DC FanDome Announcements & Trailers: Batman, Suicide Squad, Justice League Snyder Cut
Catch up on all of the news from DC's online event, which brought us first looks at many upcoming DC movies and games.
The first day of DC FanDome is over, and it's been a day jam-packed with news for fans of DC's many franchises. Things got started early on Saturday with a Wonder Woman: 1984 panel and a WB Games Montreal panel. While the former was filled with some fluff, it did deliver a Wonder Woman: 1984 trailer, and the latter offered up the announcement of Gotham Knights (along with a gameplay video), a new Batman-themed co-op game where Bruce Wayne is dead.
A trailer for The Batman premiered toward the end of the day, coming just after our first looks at The Suicide Squad and Justice League's Snyder Cut, among many other things. We also got to find out the first details about Batman: Arkham developer Rocksteady's new game, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. It, like Gotham Knights, is a co-op action game.
Ahead of the event, DC announced it was splitting the event between two days: one on August 22 and the other on September 12. As a result, this weekend's lineup for the show has changed quite a bit. All of the movie panels, along with a few high-profile TV panels took place on August 22, while everything else has been moved to September. The updated schedule is located below along with details on how to watch DC FanDome live and what this whole event even is.
How To Watch DC FanDome
Anyone can watch DC FanDome live for free. You don't need an account or to register in any way--to watch the event, simply head to the DC FanDome livestream site and you can take in all of the panels throughout the day. There will also be re-runs of panels in case you miss anything. Most of the big happenings will be in that one livestream, which consists of the Hall of Heroes panels.
DC FanDome Announcements
Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer
We got the second full trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 to lead off the event. It featured a look at several characters, including Kristen Wiig's Cheetah and the return of Chris Pine as Steve Trevor. You can check out our Wonder Woman 1984 trailer breakdown for everything you might have missed.
Gotham Knights Game
WB Games Montreal's new cooperative game Gotham Knights was shown and demonstrated for the first time. This game will feature Red Hood, Batgirl, Robin, and Nightwing in a story that appears to be set after Batman's death in Arkham Knight.
The Suicide Squad
While we did not get a trailer for James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, we did find out who's playing who in the star-studded cast. (John Cena is playing Peacemaker, whom he described as "douchey Captain America.") For more, check out our roundup of everything we learned about The Suicide Squad.
After leaking just prior to its panel, The Batman's first trailer has officially premiered. Director Matt Reeves also shared some details on both it and his Batman HBO Max series. Earlier during DC FanDome, we learned that The Batman is a Year Two story, which matches up with reports we've heard previously. For more, check out our The Batman trailer breakdown.
While the cast and director couldn't reveal much about the upcoming movie--which won't arrive until Fall 2022--we did get an official title for the movie. Additionally, comedian Sinbad hijacked the panel to talk about himself and demanded a role.
Justice League's Snyder Cut
The long-awaited Zack Snyder cut of Justice League got a trailer, which leaked prior to its panel. However, what we did learn during the panel is that the Snyder Cut will be four hours long. For more, check out our Snyder Cut trailer breakdown.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Rocksteady's new game Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League was revealed, and it's a co-op game where, well, the Suicide Squad has to take out the Justice League. Notably, it's this game, not Gotham Knights, that serves as a continuation for the Arkhamverse story established in Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, and Arkham Knight.
We got some new Aquaman 2 details during the movie's panel, including the fact that movie will be more serious than its predecessor. We'll also be seeing "new worlds" in the film.
The Rock's Black Adam movie will introduce the Justice Society of America to DC's movie universe. This was among the details we learned during the panel, although casting details were among the things kept under wraps.
The Flash Movie
The Flash is set still to get a dedicated movie, and the DC FanDome trailer offered us a look at Flash's new suit.
Titans is coming back for a Season 3, and when it does, there will be some new Batman characters getting introduced, including Red Hood, Commissioner Barbara Gordon, and Scarecrow.
Writer Neil Gaiman made an appearance to give an update on the Netflix Sandman adaptation. He claimed the series will not be as completely faithful to the source material as the earlier audio drama, but it will start in 1916.
What Is DC FanDome? Start Dates, Times, And What To Expect
Warner Bros.--and more specifically DC--is taking a different approach to the summer convention. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic--and because physical convention are not a good idea by any means--a virtual event called DC FanDome is taking place on August 22. This 24-hour event will primarily cover movies, but video games and TV shows will also be featured. The panel schedule has been released, and the show is looking very promising.
The big standout when comparing DC FanDome is the panels. While Comic-Con@Home gave us info on a couple of highly-anticipated movies and shows, like Bill and Ted Face the Music and The Boys Season 2, DC FanDome is delivering panels around numerous DC movies: Wonder Woman 1984, The Flash, The Batman, The Suicide Squad, Shazam 2, Black Adam, and the Snyder Cut of Justice League, all of which will include some massive stars.
Additionally, there are two DC games panels, including the recently teased Suicide Squad game from Rocksteady, the developer behind the Batman: Arkham trilogy. There is also a WB Games Montreal announcement as well, where it will debut a new game believed to be tied to Batman. Teasers released suggest it could involve the Court of Owls, and a secret code entered on a promotional website hints at Two-Face making a return.
In addition to the Hall of Heroes, there is the WatchVerse, which focuses on TV shows like Pennyworth, Black Lightning, Doom Patrol. These panels will all appear on the second-half of DC FanDome on September 12. This section will also have screenings of DC animated moves as well. You can check out a curated selection of the must-watch panels from there as well. We recommend the Young Justice panel which will be moderated by GameSpot's Chris E. Hayner. On top of all that, the KidsVerse, YouVerse, FunVerse, and InsiderVerse sections will each offer up something different for fans.
This virtual event will run for 24-hours straight, with encore presentations of panels playing in the early hours and, like Comic-Con@Home, DC Fandome is free to attend. As far as where to watch, all FanDome content will be hosted on DCFanDome.com and DCKidsFanDome.com, where you can head now to make an account and save your personal schedule for later.
Below you'll find a curated list of the most-notable panels coming to DC FanDome along with their official descriptions. Most of the panels run for about 30 minutes, except for The Flash and Shazam, which will both be 10 minutes long.
DC FanDome Hall Of Heroes Panel Schedule For Saturday, August 22:
Wonder Woman 1984: 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET
"Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal, and director/co-writer/producer Patty Jenkins join forces with Brazilian hosts Érico Borgo and Aline Diniz to celebrate the fans in a big way. They will answer questions from fans from all over the world, talk fan art and cosplay, and reveal an all-new sneak peek at the upcoming film--plus a few more surprises!"
Warner Bros. Games Montreal Announcement: 10:25 AM PT / 1:25 PM ET
"Gamers! You won’t want to miss this first look at an exciting new game, and Q&A with its developers."
Multiverse 101: 11:15 AM PT / 2:15 PM ET
"Get schooled in this engaging refresher course on the creation of the Multiverse with DC Chief Creative Officer/Publisher Jim Lee, Warner Bros. Pictures President of DC-Based Film Production Walter Hamada, and Berlanti Productions founder/DCTV mega-producer Greg Berlanti."
Introducing Flash: 11:40 AM PT / 2:40 PM ET
"This 101-style conversation with The Flash filmmakers Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti, star Ezra Miller and screenwriter Christina Hodson will give fans a speedy rundown on the first-ever Flash feature film."
The Suicide Squad: 11:55 AM PT / 2:55 PM ET
"What else would you expect from The Suicide Squad but the ultimate elimination game? First up, writer/director James Gunn takes on fan questions, then brings out Task Force X for a fast-paced, no-holds-barred Squad Showdown that tests every team member’s Squad knowledge--and survival skills!"
The Snyder Cut of Justice League: 2:30 PM PT / 5:30 PM ET
"Zack Snyder fields questions from fans and a few surprise guests as he discusses his eagerly awaited upcoming cut of the 2017 feature film and the movement that made it happen."
The Flash (CW) 2:54 PM PT / 5:54 PM ET
"Executive producer Eric Wallace joins cast members Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Nicolet, Kayla Compton and Brandon McKnight to discuss all things Flash with Entertainment Weekly’s Chancellor Agard. Team Flash will break down both parts of season six and look ahead at what is to come with an exclusive trailer for season seven. Fans will also get a look at the exclusive black-and-white noir episode “Kiss Kiss Breach Breach,” which will be available on The Flash season six Blu-ray and DVD on August 25."
Black Adam: 3:10 PM PT / 6:10 PM ET
"Star of the first-ever Black Adam feature film Dwayne Johnson sets the stage for the story and tone of the new movie with a fans-first Q&A...and a few surprises."
Aquaman: 4:05 PM PT / 7:05 PM ET
"Aquaman director James Wan and King Orm himself, Patrick Wilson, take a deep dive into the world of Atlantis that Wan created, revealing their favorite behind-the-scenes moments from the largest DC movie ever!"
Shazam: 4:40 PM PT / 7:40 PM ET
"Zac Levi and the cast can't tell you s#&t! Sworn to secrecy on the new script for their upcoming movie, Zac and a few of his Shazamcastmates talk with the Philippines' #1 DC fan, Gino Quillamor, about what the next movie might be about, while commenting on everything from panels to the other Zack’s cut--and even have a few surprise guests drop in!"
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League: 5:10 PM PT / 8:10 PM ET
"Will Arnett hosts the highly anticipated video game reveal from Rocksteady Studios, creators of the Batman: Arkham franchise."
The Batman: 5:30 PM PT / 8:30 PM ET
"The Batman filmmaker Matt Reeves joins host and self-professed fangirl Aisha Tyler for a discussion of the upcoming film...with a surprise (or two) for the fans!"
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