Sunday morning I woke up feeling like my face had been melted. Now sure, some of that probably had to do with the amount of vodka I drank the night before. At one point I turned to my wife and asked why don’t we drink more vodka only to discover why the following morning. But underneath that hangover was a man who was all types of excited. A man who had a really enjoyable experience the night before outside the vodka. A man who wanted to open his phone and re-watch alllll the trailers that had him flipping out the night before. A man who wanted to start new text threads based on what he saw. A man… who just wanted to geek out.
With DC’s track record it was easy to walk into DC Fandome a little cautiously. This isn’t a company that has really delivered on their promises in the past. Movies like BvS, Justice League, Suicide Squad all fell flat of expectations and the future of the DCEU looked foggy at best. And that’s kind of how I felt. I wanted DC Fandome to be awesome but refused to lower my guard. I wasn’t looking to get fooled again and the news that the event would be split into two annoyed me. Sure, part of that had to do with me posting the schedule the day before but it seemed like a strange move so close to the event. With my eyebrow raised, I woke up Saturday and set reminders on my phone for the panels I was most excited about and waited it out.
The pandemic hasn’t really given us a lot to look forward to. Comic-Con@Home was well-intended but mostly was considered a miss and it seems like it has been forever since the Parks and Rec reunion and the Community table read. We could really use a pick me up right now and I felt that put even more pressure on DC Fandome. I was rooting for them not only because DC could use the win living in the forever shadow of Marvel but because we needed this. We deserved something awesome to pick us up during these weird times.
And let me tell you Geeklings, DC Fandome delivered!
Man, what an event! From start to finish the whole thing was fantastically orchestrated as it transitioned into panel after panel. Now, full disclosure, I didn’t watch every panel. Like I said, I was partaking in some vodka and was shamed pretty early on for being antisocial, so I had to pick and choose moments and panels. With that being said though, I like to believe that I caught the majority of Fandome and each passing panel left me more and more hyped.
Don’t believe me? Couldn’t find the time to visit DC Fandome? Well, good thing I Am Geek has you covered. Below you’ll find some of the stand out moments from DC Fandome including that trailer. Yes, that one. The game changer.
Our First Look At Cheetah/New Wonder Woman ’84 trailer-
Wonder Woman has been one of the movie casualties of 2020 as we’re waiting for a time where theaters are once again safe to attend and movies can start releasing as planned. And while we’re hoping that Wonder Woman will be released this fall the truth of the matter is that we don’t know. Good thing Fandome used the film to kick off Saturday’s event to remind us it’s coming while giving us our first peek of Kristen Wiig’s Cheetah and she looks awesome. I was concerned with how Cheetah would be portrayed on the big screen and it looks like Wonder Woman is diving all in on the comic look. There will be no Green Goblin modernization here. Nope, this woman looks like a cheetah! I was also impressed seeing how hands-on Wiig looks to be in the action. I always think of her as a comedic actress and I think this role is a really great opportunity for her to show that she can kick some ass as well.
As for the trailer, it expanded a little more on the story, gave us a bunch of Chris Pine goodness, Wonder Woman lassoing a lightning bolt, and tons of bright colors. Wonder Woman has become the crowning achievement of the DCEU and it’s looking like not much is going to change here. Gal Gadot was born to play this role and I can’t wait to see her in action again.
Gotham Knights video game-
Another Batman game has long since been rumored and as Fandome approached it was all but confirmed with many believing this would tackle Scott Snyder’s “Court of Owls”. Gotham Knights seems to be a bit more than just a Batman game though especially since Batman is… dead! That’s right, the Caped Crusader is gone and in his wake, he leaves Night Wing, Red Hood, Batwoman, and Robin as playable characters trying to figure out what happened to the Bat. If those playable options weren’t awesome enough how about the trailers tag confirming the involvement of the Court of Owls?! Do I think Batman is actually dead? No. Am I excited to play as different members of the Bat-Family? Hell yes! And that Court of Owls tease seemed to be ripped right out of the pages of the comics. This looks all types of badass to me and furthers my need for a PS5.
James Gunn’s Suicide Squad-
Out of all the panels, this was the one I was most looking forward to. James Gunn. The Suicide Squad. This sounded like a recipe for all types of awesome and this panel did not disappoint. Not only did we get the reveals of who everyone was playing (some serious surprises here too) and some behind the scenes footage, but you also got the feel that the cast had a genuinely excellent time filming this movie. I love the idea it’s going to play like a 1970’s war film with these insane characters thrown in the midst. Harley Quinn looks outstanding as she continues to evolve and be the one certainty within the DCEU. And you just know that there are so many characters because half of them are going to get wiped out in horrific ways. Something I’m here for. Just as long as no one touches King Shark. He’s off-limits. You hear me?!
Look At Michael Keaton in The Flash-
I didn’t get to see much of The Flash panel but this storyboard art showing Michael Keaton’s Batman back in the fold… well, that was enough for me. The movie is certainly going play into the multiverse and while I’m not a huge fan of Miller, the concepts of the film have me intrigued. But mostly, Michael Keaton.
The Snyder Cut-
Listen, if you’ve been hyped for this then you walked away still hyped. If you’ve been feeling kind of “meh” about the whole thing, I’m not sure if there was anything here to change your mind. Zack Snyder hosted a panel where he was really into inflating his ego, showed a trailer where he used another crappy version of “Hallelujah”, and gave us a trailer that looked… like the movie that was already released? I don’t know, I saw some of the differences, but it looks like the same movie. Dark tones. Lack of joy. You know, the usual Snyder. But it’s coming to us next year. Confirmed in four parts. The Snyder Cut is real and it is coming.
The Rock has been Black Adam for so long now, I was starting to believe that it was just becoming a running gag but it looks like we’re finally moving forward on this movie. Fandome gave us some storyboards on the upcoming Black Adam film and things look intense. Not only that but it certainly sounds like Black Adam is going to be a pivotal part of the DCEU going forward as the film will introduce the JSA (with members Doctor Fate, Cyclone, and Hawkman), Shazam! Elements, and certainly appears to feed into Adam’s antihero vibes. Throw in the fact that the Shazam Wizard is rumored to be heading toward a Black Adam showdown, and The Rock continued to tease a throwdown with Superman and Black Adam goes from a project going nowhere to not coming soon enough. This one left me stupid kinds of excited.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League video game-
When this was announced a couple of weeks ago it became one of my can’t miss panels for Fandome. Now after watching that teaser, this game has become one of my can’t miss games for all of next year. Falling in the same timeline as the Arkham games, Suicide Squad hosts a great cast (what a day for King Shark) and looks to do something unique. Kill the Justice League. Easy peasy, right? Brainiac appears to have taken over earth, or at least Metropolis, and has managed to turn our heroes into evil murderous shells. I assume. Good thing we’ve got Harley Quin, Deadshot, Boomerang, and a bunch of other lunatics to bring them down. The gameplay looks great and the game just seems fun. I’m all in on this.
There was a reason why this panel closed the event and man, oh man, did it deliver. In spades. I think in less than twenty-four hours this trailer was viewed over fifteen million times on YouTube. I know I’ve done multiple re-watches. This is exactly what I wanted out of Matt Reeve’s The Batman. It feels gritty. It feels haunted. Pattinson’s Batman is ruthless, that beat down… I was flipping out. Catwoman. The Penguin. A Riddler who looks to be terrifying, unless he’s secretly Hush. Somehow Reeves found a way to blend that Burton feels with the Nolan importance and… I was left speechless. While the film is still in production, I left DC Fandome feeling rather confident in the state of Batman films.
There you have it Geeklings, DC Fandome in a nutshell. What did you think? What was your favorite panel? What did you leave super excited about? Sound off in the comments or throw me a line on Twitter @iamgeek32. Fandome left us a lot to talk about and I’m ready to start talking. Because honestly, talking somehow makes the waiting less difficult. Am I right or did I just make that up? I think I’m right…