Spotify announced the first podcast that’ll come out of its exclusive DC Comics deal today: a new show called Batman Unburied. The narrative podcast will explore the “darker aspects of Bruce Wayne’s psychology.” It’ll debut in 2021, and for now, no other details are being released. David S. Goyer, the screenwriter behind Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, will executive produce the podcast. Goyer also came up with the idea behind the story.
Although this isn’t much to go off, it’s promising for DC fans that Spotify’s partnering with reputable names in the comics space and will likely continue that trend with future shows. The company is directly competing with Pandora and SiriusXM, which inked a deal with Marvel Comics to release exclusive podcasts on both platforms. So Spotify needs to bring in well-known talent to helm big shows if it’s to entice people to spend their time on the DC Comics shows over the scores of other podcasts on competing platforms.
Beyond comics, Spotify has continued to sign exclusive podcast deals — including with the Obamas, Kim Kardashian West, and Joe Rogan — in hopes it can keep listeners on its platform even after they finish the show they originally wanted to hear.