7:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Netflix Takes Foreign Rights to DC Universe's 'Titans'
DC Universe is getting a cash injection from Netflix.
The recently launched DC Comics-themed subscription streaming service has sold foreign rights to its first original scripted drama, Titans, to Netflix. Netflix will stream the series globally to its members outside of the U.S. and China (where it is not yet available). DC Universe, available now for $7.99 per month, will exclusively stream the series in the U.S.
Titans, originally developed for TNT but moved to the SVOD platform, launches in the U.S. on Oct. 12 and centers on Dick Grayson (aka Robin) as he emerges from Batman's shadow to lead a new band of heroes. Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) stars as the Boy Wonder and leads a group of heroes including Starfire (Anna Diop), Raven (Teagan Croft) and Beast Boy (Ryan Potter). Alan Ritchson (who plays Hawk), Minka Kelly (Dove), Lindsey Gort (Amy Rohrbach), Seamus Dever and Bruno Bichir (Chief) recur. Greg Berlanti exec produces the Warner Bros. TV drama alongside Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter, Greg Walker and John Fawcett.
The international deal with Netflix will provide a cash infusion to the recently launched DC Universe platform. The Titans move has parallels to CBS All Access' 2016 decision to sell foreign rights for pricey drama Star Trek: Discovery to Netflix. At the time, CBS All Access was still in its infancy, with only The Good Fight available. While the Discovery deal also included the massive Star Trek library of more than 700 episodes, it still provided a financial infusion for a recently launched streaming service taking a big scripted swing, as is the case with DC Universe and Titans.