DC Universe Shows

Not everyone can be a superhero, but everyone could develop an unscripted superhero series for DC Universe. As the streaming service heads into its second year, DC Universe is expanding to even bigger ambitions, with two DC Universe new series announced at this year’s New York Comic-Con. DCYou Unscripted and BizarroTV are the two new projects in development at DC Universe, with the first opening the doors for fans wishing to pitch their own DC Universe unscripted series and the second exploring the “stranger edges” of the universe through an anthology, mixed-media series.

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titans season 2 trailer

It seems like DC Universe’s gritty take on Teen Titans has made its peace with Batman. Or at least, Brenton Thwaites’ Robin has in the upcoming season of Titans, which introduces the Caped Crusader as played by Game of Thrones‘ Iain Glen. But Glen’s Bruce Wayne isn’t the only new (or old?) face being introduced in Titans season 2. The Titans season 2 trailer follows the team welcoming new allies like Superboy (Joshua Orpin), Krypto, Jericho (Chella Man), and Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) as they unite against a familiar Big Bad, Deathstroke (Esai Morales).

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Batman Hush review

“Deep down, he’s a good person, and deep down, I’m not,” Batman says as he’s about to fight his brainwashed pal Superman in the latest DC Animated Movie Universe release, Batman: Hush. There might not be a single line that better captures Batman’s simultaneously toxic self-loathing and self-mythologizing quite so succinctly in relation to his most hopeful (and much more socially-adjusted) friend and thematic foil.

It’s also such a casually badass Batman line that I couldn’t imagine a movie adaptation of the classic Batman: Hush comic, which was written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Jim Lee, without it. The new film, directed by Justin Copeland from an adapted screenplay by Ernie Altbacker, is full of savvy pulls like this one and cuts alike, slimming a sprawling 12-part saga into a lean 80-minute feature. They preserve nearly all the key themes of the originally printed murder-mystery while making changes big and small along the way. (Small change: Batman wears a pair of kryptonite brass knuckles instead of a single kryptonite ring to fight Supes). Some of the biggest changes in the film’s ending even recontextualize Batman and Catwoman’s final moments of the story, but the film holds together fabulously nonetheless. Let’s talk about why. Read More »

Harley Quinn trailer

Margot Robbie may have given the acrobatic anti-hero Harley Quinn new life in live-action, but before that, the character was best known for appearing in animated properties. While Harley’s very first animated show, Batman: The Animated Series, was appropriate for kids, her newest series is decidedly not.

At San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, the DC Universe streaming service debuted the first trailer for Harley Quinn, a brand new animated series aimed squarely at adults which stars The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco in the lead role. Watch the trailer below. Read More »

swamp thing cancellation

Lots of people seemed shocked when DC Universe’s Swamp Thing was cancelled – including the people who worked on the show. In the wake of the sudden Swamp Thing cancellation, sources close to the production are speaking out, revealing that no one saw this coming, and that a potential three-season arc was planned out.

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swamp thing cancelled

Following a reduced episode order and reports of a troubled production, DC Universe is pulling the plug on Swamp Thing. The supernatural superhero series, based on the comics by writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson, has been cancelled merely one week after it premiered on the DC Universe streaming service.

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Swamp Thing trailer

Gary Dauberman has moved up in James Wan’s crew. He’s written the three Annabelle movies and makes his directorial debut on Annabelle Comes Home. He also produced The Curse of La Llorona and wrote and produced The Nun. He’s also co-created DC Universe’s new Swamp Thing streaming series, which Wan produced via his Atomic Monster production company.

Dauberman spoke with /Film by phone about Swamp Thing this week. He’s about to make the press rounds again next month for Annabelle Comes Home and he also gave us updates on Salem’s Lot, It: Chapter 2, the Train to Busan remake, Annabelle Comes Home and Are You Afraid Of the Dark. Swamp Thing premieres today on DC Universe.

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swamp thing tv series teaser

Swamp Thing is not Mark Verheiden’s first comic book adaptation. He wrote the screenplay for Timecop, based on his own comic, and the screenplay for The Mask. He also wrote for Daredevil on Netflix. Now he is running DC Universe’s Swamp Thing alongside Gary Dauberman.

Verheiden spoke with /Film by phone this week. Swamp Thing was originally going to run 13 episodes but the last three were cut. He addressed that and the development of the streaming series in our interview. Swamp Thing premieres today.

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swamp thing trailer full

The full Swamp Thing trailer is here in all its icky horror. The new DC Universe show brings the DC comics character to life, with producer James Wan working behind-the-scenes. Swamp Thing underwent some production woes earlier this year, reducing its first season from a planned thirteen episodes down to only ten. But that doesn’t mean the series will turn out to be a disappointment. At the very least, the series looks to be embracing its horror roots, and employing some nifty practical effects to boot. Watch the Swamp Thing trailer below.

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Swamp Thing trailer

The comic book character Swamp Thing hasn’t appeared in film or television in a significant way since the 1990s, but that’s about to change when he gets his own live-action series on the DC Universe streaming service this summer.

We caught a quick glimpse of the character in a brief teaser last week, but now there’s a full trailer for the upcoming show that leans into the horror angle and capitalizes on the fact that James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious) is executive producing the series. Check it out below.
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