10 Things We Want to See at DC FanDome
The highly anticipated Fandome event is rapidly approaching and after the year we’ve had, it’ll nice to experience a large event from the comfort and safety of our homes. With plenty of scheduled guest from the cast of The Suicide Squad to the newest Batman himself, surely there will be plenty to offer for fans across the DC multiverse. FanDome will go live on August 22nd for 24 hours only with the 8 hour main event, Hall of Heroes, streamaing three times consecutively over the course of the day, but after that the event will be over and you will not be able to see the panels in full again. Here are ten things we hope to see make an appearance at DC’s free fan powered event.
10. Updates on Doom Patrol and Harley Quinn
As both shows recently finished their second season runs there has been little to no news on the future of either, there was rumors that Doom Patrol would be filming its next two seasons back-to-back due to these uncertain times but no official word on that report has been issued. Harley Quinn ended on such a satisfying note that not continuing it may just be the best outcome for the show. There really isn’t a need for them to drag it out past what we’ve seen and it would be a shame to see it keep going just to keep it going. Both shows recently made the jump to HBO Max from DC Universe and ,as recent news suggests DC universe is basically running on fumes, it seems likely that these two could find a permanent home at Max. Both shows have become fan favorites and produced some incredibly memorable stories, clearing the air around them would put many fans at ease and FanDome will seemingly be the place for that as both the shows cast are set to make appearances.
9. Update on HBO Max Original Series
Some of the first Max originals announced were that of Green Lantern and Strange Adventures, from there they’ve slowly been building onto their already powerful slate and while a delay on these projects is likely due to the ongoing pandemic, casting and further news on the shows will hopefully make a presence at the event. Since the launch of HBO Max we’ve the announcement of countless other DC shows such as Aquaman: King of Atlantis, Justice League Dark,and a GCPD centered spin-off of 2021’s highly anticipated The Batman. There’s little to no info on many of these projects since they were announced, we know about many of the creatives behind these projects such as Matt Reeves, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti ,Elizabeth Banks, and JJ Abrams but little to no plot details or the rosters of each show. I’m curious to see how large of a presence each show makes at FanDome as Berlanti and John’s are set to appear at the virtual event.
8. The Flash: Casting and Confirmation
If you ever needed a definition for ‘development Hell’ then look no further than The Flash. Over the past couple years it has reached a record amount of roadblocks such as losing directors and quite a bit of rewrites. The Flash is currently dated to release on June 2nd, 2022 and with be directed by It Chapter 1 and 2 director Andrés Muschietti. The current cast consist of Ezra Miller, Kiersey Clemons, Billy Crudup, and at one point, Ray Fisher. It’s currently unclear if any of them have dropped out or been recast due to the numerous rewrites and change of directors. Back in June, it was reported that Michael Keaton would be returning as Bruce Wayne and once again don the cape and cowl in in the film. Now in what seems to be oncoming golden age of DC, it would be great to be given some concrete answers as to whats going on with the film and when production should be going underway. Casting would be another treat as well, right now we aren’t sure who the antagonist will be or if there will be one in general as the film has been teased as a time travel film, “It is a story of time travel: Flash travels back to try to save his mother. It is a spectacular action movie but it has a big heart,” said Muschietti. For a while it was known that this film would adapt the popular Flashpoint storyline but as more and more details slip through the cracks it seem’s that it will be an original take on the source material.
7. The Suicide Squad
At the dawn of the DCEU, The Suicide Squad stirred up screens around the world with their silver screen debut in David Ayers Suicide Squad. With an incredible box office haul a sequel was inevitable and will take the form of Jame Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. With basically every detail of the film being kept under wraps and it not exactly being paraded as a sequel to Ayer’s, the film will feature the return of Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, and Jai Courtney. With basically nothing known about the film, less than a year to go, and already well into post production, to finally see confirmation on the newest roster of Task Force X and get a first look at the cast in action cannot be completely out of the question. The possibility of a full trailer dropping is slim to none, but I don’t think a teaser is completely unlikely. The Suicide Squad is currently set to release on August 6th, 2021, and is rumored to feature Idris Elba as Vigilante, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher, Steve Agee as King Shark, and David Dastmalchian as Polka Dot Man along with Taika Waititi, John Cena, Pete Davidson, Nathan Fillion, Alice Braga, Peter Capaldi, Michael Rooker, Mayling Ng, Sean Gunn, Joaquin Cosio, and Tinashe Kajese all in undisclosed roles that’ll hopefully be revealed sooner than later.
6. WB Games
With the recent announcement of Rocksteadys Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League all eyes are on Wb Montreal as they’re currently set to debut their newest Batman game. WB Montreal previously developed Batman: Arkham Origins, a prequel to Rocksteady’s already exceptionally popular Arkham series. For years now rumors have swirled of a new Batman game that would be revealed soon, and on September 22nd, 2019 WB Montreal dropped the first tease in a string of complicated and cryptic insignia’s that would eventually lead to radio silence for months. New rumors began to emerge of the newest Batman title, reportedly titled Batman: Gotham Knights, a game that would see the Bat Family go up against the infamous Court of Owls, a long rumored villain for the potential new Batman title. With little to no news on either title, we know that the Suicide Squad game will see Task Force X go up against the super 7 possibly adapting Joshua Williamson’s 2017 Justice League Vs Suicide Squad comic run. Theres no better place to reveal story details and gameplay for both highly anticipated titles at FanDome.
5. Black Adam: Casting and Confirmation
Having reportedly been in development since 2008, Black Adam is finally set to make his live action debut December 22nd, 2021. Having been cast in the role since the films original its original inception, Dwanye “The Rock” Johnson is set to play the fallen champion and king of Kahndaq himself, Black Adam, Johnson’s hype and determination to bring this character to life and really do him justice is whats got many fans so excited to see him hit the silver screen along. The film is currently set to be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who previously worked with Johnson on Jungle Cruise. Currently the films cast has only added Noah Centineo, who will play the one and only Atom-Smasher, a member of the JSA. It’s been reported that Alexander Skarsgård is in talks to play the winged riot himself Hawkman, but no official word on this casting has been issued. With Black Adam seemingly having a large presence at FanDome, we can only hope that we’re given some insight into the plot of the film and who else will be joining Johnson.
4. Ava Duvernay’s New Gods
Bursting with talent and potential, The New Gods has been that of a mystery lately, with a slight update here and there on the writing process from Ava Duvernary, who is currently co-writing the film with Tom King, Duvernay is set to direct the project and has been attached since its announcement in 2018. Duvernay’s drive and passion to dive into the rich history and the world that Jack Kirby built offers fans just a taste of what is in store for the film. The potential to build a Game of thrones-esque story between the royal families of Apokolips and New Genesis is limitless, especially when you have full access to the full roster of gods, from Darkseid to Orion-there’s so much you can do with this world. While it hasn’t been confirmed to make an appearance at the event, there’s a chance that it could show up at the mystery panel.
3. The Batman
Possibly one of the most anticipated films of 2021, Matt Reeves The Batman is sure to have one of the largest presences at the event with both Reeves and Robert Pattinson in attendance. The panel will run 30 minutes and is confirmed to include a few surprises, including first looks at many characters that we could’ve seen by now if production on the film hadn’t been delayed due to the ongoing pandemic. Fans have been eagerly awaiting the first look at Zoe Kravitz Catwoman and Paul Dano’s Riddler, and possibly a full reveal of Pattinson in the cape and cowl. While rumors have been swirling around of a teaser of sorts at the event, it most likely wouldn’t be much since they still have more than half of the film to shoot and reportedly wont be returning to film until sometime in September. Due to the pandemic, The Batman suffered a delay from its June 25th, 2021 release date and will now release on October 1st, 2021. This decision was most likely influenced due to the resounding success of Joker at its October release in 2019. With so much unknown about this film, Fandome is sure to be a big day for everyone involved.
2. Zack Snyder’s Justice League
Powered by a movement that was determined to defend creative freedom and get what should’ve released on November 17th, 2017, Zack Snyders Justice League is a film that surely will never be forgotten and never would’ve been possible without the passion of the fans. Confirmed to have one of the biggest panels and a trailer surely to debut, fans are in for a treat when the man himself takes the stage and dishes on all the details behind the film and how they’re getting things done. Confirmation on the film’s release date onto the platform would be a welcome surprise and doesn’t seem completely out of the question. Many fans have wondered if Snyder would be able to film additional footage for his cut as he’d originally teased the film at a 214 minute run time, but in a recent interview he revealed that his film may be longer than he initially thought. It’s currently unknown who will join Snyder at the panel but the description indicates a few surprise guest, I can’t see actors such as Jason Momoa or Ray Fisher missing this panel especially after how vocal and supportive both have been for the movement.
1. Confirmation On The Future
At the beginning of the DCEU, Zack Snyder had a path and story planned out for his take on what his live action DC universe would look like; after a while it became more and more obvious that the DCEU had lost its way Through new leadership and the pursuit of creative freedom, DC has risen from what they once were and have cast aside the doubt and ridicule that some spewed when that logo appeared. But something else has become more and more apparent throughout the past couple years, and a new direction seems to be paving the way for the future of DC. Ever since the CW crisis crossover event it seems that everything is beginning to come together, in the form of one larger multiverse, quite possibly the smartest move for DC, allowing them to keep central universe going while letting others come in and explore different tones and themes with the vast library of characters and it opens the door for quite literally anything and everything. To see this confirmed at the event with some of DC’s biggest creatives such as Walter Hamada, Jim Lee, and Greg Berlanti with their plans for the future would leave fans with long due answers as to where the future of this shared universe is going.