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The Good and The Bad From DC FanDome

August 25, 2020 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
The Batman Robert Pattinson

I’m not going to hide it, DC’s virtual convention, DC FanDome, exceeded my expectations all around. It felt fresh, revealed some cool trailers, had some big announcements, and offered something for just about everyone. 

Could this be a sign for things to come? I mean, for the first time in a while I felt some synergy coming from DC and it looks like we have quite a few projects to look forward to. 

Let’s take a look at the GOOD:

Hey look, it’s The Batman teaser trailer! It did exactly what a teaser trailer is supposed to do…make you excited as hell for more! I was keeping an open mind on what Matt Reeves had planned and this felt familiar but entirely different. I like Robert Pattinson’s vibe and all the little easter eggs throughout were icing on the cake. 

Wonder Woman 1984 looks to continue the success from the first movie. This trailer gave away a lot but I was still impressed with what I saw. Really my interest was on how Cheetah was going to look and I’m satisfied. 

The Suicide Squad…how cool was this? Yes, we know half these characters will probably be killed off on a mission in the first 15 minutes but it’s still awesome to see some really random team members making the cut. Bravo for carrying over their comic book looks and will King Shark be the new Baby Yoda?

OK, this is borderline. I get that they didn’t have a chance to film anything but I was looking for something with a little more substance. I do believe that with Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam getting the A-list treatment, his comic book counterpart will be getting a huge boost.  

THE BAD

Yes, I know some of you will disagree with me on this, and that’s fine, but when I first saw Darkseid I thought it was an ad for a new Justice League video game. When it comes to Mr. Snyder you either love or loathe his directing style. I’m in the latter. From the tint he puts over every scene to the focus on visuals over everything else, I’m just not a fan. His style just isn’t one I would have paired with the Justice League. 

But I acknowledge that people wanted to see his vision and I’m glad they’re finally getting that. This way we never have to hear them cry over it again!

Kidding. But this trailer didn’t change my mind.

The last thing in the BAD column is the lack of comic book news. Hey, loved the announcement for Milestone’s return but they missed a huge opportunity to showcase the creators and creative teams on a large scale. 

Times are are a-changin. 

What are your thoughts on DC’s FanDome? 

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