It was a big weekend for superhero fans across the globe as DC Entertainment hosted the first-ever ‘DC FanDome’, a free virtual event bringing together thousands of fans from all over the world through a series of live-streamed videos showcasing upcoming DC-themed projects, including exclusive announcements, trailer reveals and insider access. For those not familiar DC is one of the largest and oldest comic book companies in America and is responsible for producing numerous culturally iconic superheroes, such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and The Flash who have all been featured in recent film adaptations within the DC universe.
With the 2020 Comic-Con season cancelled, the release of the upcoming sequel ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ delayed and production on the eagerly anticipated new film ‘The Batman’ paused, all due to COVID-19, DC have given comic, superhero and film fans everywhere a reason to rejoice, and we’ll take you through the announcements that we are most excited about!
THE BATMAN IS REVEALED
Fans were gifted with a first look at Robert Pattinson as the next Batman in the teaser trailer debut of the Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield) directed ‘The Batman’ which is due for a September 2021 release. The moody teaser, perfectly set to Nirvana’s “Something in the Way”, shows off a grittier tone then we’ve seen in previous iterations. During the FandDome panel for the film, Reeves revealed the list of supporting characters and the impressive cast that will feature in the film including the Riddler (Paul Dano), Penguin (Colin Farrell), Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Commissioner Gordon (Jeffery Wright) and of course Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis). It was also revealed that the film will be set in “year two” of Bruce Wayne becoming Batman, with him and the iconic villains in the film still in the early stages of their development. The teaser has been met with a hugely positive reaction from fans, and what’s even more impressive is that they have only shot 25% of the film so far. We’ll just be here eagerly awaiting the release of the next trailer and counting down the days until September 2021! Watch the teaser trailer below.
NEW WONDER WOMAN 1984 TRAILER
‘Wonder Woman 1984’ director Patty Jenkins (Monster, Wonder Woman) along with the cast of the film, Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal unveiled a new trailer for the sequel during the DC FanDome virtual convention. It is the first extended look at what has been one of the most highly anticipated films of 2020 since its teaser trailer was released in December. The new trailer offers a more extensive look at the film’s main villains, Barbara Ann Minerva a.k.a Cheetah played by Wiig and Maxwell Lord, played by Pascal. Set in the 1980s, “Wonder Woman 1984” is the follow up to the DC Super Hero’s first outing, 2017’s record-breaking “Wonder Woman”. The film is scheduled to release on October 1, watch the new trailer below.
A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT ‘THE SUICIDE SQUAD’
Director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) presented a hugely entertaining behind-the-scenes look at the production of his upcoming sequel “The Suicide Squad” to fans during the film’s panel at DC FanDome. He further thrilled the virtual audience by going through a roll call of the eclectic cast of villains who will feature in the somewhat “redo” of the 2016 “Suicide Squad” film. Gunn’s version will see several actors reprising their roles from the first film, including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang as well as a motley crew of new villains, including Idris Elba as Bloodsport and Nathan Fillion as T.D.K. From what we’ve been shown so far we agree with the director that it looks like “it’s going to be different to any superhero movie ever made” and are looking forward to seeing the squad of colourful villains on the big screen. Production on the film had wrapped before the COVID-19 pandemic and is on track for an August 2021 release. You can watch both the behind-the-scenes look and the character roll call below.