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DC Universe Kicks Off New Stay-At-Home Activities

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DC Universe, DC’s digital subscription service, is expanding its schedule of virtual events to bring fans closer than ever before to DC’s iconic roster of superheroes, top DC talent, and to each other.

In addition to a catalog of digital series and films, and a wide selection of digital comics, DC Universe’s active community boards – accessible without a paid subscription – will host an array of stay-at-home experiences and discussions including book clubs, live trivia challenges, and watch-along events.

April will feature special live Q&A sessions, where fans will have an opportunity to ask all of their burning questions. Guests including Xavier Woods (DCU All-Star Games) on April 2, Scott Snyder (DARK KNIGHTS: METAL) on April 3, Joëlle Jones (CATWOMAN) on April 14, Sean Murphy (WHITE KNIGHT) on April 21, with more to be announced!

Plus, DC Universe will present an ongoing schedule of weekly community events for all fans:

  • Mixtape Mondays: Join the DC Universe in building dedicated playlists for your favorite characters including Batman, Superwoman, Joker, Robin and more.
  • Book Club Mondays: Join fellow fans in reading and discussing selected issues of your favorite comics – this month, the DC Universe clubs are highlighting Catwoman and The Joker’s schemes from the past 80 years!
  • Live Trivia Tuesdays: Every Friday night at 6 p.m. PDT, join fellow fans in live screenings of the latest original series, Harley Quin Animated Series!
  • Watch-Along Fridays: Every Friday night, join fellow fans in live screenings of the latest original series, DC Universe All Star Games!

Fans in search of the perfect pick-me-up comic or episode can also visit DC Universe’s Stories For Hope, a curated list of content helping fans build their supply of hope during troubling times. In the form of an ongoing discussion forum, fans are also encouraged to submit inspirational comics and episodes for consideration.

DC’s Stargirl Will Premiere May 18 on DC Universe

DC Universe today announced that the premiere of the highly anticipated original series DC’S Stargirl will shift one week to Monday, May 18 in advance of The CW broadcast on Tuesday, May 19.

DC Universe members will be the first to stream new episodes, every Monday commercial-free in downloadable 4K Ultra HD. Additionally, members will have access to several exclusive offerings including extended versions of select episodes, behind-the-scenes footage of cast and crew, exclusive collectible pins and limited-edition posters, fan community forum to discuss the latest episodes and access to deep dive into all the comics that inspired the series.

From original creator and comic book writer Geoff JohnsDC’S Stargirl follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger, “School of Rock,” “The Goldbergs”) as she moves to Blue Valley, Nebraska after her mother remarries Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson, “Old School,” “Idiocracy”) and inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. The live-action superhero drama reimagines the 1999 Stargirl comics and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in an unpredictable series. DC’S Stargirl is lovingly inspired by Johns’ late sister, who was killed in a plane accident.

Stargirl — “Pilot” — Image Number: STG101_0001r.jpg — Pictured: Brec Bassinger as Courtney/Stargirl — Photo: The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Stargirl to Debut on DC Universe on May 11

Stargirl — “Pilot” — Pictured: Brec Bassinger as Courtney/Stargirl — Photo: The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

DC Universe today announced that the highly anticipated original series Stargirl is set to premiere on Monday, May 11 in advance of The CW broadcast which will happen on Tuesday, May 12.

DC Universe members will be the first to stream new episodes, every Monday commercial-free in downloadable 4K Ultra HD. Additionally, members will have access to several exclusive offerings including extended versions of select episodes, behind-the-scenes footage of cast and crew, exclusive collectible pins and limited-edition posters, fan community forum to discuss the latest episodes and access to deep dive into all the comics that inspired the series.

From original creator and comic book writer Geoff Johns (executive producer of “Titans”, “Arrow,” “Batwoman,” and “The Flash”), Stargirl follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger, “School of Rock,” “The Goldbergs”) as she moves to Blue Valley, Nebraska after her mother remarries Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson, “Old School,” “Idiocracy”) and inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. The live-action superhero drama reimagines the 1999 Stargirl comics and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in an unpredictable series. Stargirl is lovingly inspired by Johns’ late sister, who was killed in a plane accident.

Johns executive produces Stargirl with Melissa Carter (“Queen Sugar”), who serves as co-showrunner, as well as Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Based on the characters from DC created by Johns, STARGIRL is produced by Berlanti Productions and Mad Ghost Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Stargirl stars Brec Bassinger, Luke Wilson, Amy Smart, Trae Romano, Cameron Gellman, Yvette Monreal, Anjelika Washington, Meg DeLacy, Neil Jackson, Jake Austin Walker, Christopher James Baker and Hunter Sansone.

Stargirl — “Pilot” — Pictured: Brec Bassinger as Courtney/Stargirl — Photo: The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is Out this May

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War,

The World’s Greatest Super Heroes square off once-and-for-all against the despotic Darkseid – with the fate of all humanity hanging in the balance – in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting May 5, 2020, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on May 19, 2020.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will be accompanied by the all-new DC Showcase animated short, Adam Strange. The thrilling tale, which offers insight into the space adventurer’s fascinating backstory, features Charlie Weber as the voice of title character.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (USA $39.99 SRP; Canada $44.98 SRP) and Blu-ray Combo Pack (USA $24.98 SRP; Canada $29.98  SRP) as well as on Digital. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc featuring the film in hi-definition, and a digital version of the movie. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition, and a digital version of the movie.

Culminating a six-year animated journey that began with the release of Justice League War in 2014, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War finds Earth decimated after intergalactic tyrant Darkseid has devastated the Justice League in a poorly executed war by the DC Super Heroes. Now the remaining bastions of good – the Justice League, Teen Titans, Suicide Squad and assorted others – must regroup, strategize and take the war to Darkseid in order to save the planet and its surviving inhabitants. This is truly the war to end all wars, and only the victor will live to enjoy the spoils.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War features the largest Super Hero cast in the history of DC Universe Movies with dozens of actors/characters spotlighted in a grand ensemble of talent reprising their roles from this six-year story continuum. Matt Ryan (Legends of Tomorrow, Constantine), Jerry O’Connell (Carter, Bravo’s Play by Play, Stand by Me) and Taissa Farmiga (The Nun, The Mule, American Horror Story) anchor the cast as Constantine, Superman and Raven, respectively – the triumvirate determined to assemble the forces necessary to lead humanity’s final attack. Alongside that trio are the long-running core of Justice League voices — Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Batman, Rosario Dawson (Briar Patch, Daredevil, Sin City) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T., Criminal Minds) as Cyborg and Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Insatiable, Ugly Betty) as The Flash – as well as JL-adjacents Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) and Rainn Wilson (The Office, The Meg) as the voices of Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively.

Tony Todd (Candyman) is the voice of the film’s key villain, Darkseid. The cast also boasts appearances by Camilla Luddington (Grey’s Anatomy) as Zatanna, Ray Chase (Justice League Dark, Final Fantasy XV videogame) as Jason Blood/Etrigan, Roger R. Cross (24, The Strain, Arrow) as John Stewart & Swamp Thing, Liam McIntyre (Spartacus: War of the Damned, The Flash) as Captain Boomerang, Hynden Walch (Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans) as Harley Quinn, Stuart Allan (Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood) as Robin/Damian, Sachie Alessio (Batman: Hush) as Lady Shiva, and John DiMaggio (Futurama, Batman: Under the Red Hood) as King Shark.

Directors Matt Peters (LEGO DC: Batman – Family Matters) and Christina Sotta (Young Justice) helm Justice League Dark: Apokolips War from a script by Ernie Altbacker (Batman: Hush, Justice League Dark) and Mairghread Scott (Wonder Woman: Bloodlines), who is also credited with creating the story. Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) is producer, and Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) is co-producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker (Reign of the Supermen, Justice League Dark).

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War Special Features

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital

  • DC Showcase: Adam Strange (Animated Short) – On an asteroid mining colony, mysterious drifter Adam Strange is dismissed as an interplanetary derelict. But when the miners open a fissure into the home of a horde of deadly alien insects, his true identity is exposed. He is space adventurer Adam Strange, whose heroic backstory is played out in flashbacks as he struggles to save the very people who have scorned him for so long. Charlie Weber provides the voice of Adam Strange, alongside with Roger R. Cross, Kimberly Brooks, Ray Chase and Fred Tatasciore. Adam Strange is produced and directed by Butch Lukic (Batman Unlimited franchise), who also conceived the original story – which is written by J.M. DeMatteis (Constantine: City of Demons).
  • Darkseid: New God/Evil Classic (New Featurette) – This documentary explores the machinations of one of fiction¹s greatest Super Villains as we learn more about what fuels Darkseid¹s drive to becoming a galactic Atilla the Hun and the importance of Deities in our classic and modern fiction.
  • Filmmaker Audio Commentary – Observations and behind-the-scenes insight from Executive Producer James Tucker, Directors Matt Peters and Christina Sotta, and Screenwriter Ernie Altbacker.
  • Look Back: Justice League Dark (Featurette) – John Constantine leads a group of misfit characters that use magic to vanquish their opponents. This is the dark version of the Justice League taking on the malevolent forces that go beyond our plane of existence.
  • Look Back: Batman and Harley Quinn (Featurette) – Take a peek at the animated feature film, Batman and Harley Quinn, featuring the creators and talented voice cast. 
  • From the DC Vault: Justice League Action, “Zombie King”
  • From the DC Vault: Justice League Action, “Abate and Switch”
  • From the DC Comics Vault: Teen Titans, “Nevermore”
  • A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Superman: Man of Tomorrow – An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS On May 5, 2020, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, the Apple TV app, FandangoNOW, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On May 19, 2020, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

DCYou Unscripted’s Top Three Finalists Announced

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The top three finalists for the DCYou Unscripted fan contest were announced today at the conclusion of two special episodes of DC Universe’s DC Daily. The project, in conjunction with Ideas United, received over 1,100 submissions for unscripted series ideas after it was first announced at New York Comic-Con last year.

The three pitch ideas uniquely highlight elements of comic fandom such as cosplaying, the joy of local comic book shops and a thrilling escape-themed game show. Each of the three pitches will receive a pilot order to be produced by and air on DC Universe later this Spring, with one to receive a full series order. The winner will be announced later this year. 

The DCYou Unscripted finalists are:

  • Molly Brady (Los Angeles): Three cosplayers will show off their craft and creativity as they compete for honor, glory, cash, and prizes
  • Royce Miller (Bridgewater, SD): Eight teams take on roles as hench persons to Gotham’s most notorious Rogues. Their goal? To escape the dreaded Blackgate Penitentiary and its new Warden. With enough mazes, puzzles, and traps to impress even the Riddler
  • Elora Powell (Tigard, OR): Comic book fans travel to beloved comic book stores in local neighborhoods to investigate how these shops provide inclusive, fun communities for geeks in real life

Taking place over two episodes, and available for streaming on DC Universe, DC Daily captured the original 10 finalists working to hone their show ideas with industry veterans Dan Evans, Vice President, Creative Affairs and Creative Services, DC; Bridgette Theriault, Senior Vice President, Development, Telepictures and Phil Jimenez, DC Writer and Artist. From there, the finalists pitched their ideas to a panel of esteemed judges including DC Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee, DC Publisher Dan DiDio and Stage 13 Senior Vice President and General Manager Diana Mogollon.

DCYou Unscripted Announces Judges and Mentors

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DC has announced more details on its DCYou Unscripted Fan contest. Over 1,000 individuals submitted ideas for a chance to see their idea developed as a series.

The team of creative talent and entertainment executives that will mentor the 10 finalists, as well as the panel of judges, have been announced.

The 10 finalists will head to DC’s headquarters to meet with industry veterans to help refine their pitches. The mentors assisting the finalists are Dan Evans, Vice President, Creative Affairs and Creative Services, DC, Bridgette Theriault, Senior Vice President, Development, Telepictures, and Phil Jimenez, DC Writer and Artist.

The contestants will have five minutes to pitch to DC Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee, DC Publisher Dan DiDio, and Stage 13 Senior Vice President and General Manager Diana Mogollon, followed by a five-minute question and answer round.

The creative finalists include:

  • Cameron Barger – Seattle, WA
  • Molly Brady – Los Angeles, CA
  • Steven Holloway – Jersey City, NJ
  • Courtney Johnson – Washington, D.C.
  • Royce Miller – Bridgewater, SD
  • Alexis Pivincy – Los Angeles, CA
  • Elora Powell – Tigard, OR
  • William Spear – East Brunswick, NJ
  • Will Stewart & Ben Barlow – Atlanta, GA
  • Michael Toulson – Cooperstown, NY

The pitch event will air on two special episodes of DC Daily on DC Universe on January 23 and 24, 2020. The three finalists who receive a pilot order will be announced on January 24.

Stargirl Gets Its First Official Trailer

The CW has released a trailer for Stargirl. The show will air the day after on The CW after its initial debut on the DC Universe digital service.

Executive produced by showrunner and character creator Geoff Johns, Stargirl follows Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger), a high schooler who is forced to relocate from Los Angeles to Blue Valley, Nebraska after her mother re-marries. She discovers her new step-father Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson) used to be Stripesy, the sidekick of JSA Member Starman (Joel McHale). Starman’s staff isn’t supposed to work for anyone except for him, but it does for Courtney.

Courtney decides to take up the mantle of Starman as Stargirl but Pat comes out of retirement as the 15-foot robot Stripesy.

The show will debut in early 2020.

DC Universe Reveals Titans’ Nightwing Suit

The highly anticipated Nightwing supersuit was officially unveiled today during a special press event for the DC Universe drama series Titans. Executive producer/showrunner Greg Walker and specialty costume designer Laura Jean Shannon were on hand to unveil the suit.

The Nightwing suit, designed by Shannon with the support of her team and built by Creative Character Engineering, will make its debut during the season two finale episode of Titans and marks the first-ever live-action portrayal of the Nightwing character.

Supersuit costumes for season two characters Jason Todd Robin, Wonder Girl, Aqualad, Hawk, Dove, Ravager and Deathstroke were also on display at the event. All suits were designed by Shannon with the support of her team and built by Creative Character Engineering.

The season two finale of Titans debuts Friday, November 29, exclusively on DC Universe. All season one episodes are available now for streaming.

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