The annual membership to DC Universe has been quietly removed as an option adding to the mysteries surrounding the service.
Launched on Sept. 15, 2018, DC Universe was touted as the home for everything related to the comic publisher, but evidence is mounting that there may be a change coming soon.
With the launch of HBO Max, users began to wonder why there were two services for Warner Bros. properties. Then with the announcement of original DC programming on the service, the head-scratching began in earnest. Add in that Zack Snyder’s Justice League is heading to HBO Max, and numerous other small moves such as the cancelation of DC Daily, and it does seem some plan is taking shape.
The latest puzzle piece is that DC Universe has removed the option for an annual subscription. Previously you could subscribe for $7.99 a month or $79 a year for a savings of 20%. With the removal of the annual plan, it seems as though the writing is on the wall that the service won’t be around in a year.
With Doom Patrol already airing on both DC Universe and HBO Max, and Stargirl moving to The CW, it seems the content is already being split up. The big question is what will happen with the digital comics. Marvel Unlimited has been quite successful with nothing but comics, so it would be quite possible for DC Universe to transition to something similar.
Nothing is official as of yet, but the writing definitely seems to be on the wall and an announcement being a question of “when” and not “if.” With DC FanDome taking place in Aug., it seems like a good location to make announcements about the future of all of the content.