When I first about this event called DC FanDome, I was excited because I knew it was an online comic-con panels type experience, and I was eager to learn more about the films, television shows and comics that were coming up later this year and in the future.
What I wasn’t expecting though, was the sheer quantity and quality of what was delivered to us, the fans of DC, whether it was unexpected trailers and sneak peaks, or the big reveals of celebrities and projects in the works. DC FanDome promised an experience unlike anything we had seen before, and boy oh boy did they deliver!
First of all, let’s talk about the overall appearance. The DC FanDome is a stage unlike any other, because it is designed and drawn by Jim Lee himself, and using the wonderful CGI of today’s technology, his drawings came alive to set the stage for the night, with not just one, but multiple designs for each topic such as Hall of Heroes, Hall of Villains, and for each of the projects talked about by cast and crew of some of the most anticipated films and televisions shows of this year and the next!
Along with a variety of excellent hosts from across the globe, and panels that included some of the biggest stars to grace our screens, DC truly gave us a unique experience that we could not get from any other comic-con in the world. Sure it wasn’t in person and I couldn’t get anything signed, but that’s the point, it’s not about the merch and meetings, it’s about the experience and the reveals. We had surprise guest stars such as Lynda Carter, Venus Williams, Marc Bernardin, Sinbad and more.
Who could have imagined we’d receive so much content from DC as well? I mean, The Batman film starring Robert Pattinson as Batman, written and directed by Matt Reeves, has only filmed 25% of the entire movie so far, and we got one heck of a teaser trailer for the film, that looks insanely awesome! We got glimpses at Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Black Adam Concept Art, an official Shazam! 2 official title, a new Wonder Woman 1984 trailer which showed us Cheetah, a surprise panel about the return of Milestone Media and so much more great news that blew fans away and exceeded so many high expectations.
Better still, this wasn’t just about the stars, it was about the fans. This passion project kept reminding us that it was not possible to have all of this great content without the fans to keep them motivated and keep them in business. The DC FanDome shared art drawn by fans from around the world, cosplay photos, they answered fan questions, and really reminded us why we, especially myself, love DC Comics. It’s all about the fandom. The sense of community and the shared passion for these fictional characters that get brought to life before our very eyes. I can’t imagine ever feeling more accepted anywhere in the world, than I do within the DC fandom, and the DC FanDome experience reminded me of that because my twitter blew up with likes, replies, retweets, and so much more as we, the fans, shared our love for this multiverse online.
I can only hope that this becomes an annual event, and that it remains free for all because that’s what makes it so special, the fact that everyone can enjoy it for free and be apart of this wonderful experience, instead of charging those with money whilst others are left waiting for the leaks and day after articles to tell us what we missed out on. DC FanDome is a step forward for fandom as a whole, and I hope we get more of this in the future.