Back in August, you may recall that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment held a virtual comic con called DC FanDome. If you didn’t get involved with the event (or you didn’t read my review), then no doubt you saw some of the stories that came out of DC FanDome, including the release of the first trailer for The Batman.
A month on from the con and yesterday evening, DC FanDome returned for another helping. The event kicked off at 6pm last night (UK time) and lasted for 24 hours.
As with DC FanDome Part 1, this second con was a non-ticketed event which was free to all. DC/Warner wanted to bring fans together despite the ongoing COVID chaos, and did so via a global event with content for all ages.
I enjoyed August’s DC FanDome so much that I jumped at the chance to indulge in another weekend of DC fun and frolics, and do you know what? I wasn’t disappointed.
For DC FanDome Part 2, the event’s organisers took a different approach to Part 1. Whereas August’s jaunt into the world of DC was largely spearheaded by a seven-and-a-half hour stream of news and product release info (which was then looped for 24 hours), this weekend’s event was largely about providing fans access to a large collection of videos and downloadable content.
All of the content was accessible via the FanDome’s six different rooms. So, if you were one of DC’s young fans, then videos and activities could be found in the Kidsverse, while downloadable wallpapers were available from the Funverse, and fan videos could be seen in the Youverse.
Keen to soak up as much content as possible, I initially took a little tour through all of the rooms to work out what I wanted to watch. DC/Warner were offering over 100 hours of content, so I knew I would only get chance to check out a fraction of what was being served up.
After a little journey around the FanDome I soon found myself in the Watchverse – a room filled with 64 different videos. Straight away I gravitated towards video number 1: Superman: Man of Tomorrow.
To my surprise, I discovered that this video wasn’t a short teaser or a featurette for the new Superman animated movie – this WAS the new Superman animated movie. All 86 minutes of the movie were available to view for FREE and I didn’t need to hand over a penny!
I grabbed a drink, sat down, and watched the movie from start to finish. I then followed this up with a special panel for the film, featuring various members of the cast, who discussed little behind the scenes titbits.
Once these two videos were devoured, I then watched a few comic book panels, which included discussions on Three Jokers, DCeased, and Dark Nights Metal. These were very informative panels, and featured key creators, including writers and artists.
Next I moved onto a video which played tribute to the late writer and producer, Dwayne McDuffie who passed away in 2011. The video featured comments and content from colleagues, friends, and family, and was a moving tribute to a leading industry figure.
As the night played out, I then watched a light-hearted panel featuring actors who have played villains in the DC Universe. The video included input from John Glover, Clancy Brown, and Jason Isaacs amongst others, and was great fun to watch.
Re-entering the FanDome today, I watched yet more videos, I checked out some of the downloadable wallpapers, and I took a flick through some of the comic books. Yep, the FanDome even included a collection of digital comics which could be read online as part of the event.
From here I took a look at some of the short comical videos (Teen Titans, Harley Quinn etc), then had one last look around the FanDome. There was plenty more to explore, but sadly time was getting away from me.
As with August’s trip through DC FanDome, I found this weekend’s con to be an absolute joy. There was so much to view and enjoy, and all of it free and accessible at the click of a button.
While there may not have been any major announcements this time around, I found myself equally as impressed with what was available and I liked the more chilled approach. From the inclusion of a full-length movie, through to the panels, the comics, and everything in between, this was a well thought out, easy to access event.
I hope DC FanDome returns.
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