Following the success of the inaugural DC FanDome in 2020, DC Comics unveiled their upcoming slate of projects Saturday, Oct. 16, at this year’s mega event.
DC saved its biggest bombshell for last, that being the newest trailer for Matt Reeves’ The Batman. The Robert Pattinson-led project debuts in theaters on March 4, 2022, but it is already one of the most anticipated upcoming movies on the schedule.
The new Batman film and its first two trailers have comic book fans completely enamored. The tone of the film seems to be incredibly dark and follows Bruce Wayne throughout the beginning stages of his journey as Batman.
Reeves has added to the speculation that this will be the most unique Batman movie to date, and has said that this will be “the most emotional Batman film ever.” The star-studded cast includes Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Wright, Andy Serkis and several other award winning actors, giving this film a level of hype rarely achieved by DC movies.
Another attention-grabbing moment from the event was the first trailer for Black Adam. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be starring as the movie’s title character, Black Adam. The trailer gives fans a first look at Johnson as Black Adam, a character seemingly much different than “The Rock” normally finds himself in.
“Despite being played by such a lovable actor as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the first trailer for DC’s Black Adam presents him as a killer, questioning whether or not he’ll be a hero or a villain in the film,” said Chrishaun Baker of ScreenRant.com.
Black Adam and The Batman understandably dominated the headlines following the event, but DC made sure to include information about their lesser known upcoming projects. From video games to comic books to animated series, DC packed everything it had into this year’s presentation.
A brand new Suicide Squad spin-off series was previewed, in which John Cena will reprise his role as the show’s title character, Peacemaker. The series will be one of many new projects from DC that will be featured on HBO Max, alongside shows like Titans, Doom Patrol, and many other new upcoming projects.
The first trailer for The Flash was also revealed, featuring a small cameo appearance from Michael Keaton’s 1980’s Batman, confirming that this movie will feature timeline-hopping and some blasts from the past.
Other upcoming movies featured included Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom and Shazam: Fury of the Gods. With 2022 and 2023 release dates respectively, all that was showcased were a few behind-the-scenes clips.
DC also announced a new animated series, which was Batman: Caped Crusader. The show is set to be based on the critically-acclaimed 90’s hit, Batman: The Animated Series, but will operate with a darker, more noir-inspired tone.
“It’s actually more Batman: The Animated Series than Batman: The Animated Series was, to be honest,” said executive producer Bruce Timm.
DC’s packed schedule features something for several kinds of fans.
“I don’t usually pay too much attention to DC Comics,” said Sean Joyce, junior history major. “But The Batman and Black Adam definitely got me more invested, I ended up watching the whole FanDome event because of them.”