DC Universe wants subscribers and potential subscribers that the service isn’t going anywhere. The cancellation of ‘Swamp Thing’ after the release of only one episode, led some to wonder if this was a sign that the service as a whole might be in danger, but a statement has been issued to assure everyone of its continued strength.
Here is the entire message:
A million thanks for your patience. We understand this has not been an easy time for you as fans, and I will do my best to provide you with a satisfying answer.
First, some updates:
🌱 The full 10 episode season of Swamp Thing will continue to air on DC Universe with new episodes released weekly. There are no current plans for a Season 2.
🌱 We appreciate there are questions as to “why”, but unfortunately we are not in a position to answer at this time.
And now, the good news:
🌱 DC Universe continues to develop new shows, new seasons, new stories, more availability, and more platforms. We’ve got a lot of exciting plans for our other shows in the works, and look forward to sharing more in the coming months.
That’s all the information I have to share at this time. Now that you have the goods, we will be going back through the threads and removing the false rumors and speculation that this choice means DC Universe or any of our other original series were affected.
Feel free to ask questions in the comments below, and I will answer to the best of my ability. ❤️”
DC’s parent company Warner Brothers is now part of the AT&T empire and an ambitious WarnerMedia streaming service is being launched in beta form later this year. It will be pricy at approximately $17 a month, and many are wondering if the DC Universe programming will simply be folded into that.
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Disney is launching Disney+ this year at a very affordable $6.99 a month and will be offering a very desirable and large back catalog, as well as original programming from Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and ‘Star Wars’. DC Universe is $7.99 a month and offers far less, with much of its programming being pulled periodically. For instance, the Christopher Nolan ‘Dark Knight’ films are no longer available, with the earlier Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher ‘Batman’ films leaving soon. It only offers a few original programs and only one at a time, one or two episodes per week.
And those have been a mixed bag. Some loved its first live-action show, ‘Titans’, but others hated it. (If you liked Zack Snyder’s DC movies, you’ll probably like ‘Titans’. If not…) ‘Young Justice’ has a devoted cult following, but some found the new episodes a little boring, with very little plot development in its first installment. ‘Doom Patrol’ was very well-reviewed but hasn’t gotten much buzz. And while ‘Swamp Thing’ has been extremely well-reviewed, it was cut short during filming, from 13 episodes to 10, and now it has been canceled after the release of only one episode.
Unlike any other streaming service, DC Universe offers thousands of digital comic books to peruse. Should DC Universe get folded into WarnerMedia, it’s unknown what would become of these.
Stay tuned for updates, but for the time being, DC Universe isn’t going anywhere.