DC FanDome is rushing through our screens, in true The Flash style: a spectacular virtual event that has left us trailers and previews of many of the Warner / DC premieres of the next season, and a few video games also dedicated to this superhero universe. From more or less imminent releases, such as ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ or the Snyder Cut of ‘Justice League’ to others for which we will have to wait more, but of which there was desire to start tasting images, such as ‘The Batman’ or ‘Suicide Squad’. We summarize the best moments of the DC Fandome presentations this year.
The highlight of the virtual convention has been a generous first trailer for the Matt Reeves film starring a Robert Pattinson, which It didn’t take long to prove that he is perfectly worthy of donning the long-eared mask, and that shows us a Batman still novice and prone to letting himself be carried away by anger. We briefly see characters like Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz) or James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright), abundant nods to Riddler (Paul Dano) that suggest that he may be the nuclear villain of the installment, and a few shots of the Batmobile burning tire.
An interesting detail regarding the hero, however, has not come from the trailer, but from Walter Hamada, head of the DC films, who has pointed out in the panel ‘Multiverse 101’ what had already been suggested for a long time to justify different versions of heroes and villains: There is a DC multiverse, and this Batman does not inhabit the same as the rest of the heroes of the Justice League. Similarly, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker does not belong to either of those worlds. Hamada made it clear that the company wants to focus on “telling powerful individual stories.” Finally, and speaking of Elseworlds, he confirmed that a ‘Superman: Red Son’ is not in the pipeline.
- Premiere October 1, 2021
‘Wonder Woman 1984’
The premiere of the sequel to ‘Wonder Woman’ is just around the corner if it does not suffer further delays, and it is clear that Patty Jenkins wanted to be a continuation of what we already liked about the first part: humor, extravagance and female protagonism. The final trailer focuses on the two villains of the show, the egomaniac millionaire Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and the feline Cheetah (Kristen Wiig), whom we finally see in a suit and in top form. The action takes place during the Cold War, and we hope that its premiere will kick off the superhero season.
- Premiere on October 2, 2020
‘The Suicide Squad’
With an absolutely overwhelming catalog of characters and a promotion curiously focused on highlighting the authorial component of James Gunn, the director of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ seems to compose with his foray into the DC Universe something similar to a war movie from the seventies with superpowers. Clearly it will be more focused on comedy and adventure than the maddening grim & gitty tone that many fans like so much, and we may have before us a humorous mix of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ itself, ‘The Boys’ and nothing (except Margot Robbie) reminiscent of Ayer’s version. That is, the possible best DC movie of 2021.
- Premiere on August 6, 2021
‘Justice League – The Snyder Cut’
More than a trailer to use, the video presented of the long-awaited ‘Snyder Cut’ that will be broadcast by HBO Max and that will show the Justice League movie as it was conceived by Zack Snyder, is a testimony that this new version is very different in tone and style from Joss Whedon. We see more prominence for Cyborg, The Flash and Aquaman, a fleeting shot with the villain eliminated of the version released in theaters, Darkseid, and a good amount of circumspect gestures that certify that this version is going to be, indeed, one hundred percent Snyder. The format, by the way, will be a four-hour movie or a four-episode miniseries.
At last there is data on the highly rumored Warner Bros. Montreal game (creators of ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’) set in the Arkham universe. The surprise: there is no Batman, at least for now. Bruce Wayne is dead and four of his associates and wards will have to keep order in Gotham: Robin, Batgirl, Nightwing and Red Hood. As expected, the main villains will be the Court of Owls, and DC has also shown a gameplay starring Batgirl in which we have been able to see her pilot her motorcycle through the streets of Gotham and fight with the help of Robin (there will be local cooperative or online for two players). All with the unmistakable style of the games in the ‘Arkham’ saga. It will arrive in 2021 for PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X and Xbox One.
‘Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League’
Even more ambitious is the ‘Suicide Squad’ video game by Rocksteady (original creators of the ‘Arkham’ series), which presents a violent story full of humor and which, in this preview, stars Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Deadshot and King Shark, whose flesh-and-blood counterparts we just met in the James Gunn movie. Rocksteady promises an open world and cooperative play for up to four people, each with unique powers and abilities. Of course, there is still to be able to see more of this game planned for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X: its arrival will be in 2022.