DC Universe Comic-Con Panels Highlight Its Future

author img
BY July 9, 2019

In 2019, the DC movies may not be making an appearance, but a number of DC Universe Comic-Con panels will highlight the DC-only streaming service’s future. Fans can expect first looks at the original series that are getting their sophomore seasons among the DC Universe Comic-Con panels, but also first looks at some anticipated offerings. With the streaming landscape getting crowded, DC Universe must showcase its unique offerings that make it worth the $8-per-month price tag. SDCC attendees at the annual convention early enough can spend “preview day,” Wednesday July 17, checking out new shows and a documentary about the making of the Shazam movie. Also, since it’s Batman’s 80th anniversary, the Dark Knight will be inducted into the Comic-Con Hall of Fame. (Though one has to wonder who is in this Hall of Fame if not one of the four most popular superhero characters in the world?)

DC Universe and Their Uncertain Future

The DC Universe Comic-Con panels are important for reasons beyond simply building fan hype. Disney+ drops later this year, followed (presumably) by DC’s parent company Warner Media’s own streaming app. Disney+ will feature almost all of the MCU, save for the series created in partnership with Netflix. DC Universe offers a relatively deep back catalog of series and movies, currently featuring Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, Batman: The Animated Series, and weird little forgotten shows like WB’s Birds of Prey. Yet, it’s the investment in new, original series that will bring in subscribers and keep them. However, thanks to the surprise cancellation of the original series Swamp Thing, people wonder if DC Universe has much of a future at all.

Just because Warner Bros. will launch its own streaming app, that doesn’t mean that DC Universe is doomed. In fact, DC Universe might be an add-on or some other doorway for comics’ fans into the service. The WB streaming app can compete with Disney+’s low per-month cost but bundling it with DC Universe could be a way to sneak more revenue onto the balance sheet. Of course, Warner Bros. could shutter the service in favor of its larger app. It often seems like DC and WB don’t know what the others are doing when it comes to decisions like these. While no one can really predict what Warner Bros. will do, the DC Universe Comic-Con panels will serve to counter the shutdown fears.

DC Universe Comic-Con Panels at San Diego in 2019

Before we dive into the specific DC Universe shows hosting Comic-Con panels, we can’t ignore the perks they are offering their members. DCU members will get first crack at VIP tickets to both the Shazam documentary and Hall of Fame ceremony. They can sign-up for an exclusive yacht party which will feature appearances from talent and giveaways. Jim Lee, artist extraordinaire, will host a special signing session only for DCU members. On the convention floor, members can pick up exclusive prints and gift sets at the DC Universe booth. There will also be interactive tours at the booth focused on Batman and the new project featuring Harley Quinn. These are the goodies for the members, but the DC Universe shows hosting panels at Comic-Con this year are for people not yet convinced the service is worth it. They kick off on Saturday from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

Titans

The first original series from DC Universe, Titans will be back for a second season later this year. This live-action series features Dick Grayson, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, and Jason Todd’s Robin. The first season really served as an extended pilot for the series, because it doesn’t tell a complete story. Rather, this slow burn series took its time bringing the future Titans together and focusing on the relationships between the characters. The first season ended with a cliffhanger, but not one that suggests any major ramifications for the next season. However, a “post-credits” tease suggested that the modern version of Superboy will join the series, along with the first-ever live-action deaf superhero, Jerhico. Also, Krypto the super-dog will probably show up as well. Hopefully, the series will figure out what sort of show it wants to be in this second season.

Doom Patrol

First introduced in a mid-season episode in Titans, the eventual Doom Patrol series became a surprise hit for the service. Featuring a strange array of superheroic misfits, including Robotman voiced by none other than Brendan Fraser, this series shattered everyone’s expectations. At times absurd and metafictional, the search for “The Chief,” played by Timothy Dalton, took the Doom Patrol crew on a journey that wasn’t just emotional but destroyed all of their worlds. Fans will be interested to see how the characters grow in a second season and if the storytellers can capture lightning in a bottle for a second time. Unlike Titans, the first season of Doom Patrol told a complete story, which means they can go literally anywhere (including into a painting!) for their next outing.

Young Justice: Outsiders

Technically, this is not a new series but a third season to the cult-classic animated series on Cartoon Network, Young Justice. Cancelled due to meager viewership and low toy sales (Mattel provided funding for the show), Warner Bros. renewed it as an exclusive for the DC Universe service. The third season is broken into two arcs, and the first is already on the service. So, their portion of the SDCC show will be to highlight the upcoming second half of the season. Of course, what fans also will want to know is if a fourth season of the beloved series is in the works. Animation is cheaper to invest in than live-action series, so of all the shows on the service, Young Justice seems to be the one with the best chance of living on.

Harley Quinn

Finally, DC Universe will introduce their new Harley Quinn project, an animated comedy series aimed at adult viewers. Simply titled “Harley Quinn,” the series splits her from the Joker and follows her quest to become a supervillain in her own right. The series is interesting, because it will not feature the voices of either Margot Robbie, who plays the character in the live-action films, or Tara Strong, the voice actor who originated the role. Instead, Kaley Cuoco of Big Bang Theory fame will voice the titular character. Lake Bell will voice Poison Ivy, a character rumored to be Harley’s love interest in the series. Diedrich Bader will voice Batman, as he did for Batman: The Brave and the Bold. The Joker will feature the voice of Doom Patrol alum Alan Tudyk, as well as a number of other well-known voice actors.

The DC Universe Comic-Con Panels Are Definitely Worth Watching

Whether you are a huge fan of these DC Characters or simply curious about the future of direct-to-consumer media, these panels are not to be missed. It will be interesting to see how much they are willing to reveal about their future slate of offerings, as well as the fan response. These can give us clues to where DC Universe will land once the battle lines in the streaming wars are fully drawn.

COMICSDCTV Shows

Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.

Leave a comment

Related

COMICSIndependent
Strange Encounters, the new Anthology by Editor Marco Lopez (Interview and Press Release!)

Marco Lopez may have just won an Eisner for Puerto Rico Strong, but now he’s moving from an intimate exploration of his home to Strange Encounters—an anthology filled with magic and fantasy, from his imprint King Skull Comics. Being a good friend to us here at Comic Years, we talked again about comics, anthologies, and […]

BY Roman Colombo August 15, 2019
COMICSMarvel
The Hellions by Zeb Wells become the Newest Dawn of X Team!

So far, we don’t know much about Phase 2 of Dawn of X—only that Benjamin Percy’s Wolverine will be one of them. But now we have the second title, Hellions, with Zeb Wells writing and Steven Segovia on art duties. The team Wells put together is…bizarre, to say the least. The book is kind of […]

BY Roman Colombo December 8, 2019
COMICSDCMovies
The Birds of Prey Teaser is Short and Chaotic, just like Harley Quinn

The Birds of Prey teaser opens with dozens of red “It” balloons rising past the screen. We see a clownish figure approach and of course, it’s Harley Quinn with her iconic mallet and smashes at the balloons. “I’m so (balloon pops) over clowns” she quips and smiles. New #BirdsofPrey Teaser pic.twitter.com/8FpleEgUCY — detective comics comics […]

BY Roman Colombo September 5, 2019
Star Wars Battlefront 2 Celebration Edition is Jam Packed with Content

There’s nothing like a good redemption story. We see it all the time in comic books. A villain suddenly sees the error of their ways, turns good, and we love them for it. We don’t see it as much with video games, and no, I don’t mean characters. If a game is cast aside as […]

BY Taylor Bauer December 4, 2019
Super Mario Maker 2 Update – What’s New?

When it comes to popular Nintendo Switch games, Super Mario Maker 2 has been huge. The game is still seeing a ton of players daily, months after its release. The developers at Nintendo working on the game are ready to send more content to the game as well. In an update coming on December 5th, […]

BY Taylor Bauer December 2, 2019
Ring Fit Adventure Shortage in Japan Sparks Apology from Nintendo

It seemed a little like a joke at first, but Ring Fit Adventure is a hit. The Nintendo published fitness game for the Switch is huge all over the world. Of course, Japan took to the game quite fondly. Even here in the United States, people are really into this game. Essentially, you track movements and […]

BY Taylor Bauer December 1, 2019
RuneScape Glitch Almost Destroyed the In-Game Economy

RuneScape is a historic MMORPG with a fervent player base to this very day. For nearly 18 years, the game has brought 200 million accounts into its fantasy world. For a lot of people, a few hours on RuneScape is a part of the normal daily routine. There is a new version of the game, […]

BY Taylor Bauer November 27, 2019

Trending

Crisis On Infinite Earths Hour 2 Review: Paragons, Supermen, and an Anti-Monitor

Monday night’s installment of the CW crossover, technically an episode of Batwoman, slowed things down a bit. This is typical for a middle installment of the crossover, which moves the pieces around from the many included shows. In Crisis On Infinite Earths hour 2, the assembled team gets a search mission. Meanwhile, Oliver’s closest friends […]

BY Joshua M. Patton December 9, 2019
Rene Auberjonois Has Died at 79: Beloved Character Actor Played Hundreds of Roles

Rene Auberjonois, a character actor who appeared in so many things I couldn’t sum them up in one headline, has died at the age of 79. Whether you knew him from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, his voice work, or works even older than that, there’s a good chance that he has touched your life. […]

BY Salomé Gonstad December 9, 2019
Kevin Feige Shows Eternals Footage at CCXP and Says the Film Will Redefine the MCU

The Brazilian comic-con, known as CCXP, is one that rivals the San Diego Comic-Con in terms of scope and fan passion. So, when Marvel announced its presence there, fans knew they were in for something special. What they got was Kevin Feige and some footage from Eternals exclusive to CCXP. We don’t have a clip […]

BY Joshua M. Patton December 9, 2019
Watchmen on HBO Dedicated Penultimate Episode to Dr. Manhattan to Tell It’s Most LOST-Like Story Yet

One of the key hallmarks of Damon Lindelof’s breakout show LOST was the non-linear narrative featured in many of the episodes. Divided into “present-day” stories and “flashbacks,” these disparate narratives combined to tell a story that couldn’t be told without them both. In the first episode of Watchmen on HBO to feature Dr. Manhattan, the […]

BY Joshua M. Patton December 9, 2019