The new trailer for the DC Universe streaming service advertised a boatload of content, but two important things seem to be missing: references to either the DC Extended Universe or the Arrowverse continuities.
DC Comics is marketing the new platform as the hub of all of their content. Aside from digital versions of the comic books themselves, it will be a place where fans can stream all sorts of adaptations, and the trailer showed everything from Fleischer Superman cartoons from the 1940s to 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. The question is, why were their two most notable ongoing franchises absent?
The DCEU consists of every live-action DC Comics film made since 2013, currently consisting of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman and Justice League. The “Arrowverse,” meanwhile, is a continuity made up of various television programs, so named from its first entry, Arrow, and then expanded to include The Flash, Vixen, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Freedom Fighters: The Ray and Constantine: City of Demons.
The Arrowverse is quite popular, and while the DCEU has had some hiccups so far, parent company Warner Bros. seems committed to continuing it. As such, their absence from DC Universe seems like a major deficit.
To be fair, the very fact that these franchises are ongoing is probably why they are absent. The CW, which makes the Arrowverse programs, has a deal with Netflix that gives that platform the right to all of its full-length series; while the studio has removed most of its other DC Comics properties from its library, the Arrowverse deal seems to be more formidable and forward-thinking, meaning that they may not be able to cancel it anytime soon.
No known deal exists for the DCEU, but it is possible that DC Universe does not want to take the risk of hindering its release on home video. A logical strategy, but one annoying to those of us who wanted to see Wonder Woman without having to pay the full price.
DC Universe will also offer its own exclusive programming: Titans will premiere with it (possibly in late August), with series like Young Justice: Outsiders, Harley Quinn, Doom Patrol and Swamp Thing coming later. It will also allow for fans to interact with each other.