DC FanDome, the pop-up, digital convention cobbled together in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, is set to bring fans the latest news and reveals on DC comic books, movies, and TV shows. Much like this year’s YouTube-based [email protected], the one-day event on Aug. 22 will be free to anyone who signs up at DC’s FanDome site. And with a week to go, we finally know what to expect from the online convention.
Update (8/19): At least we thought we did! Warner Bros. announced on Wednesday that due to fan demand, the company will split FanDome into two days. That’s right, there’s a second dome now, arriving in mid-September.
“In order to super-serve our fans and provide the best possible experience, DC FanDome has been expanded into two global events,” said Warner Bros. reps in a news release, “the first on August 22nd — DC FanDome: Hall of Heroes, and a second on-demand experience in DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse on September 12th, where fans can create and curate their own adventure.”
In other words, while this weekend’s events will be live streamed, September’s blow out will allow fans to create their own curated lineup of content. The biggest panels in the FanDome — the ones relating to major Warner Bros. movie releases like Wonder Woman 1984, The Batman, the Flash movie (rumored to be Flashpoint), James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, The Rock’s take on Black Adam, and Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League for HBO Max, as well as television shows like Black Lightning and Legends of Tomorrow — will still get their 15-25 minute moments in the spotlight this weekend. Though blockbuster movies are backed up due to countrywide lockdowns and the complete disruption of the movie business, DC’s pipeline is still in motion.
We’ll also still get updates on the latest DC video games, including the long-gestating Suicide Squad from Rocksteady and an unnamed title from WB Games Montreal, rumored to be a Batman game adapting the Court of Owls arc.
More retrospective, specific, or fan-generated content — like panel discussions of DC animation, supporting cast reunions, and kid-focused content — will likely be shifted to September.
Here are the highlights of August’s DC FanDome. Find the full schedule here. All times are listed in EST, with descriptions from DC.
Wonder Woman 1984 panel, 1pm
Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal, and director/co-writer/producer Patty Jenkins join forces with Brazilian hosts Érico Borgo and Aline Diniz to celebrate the fans in a big way. They will answer questions from fans from all over the world, talk fan art and cosplay, and reveal an all-new sneak peek at the upcoming film — plus a few more surprises! (25 min)
Warner Bros. Games Montreal Announcement panel, 1:30pm
Gamers! You won’t want to miss this first look at an exciting new game, and Q&A with its developers. (20 min)
The Sandman Universe panel, 1:45pm
Neil Gaiman, Dirk Maggs, G. Willow Wilson and Michael Sheen discuss the legacy of The Sandman comic book series and how it has been expanded with new stories, adapted into new mediums, and enthralled audiences around the world. (30 min)
Multiverse 101 panel, 2:15pm
Get schooled in this engaging refresher course on the creation of the Multiverse with DC Chief Creative Officer/Publisher Jim Lee, Warner Bros. Pictures President of DC-Based Film Production Walter Hamada, and Berlanti Productions founder/DCTV mega-producer Greg Berlanti. (30 min)
Introducing Flash panel, 2:40pm
This 101-style conversation with The Flash filmmakers Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti, star Ezra Miller and screenwriter Christina Hodson will give fans a speedy rundown on the first-ever Flash feature film. (10 min)
The Suicide Squad panel, 2:55pm
What else would you expect from The Suicide Squad but the ultimate elimination game? First up, writer/director James Gunn takes on fan questions, then brings out Task Force X for a fast-paced, no-holds-barred Squad Showdown that tests every team member’s Squad knowledge — and survival skills! (30 min)
BAWSE Females of Color Within the DC Universe panel, 3:40pm
What’s a BAWSE? Find out here as some of the hottest actresses across DC television and film sit down with celebrity DJ D-Nice and Grammy-winning singer/actress Estelle to discuss how they use their confidence and vulnerability to navigate their careers in Hollywood. Panelists include Meagan Good (SHAZAM!), Javicia Leslie (Batwoman), Candice Patton (The Flash), Tala Ashe (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Nafessa Williams and Chantal Thuy (Black Lightning), and Anna Diop and Damaris Lewis (Titans). Catch the entire full-length conversation at McDuffie’s Dakota in the DC WatchVerse. (20 min)
Surprise DC Comics panel, 4:45pm
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The Snyder Cut of Justice League panel, 5:30pm
Zack Snyder fields questions from fans and a few surprise guests as he discusses his eagerly awaited upcoming cut of the 2017 feature film and the movement that made it happen. (25 min)
Black Adam panel, 6:10pm
Star of the first-ever Black Adam feature film Dwayne Johnson sets the stage for the story and tone of the new movie with a fans-first Q&A…and a few surprises. (15 min)
Aquaman director James Wan and King Orm himself, Patrick Wilson, take a deep dive into the world of Atlantis that Wan created, revealing their favorite behind-the-scenes moments from the largest DC movie ever! (10 min)
“Ask Harley Quinn” panel, 7:15pm
She has gone toe-to-toe with Batman and the Justice League, and taken down The Joker and the toughest villains of Gotham City, but at DC FanDome, Harley Quinn faces her toughest challenge yet — answering burning questions from DC’s biggest fans in her own tell it as it is, no-BS style. If you love the Harley Quinn animated series, this is one you cannot f—king miss! (10 min)
Shazam! panel, 7:40pm
Zac Levi and the cast can’t tell you s#&t! Sworn to secrecy on the new script for their upcoming movie, Zac and a few of his SHAZAM! castmates talk with the Philippines’ #1 DC fan, Gino Quillamor, about what the next movie might be about, while commenting on everything from panels to the other Zack’s cut — and even have a few surprise guests drop in! (10 min)
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League panel, 8:10pm
Will Arnett hosts the highly anticipated video game reveal from Rocksteady Studios, creators of the Batman: Arkham franchise. (20 min)
The Batman panel, 8:30p
The Batman filmmaker Matt Reeves joins host and self-professed fangirl Aisha Tyler for a discussion of the upcoming film…with a surprise (or two) for the fans! (30 min)