After weeks of hype DC FanDome finally went down on Saturday. In short – it delivered a one, two punch. First, in the COVID-19 era many have gone the virtual route in terms of promotion. The results have been mixed. With a combination of great sets, A-List talent, global outreach & inclusion and above all excellent content. It delivered. Yet, by leaning into its Multiverse history DC has also seemed to finally crack the code to distinguish itself from Marvel. By that we mean the company not just embracing all iterations of its iconic characters, but bringing them all together across film and television. Check out the highlights we curated here.
Wonder Woman 1984
The entire Wonder Woman cast showed for a virtual panel – and then some. Not only did we get the cast. Superfan Venus Williams popped by to give props and ask a question or two. Oh, there was also the OG herself. The original Wonder Woman – Linda Carter who tuned in to give props and thanks for the impact of the franchise. Finally, the piece the resistance! Director Patty Jenkins premiered a brand-new trailer. It gave fans their first full on look at The Cheetah. Check out the footage here.
At a mere 10 minutes it was a quick segment – pun intended. But the panel on The Flash delivered. First, we got star Ezra Miller, director Andres Muschietti, screenwriter Gardner Fox and producer Barbara Muschietti to chime in on what to expect from the motion picture debut of the Scarlet Speedster. First, we are getting the Flashpoint storyline. This film will serve as the launching pad for the multiverse concept. Which leads into the second. We are going to get several Batman’s. Both Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck’s renditions will be present. Finally, we are going to see a new suit. Yep, director Andres Muschietti, indicated the new threads will be more organic and illuminate light. He also shared some concept art showing the new suit and Batsy. Peep it below.
The Suicide Squad
Another anticipated iteration of the DC canon is – The Suicide Squad. Writer/director James Gunn took fan questions, and brought out the entire Task Force X. Everyone from Idris Elba, to Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, John Cena and Pete Davidson were present. We also got to see the first roll call for the squad. See it here.
BAWSE Panel Females of Color in the DC Universe
It’s no secret that the heroes of color aren’t in abundance in any universe – the DCU, MCU or in real life. The BAWSE panel which gathered to discuss their professional journeys and the impact their roles in the DCU have had on their lives and their community. DJ D-Nice and Grammy-winning singer/actress Estelle moderated the panel, which included Meagan Good (SHAZAM!), Javicia Leslie (Batwoman), Candice Patton (The Flash), Tala Ashe (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Nafessa Williams and Chantal Thuy (Black Lightning), and Anna Diop and Damaris Lewis (Titans).
Zack Snyder’s Justice League
Fans have been hearing about the mythic #SnyderCut of Justice League. Well it’s real and it is coming to HBO Max in 2021. On Saturday, Zack Snyder invited League members, Ben Affleck, Gal Godot, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher to field questions from fans. He even recruited the founder of the #SnyderCut online movement to explain how and why she created the grassroots movement. We also learned the new cut will be split into four one-hour episodes. Yet, will also become available in a four-hour format. Oh’ and if you don’t have HBO Max. Not to fear, they are making arrangements for alternative distribution. Yet, above all we got a look at the first teaser for the cut.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson appeared and moderated the Black Adam panel. He gave some insight as to back story of the character. Announced some allies will be joining Black Adam in the form of The Justice Society of America and also revealed the first pieces of concept art featuring the other super powered characters. Oh, he also brought a teaser of what to expect.
DC saved the best for last. Director Matt Reeves joined host Aisha Tyler to discuss the latest addition to the Batman canon.
Reeves revealed The Batman takes place in year two of the Caped Crusader’s detective/vigilante career. We also learned it leans heavily into the Dark Knight’s detective skills. Reeves indicated the film is inspired by the detective/cop films of the 70’s, a noir and layered take that reveals the depths of corruption in Gotham.
The director also shared that the film is only 25% complete. But he knew not come to DC FanDome empty handed. So, he brought a teaser.