With the annual San Diego Comic-Con already having acted as a virtual online bellwether for comic book conventions throughout the globe during the time of the coronavirus, DC Comics – which, let’s be honest, was a little light on any major announcements at the internet driven San Diego event this particular year – has announced that they will be exclusively showcasing their wares in the world of comic books, films, television and video games with the August 22, 2020 DC FanDome extravaganza. This free (Best. Price. Ever.) event is a global peek behind the curtain of comic book magic which DC has described as “a 24-Hour, immersive virtual fan experience which brings the universe of DC to life and features the stars, filmmakers and creators behind its biggest films, TV series, games and comics.”
The guest list for this 24 hour event reads like a veritable Who’s Who of comic book and Hollywood talent and features such luminaries as Mark Waid, Alex Ross, Tom King, Tom Taylor, Scott Snyder, Paul Levitz, Nicola Scott, Neil Gaiman, Marc Guggenheim, Klaus Janson, Joshua Williamson, Jason Fabok, James Tynion IV, Jamal Ingle, Jim Lee, Jorge Jimenez, J. Scott Campbell, Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns, G. Willow Wilson, Dan Jurgens, Christopher Priest, Brian Michael Bendis, Amanda Conner, Adam Brody, Zack Snyder, Zachary Levi, Wilson Cruz, Viola Davis, Val Kilmer, Tony Shalhoub, Timothy Dalton, Tim Daly, Terry Crews, Robin Wright, Robert Pattinson, Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot, Patrick Wilson, Nathan Fillion, Michael Sheen, Michael Rooker, Matt Reeves, Matt Bomer, Margot Robie, Lynda Carter, Kristen Wiig, John Ridley, John Cena, Jason Alexander, James Remar, James Gunn, Idris Elba, Henry Winkler, Gina Gershon, Ezra Miller, Eric McCormack, Dwayne Johnson, Dustin Nguyen, Diedrich Bader, Dean Lorey, Daniel Dae Kim, Danica McKellar, Damon Lindelof, Connie Nielsen, Colleen Atwood, Chris Pine, Anthony Rapp, Amy Smart and Alfre Woodard are just a few of the so-far announced guests for DC FanDome.
Just from the comic book side of things – you know, that base that propagates the film, television and video game side of DC – fans are already lining up with their wish-lists of things they would like to see. Some of the things to keep an eye on and which will hopefully warrant some attention by DC head honcho Jim Lee:
- A confirmed return of DC’s very first super-team to mainstream continuity, the Justice Society of America. Although this venerable team of mystery-men that formed back in November of 1940 has eked out a few minor appearances since the start of DC’s Rebirth initiative back in 2016 – four years ago – they have been largely absent from the DC Universe save out of continuity efforts such Tom Taylor’s digital Injustice prequel and the ill-advised Earth-2 title. Media has been quick to embrace these elder statesmen, even as their own publishing arm has seemed to shy away from them. This is a shame as, when written properly, the JSA has a rich tapestry to draw many more stories from. Make it happen, DC!
- The rumblings of the return of super-star writer/artist duo Mark Waid and Alex Ross. With the New52 effectively erasing most of DC’s storied history and Rebirth taking a slow boat to China as they slowly and painfully draw out a return of some of the elements which were erased by the 2011 reboot, the return of two master storytellers who have long worn their hearts on their sleeves when it comes to the vast mythology that is DC’s history would be a welcome balm on the companies fractured and confusing continuity.
- A full-fledged Teen Titans Revamp. The Titans have had a rough go of it over the years, experiencing more valleys than peaks. This is a shame because this sort of Junior Justice League of America has, when written by master storytellers such as Marv Wolfman, Geoff John and Devin Grayson, are the very definition of why comic books can be fun and delightfully habit-forming. With yet another universe shattering mini-series (Dark Knights: Death Metal) now in the offing, the time has never seemed more right to nail down a writer-artist team that has just enough reverence and respect for the many iterations of the team that has come before to chronicle a new era of the team going forward.
- An announcement of even easier access to DC comic books. This one is huge and important for the health of DC as it moves forward and grows its customer base. There used to be a time when comics were incredibly accessible to just about anyone: In my time, you could walk into a gas station, a grocery store, a drug store and box chains such as K-Mart and Kings and snag a copy of the newest adventures of Superman or Batman. Not as much anymore; although DC’s work with both Target and Walmart in getting their 100 Page Super Spectacular titles has been a rousing success, more work needs to be done in making these models the norm rather than the oddball anomalies. Ye olde writer dearly loves his local comic book shop, yet I know that comics need to expand their presence in order to keep new fans coming into the hobby as fans such as myself begin to “age out” of the books. It’s all about keeping fresh blood coming in without hopefully alienating longtime readers.
- More announcements for New DC Black Label titles. DC’s Black Label is their version of an independent film boutique, allowing some of their most exciting creators an opportunity to play with established characters in a number of bold and fresh ways that might not be as well-received in their more mainstream line of books. These books are tentatively set in present day DC continuity, even as they explore darker paths that their more commercial brethren might not get the chance to. Tom King’s Strange Adventures and Geoff John’s upcoming Batman: Three Jokers are excellent examples of writers at the top of their respective games delivering enjoyable and envelope pushing stories.
These are but a few things to keep your ears alert for, Dear Readers, and it is hoped that – amongst the bevy of film, television and video game announcements that will predictably dominate the FanDome event – DC will remember to give a small spotlight on their actual comic book output.
Below is DC’s full announcement for FanDome
Join fans from all 7 continents for the largest gathering of talent,
announcements and content reveals in the history of DC
Imagine all the Super Heroes and Super-Villains you’ve ever loved finally coming together in one place to celebrate DC’s past, present and future. Accessible for 24 hours at DCFanDome.com, the global event will immerse fans into the DC Multiverse, with new announcements from WB Games, Film and TV, and comics, as well as an unprecedented opportunity to hear from the casts and creators behind your favorite feature films and TV series, including: Aquaman, The Batman, Batwoman, Black Adam, Black Lightning, DC Super Hero Girls, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, DC’s Stargirl, Doom Patrol, The Flash, Harley Quinn, the SnyderCut of Justice League, Lucifer, Pennyworth, SHAZAM!, The Suicide Squad, Supergirl, Superman & Lois, Teen Titans GO!, Titans, Watchmen, Young Justice: Outsiders and, coming this fall to theaters worldwide, Wonder Woman 1984.
The DC FanDome is the place to hear highly anticipated announcements and the latest news, see exclusive footage, and venture into themed worlds designed to entertain everyone from movie and TV superfans to gamers and readers, to families and kids. With special presentations to engage fans in every time zone across the globe, you’ll have the opportunity to have an experience that’s all your own. Inside this virtual world, fans will also get access to localized events, featuring the faces and voices from countries around the world in their local language. No matter where you live, your age or your level of fandom, there is something for you.
How will it work?
The epicenter of the DC FanDome is the Hall of Heroes, where you can experience special programming, panels and content reveals from a wide variety of films, TV series and games, available in several languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. From there, navigate deeper into the DC Multiverse, exploring five additional satellite worlds, each with its own localized content and unique activities and one world fully devoted to our younger fans!
DC WatchVerse: Here’s where you grab a seat, sit back and join our virtual audience and become completely engrossed in hours of must-see content from around the world. Everything from panels and exclusive screenings to never-before-seen footage, featuring cast, creators and behind-the-scenes crew from across DC Films, TV, Home Entertainment and Games.
DC YouVerse: Venture into this world where the FANS are the stars to see the most amazing user-generated content, cosplay and fan art from around the world, including, perhaps, your own.
DC KidsVerse: Need a way to entertain your kids for hours on end? We’ve got you covered inside a special world, which can be accessed directly at DCKidsFanDome.com. This area features a broad range of family-friendly activations for our younger fans.
DC InsiderVerse: This creativity-based world contains a centerpiece video featuring legendary artist and DC CCO/Publisher Jim Lee, President of DC-Based Film Production Walter Hamada, and creator of the DC TV Arrowverse, Executive Producer Greg Berlanti, welcoming fans with a 101-style introduction to the DC Multiverse. From there, go behind the scenes with the master artisans who bring DC to life in all its forms, from comic books to games, TV, movies, theme parks, consumer products and more.
DC FunVerse: Take your DC FanDome experience and gather cool shareables; check out our comic book reader; DIY cool WW84 Golden Armor and Batmobile kits; plus digital giveaways and a store filled with merchandise, including some limited-edition exclusives.
Pull Up to the Blerd & Boujee House
Where my Blerds at? The second annual celebration of Black nerd culture returns with the all-new Blerd & Boujee House at DC FanDome, bringing Blerds, LatinxGeeks and all nerds “party-with-a-purpose” vibes. As anyone lucky enough to get into the first-ever Blerd & Boujee boat party (featuring DJ D-Nice) at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 can attest, fans will not want to miss connections and conversations designed for the culture.
Can fans participate?
There’s nothing more important to DC than our fans, and we want to showcase you! In partnership with Talenthouse, DC FanDome launched a call for your best DC Fan Art & Fandom displays. Show us your cosplay, makeup, tattoos and even your own Batcave!
Be sure to submit your best at https://dcfandome.talenthouse.com/en for a chance to be featured inside this virtual world event, and demonstrate to people across the globe that you are the ultimate DC Super Fan. Selected artists on the day of our event will be voted on by the community in each of our two competitions in order to help our judges pick selected artist winners. Selected artist winners will receive part of a cash prize pool courtesy of DC and Talenthouse.
SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS FOR THE DC FANDOME!
On August 22, we will celebrate our amazing fans in the DC FanDome. We want your voice heard and your important questions answered.
Please submit your questions here via text or video. There’s no limit on the number you ask or the DC costumes you wear. It’s you, our fans, who put the fan in FanDome!