Sometimes it’s better to not overthink it. That’s what the creative execs at Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment had to be saying when coming up for a name for what they’re calling a “first-of-its-kind, immersive digital experience for DC fans”. It’s been over a year since WB and DC shared the news that they were developing a streaming service focused around the DC Comics Universe, and since that time they’ve been quiet on the subject. Until now.
Taking to the DC Comics twitter profile, the powers that be are finally ready to unveil the official name for the DC service! Drum roll please…
— DC (@DCComics) May 2, 2018
There you have it! The DC Digital Service will now be known as DC Universe and they’ve got a page up and running for fans to subscribe to by clicking here. While, it’s a little on the nose, the name is simple and makes sense, because WB and DC envision this app to be more than just a streaming service. While DC Universe will still be a haven for all of DC’s Animated and Live-action movies and shows, they’re also planning on this service to involve more fan interaction and comics, allowing itself to stand apart from more traditional methods of streaming.
Additionally, DC Entertainment also announced a new Swamp Thing series as another exclusive for DC Universe. Aquaman director James Wan is attached to the project as executive producer and is joined by two talented writers Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica & Netflix’s Daredevil) and Gary Dauberman (It & the It sequel) who will do double-duty as writers and showrunners of this series.
According to THR, the synopsis of Swamp Thing is as follows:
The drama follows what happens when CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus. There, 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.
There isn’t a timetable officially announced for the release of the DC Universe app, as of yet, but they’re planning on releasing it with the DC Universe Exclusive shows Young Justice: Outsiders (The 3rd season from Warner Bros. Animation), Harley Quinn (Another from Warner Bros. Animation, from the executive producers of Powerless), Metropolis (A Gotham type drama centered around the city Superman protects) and Titans (the Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, and Sarah Schechter live-action series starring Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft and Ryan Potter). The new DC Universe website included cover images of the aforementioned shows (sans Metropolis) that you can see below: