In a not-so-surprising confirmation, Jim Lee has confirmed that the original content on DC Universe will be migrating to HBO Max.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter about the state of DC since the round of layoffs on Monday, Lee confirmed what many had expected about DC Universe for some time now. The service is moving towards a future where it is just an archive of comics and a community.
“The original content that is on DCU is migrating to HBO Max,” said Lee. “Truthfully, that’s the best platform for that content. The amount of content you get, not just DC , but generally from WarnerMedia, is huge and it’s the best value proposition, if I’m allowed to use that marketing term. We feel that is the place for that.”
As to what will happen to the other aspect of DC Universe, it looks as though they will remain where they are. “In regards to the community and experience that DCU created, and all the backlist content, something like 20.000 to 25,000 different titles, and the way it connected with fans 24-7, there is always going to be a need for that. So we’re excited to transform it and we’ll have more news on what that will look like. It’s definitely not going away,” added Lee.
While DC Universe was ambitious, it just didn’t make as much sense once HBO Max launched. Marvel has been successful with its Marvel Unlimited app, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t work as well for DC.
The full Jim Lee interview also touches on the status of monthly DC comics (they aren’t going anywhere) and the overall future of the company. It’s worth checking out.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter