Not long ago, we were hearing that the live-action Titan series would be on a Turner station, but that appears to have changed as WB Television and DC Entertainment are taking the live action show directly to the consumer.
Coinciding to release with the DC branded Direct-to-Consumer Digital Service, Titans “follows a group of young soon-to-be Super Heroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. 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.”
While a live action Titans series seems like a perfect way to launch a digital service, DC is sweetening the deal by releasing the third season of Young Justice on the platform as well.
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. 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.
If you are questioning how many people might jump on this new platform, we’ve discussed on the Major Spoilers Podcast in the past that typically a company can expect around 1% of of their followers/fans to sign up or buy a product. With more than 25 million fans of Young Justice alone, that could equate to 250,000 subscribers on launch. If Warner Bros. charged as little as $5/month that is $1.25 million per month. Per Month. And I’m going to bet the service won’t launch at $5.00/month.
Of course with the huge online push to bring back Young Justice, and the high interest in the Titans, I expect the subscriber numbers will be much higher than that. And, since we can only speculate what else could be on the service, I get a feeling fans of classic animation and DC live action shows will be all over the service, potentially pushing the numbers even higher.
“Titans” will be written by Akiva Goldsman (“Star Trek: Discovery,” “Underground”), Geoff Johns (President & Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment; “The Flash,” “Arrow”) and Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”). Goldsman, Johns, Berlanti and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”) are executive producers of the series from Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Sam Register (“Teen Titans Go!,” “Justice League Action”) is executive producer of “Young Justice.” Brandon Vietti (“Batman: Under the Red Hood,” “Superman Doomsday”) and Greg Weisman (“Star Wars Rebels,” “Gargoyles”) are producers of the series, produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Emmy Award winner Phil Bourassa (“Young Justice,” “Justice League Dark,” “Teen Titans: The Judas Contract”) serves as the series’ art director.
While we could scream, “Shut up, and take my money,” we’ll have to wait until 2018 for the service to arrive.