Podcasting is so incredibly hot, even Superman, Batman and Surprise Woman are executing it.

AT&T’s Warner Bros., which owns DC Comics, has teamed up with Spotify to make an authentic slate of scripted podcasts primarily based on DC’s colourful cast of superheroes and supervillains, Spotify said on Thursday.

Money terms ended up not disclosed, but the joint venture marks the Swedish tech company’s most current foray into podcasting as it seeks to increase its retail store of distinctive content material. Due to the fact getting podcasting enterprise Ringer in February, Spotify — recognized largely as a streaming new music support — has inked a licensing offer worth additional than $a hundred million for Joe Rogan’s “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast.

And on Wednesday it scored Kim Kardashian West for a podcast on prison justice reform, in accordance to The Wall Avenue Journal, which said that Spotify has put in more than $600 million on podcast acquisitions more than the past year and a 50 percent.

Shares of Spotify rose more than fourteen per cent in midday buying and selling on information of the offer, which offers Spotify initial-look legal rights at scripts primarily based on DC’s steady of comic-guide figures, as nicely as distinctive distribution legal rights. In addition to Superman, Batman and Surprise Woman — lately performed by actress Gal Gadot on the large display — DC owns Eco-friendly Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and a host of charming supervillains, like Black Manta, Lex Luthor and Two-Experience.

The multiyear offer also offers Spotify the appropriate to produce new programming from DC’s intellectual assets, which could direct to flicks or Television shows, the enterprise said.

Spotify is making the guess that proudly owning and distributing authentic content material will help it enhance margins and maintain consumers coming back. At present, the support pays out about 70 per cent of its earnings to new music legal rights holders, The Journal said.

The enterprise presently offers one hundred thirty million compensated subscribers, like 6 million it additional in the a few months finished on March 31 at the start of worldwide coronavirus lockdowns.

Inspite of winning additional than a million podcasts on its system in a rather brief period, Spotify faces a competitive industry. Rivals consist of Apple Audio, which has 550,000 podcasts, as nicely as SiriusXM, which jumped into the superhero video game previous year when it inked a offer with Disney’s Marvel Amusement to build distinctive podcasts for its satellite radio and new music streaming expert services.