Warner Bros. is launching a DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service in 2018 with a new live-action Titans series and the previously-announced rejuvenated Young Justice animated series as its first shows.
Titans will feature Dick Grayson (no codename given), Starfire, Raven, and others to be named. The live-action show will be written and executive produced by Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, and Greg Berlanti, with Sarah Schechter also executive producing.
“Titans follows a group of young soon-to-be Super Heroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe,” reads the Warner Bros. press release. “In this action-packed series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes, including Starfire, Raven and many others. Titans is a dramatic, live-action adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book teams ever.”
Back in February 2016 TNT announced that it had passed on a live-action Titans series from Warner Bros., with Johns responding at the time saying the project was still very much alive. Goldsman was the primary writer of TNT's Titans, so this new Titans seems to be a continuation of that project.
“We [at DC] have known about [Turner nixing Titans] for months and months and months. That’s not new news to us," Johns, who coincidentally wrote the Teen Titans series for a time, told TVLine. “We have plans for Titans. It’s a huge piece of DC and we have plans.”
Furthermore, the includion of DC-CW mega-producer Greg Berlanti lends credence that this new live-action Titans would be in continuity with with those shows despite being on a different network.
The revived Young Justice will jump from the Warner Bros.-owned Cartoon Network to appear on this DC digital service under the new name of Young Justice: Outsiders for its third season.
“In Young Justice: Outsiders, the teenage Super Heroes of the DC Universe come of age in an animated world of super-powers, Super-Villains and super secrets,” reads Warner Bros.’s press release. “In the highly anticipated new season, the team faces its greatest challenge yet 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.”
Back in November, Warner Bros. fully acquired the digital service Machinima, which had aired the animated series Justice League: Gods & Monsters and was previously pegged in 2015 to air a live-action Dial H for Hero revamp titled #4Hero and a contest show titled DC’s Hero Project. Neither of those two projects were ever launched.
This new as-yet-unnamed DC digital service is described as “an immersive experience designed just for DC fans,” and will be operated by Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group.