According to DC chief creative officer and publisher Jim Lee in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, DC Universe’s original material — a list that includes Titans, Swamp Thing, Stargirl, and Young Justice — heads to HBO Max. The news is coming as WarnerMedia is in the process of a bigger reorganization at DC Comics, which was also hit this week by a wave of layoffs.
For DC Universe the writing has been on the wall (at least in its current form) since the launch of HBO Max. It was never a reasonable plan to split content from one of WarnerMedia’s biggest brands through two streaming platforms and ask customers to pay out just $14.99 a month for HBO Max and $7.99 a month for DC Universe.
There were also signs that the end was close: two of the most famous series on DC Comics (Doom Patrol and the animated Harley Quinn) are now streaming on HBO Max. The much-awaited Justice League Snyder Cut was released as an exclusive HBO Max. And it was for HBO Max, not the DC-focused service when WarnerMedia announced a new spinoff series from the upcoming Matt Reeves’ The Batman.
It also makes sense: all of the original and back catalog material currently being sold on DC Universe will also be just as exclusive on HBO Max to WarnerMedia, so that may also inspire viewers to sign up for the channel. Yet it’s not yet clear when the forthcoming changes will start for DC Universe.
Lee states that the DC Universe is likely to hang around for its comics library and culture in some way, if not for DC movies and television shows. “In terms of the community and experience that DCU has built, and all the content on the backlist, something like 20,000 to 25,000 different titles, and how it interacts with fans 24-7, there will always be a need for that,” Lee noted. “So we’re excited about changing it and we’re going to have more news about what that’s going to look like. It certainly won’t go anywhere.