In 2020, Spotify announced a multiyear agreement with Warner Bros. and DC for a slate of narrative-scripted podcasts that explore the stories of your favourite superheroes and supervillains.
The partnership—the first to involve the entire DC Universe’s intellectual property —will leverage iconic characters in new Spotify shows.
Additionally, the companies are expected to draw upon Warner Bros. Studio’s broader collection of timeless titles as stand-alone podcast series.
This collaborative and innovative effort will further increase the diverse array of premium storytelling content for Spotify listeners worldwide.
Warner Bros. Digital Networks (WBDN) will manage the business and strategy related to the partnership.
Warner Bros. Television Group’s digital studio, Blue Ribbon Content (BRC), will oversee the creative relationship and co-develop and produce the programming in collaboration with Spotify, responsible for the marketing, advertising, and distribution of the shows exclusively on its platform.
In addition to producing narratives based on existing characters and franchises from across Warner Bros. and DC, the two entities will also collaborate with Spotify to create new programming from original intellectual property—but more on those crossover events in a future issue.
The first project, Batman Unburied, will be released later this year. The new original series is being executive produced by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Rises).
Today at Spotify’s Stream On event, Goyer joined Jim Lee, the Chief Creative Officer of DC, to give the world a look into how audio will bring a new dimension to DC’s universe of characters and stories.
The duo discussed the new Batman series’s prospect alongside teasing other characters whose stories will be explored via audio, like Superman, Lois Lane, Wonder Woman, Joker, Catwoman, Katana, The Riddler, Batgirl, and Harley Quinn.