The DC Universe service was made to help facilitate the desire for more DC Comics content across many platforms. As well as bring subscribers original shows like Titans, Harley Quinn, the returning Young Justice and the massive digital comics backlog that DC Comics was up for giving to fans. But in lieu of HBO Max opening, as well as Doom Patrol debuting their and Stargirl moving to CW, many wondered if the service was doomed.
DC Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee has given the answer to that, but it may not be what you think. He told The Hollywood Reporter that the rumors are indeed true that the original titles of DC Universe will move over to HBO Max and for a very basic reason:
“The original content that is on DCU is migrating to HBO Max,” Lee told THR. “Truthfully, that’s the best platform for that content. The amount of content you get, not just DC , but generally from WarnerMedia, is huge and it’s the best value proposition, if I’m allowed to use that marketing term. We feel that is the place for that.”
He’s not wrong on that front. The original service was basically tailored to DC Comics fans, but HBO Max has a wider net. However, DC Universe is not dying, for another very basic reason:
“In regards to the community and experience that DCU created, and all the backlist content, something like 20.000 to 25,000 different titles, and the way it connected with fans 24-7, there is always going to be a need for that,” he said. “So we’re excited to transform it and we’ll have more news on what that will look like. It’s definitely not going away.”
This will make many happy, but also raise certain questions about what the shows doing on HBO Max will do in the long run. Including whether Harley Quinn will get its 3rd season on the service, whether Swamp Thing might be reborn after abruptly ending due to tax reasons, and what DC Fandome is going to reveal about the other DC Comics originals that are slated to come to HBO Max. Only time will tell.