• Annie Banks

DC FanDome: The Good, The Bad, and Everything In-Between

After trailing in the footsteps of blockbuster studios such as Marvel pulling off Hulk-sized superhero films, Warner Brothers' DCEU seems to make big strides for their future after their reveals during DC FanDome's first half.

Wonder Woman 1984 is finally up to bat as it releases a new trailer that finally sets up Kristin Wiig's Cheetah for her big debut, even at a passing glance, and the mediocrity of her design is enough to appease fans that have been clambering for a glimpse of new Wonder Woman content. The new golden, gilded, glistening, and gaudy costume for Wonder Woman herself is given another glance, and it's hard to place the eagle-inspired armor as heroic or hideous.

Black Adam struggles to entertain and engage an audience as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson narrates as Black Adam over the concept art presented as an animated series of events. To un-impress audiences, even more, Noah Centineo has been cast as Atom Smasher. At one point, the preview completely replicates a scene from Black Panther. It's a reach, with subpar concept art and poor rendering, and can't sell itself convincingly to DC fans.

Gotham Knights is the long-awaited new Batman game from WB Montreal, the studio that created Batman: Arkham Origins from the ever so popular Batman Arkham game series. Banding together Nightwing, Red Hood, Batgirl, and Robin as four playable characters to face off with the shadowy Court of Owls. After years of impatience, WB Montreal surprises and delights with their game announcement.

Shazam 2 earns the title of Shazam! Fury of the Gods, which implies that the sequel will dive deeper into the lore surrounding the six Gods that gifted young Billy Batson with his powers. Comedian Sinbad's confusing cameo on the panel could possibly mean that he's landed a role for himself, or that he's riffing off of Kazaam (1996). Either way, the Shazam sequel will strike theaters on November 4, 2022.

Years of hardcore campaigning and an unrelenting fanbase calling for Zack Snyder's four-hour-long cut of Justice League have paid off, as today, another trailer was unleashed after Snyder littering clues across his Twitter. Brimming with never-seen-before clips of Snyder's intended vision, untainted by Joss Whedon's intrusive cross-directing. From Superman's black suit to Flash's time travel, there's plenty to unpack in the Justice League's re-release.

James Gunn is known for his stellar breakthrough work on Guardians of the Galaxy and is gearing up to rehash the universally despised Suicide Squad (2016) into something that is predictably showstopping. Adorned with an impressive cast stacked with big names and new faces alike, this vibrant, classic-comic variant takes a hot new perspective on a maverick team.

Andy Muschietti's plans to toss an even more sideways curveball deepen as his adaptation of the Flashpoint comics will pave the way for Eza Miller and their stand-alone film forThe Flash will feature two iconic Batmen. Both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton will return as the World's Greatest Detectives alongside the Speedster himself, Barry Allen. It is revealed that Affleck's Batman plays an emotional role in the film and that Allen's new suit is a gift from his friend Batman - but there is no indication on which one just yet.

Brooding, jaded, and haunted, Robert "Battinson" Pattinson shocks hopefuls in his first trailer for The Batman. Director Matt Reeves doesn't back away from shooting for a blackened, dark, and unforgiving take on the Caped Crusader. Colin Farrel's Penguin, Zoe Kravitz's Catwoman, and Paul Dano's Riddler can all be pinpointed, but Reeves is clever enough to keep them beclouded away. Some criticize the angle of the film, claiming it's another tale of misunderstanding; others are quick to praise Reeves' vision. Either way, the film is only one-fourth of the way complete and looks bone-chillingly brutal.

DC Fandome's first run has ended on a high, conclusive note and will return in exactly one month, September 22, bringing along more exciting releases that will be more televison-centric compared to a film-focused convention. There may be some time to spare, but that doesn't mean that the excitement surrounding the second part will simmer down anytime soon.

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