DC FanDome 2021 Highlights

What’s to come out of DC in the upcoming year.

No More Comic-Con?

In the midst of a pandemic DC decided to make all of their big announcements on their own. Out of that idea DC FanDome 2020 was born. A completely virtual event centered around all upcoming DC comic, EU, cartoon, and video game projects. With DC FanDome 2021 coming out last Saturday it looks as though this is the new normal. Which now begs the question, is this the end of DC at Comic-Con? With them being absent from Comic-Con since 2018 it’s fair to assume that DC FanDome is here to stay. The event itself came out with over 25 announcements being almost 4 hours long. However, let’s go over just a few of the bigger more exciting ones.

Black Adam along side the Justice League in Justice League #60, physical comic owned by Christopher Elias

Black Adam

The anticipation for the Black Adam film started with the first teaser back in DC FanDome 2020. Ever since fans have been waiting patiently for a trailer. That patience paid off right off the bat when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson gave us a sneak peak to the movie. The sneak peak shows us the first appearance of  Black Adam in the film. Opening with a group of archeologists finding ancient writing in a cave and one of them reads the writing. This allows Black Adam to escape, kill a man, get shot at showing off his invulnerability, and levitate. Along with the sneak peak came a small behind the scene look at the cast. Where we meet some exciting characters; Dr. Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), and Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo). The teaser ending with  a release date of July 29, 2022.

Peacemaker with Red X in Suicide Squad #4, (physical comic owned by Christopher Elias)

Peacemaker

Making his debut in 2021’s The Suicide Squad, Peacemaker, now has his own HBO Max ordinal show directed by James Gunn. The shows filming began directly after the end of filming of The Suicide Squad, making the show take place right where the film left off. Peacemaker’s portion of the event began with a zoom paneled Q&A with the director and cast. Where we meet all the new characters that will now be a part of the DCEU, including a character of Gunn’s own making. Afterwards Gunn gives us a trailer to the show that does not disappoint. The most important things to take from the trailer are: he gets a new helmet, he gets a CGI pet eagle, and there is a 4 minute tighty whitey dance scene. A fun show for anyone who enjoyed The Suicide Squad that is set to release January 13, 2022.

The Flash, Batman, Cyborg, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman in Flashpoint Paradox collection. (Physical copy owned by Christopher) Elias

The Flash

A film that has been delayed multiple times and has gone through multiple directors is finally in the works. The Flash panel opens with The Flash himself, Ezra Miller, letting us know that the film is in the works. That there isn’t enough material for a teaser or a trailer but there is a sneak peak. We immediately get confirmation of the multiverse, multiple time lines, and see his new suit within the first 30 seconds. A suit that is not getting much love from the fans. The sneak peak continues, showing us that the film is basing itself off the Flashpoint Paradox comics, however very loosely.  It ends by showing us 2 Ezra Miller Flashes, Super Girl, and teases Michael Keaton Batman and Batmobile.  All this but no release date just big bold letters telling us, “Late 2022”.

The Batman promotional poster credits to DC Entertainment (Alon Amir)

The Batman

Finally, the movie everyone’s been waiting almost 4 hours to hear about is here at the very end. The Batman, opens similar to Peacemaker’s panel with a Q&A with the director and two main characters. Matt Reeves, Robert Pattinson (Batman), and Zoë Kravitz (Catwoman) reminisce about the filming, which was almost two years ago now, and their screen tests. Where we learn that Pattinson preformed his screen test with none other than Val Kilmer’s Batsuit. We finally got what we’ve been waiting for, right where we got the first trailer we get the second. The trailer opens with the arrest of The Riddler , then we see Jim Gordon on a rooftop having made a makeshift Batsignal. We get our first real look at The Penguin, Alfred, and Catwoman, or more Selina Kyle seeing she never had her mask on. The trailer ends with an intense car chase between Batman and The Penguin, resulting in the Batmobile jumping through fire and The Penguin’s car upside down. Leaving is all itching for March 4, 2022 and bringing DC FanDome 2021 to a close.

 

 

 

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