Yesterday evening, at 6pm UK time DC Comics/Warner Bros. launched DC FanDome – the first DC virtual comic con. The event – which ran for 24 hours – gave fans, new and old, the opportunity to celebrate all things DC, with a continuous stream of panels covering movies, TV shows, comics, games and more.
DC FanDome was a non-ticketed, free-to-all event, created in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Rather than take part in this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (which went virtual in July), DC Comics and Warner Bros. decided to host their own con, and anyone who wanted to join in merely had to stream the event from the FanDome website.
The event was divided into six different zones, including Hall of Heroes, WatchVerse, KidsVerse, YouVerse, FunVerse and InsiderVerse. Each zone offered something different, allowing streamers the chance to dive into their favourite corners of the DC Universe.
From 6pm until 1:30am, DC FanDome offered a continuous stream of fresh content via its Hall of Heroes, and it was this zone which caught my attention. In fact, I started streaming the event at 6pm, with the idea of dropping in and out throughout the evening, but instead I stayed with it until 1:30am.
From a Wonder Woman 1984 panel and a sneak peak of Black Adam, to a discussion on Milestone Comics and a portfolio review session from Jim Lee, there was so much great content. It was fun, informative, and inclusive.
In terms of highlights, the aforementioned panels and discussions were really good – especially the Wonder Woman 1984 panel, but I would have to say the preview of Black Adam took the crown. This was almost entirely hosted by Dwayne Johnson and he certainly knows how to hold the audience’s attention.
Another highlight was the Zack Snyder/Justice League panel, which saw the director take questions from a number of League stars, including Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. While a panel dedicated to the new Flash movie gave Andy Muschietti and Ezra Miller the opportunity to talk about the future of the scarlet speedster.
James Gunn brought all of the cast members of The Suicide Squad together for a virtual quiz. And it was during this panel, the director finally announced which villains would be appearing in the new Suicide Squad movie.
As for the rest of the panels, well, Neil Gaiman and Andy Serkis discussed the Sandman Universe; Warner Bros. Games unveiled a new Gotham Knights game; and the cast and crew of The Flash TV show talked Season Seven. There were also one or two comedy sketches of the animated variety, and a neat little panel discussing the actors who voice Batman in non-English speaking countries.
Arguably the most anticipated panel in the Hall of Heroes was The Batman – a 30-minute discussion about the new Batman movie. This panel included input from director Matt Reeves and also featured a sneak peak of the film.
If you didn’t stream DC FanDome and you have only watched the trailer for The Batman online, then you missed out on a very informative discussion. Reeves talked at length about the film, offering insights into how much of the movie has been shot, what this picture is about, and what makes this iteration of Batman different from all the rest.
Sounds like you missed out? Don’t worry – I have provided a rundown of all the highlights for this particular panel over at I’ll Get Drive-Thru. So, if you want to know a little more about The Batman, then be sure to click the link.
Once the panel for The Batman had concluded, the new content in the Hall of Heroes came to an end. However, for those who tuned in late or who simply wanted to re-watch panels, DC looped the footage to provide ‘encore’ performances of the event up until 6pm on Sunday.
And of course, all of the content in the other five zones was also available up until 6pm too. I must admit, I didn’t get chance to check out much of this, but this was due to poor scheduling on my part.
I have previously talked about virtual comic cons and whether or not they can work. While I like traditional cons, I believe there is plenty of room for the virtual variety too – so long as they are well thought out, and don’t descend into a series of dodgy Skype calls and Zoom conversations.
I can safely confirm DC FanDome was well thought out and more importantly didn’t suffer any of the technical hitches or communication breakdowns that we have all had to deal with in the post-COVID world. Each panel was well presented, and at no point did I want to switch off because the sound was bad or because guests continuously froze on screen.
Of course, all of the panels were pre-recorded and this made a big difference, but it’s not like any of this needed to be live anyway. For the most part, this was a way for DC to bring all of its biggest and brightest stars from past, present and future to one all-encompassing event, and it worked a treat. Marvel, take note.
So yes, big thumbs up for DC FanDome. I enjoyed this immensely and look forward to more in the future – which is good, because DC FanDome is returning in September for a second helping!
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