Here are all the highlights from the DC FanDome events

Here are all the highlights from the DC FanDome events
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Pre COVID-19, thousands of pop culture geeks would fly down to San Diego every summer to attend the San Diego Comic Con Event. This year’s event couldn’t take place in person, but streamed virtually instead via “Comic-Con@Home.” The event turned out to be a failure after attracting merely a fraction of viewers compared to previous Cons. However, after the success of their August 22 event, DC Comics gave audiences another exciting weekend of DC FanDome. The event offers fans access to free virtual panels from the cast and crew of their favorite movies and television shows.

We’ve compiled all the highlights from the DC FanDome events, which took place on August 22 and September 12.

DC FanDome Part 1

The trailer for the new film “Wonder Woman 1984” was revealed by director Patty Jenkins and cast members Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal and Kristen Wiig – where audiences also got the first look of Wiig as Cheetah.

Warner Bros. Montreal also released the first trailer of the “Batman: Arkham” franchise, “Batman: Gotham Knights.” As suggested by the name, the game will center on Batman’s four main sidekicks (Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl and The Red Hood) as they try to protect Gotham in the absence of Batman.

The “Sandman” panel saw author Neil Gaiman reveal some new information about the “Sandman” Netflix series, including the fact that production has resumed and the series will now be set in modern times, rather than in the 80s.

During the Multiverse 101 panel, COVID-19 was a big discussion point. Greg Berlanti said that COVID-19 will affect their original plans for the upcoming season’s “Arrowverse” crossover. However, only the CW’s multiverse plans are gone – other shows like “Doom Patrol” and “Titans” are still going ahead with their original plans for future seasons.

The “Introducing Flas” panel featured Andrés Muschietti showing unseen sketches for the new Flash suit that will be in the upcoming movie starring Ezra Miller. Screenwriter Christina Hodson told fans that the DC’s “cinematic multiverse is going to be born out of this movie – it’s born out of Barry’s movie.”

Director James Gunn revealed the cast and first look for the highly anticipated “Sucide Squad” sequel. The cast includes Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis reprising her role as Amanda Waller, and an ensemble set of actors like Idris Elba, Alice Braga, Pete Davidson, Nathan Fillion, Taika Waititi, David Dastmalchian and Michael Rooker.

John Ridley and Nick Derington announced a four-part Batman miniseries that is expected to launch in January 2021. Ridley said about his Batman that there’s “a little better than a 47 percent chance he’s going to be a person of color.”

The running time for the director’s cut of Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” comes to a total of four hours. Snyder also dropped the trailer, which shows previously unreleased scenes from the original cut. The film should be out on HBO Max next year in four one-hour installments.

The cast from popular TV show “The Flash” revealed that the last few episodes of Season 6 will instead be the premiere of Season 7 and also showed a teaser of the partially completed 20th episode.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson revealed the first sketches of his upcoming superhero movie “Black Adam” – which is expected to feature the Justice League of America members Doctor Fate, Hawkman, Atom Smasher and Cyclone. Noah Centineo is set to play Atom Smasher, although no other actor has yet been cast for the remaining characters.

The Aquaman panel saw co-star Patrick Wilson and director James Wan have a chat about the success of the first movie and very broadly talk about the upcoming sequel. Wan promised fans that it would be much “more serious” and “relevant” than the first film.

Executive producer of “Titans” Greg Walker gave fans a surprise with the news that its upcoming third season would see characters like Red Hood, Scarecrow and Commissioner Barbara Gordon play important parts in the story.

The cast of “Shazam!” panel saw them mostly joking about Sinbad being in the upcoming sequel, but they did also reveal the official title for the new movie – “Shazam! Fury Of The Gods.”

Part 1 of the DC FanDome event closed out with the first trailer for Matt Reeves’ “The Batman.” The director gave a lengthy interview, discussing how his movie will be a detective story and how films like “Chinatown” and “Taxi Driver” inspired his take on the vigilante as well as his love for Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne.

DC FanDome Part 2

DC’s “Legends of Tomorrow” introduced a new character, Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz, played by “Chicago P.D.” star Lisseth Chavez. The character was described to be an “off-the-grid” expert in abductions and aliens. This also confirmed the theory that the Legends will now be going after the time-displaced space creatures, which was hinted at in the show’s Season 5 finale.

Executive producer for hit TV show “Pennyworth,” Bruno Heller, revealed that when Season 2 drops, Martha Kane will be pregnant.

Executive producers for “Young Justice,” Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti, confirmed the title for the fourth season during the panel “Young Justice: Phantoms.”

The new CW superhero TV show “Superman and Lois,” saw showrunner and executive producer Todd Helbing with actors Tyler Hoechlin and Elisabeth Tulloch reveal that the series will not take place in Metropolis, but instead in Smallville. Plus, fans will see Superman get a brand-new “badass” suit.

Popular TV show “Lucifer” previewed their upcoming musical episode. During the panel discussion, showrunner Ildy Modrovich said the initial idea for a musical was planted while filming Season 3, which saw Lucifer and Ella sing “Luck Be A Lady” in the sixth episode, “Vegas With Some Radish.” Joined by the episode’s director, Sherwin Shilati, and showrunner Joe Henderson, the panel discussed the difficulty of shooting the episode. They revealed that an entirely revised production schedule was required specifically for the episode. The team also released a video showing bloopers from the show’s fourth season.

Creator and executive producer of DC’s “Stargirl,” Geoff Johns, revealed that Pat was initially going to control his robot remotely from afar. But, seeing how similar of a story it was for another series that was in development, the robot became a piloted machine instead. He also told fans that Cindy’s father, Dragon King, was originally envisioned to be a DC Villain named Cobra. He also gave the news to his fans that Grundy will be returning to Season 2, saying, “He’s not gone just yet.”

Supervising producer for the Harley Quinn animated series, Jennifer Coyle, hopes the show will return for a third season. If DC grants another season, executive producer Justin Halpern already has ideas for where the show will be heading. “We want to focus on Harley and Ivy’s relationship,” he said. “I’m less interested if the Joker gets a new girlfriend or not than I am in [exploring] this relationship we’ve spent two years building.”

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