DC is set to further expand its TV dominance, but with a twist in the form of its own digital service, launching with two series in 2018. DC is already a powerhouse on the small screen with Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow on The CW, but also has Gotham on FOX, and a few other projects in the pipeline (see Black Lightning). However, the company is now going to break into online/streaming content in a big way.
Young Justice season 3 has been announced for sometime now, and thanks to the revitalization it was given on Netflix, putting it there seemed to be the logical choice. Instead, the third season of Young Justice will premiere on DC's newly-announced digital service, along with a live-action Titans television series.
Deadline made the announcement this morning that DC intends to launch their new digital service next year, with Young Justice: Outsiders (the official title of season 3) and Titans being the two TV series that come with the service launch. Titans is the latest live-action DC TV show from the mind of Greg Berlanti, but it will also see Akiva Goldsman, Sarah Schechter, and DC Entertainment President Geoff Johns involved as producers.
Along with the new title announced, Young Justice: Outsiders received its first synopsis:
"In the new season, the team faces its greatest challenge as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy."
Titans, meanwhile, will receive a second chance at airing after previously being ordered to pilot on TNT. The series features Dick Grayson, Starfire, Raven, and more. With this also coming from Berlanti, it is always possible that this series could too crossover with The CW universe, but that is far from a certainty at this point. With the series set to debut next year, it may not be long before casting gets announced.
This marks a big change for DC's approach in television content and makes them the latest company to test the waters with online streaming content. There is no word on how much this service will cost on a monthly basis, but that could be a big factor in determining how many fans wind up seeking out this new content. As the service develops, DC could launch even more content on the service if it is accepted by fans. The chance to see more from Young Justice and a live-action Titans should be enough to get die hard DC fans to subscribe, but the general audience could be deciding factors in how big of a future both shows have.
Titans and Young Justice: Outsiders are premiering on DC's digital service in 2018.