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DC FanDome News Wrap Up: Trailers, First Looks, News & More!

This past Saturday, DC Entertainment presented the first DCFandome, an international online convention promoting DC projects from The DC FanDome: Hall of Heroes featured special programming, panels and exclusive reveals from DC films, TV series, games, comics and more.

On September 12, DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse will a be a 24-hour, on-demand experience accessed via the DCFanDome.com program scheduler.  This will offer DC fans the experience of a lifetime, with full access to more than 100 hours of on-demand content, beginning at 10:00 am PDT. This is the time for fans to suit up and determine their own adventure, selecting from exclusive panel sessions, screenings and never-before-seen content from the DC Multiverse of films, television, comics and games. Fans, your timeline awaits—at your own pace and on your own schedule.

Here’s a look at the news shared on Saturday.

Wonder Woman 1984

Appearing: Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal.  Special guest appearance by Lynda Carter.

Release date: 10/2/20

Plot: Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah.

The cast and director of DC’s next big screen adventure kicked things off in good form with a rousing Q&A that featured some surprise guests and our first look at the new Wonder Woman 1984 trailer.

 

Gotham Knights Video Game

Appearing: WB Games Montreal’s Patrick Redding and Fleur Marty

Release date: 2021

Plot: In Gotham Knights, Batman is dead and it’s up to four young members of the Bat-Family—Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin and Red Hood—to fill the void left by the fallen Dark Knight. WB Games Montreal debuted the game’s first trailer, in which a pre-recorded message from Bruce Wayne is sent to the four survivors. The trailer features looks at all four of them in action, each with distinctly different weapons and fighting styles. It also gives us a look at some of the game’s villains, including a menacing Mr. Freeze and the Court of Owls.

 

The Sandman Universe: Enter The Dreaming

Appearing: Neil Gaiman, G. Willow Wilson, Dirk Maggs and Michael Sheen.  Hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown

Details: This discussion looked at the history of Gaiman’s iconic Sandman comic and the way it’s expanded beyond the original 75-issue series into things like the just launched comic The Dreaming: Waking Hours, the #1 New York Times Bestselling The Sandman audio production and the upcoming Netflix adaptation. While this panel was largely a celebration of all things Sandman and light on new announcements, Gaiman did give us an update on the Netflix series, explaining that like everything else, Covid has put the show’s development on pause, but that things have slowly been resuming and he’s been starting to get casting updates and new production designs. He also shared one change they’ve made to the original comic. In the book, the “present day” moments were set in the late 1980s and very early 1990s (the time the series was published), while in the Netflix adaptation, they’ll be set in the present day. It’s something Gaiman promised has really opened the door to them creatively, allowing them to consider how they would do The Sandman today.

 

Introducing Flash

Appearing: Director Andy Muschietti, star Ezra Miller, screenwriter Christina Hodson and producer Barbara Muschietti

Release Date: June 2, 2022

Plot: Short featurette revealing that it’s a time travel story, inspired by the Flashpoint comic miniseries allowing many of the distinctly different versions of DC characters that we’ve seen in movies and TV over the years to start to collide. As Hodson promises, “The cinematic DC Multiverse is going to be born out of this movie.”  Muschietti provided a first look at the Flash’s new suit from the film, which is built by Bruce Wayne and is much sleeker-looking than his original Justice League suit, as well as a production painting featuring Keaton’s Batman.

The Suicide Squad

 

Appearing: Writer/Director James Gunn, and cast Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Joel Kinnaman (Colonel Rick Flag), Michael Rooker (Savant), Flula Borg (Javelin), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), David Dastmalchian (Polka-Dot Man), Daniela Melchior (Ratcatcher 2), Idris Alba (Bloodsport), Mayling Ng (Mongal), Peter Capaldi (The Thinker), Alice Braga (Sol Soria), Pete Davidson (Blackguard), Nathan Fillion (T.D.K.), Sean Gunn (Weasel), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), John Cena (Peacemaker), Steve Agee (King Shark), and Juan Diego Botto (General Silvio Luna)

Release Date: August 6, 2021

Plot: Gunn was eager to write Harley Quinn and considers the film to be sequel to John Ostrander’s defining Suicide Squad comics. Gunn and cast were on hand to present an impressive behind-the-scenes video.

 

The Snyder Cut of Justice League

Appearing: Director Zack Snyder.  Cast members Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot and Wonder Woman 1984 Patty Jenkins.

Release date: 2021 as four one hour parts and later edited together in a single film.

Look for: Darkseid, Steppenwolf and DeSaad from Jack Kirby’s New Gods saga.

 

The Flash TV Panel

Appearing: Stars Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Nicolet, Brandon McKnight, Kayla Compton, and Executive Producer Eric Wallace.

Release date: 2021

News: Wallace revealed that next season’s primary villain will be Godspeed, which is in part due to a desire to include newer villains on the show as a way of appealing to fans who may have discovered the Flash’s comics more recently. He also shared that The Flash was in the midst of shooting what would have been season six’s 20th episode when the pandemic shutdown happened, and much of that footage will now become part of season seven’s first episode.

It also allowed Wallace and his cast to debut an exciting new sizzle that included plenty of not-yet-seen footage featuring the Flash and his battle against Efrat Dor’s Eva McCulloch that sets up much of what we can expect to see when season seven debuts in 2021.

 

Black Adam

Appearing: Dwayne Johnson, Noah Centineo

Release date: December 22, 2021

Details: Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, Black Adam will introduce the Justice Society including Atom Smasher (Centineo), along with Hawkman, Doctor Fate and Cyclone.

 

Titans

Appearing: Executive Producer Greg Walker.  Cast members Brenton Thwaites, Teagan Croft, Anna Diop, Ryan Potter, Alan Ritchson, Minka Kelly, Joshua Orpin, Conor Leslie, Curran Walters and Damaris Lewis

Release date: 2021

Details: The Titans head to Gotham where they encounter several familiar DC characters including Blackfire, Dr. Jonathan Crane (aka Scarecrow) and GCPD Commissioner Barbara Gordon, who has retired from her costumed career

The show’s version of Barbara, has a past relationship with Dick Grayson, presumably from his time as Robin, but is nevertheless wary of the Titans being in Gotham. Dr. Crane, on the other hand, is a current inmate of Arkham Asylum who offers his services as a profiler and consultant for the GCPD.

However, the biggest news from the panel concerns the season’s villain…and he’s a character fans already know from the show. After angrily leaving the Titans at the end of season two, Jason Todd will come back for revenge as none other than Red Hood, marking the first time the character will appear in live action.

 

Aquaman 2

Appearing: Director James Wan and actor Patrick Wilson

Release date: December 16, 2022

Details: Not much was revealed, but Wan plans to expand on the undersea worlds and will will be a little more serious and culturally relevant than the previous installment.

SHAZAM!: Fury of The Gods

Appearing: Director David Sandberg.  Cast members Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Faithe Herman, Megan Good, and Adam Brody.  Special appearance by Sinbad.

Release date: November 4, 2022

Details: Not bunch was revealed other than the title.

 

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Video Game

Appearing: Will Arnett and Rocksteady Creative Director and Co-Founder Sefton Hill

Release date: 2022

Details: Featuring four core members of the Squad—Harley Quinn, Deadshot, King Shark and Captain Boomerang—the game is set in Metropolis and is, indeed, about taking down the Justice League. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is set within the “Arkhamverse,” and he promised that a lot of throughlines carried over from the Arkham games will come to fruition here. Hill described the game as a hybrid between Rocksteady’s experience with superhero empowerment—such as bringing characters like Batman to life in the Arkham games—with some really awesome gunplay. They also wanted to give players the chance to explore an open world Metropolis, which Hill described as the game’s fifth character.

Speaking of characters, all four core characters are playable and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is designed to be played however players prefer. It’s a one-to-four player co-op game and is fully dynamic. So, if players prefer playing single player, they can do that and the other three members of your squad will be played by bots. If they feel like switching from one character to another, they can do that as well. Likewise, if they want to team up with friends for multiplayer, that’s possible, with each player taking on a different character. The game works either way.

 

The Batman

Appearing: Director/Co-writer Matt Reeves

Release date: October 1, 2021

Details: The Batman is set during Bruce Wayne’s second year as a crimefighter, meaning it’s not an origin, but the Dark Knight is clearly still establishing himself and becoming the hero he’ll eventually become. As Reeves made clear, “He’s far from perfect.” While Batman is no longer a new presence in Gotham City when The Batman starts, he’s not having the affect on the city that he wants to have…and that’s when the murders start.

Those murders really shed some light on the true history of Gotham and open up a world of corruption that touches on Batman’s origins, forcing Bruce to confront the question of where his family might have sat in all of that. Reeves promises that The Batman will be a mystery and a detective story, but a deeply personal one for Batman.

Later, Reeves answered some fan questions, including some of the movies that influenced his vision for The Batman (Chinatown, The French Connection and Taxi Driver) and one surprising comic (Darwyn Cooke’s Batman: Ego). He even shared a bit of what we can expect from the recently announced HBO Max TV series set in the universe of the film. That series, which Reeves is working on with Boardwalk Empire creator Terrence Winter, will be set during Batman’s first year in Gotham, during the initial appearances of this new masked vigilante who seems to have declared war on Gotham’s underworld. Reeves explained that you’ll see this story through the point of view of the corrupt cops of the Gotham City Police Department, one corrupt cop in particular, and that in many ways, the story would be a battle for his soul.

 

 

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