DC FanDome, the DC Comics/Warner Bros. online convention, streamed Oct. 16. It was three-and-a-half hours of TV and movie stars, trailers, announcements and more — and I watched it all, so you don’t have to!
Seriously, it was a lot of fun. It was a bit short on serious announcements, but chockablock with star commentary, teasers, songs and previews. Here are the lasting impressions it made. (Or as many as I can squeeze in.)
AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM
Dec. 16, 2022
An action-packed trailer shows that both villains from the first movie — Orm (Patrick Wilson) and Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) — return. But Orm seems to be Team Aquaman now.
Favorite line: “It’s going to be a fun adventure, just like the first time. Just better. ”— Jason Momoa (Arthur Curry/Aquaman)
AQUAMAN: KING OF ATLANTIS
Tuesdays, Oct. 14-28, on HBO Max
FanDome showed a clip of episode 2 that includes the song “Talking to the Fish.” It’s no “Agatha All Along,” but you can check it out on Spotify.
Favorite lines (from the clip):
Aquaman (Cooper Andrews): “I’ll have to talk to the only people who don’t think I’m a total joke. People who are not people. People who ...”
Mera (Gillian Jacobs): “Say ‘Fish’.”
BATMAN: CAPED CRUSADER
J.J. Abrams, Matt Reeves, Bruce Timm and James Tucker team up for a new animated Bat-show.
Favorite line: “One of my elevator pitch versions of this show is that’s more ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ than ‘Batman: The Animated Series.’ It kinda goes back to the original principles of the show that we originally came up with back in the early ‘90s. There were certain limitations on what we could in terms of adult content, in terms of violence and adult themes. And my idea is that it’s 1990 again, and I get to do what I wanted to do this time.” — Timm
March 4, 2022
If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, I’m sure you will soon — and you should, because it’s awesome. We meet a brutal, nihilistic Batman (Robert Pattinson), a tricksy Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Commissioner Gordon (Jeffrey Wright), Alfred (Andy Serkis), Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin (Colin Farrell) and a serial killer named Riddler (Paul Dano).
Favorite line: “Fear is a tool. When that light hits the sky, it’s not just a call. It’s a warning.” — The Batman
July 29, 2022
The most informative FanDome segment showed a clip featuring two archaeologists, a male and female, in a hidden tomb or temple, where they find a floating crown. It’s probably in Kuraq (think “Iraq”), where Black Adam lives in DC Comics. The woman reads aloud from an archaic petroglyph, and we understand one word: “Shazam.” Magic lightning strikes, and a man in a hood (it’s Black Adam, natch, played by Dwayne Johnson) appears. He wipes out the archaeologists’ guards.
The woman is likely Adrianna Tomaz (Sarah Shahi), who becomes Isis, and we may have just witnessed her origin, what with the magic lighting and all. Isis, who most people only remember from the ‘70s TV show, has an important part in the Black Adam saga in the comics, which may play out on screen as well.
I made note of Adam’s powers: He demonstrated flight, invulnerability, super-strength, super-speed and magic lightning.
Also, we are introduced to four members of the Justice Society (yes!): Hawkman (played by Aldis Hodge), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo) and Dr. Fate (Pierce Brosnan).
“He’s more brutal, uncompromising. Fueled by the depths of his pain.” — Hodge, about Black Adam
“I’ve never seen the like.” — Brosnan, on the movie’s scale
Season 4 in 2022
The weirdness is grandly epic in the mid-Season 3 trailer.
Laura DeMille (Michelle Gomez): “When one expels a parasite, there is only one reasonable response.”
Larry Trainor (Matt Bomer): “Give it a name?”
THE FLASH (TV)
Season 8, Nov. 21, 2021
The news: Television’s Barry Allen/Flash (Grant Gustin) will soon get his most comics-accurate uniform yet, with the addition of yellow boots. Gustin seems almost glum during the announcement, which I attribute to him not talking about the exciting five-part “Armageddon” crossover that launches “Flash” Season 8, and is instead discussing … footwear.
THE FLASH (movie)
Nov. 4, 2022
A teaser shows two Flashes (both played by star Ezra Miller), a new Supergirl (Sasha Calle) asking an apparently retired Batman (Michael Keaton) “Are you in?” Presumably they are all from different Earths in the multiverse, which Barry Allen probably screwed up with time-traveling hijinks. Ben Affleck is also confirmed as another Batman, but doesn’t appear in the teaser.
Oct. 19, 2021
Every time I’m exposed to “Injustice,” whether video game, comics and now animated movie, I just get very sad.
Favorite line: “I’m pulling the best joke ever. It’ll be my masterpiece” — The Joker (Kevin Pollak), on what he’s done to Superman (Justin Hartley)
Tom Welling (Clark Kent) and Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor) look back.
Welling, about Cassidy Freeman (Tess Mercer): “Such a mild-mannered person, but when the camera rolled, she was a force. There was a scene where she had to like turn on that Luthor blood in a sense, and I was like ‘Ooh, this girl’s gonna be all right. She’s got it.’”
Rosenbaum: “It was fun killing her in Season 10.”
Season 3 coming 2022
A Season 2 finale clip features Jennifer-Lynn Hayden/Jade (Ysa Penarejo) battling Eclipso (Nick Tarabay), and Stargirl (Brec Bassinger) being sent to the Shadowlands. Guess who she meets there? (If you’re watching the show, you probably already guessed.)
SUICIDE SQUAD: KILL THE JUSTICE LEAGUE
A clip from the upcoming video game shows playable characters Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Harley Quinn and King Shark being sent into Metropolis to take down a Justice League brainwashed by Brainiac.
Favorite part of the presentation: King Shark’s “Nom Nom” song.
Jan. 13, 2022
Best part: John Cena (Christopher Smith/Peacemaker) channeling Tom Cruise in “Risky Business,” by dancing in his tighty-whities to The Choir Boys.
Final episode Nov. 9
Cast members past and present tell anecdotes about the six-season CW series. I laughed when Chris Wood (Mon-El) describes dislocating his jaw trying to eat nine pancakes. I learned that when Kevin Smith directed an episode, he ordered a bacon truck. I choked up when Katie McGrath (Lena Luthor) says girls write her to say her character inspired them to pursue careers in science.
Best part: All of it.
SUPERMAN & LOIS
Season 2 in 2022
Bitsie Tulloch (Lois Lane) and Alex Garfin (Jordan Kent) give a tour of the Kent farmhouse. It turns out the staircase doesn’t go anywhere.
Favorite line: “It goes to ‘The Great Beyond!’” — Garfin describing the stairwell
Feb. 8, 2022
Warner Animated announced its slate for 2022. It begins with “Catwoman: Hunted,” a new, anime-inspired movie, wherein the Feline Fatale (Elizabeth Gillies) is on the run from just about everybody. Batwoman (Stephanie Beatriz) co-stars.
Other animated offerings for 2022 include the short “Constantine: House of Mystery,” and four more movies, “Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls,” “Green Lantern: Beware My Power,” “Battle of the Super Sons” and “Batman: The Long Halloween Deluxe Edition.”
Catwoman: “A cat always lands on her …”
Batwoman: “Yeah, yeah, lands on her feet. I’ve heard the same. Don’t you ever get tired of that cat schtick?”
Season 4 in 2022
Brenton Thwaites (Dick Grayson) introduces a Season 3 finale sneak peek.
Best line: “What’s the one that got away?” — The security question on the Wayne Manor security system. I won’t spoil the answer.
WONDER WOMAN 3
No date set
“Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins and forever-a-wonder Lynda Carter discuss the values and meaning of the Amazing Amazon.
Favorite line: “Wonder Woman 3 is coming. And even if I do know (anything), you’d have to kill me to talk about it.” — Carter
FanDome can be seen in its entirety at dcfandome.com. I’ve aggregated teasers, trailers and clips at the Captain Comics Round Table (http://captaincomics.ning.com/forum/topics/fandome-2021-trailers-and-sneak-peeks) or they can be found individually on YouTube.
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