We already know that Disney Plus is going to have a ton of upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe-based TV shows. But what about rival HBO Max? As it turns out, its owner Warner Bros will also have its own slate of upcoming DC Comics shows. That means the two streaming services will soon duke it out in a bid to capture the already huge superhero TV audience. In fact, it already feels a bit like the Marvel and DC comic book rivalry.
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Here’s a look at the upcoming DC Comics shows that will be streamed on HBO Max. This list will include new seasons of shows that previously debuted on DC Universe. That service has now been rebooted as DC Universe Infinity, which only offers a library of digital comics.
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Upcoming DC Comics shows on HBO Max
Doom Patrol (third season – 2021)
After debuting its first season on DC Universe, and it’s second on both DC Universe and HBO Max, Doom Patrol will return for its third outing in 2021 as an HBO Max exclusive. Centered on the DC superhero team, the series is based largely on the comics run written by Grant Morrison. This team of misfits with superpowers includes Robotman, who has a human brain inside a metal body. There’s also Crazy Jane, who has 64 personalities, each with its own superpower. You can go ahead and watch the first two seasons now on HBO Max. It’s great stuff!
Titans (third season – 2021)
After two seasons on DC Universe, the third season of Titans will debut in 2021 as an HBO Max exclusive. The team of teenaged superheroes includes Batman’s former partner Robin, the shape-changing Beast Boy, the mystical Raven, and the energy powered Starfire. The team battled a number of enemies in its first season. They were joined by other supporting characters from the comics, including Hawk and Dove, Wonder Girl/Donna Troy, and even Bruce Wayne himself. Before the third season debuts, the first two Titans seasons should transfer to HBO Max in the near future.
Harley Quinn (third season 2021)
One of the best DC Comics shows on HBO Max is an animated series. Harley Quinn is a very R-rated show, featuring the Joker’s popular sidekick. However, in this series, Harley, voiced by Kaley Cuoco, decides to strike out on her own journey. As a result, she butts heads with a number of major and minor DC superheroes and villains. It’s truly funny stuff, but not suitable for the kids. After debuting on DC Universe, you can now watch the first two seasons on HBO Max. The third season will make its way onto the service in 2021.
Young Justice (fourth season – 2021)
This is a more traditional animated series for a younger audience. While the first two seasons of this youth-based superteam were first shown on Cartoon Network, the third season debuted on DC Universe in 2019. Now, the fourth season has been greenlight and it will make its debut as an HBO Max exclusive in 2021.
If you can forget that awful 2011 live-action Green Lantern movie, you might want to get excited for this upcoming DC Comics show on HBO Max. Green Lantern is the “space cop” of the DC Universe. He protects the Earth, and the universe, from cosmic threats. He does this with his green-charged Power Ring, which can create almost any shape or object he desires. Not much is known about this adaptation, but it is being executive produced by Greg Berlanti, who is in charge of the many successful DC Comics shows on the CW network. Seth Grahame-Smith, best known for his genre-blending novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Abraham Lincoln, and Vampire Hunter, will be the showrunner for the series.
The series will actually feature several people who have had held the Green Lantern name, including the original, Alan Scott, along with more recent members Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, and Simon Baz. Finn Wittrock has already been cast as the highly volatile Guy Gardner.
Untitled The Batman prequel
Director Matt Reeves is in charge of making The Batman, the latest live-action feature film centering on the Caped Crusader. It’s due in theaters in 2022. However, he’s also developing a prequel series for HBO Max. Set during the first year of The Batman’s appearances in Gotham City, it will focus on its police department, as its officers have to deal with the masked vigilante, among other things.
Peacemaker is another upcoming DC Comics show arriving on HBO Max, based on an upcoming Warner Bros. film. That film is The Suicide Squad, which will feature, among many other folks, John Cena playing the role of Peacemaker. While the movie won’t be out until August 2021, the early behind-the-scenes reaction to this violent superhero was so good, HBO Max commissioned a series centering just on Peacemaker. James Gunn, who wrote and directed The Suicide Squad, will write all of the episodes of Peacemaker, and will also direct the pilot episode.
Here’s a very different upcoming DC Comics show that’s coming to HBO Max. It’s not a superhero series, but rather a show based on a comic from DC’s now canceled Vertigo Comics lineup of mature-rated series. It takes place in the near future, where a second U.S. civil war has broken out. It has turned the island of Manhattan into a demilitarized zone, set between government and secessionist forces.
Ava DuVernay, who directed the acclaimed Selma, directed the pilot for DMZ. It will feature Rosario Dawson in the lead as a medic who journeys into the DMZ island to try to help others. Benjamin Bratt is also among the cast members.
Justice League Dark
J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot team are in charge of developing this show for HBO Max. It’s based on the Justice League spin-off comic, featuring a team that battles more supernatural foes. In the comics, the team has included characters like John Constantine, Deadman, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, and even Wonder Woman. There’s no word on which of these characters might appear on the show.
Variety reports that J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot team are also developing a solo John Constantine series. The story claims that the series will focus on a younger version of the disheveled Brit who fights against supernatural foes. It could link up to the Justice League Dark series.
Constantine was played by Keanu Reeves in the 2005 movie of the same name. Currently, Matt Ryan is playing a version of the character in the CW series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Recently, during AT&T’s annual investors day, the company seemed to confirm that a Zatanna series, or possibly a movie, was in the works at HBO Max. No other details about the series or movie were revealed. Zatanna could also tie into Justice League Dark as well. The magician with real magic powers has been a mainstay hero at DC Comics for some time.
DC Super Hero High
DC Super Hero High will be a half-hour live-action comedy. The premise is that the younger versions of the classic DC Comics superheroes all go to high school together. The series will show us these characters before they become the legends that we know of today. Elizabeth Banks will be the executive producer of this series.
Aquaman: King of Atlantis
This show will be a three-part animated series that focuses on the undersea superhero. Aimed at kids, the series will focus on Aquaman’s first days on the job as king of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. James Wan, who directed the 2018 live-action movie adaptation of Aquaman, will be an executive producer on this series.
This series is yet another one that’s executive produced by Greg Berlanti. Taking its name from one of DC Comics’ classic Silver Age titles, Strange Adventures will be an anthology series featuring a wide range of DC Comics characters. Not much else is known about this show at the moment.
This series was also mentioned briefly at the recent AT&T investors day event. It’s been rumored that it could actually launch as an HBO Max exclusive movie. No other details about the project were revealed. In the comics, Batgirl is usually the alter ego of Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner Jim Gordon.
That’s our look at the current list of upcoming DC Comics shows on HBO Max. We will update this post when there is more news about these series.