View Finder: The streaming service DC fans deserve but not the one they need right now

Posted: 7 May 2018 9:07 am

Details on DC's streaming service emerge, Claire Foy wins wage gap battle and surprise Arrested Development Season 4 recut released.

From the far reaches of Federation space to the pits of Flea Bottom, every week View Finder brings you the latest news and trailers from the world of streaming.

Introducing the View Finder streaming podcast

Before we kick off this week's column, I'd like to introduce the View Finder streaming podcast. Every week, Adam, Ally and Sally along with yours truly, Brodie, discuss the week in streaming. From new releases on Netflix to industry news to fawning over The O.C., tune in every week for our latest recommendations. We're kicking things off with a taste of our latest episode where we discuss movies we wish we could unsee as well as the TV series Happy! We'll also have a little row over Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We'll publish all seven episodes later this week on every major podcast platform as well as a video companion over on our YouTube channel. Enjoy!

DC has announced the name for its upcoming streaming service. It will be called DC Universe. It's not the most inventive name considering the world inhabited by DC characters is already widely referred to as the "DC Universe" and that the 2011 MMO is titled "DC Universe Online". But it is what it is. More interesting is the roster of exclusive TV shows that have been announced. In addition to a couple of givens, the live action Teen Titans series that's been in development and a new series of the Young Justice animated series (titled Young Justice: Outsiders), both an animated Swamp Thing series and an animated Harley Quinn series were announced as exclusives for the upcoming service.

While we don't have a launch date or pricing for DC Universe just yet, Young Justice co-creator Greg Weisman did tweet that season 3 of the beloved cartoon would release in the fourth quarter of 2018, suggesting we'll see the service launch before the year is out.

More importantly for us in Australia, there's no indication that the service will be available globally or just in the US. A lot of DC's television fare, including Young Justice, Teen Titans Go!, Gotham and Arrow are currently available to stream on Netflix Australia. While Supergirl and Flash call Foxtel Now and Stan home.

Hooray for new DC television shows! Hoo...ray... for another monthly subscription fee?

Personally, I couldn't see myself paying a monthly fee for a standalone DC service. I realise Flash and Arrow have their fans, but there's just a little too much cheese in both to keep me hooked and the DC Cinematic Universe... well, we all know how that is faring (with the exception of Wonder Woman, maybe). Disney is kicking off its own streaming service because it has over 70 years of movies under its belt, loads of kids television shows to offer and a truckload of content more recently acquired from Disney, Marvel and Fox. Yes, I will 100% pay for a service that lets me stream any Star Wars film and follow it up by bingeing the Marvel MCU in its entirety. I just can't justify the same expense on a service that has to make room in its incredibly limited library for the likes of Suicide Squad and Henry Cavill's CGI moustache.

In my opinion, DC and Warner Bros. should jump in with Netflix while the bed is still warm. Netflix's Marvel offerings, while hit and miss, have been some of the best small-screen comic book adaptations ever created. However, with the arrival of Disney's own streaming platform looming, Netflix and Disney's previously strong relationship is about to crack. DC could have benefited from a Daredevil-esque TV series focused on some currently underused characters, like Barbara Gordon, Damian Wayne or Huntress with the help of Netflix.

Of course, I'll hold my judgement until a sequel to Shaq's 1997 superhero masterpiece, Steel, is either confirmed or denied.

Claire Foy gets pay back

It'd be a little crazy if Jennifer Lawrence, the lead actor with the most screen time, weren't the highest paid cast member in the Hunger Games series, right? Or say if the lead actor in a big budget superhero film, say Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman, were paid less than her DC cohort, despite playing the titular character? That would be unreasonable and unjust. It would be like if actor Claire Foy were paid less than supporting star Matt Smith in the Netflix series The Crown. Outrageous. Outrageous except that last one actually happened.

For the first two seasons of Netflix's regal drama The Crown, its lead actor Claire Foy was paid "significantly less" than co-star Matt Smith. The TV show's producers eventually addressed the wage gap, citing Matt Smith's high-profile turn as Doctor Who as the reason he was paid more, despite Foy being an absolute powerhouse in her own right and much of the reason anyone tuned in for two seasons of monarchical drama.

Now, it seems the production company Left Bank Pictures has seen the error of its ways as Claire Foy will receive around US$274,000 in back pay. The production house has also issued an apology to both Claire Foy and Matt Smith for putting them in the midst of a "media storm" (I think the whole wage gap thing was more of an issue, honestly). It has also promised that Olivia Colman (who will be replacing Foy in the third season) will be paid the same wage as Tobias Menzies (who will be taking over for Smith).

A season of Arrested Development

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz announced via the television show's official Twitter channel that a recut version of Season 4 would be available on Netflix from 5 May (the date of the show's fictional Cinco de Cuatro celebration). The Netflix-saved fourth season didn't quite hit the same heights as its previous three seasons, with many fans pointing the finger at its experimental character-based episodes with crisscrossing timelines and character interactions. The recut version looks to fix that and put everything back in chronological order.

Not only that, but Hurwitz also gave a little nod to Season 5, stating it is coming soon, "like, real soon".

This week's trailers

Here are the most notable trailers from the week of streaming.

Castle Rock

Hulu's ode to everything Stephen King, Castle Rock, received another trailer this week and it's even spookier than the last. I'm actually dying to see this.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4

Ellie Kemper is back in the shoes of Kimmy Schmidt and to celebrate the release of Season 4, a suitable cheesy montage/trailer has been released.

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