Warner Bros. has announced a dedicated DC-focused news show, DC Daily, to be released on the DC Universe streaming service. Select segments will also be made available on social media platforms, and the first episode will live stream on August 29, hosted by Kevin Smith.
The DC Universe streaming service is due to launch in Fall 2018, and will feature a range of movies, TV shows, and even comic books. Compatible with Apple and Android devices, Roku, and Amazon Fire, DC Universe slots in alongside Netflix, Hulu, or any other digital steaming app. There's a monthly price-tag of $7.99, although fans who pre-order a yearly membership before the service launches will get three months free.
DC is taking this opportunity to launch a new daily news show dedicated to their offerings, DC Daily. The premiere will be at 4:30pm PST on August 29, hosted by Kevin Smith and with "surprise guests." It can be watched on Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube, with future episodes streaming on DC Universe. According to Warner Bros., the regular format is set to include: Headlines - a run-down of daily news briefs - Reports - a single-topic segment that may feature an in-depth interview or deep dive into an upcoming book, film or series - and Talk - a panel discussion including in-depth analysis about today’s hottest topics and news, exclusively available on the DC Universe streaming service.
Although it's likely the bulk of news will be focused around comics, given there are new comic book releases every week, the show's set clearly references the movies as well; it includes visible nods to Tim Burton's Batman and even Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The latter is all the more exciting, given it's currently believed that DCEU movies won't be available on the streaming service.
For DC, this news show may be the solution to a longstanding problem. The nascent DCEU suffered from major PR issues, with the studio struggling to establish a narrative and counter an incessant flurry of rumors and reports. That issue came to a head with the behind-the-scenes problems at Justice League, but since seems to have lessened; there's been nothing but positive buzz for the next DCEU movies, Aquaman, Shazam!, and Wonder Woman 1984. Still, a dedicated news program will definitely help; it will give the studio the ability to shape fan perception in an unprecedented manner, with a constant drip-feed of information and even a few exclusives. One wonders how long it'll be before Marvel Studios tries something similar.