2020 has certainly been a rough ride so far, but amidst a year of uncertainty in the entertainment world, Warner Bros. decided nothing was going to get in the way of them bringing the biggest news and reveals to their millions of devout fans worldwide.
Back in June, WB first announced they would be running a one-of-a-kind, worldwide online event, jam-packed with more reveals and special looks than Batman has gadgets stuffed into his utility belt – a promise they they delivered in spades this past weekend with the first-ever DC FanDome.
So why don’t we take a look back at the top reveals from this past weekend’s DC FanDome Hall of Heroes?
Wonder Woman 1984
The first DC film to take the spotlight in the DC FanDome event, Wonder Woman 1984 is the follow-up to 2017’s enormously successful Wonder Woman, and marks Gal Gadot’s fourth DCEU outing as Diana Prince. Originally slated to be released in December 2019, it was then pushed back to June 2020 before COVID struck, and is currently pencilled in for an October theatrical release, pending any further necessary delays.
Whilst fans are still waiting for an official confirmation as to when they can finally devour this latest Amazonian extravaganza, DC delivered us a second trailer to whet our appetites and a first full look at Kristen Wiig’s Cheetah.
The first of two big game reveals throughout FanDome, Shazam! actor Zachary Levi introduced fans to the first trailer for Gotham Knights, the new game by WB Games Montreal, which sees Gotham City entrusted into the care of Robin, Red Hood, Batgirl and Nightwing. Perhaps more importantly, the trailer also confirms previous rumours the game would feature The Court of Owls.
Whilst the panel with Ezra Miller, director Andy Muschietti, producer Barbara Muschietti and screenwriter Christina Hodson didn’t have much to share in terms of details for the 2022 The Flash film, it did include some concept art that reveals a first look at Barry Allen’s new suit, which Andy Muschietti confirmed is designed by Batman.
What the panel deliberately steered away from, though, were the recent reports that the film, which is loosely based on Flashpoint and would delve heavily into the concept of the Multiverse, would feature not one but two versions of Batman played by both Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck respectively. If you take a close look at the concept art that was shared, however, the Batman being portrayed does indeed hold a distinct likeness to Keaton’s 1989 Batman.
The Suicide Squad
One of the mostly hotly anticipated reveals of event, James Gunn finally introduced the full cast for his The Suicide Squad film, a sequel/reboot of sorts to 2016 Suicide Squad from director David Ayer. Alongside returning faces such as Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman’s Col. Rick Flag and Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller are a plethora of new faces including Pete Davidson, John Cena, Idris Elba, Nathan Fillion, Alice Braga, Peter Capaldi, Flula Borg and more.
Confirming a few fan rumours, and making a few surprises, Gunn firstly offered us the following character reveals:
And then followed up with a super exciting behind-the-scenes reel, which amongst other things reveals Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn finally suiting up in her trademark black and red colour scheme.
The Snyder Cut
DC fans know all too well the story behind the production of 2017’s Justice League, and how the final theatrical version released in cinemas varied wildly from the original vision conceived by director Zack Snyder. After years of vocal fan outcries, not only is the Snyder cut of Justice League finally becoming a reality, but now we know, thanks to the reveals made by Snyder himself, that the finished edit will come in the form of 4 x 1 hour chapters (also viewable as a single, massive 4-hour epic) on HBOMax in the US in 2021, and that worldwide distribution plans were also well underway so we don’t miss out here in Australia.
Production on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Black Adam is still only in the very early stages, and filming is still yet to get underway, but that didn’t stop The Rock showing us all what he had cookin’. Offering a glimpse of the film’s concept art, and confirmed the appearance of the Justice Society of America including Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Cyclone and Atom Smasher.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods
Zachary Levi and the cast of Shazam! were intentionally tight-lipped about any details about the upcoming sequel to their own 2019 DCEU film, but the one thing they did manage to let slip was the official title: Shazam! Fury of the Gods.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
The second game reveal for the online event, Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is not only a spiritual successor of the beloved Arkham games, but as the panel revealed, it also serves as a direct sequel and will continue a number of the storylines first introduced in those award-winning fan-favourites.
As the game’s title suggests, this outing will have players assume the roles of Task Force X, composed of Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang and King Shark, and have them go head to head with Superman and the Justice League. Take a look at the explosive new trailer now (language warning on this one, Supa-Fans!).
Titans Season 3
Titans are back! After two enormously successful seasons on Netflix, the live-action Titans starring Aussie actors Brenton Thwaites (Nightwing), Teagon Croft (Raven) and Joshua Orpin (Superboy), are coming back for a massive third season, and now we know that season three will see the super team make a move to Gotham City and come face-to-face with Barbara Gordon (a.k.a. Batgirl) and notorious Batman villain Dr. Jonathan Crane (a.k.a. Scarecrow).
Moreover, it was also revealed that Curran Walter’s Jason Todd, who left the Titans behind at the end of season 2, would make the transformation from the second Robin into Red Hood during the events of the season.
Perhaps the most anticipated reveal from DC FanDome came from The Batman panel with director Matt Reeves. Whilst Reeves confirmed that only 25-30% of the film was shot prior to being shut down due to the pandemic, he was able to provide us all with this first teaser for Robert Pattinson’s first outing as Gotham’s Dark Knight.
It was also confirmed that in conjunction with the new film, a spin-off Gotham PD television series is also in development for HBOMax, set one year prior to the events of The Batman, at a time when Pattinson’s Batman first begins his crime-fighting crusade in Gotham City.
But even with all that, DC FanDome 2020 still isn’t completely done and dusted yet! The event is coming back for a second day very soon, on September 13, with a plethora of new on-demand content, exploring other corners of the DC Multiverse that still has not yet been covered in the online Hall of Heroes.