can also be downloaded for reading offline on a smartphone or tablet.

“We wanted the DC UNIVERSE comic reader to be a blend of art and technology that would further enhance fan’s experiences of the live-action and animated programming on DC UNIVERSE,” said Dan DiDio, publisher, DC Entertainment. “This hand-curated selection from our decades of comic creations gives fans a thematic digital longbox to carry with them on the device of their choosing or lets them watch exclusive video content on a big screen followed by the comic that inspired it.”

CONNECT
The community within DC UNIVERSE will be a place where members can rate, create and share their own personalized playlists of their favorite heroes and villains. Members can personalize their profile and select their own avatar, be it Superman, Wonder Woman, or another heroic character or symbol. Designed to be a place for finding commonality and sharing favorite rivalries or the latest list of must-read comic books, members will have a forum for posting information, finding friendship and sharing their DC passions in a shared, moderated space within DC UNIVERSE.

EXPLORE & WIN
Latest news, an extensive DC encyclopedia, and chances to win round out the membership benefits of DC UNIVERSE. Short-form news, interviews and previews in daily video segments will keep fans up-to-date on the latest from all corners of the DC Universe. The ever-expanding DC encyclopedia, to which fans can contribute, will house bios of hundreds of DC characters and places. In addition, members will have chances to win premium rewards, including game unlocks, first-chance access to pop-culture events, exclusive experiences and more.

SHOP
Exclusively for DC UNIVERSE members, DC Collectibles—the award-winning line of collectibles from DC Entertainment—will offer a wide range of new action figures and collector’s items based on DC’s iconic characters and stories. Members will have exclusive access to all-new six-inch Justice League Animated action figures based on designs from the fan-favorite animated series (2001-2004), starting in fall 2018. In addition to DC Collectibles, members will have access to a wide range of exclusive, curated and hard-to-find DC merchandise from a variety of licensing partners before the rest of the world.

The operation of DC UNIVERSE will be managed by Sam Ades, general manager and senior vice president, Warner Bros. Digital Networks, based in Burbank. The digital media executive formerly served as the senior vice president, direct to consumer, for DC Entertainment, where he was responsible for creating and executing DC’s digital marketing strategy.

DC UNIVERSE will be available in the United States at launch on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV, as well as the web and mobile web. To learn more and register for an opportunity for beta access, visit dcuniverse.com and follow DC UNIVERSE on social networks including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

ABOUT DC UNIVERSE
DC UNIVERSE, launching in 2018, is a standalone digital experience designed for the DC fan. Showcasing DC’s iconic characters, DC UNIVERSE offers new original live-action and animated series, legendary films and series, and epic animated movies, as well as a fan community, a curated selection of comic books, and exclusive merchandise. DC UNIVERSE is operated by Warner Bros. Digital Networks in collaboration with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Digital Labs. DC UNIVERSE offers access to exclusive content and experiences not available anywhere else. To learn more, visit www.dcuniverse.com.

ABOUT DC ENTERTAINMENT
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, the Flash), DC Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and WarnerMedia. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.

ABOUT WARNER BROS. DIGITAL NETWORKS
Warner Bros. Digital Networks (WBDN) creates, builds, and operates direct-to-consumer digital services, digital premium content, and experiences. The WBDN team is chartered with bringing together a diverse portfolio of iconic brands and innovative, exclusive premium content, focused on serving digital-first audiences. Leveraging the studio’s iconic franchises and vast library, WBDN’s portfolio includes DC UNIVERSE, DramaFever, Boomerang, and Filmstruck in partnership with Turner. WBDN also produces and distributes premium digital series through Stage 13 and Machinima and in partnership with LeBron James’ Uninterrupted and Ellen DeGeneres’ Ellen Digital Ventures. Warner Bros. Digital Networks’ premium programming and digital offerings put viewers at the center of entertainment, sports, gaming, and pop culture, reaching audiences anywhere, across any platform.

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Stay tuned for further DC Universe coverage right here at The World’s Finest, including updates on Young Justice: Outsiders, Harley Quinn, Batman: The Animated Series in HD, and a host of animated content coming to the streaming service. To discuss DC Universe, click on the discussion link below!

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DC Comics Announces “DC Universe” Name For Upcoming Streaming Service

DC Comics announced the name and released new imagery for the upcoming streaming service, titled “DC Universe.” The streaming service will be home to a host of DC Comics-based programming, both live-action and animated. New imagery includes updated title logos for Young Justice: Outsiders and Harley Quinn, two of the animated series slated for “DC Universe.” DC Comics says the service will be “a first-of-its kind, immersive digital experience designed just for DC fans,” with members getting access to exclusive original content. Launch date and price details are expected later this summer. Click on the images below to view new select “DC Universe” artwork.





Live-action programming currently slated for the service includes Titans, Swamp Thing and Metropolis. For more details on Young Justice, please check out the dedicated subsite here at The World’s Finest.

“DC Universe” is expected to roll out this year with the debut of the Young Justice: Outsiders animated series, the third season of the fan-favorite animated series. The new Harley Quinn animated series is also expected to launch this year, along with the live-action Titans series, which is currently filming. Stay tuned for further details – including a launch date, price and details on the service’s animated fare – right here at The World’s Finest.

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DC Comics Launches “Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay” Digital First Mini-Series

DC Comics is rolling out the digital-first mini-series Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, a twelve-chapter comic sequel to the upcoming DC Universe Movie animated title of the same name. The first issue of the digital title is available starting March 21, 2018. Press details, along with preview images from the first issue of the DC Comics Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay digital title, are available below. The actual Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay animated movie will hit Digital starting March 27, 2018 and on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD April 10, 2018. Please note the content below may contain spoilers for the Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay animated movie.

THERE IS HELL TO PAY
IN THIS NEW SUICIDE SQUAD COMIC SERIES,
AND IT BEGINS RIGHT NOW

Today [March 21, 2018], DC kicks off a brand-new Digital First series with Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, a sequel story to the upcoming animated film from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The comic series from writer Jeff Parker (Batman ’66) will follow Amanda Waller as she looks for an escape – from death. The first chapter is available now.

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay“Our story picks up immediately after the Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay animated film, and Waller is still on a personal mission to save her soul – and she’s willing to put the Suicide Squad through hell to do it,” says Parker. “This time, the Squad goes way out of their element and around the world to face supernatural and ancient forces – and yes, Harley is in there too!”

Amanda Waller’s Task Force X has completed another mission­ – and in her opinion, the prize was worth the price they paid. But with the Spectre closing in to take Waller’s soul, she must find a new means of escaping death. Now looking to Jason Blood as a possible ally, Waller may face a revolt from her own team for this latest addition to the Squad. Is membership in the Suicide Squad really better than imprisonment at Belle Reve?

The weekly series will run for 12 chapters, written by Jeff Parker, beginning with illustrations from Matthew Dow Smith, with future chapters from artists Agustin Padilla, Stefano Raffaele and Cat Staggs.

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay – Chapter 1 is available today across digital platforms. Check it out on ReadDC.com, comiXology.com, Google Play, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and iTunes.

About the movie:
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay is the next film in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Movies from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The new, original story finds Amanda Waller’s top secret “Task Force X” on a mission to retrieve a mystical object so powerful that they’re willing to risk their own lives to steal it. Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay arrives March 27 on Digital and April 10 on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD.

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Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay – Chapter 1 is now available at digital outlets, with a print collection of the mini-series coming later in 2018. Check out images from the upcoming animated movie at the dedicated Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay subsite. Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay will hit Digital starting March 27, 2018 and on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD April 10, 2018. Stay tuned for further updates on Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay right here at The World’s Finest.

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“Batman And Harley Quinn” Comic Collection Coming March 2018

DC Comics has announced a special hardcover collection of the recent Batman and Harley and Harley and Batman digital comic titles, based on the 2017 Batman and Harley Quinn DC Universe Original Movie title, will hit shelves in March 2018. The twelve issues digital comic series featured a five-part Harley Quinn and Batman prequel segment, covering events leading up to the animated movie, and a seven-part Batman and Harley Quinn sequel segment exploring the film’s fallout. Details for collection can be found below.

BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN

Batman and Harley Quinn

Written by: Ty Templeton and others
Art by: Rick Burchett and others
Cover by: Ty Templeton

The Story: Ty Templeton and Rick Burchett reunite for a story that serves as a sequel to the Batman and Harley Quinn animated film! Harley Quinn is a legend in her own mind, so when she realizes The Joker thinks of her as more of a sidekick, she takes her revenge! But before Batman can swoop in and cart her off to Arkham Asylum, her pal Poison Ivy rescues her! But if the only way to get rid of her sidekick status is to strike out on her own, will Harley be willing to try it? And does that mean…joining Batman? Collects Batman and Harley Quinn digital chapters #1-12.

Release Date: March 7, 2018
Cover Price: $24.99

Single issues of the Harley Quinn and Batman and Batman and Harley Quinn digital comic titles are currently available through DC Comics, Comixology and other digital comic retailers.

For more on Batman and Harley Quinn, check out the dedicated The World’s Finest subsite for a review of the animated release, more details on the digital comic ti-eins, an assortment of additional video clips, images, content and much more. The Batman and Harley Quinn animated feature is now available for purchase through online and traditional retail outlets, both in digital formats and on Blu-ray and DVD. Stay tuned for further updates right here at The World’s Finest.

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The World’s Finest Reviews “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures”

The World’s Finest has published its review of the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures comic book mini-series, now available to own in the trade paperback format. In short, writer Matthew K. Manning and artist Jon Sommariva skillfully weave a fun story which finds Batman and the Ninja Turtles facing off against some of their biggest respective threats, including the likes of Shredder, The Joker and a wealth of surprise foes that are better left unspoiled. With clever twists, brilliant homages, smart dialogue and some legitimate surprise appearances, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures is a terrific story that fans should pick up. To read the complete review, click on the image below.

The World's Finest reviews Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures

In further Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures coverage, The World’s Finest recently interviewed both Manning and Sommariva about their respective work on the comic series. Click here to check out Manning’s interview and click here to read Sommariva’s interview. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures is now available to own in the trade paperback format through online and traditional retail outlets, though single issues are also still readily available online or through your local comic vendor.

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