While Disney+ was a relatively successful launch for the Mouse House, the same can't be said for DC's platform, DC Universe. News of the DCU's failure has been going around for a while, and now the WarnerMedia has fired a majority of the staff.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, insiders have confirmed that a majority of the DC Universe staff has been laid off. One source has said, "DC Universe was DOA as soon as the AT&T merger happened," and this has been suspected for months, seeing that WB has opted to focus a lot of their releases on HBO Max instead.
Though DC Universe may be dying, a lot of its shows have managed to jump ship to HBO Max so that's a silver lining for fans. Titles like Doom Patrol, Titans, and Stargirl are going over to HBO's streaming service, as well as animated series like Young Justice and Harley Quinn.
Besides that, THR has also confirmed that the company's in-house merch and collectibles manufacturer, DC Direct, is closing down after 22 years. This has actually been predicted before and was said to be a result of WB Consumer Products taking a more active role in DC merchandising.
It's weird that this news should come out now, especially with DC planning a huge expo with DC FanDome later this month. We don't know what's in store for the franchise in the future, but hopefully they get the right formula to compete with the MCU somewhere down the line.
DC FanDome takes place on Aug. 22.