Among the many wave of Spotify bulletins popping out of at present’s Spotify Stream On occasion, the corporate additionally shared some thrilling information with podcast listeners — specifically, Batman followers. Spotify is launching a brand new podcast sequence “The Riddler: Secrets and techniques within the Darkish,” starring comedian-actor Hasan Minhaj as The Riddler.
As a part of Spotify’s unique multiyear partnership with DC and Warner Bros, “The Riddler: Secrets and techniques within the Darkish” will premiere later this yr and can see Minhaj reprise his position because the supervillain. Minhaj starred within the 2022 Spotify podcast “Batman Unburied,” which starred Winston Duke because the Darkish Knight. Batman/Bruce Wayne may even seem within the new podcast sequence together with Barbara Gordon and Alfred.
“The Riddler: Secrets and techniques within the Darkish” is a scripted “Batman” spinoff sequence that follows an surprising duo — The Riddler and Batman — as they carry down one other villain tormenting the streets of Gotham Metropolis.
“Audiences are going to journey again to Gotham Metropolis with me in a narrative that leaves clues, puzzles and shines a highlight on my private favourite character, The Riddler,” Minhaj stated within the announcement video.
“Batman Unburied” premiered on the audio streaming service in Could 2022 and climbed its approach up Spotify’s high podcast charts. At one level, it even took the crown from “The Joe Rogan Expertise,” which was the No. 1 podcast globally on Spotify in 2022 regardless of its controversial host.
Plus, Spotify lately launched “Harley Quinn and The Joker: Sound Thoughts,” which was additionally an enormous hit amongst followers, reaching the highest of the charts in six markets, based on the corporate.
As Spotify bets on unique programming to spice up its general podcast technique, the DC podcasts are actually a wise transfer being that podcasts with recognizable characters, particularly from the Batman franchise, will possible carry out properly on this IP-driven world we reside in.
Talking of recognizable voices, Spotify additionally introduced at present an unique video partnership with Markiplier (Mark Fischbach), the favored YouTuber with 34.5 million subscribers and roughly over 19 billion views. The partnership permits for Markiplier to supply unique video episodes of “Distractible” and “Go! My Favourite Sports activities Staff.”
“Whereas we love the audio world and nonetheless intention to convey you the easiest in auditory experiences, by bringing our faces into the combination, we intention to present you an as-yet-unseen dimension to your listening expertise. Think about in the event you may odor a film, think about in the event you may odor us . . . who is aware of what the long run will convey?” Markiplier stated in a hilarious and thought-provoking assertion.
Now, as a substitute of simply listening to his voice, Spotify customers may even get to observe movies of Markiplier alongside his content material creator mates Wade Barnes and Bob Muysken.
One other podcast getting the video therapy is “Forbidden Fruits” with actresses Julia Fox and Niki Takesh, which is able to return for a second season on March 17. The brand new episodes can be launched as an all-video podcast, reflecting the rising pattern of video-led podcasting.
In keeping with Spotify, there are over 70,000 video creators on the platform. In April 2022, Spotify expanded the power for creators to publish video podcasts within the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the U.Okay.
Individually, the corporate revealed that “The Remark Part” hosted by TikTok star Drew Afualo, could be transferring completely to Spotify on April 5.
Throughout at present’s occasion, Spotify introduced an array of recent podcaster instruments, resembling a redesigned Podcasters dashboard that features an Anchor integration and the launch of a brand new function “Autoplay for Podcasts.” Plus, the corporate is teaming up with Patreon to permit customers to take heed to Patreon content material on Spotify.