DC Universe

The DC Universe streaming subscription service is set to arrive in August and fans are wondering what to expect.  Well, wonder no more!  Here is the list of movies, TV shows and comics that fans will be able to access at their fingertips once the service arrives.

Original Series

  • Titans
  • Doom Patrol
  • Swamp Thing
  • Young Justice: Outsiders (Animated)
  • Harley Quinn (Animated)

First, no surprise, the exclusive original projects, all of which have been announced previously.  These are the programs that are expected to lure the most subscribers.  Only one, the live action ‘Titans’ series will arrive this year.  The rest will be available in 2019.

Classic Movies

  • Batman Begins
  • Constantine (2004)
  • The Dark Knight
  • Superman (I-IV)

Gotta say, this offering is pretty light.  DC Universe is just starting out, so presumably, more material will become available over time.  But for now, all we’re getting are the four Christopher Reeve ‘Superman’ movies and the first two Christian Bale ‘Dark Knight’ movies plus, randomly, ‘Contantine’ (the Keanu Reeves movie).  Absent are the four ‘Batman’ movies from the late ’80s-’90s, the 1967 ‘Batman’ movie based on the TV series, ‘Superman Returns’, ‘Green Lantern’, ‘Watchmen’ and lesser-known entries like ‘Supergirl’, the two ‘Swamp Thing’ movies, ‘Steel’, ‘Catwoman’ and ‘Jonah Hex’, not to mention anything from the current DC Extended Universe.  Yeah, they’re not all gems, but for completion’s sake, they should be included eventually.

Classic TV Shows

  • Adventures of Superman
  • Birds of Prey
  • The Flash (1990)
  • Lois & Clark
  • Superboy
  • Wonder Woman ‘77
  • Batman: The Animated Series
  • Legion of Superheroes
  • Max Fleischer’s Superman Serials
  • Static Shock
  • Super Friends
  • Teen Titans
  • Young Justice

On the live action side, probably the most glaring omissions are the 1960s ‘Batman’ series and ‘Smallville’ which lasted for ten years.  Also not included is the ‘Swamp Thing’ TV series.

As for animated series, the Filmation shows from the late ’60s and the brief ‘Batman’ revival from the late ’70s are absent, as are the short-lived ‘Superman’ cartoon from the late ’80s, ‘Superman: The Animated Series’, ‘Justice League’/’Justice League Unlimited’, and ‘Green Lantern: The Animated Series’.  Batman has had numerous shows after ‘Batman: TAS’– ‘Batman Beyond’, ‘The Batman’, ‘Batman: The Brave and the Bold’ and ‘Beware the Batman’.  Other potential offerings could include the cool shorts aired as part of Cartoon Network’s DC Nation block, the various online toons like ‘DC Suerfriends’ (based on the preschool toy line) and ‘DC Super Hero Girls’.  A long shot would be ‘The Zeta Project’, a short-lived spin-off from ‘Batman Beyond’.

Nothing ‘Shazam!’– the live action series from the ’70s or the cartoon from the early ’80s– is offered, even though there is a movie coming out next year.  And with ‘Aquaman’ arriving this winter, the Filmation ‘Aquaman’ series, which has been released on DVD, would be a nice inclusion.

Also, worth noting, nothing current is present.  None of the Arrowverse shows from The CW, ‘Teen Titans GO!’ or ‘Justice League Action’ is offered.

Animated Movies

  • All Star Superman
  • Batman Ninja
  • Batman vs. Robin
  • Batman: Year One
  • Batman Beyond: The Return of Joker
  • Green Lantern: First Flight
  • Gotham by Gaslight
  • Justice League: Doom
  • Justice League vs. Teen Titans
  • Superman: Doomsday
  • Wonder Woman

There are quite a few omissions here and I couldn’t begin to guess why certain movies were selected and others weren’t.  I’d have guessed that they were releasing the older movies first, but ‘Gotham by Gaslight’ is one of the most recent.  But presumably, more will be added over time.

Comic Book Series

  • 52 (2006)
  • Action Comics (1938)
  • Adventure Comics (1958)
  • Aquaman (2011)
  • Batman (2002)
  • Cyborg (2015)
  • Deathstroke (2014)
  • Detective Comics (1939)
  • Green Arrow: Year One (2007)
  • Green Lantern (2011)
  • Harley Quinn (2013)
  • JLA (1997)
  • Justice League (2011)
  • My Greatest Adventure (1963)
  • Suicide Squad (2011)
  • Superman/Batman (2004)
  • Swamp Thing (1972)
  • Teen Titans (1965)
  • The Flash (2011)
  • Wonder Woman (2011)

Not surprisingly, the emphasis seems to be on the characters that are most prominent in other media.

Hmmm, actually the second picture shows ‘Justice League: Throne of Atlantis’ which wasn’t included in the list, so maybe a few titles got left off.  In fact, in the trailer below, you can see glimpses from the older ‘Batman’ movies, which also makes me think some titles just weren’t included in the list.


Expect more information to surface at San Diego Comic-Con in two weeks.

Source: Game Spot