Traditionally, thousands of pop culture fanatics flock to San Diego every summer to, in the words of our own Sam Barsanti, “see Jason Momoa from 50 feet away.” That wasn’t possible this year, for obvious reasons, so the Geek Gods deigned to bless us with Comic-Con@Home...which was promptly deemed a disappointment after it failed to garner even a fraction of the digital discourse of past Cons. But today, following the success of their Aug. 22 event, DC is giving us another weekend of DC FanDome, a free series of virtual panels centered on the company’s biggest titles. Today fans will hear from the stars and creators of Harley Quinn, Lucifer, Doom Patrol, Superman & Lois, Batwoman, Stargirl, and much more.
This follows last month’s event, which featured panels on Wonder Woman 1984, The Flash season 7, and the upcoming Justice League “Snyder Cut;” the announcement of a new Batman: Arkham game; and fresh details about upcoming Flash, Batman, Shazam, Suicide Squad, Aquaman, and The Rock—er, Black Adam—movies.
We’ll be updating this story throughout the day with tibdits of news from the event. And further down you’ll see our roundup of highlights from the first weekend.
- Doom Patrol has been renewed for a third season.
- The Waverider crew is expanding yet again, with Chicago P.D. co-star Lisseth Chavez boarding DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow as a new character, Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz. Spooner is apparently an “off-the-grid” expert in aliens and abductions, confirming—as was hinted in the show’s fifth season finale—that the Legends are now going after time-displaced space creatures, after previously having had to deal with magical creatures, evil speedsters, and Hell’s most infamous damned souls.
- Pennyworth executive producer Bruno Heller revealed that when the show returns for season two fans, Martha Kane is pregnant.
- During the Young Justice panel, executive producers Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti confirmed the official title for the fourth season: Young Justice: Phantoms.
- Superman & Lois executive producer/showrunner Todd Helbing and series stars Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch revealed their new The CW series will take place in Smallville not Metropolis and will see Superman get a “badass” new suit.
- The Lucifer team previewed the show’s upcoming musical episode. During the panel, co-showrunner Ildy Modrovich shared that the seeds of a musical episode were planted while making the season two episode in which Lucifer and Ella sing “Luck Be A Lady.” She also said making the episode “almost broke our show,” citing an entirely revised production schedule.
- One curse-defying Watchmen expander sat down with two others this morning, with Watchmen TV mastermind Damon Lindelof interviewing writer Tom King and artist Jorge Fornés about their upcoming Rorschach book. Besides touching (very briefly) on King’s 7-year pre-comics career as a CIA field agent, the most interesting tidbits from the talk were also the most philosophical: King explains that the new Rorschach—implicated in the assassination of a political candidate—is a disciple of the left-wing German-American political philosopher Hannah Arendt, in direct opposition to the original’s Randian outlook on life. (King also confirms that we’ll see several other Watchmen legacy characters in the book, and that, while his comics don’t directly reference Lindelof’s HBO series, he did go out of his way to avoid contradicting any of the plot points from the show.)
- “The answer is, I hope so,” Harley Quinn supervising producer Jennifer Coyle said when asked if her DC Universe series will return for a third season. If granted another run, executive producer Justin Halpern already has an idea of where they’d like to direct the season. “We want to focus on Harley and Ivy’s relationship,” Halpern shared. “I’m less interested in if the Joker gets a new girlfriend or not than I am in [exploring] this relationship that we’ve spent two years building.”
- DC’s Stargirl creator/executive producer Geoff Johns revealed that Pat originally was going to remotely control his robot from afar but because it was too similar to a story being developed for another series, it became a piloted machine. He also shared that Cindy’s father, Dragon King, was originally envisioned to be a DC villain named Cobra and that Grundy will appear in season two: “He’s not gone just yet.” Also in season two? Hootie!
- At the Wonder Woman 1984 panel, Venus Williams and Lynda Carter stopped by as part of the fan Q&A before Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot, Kristen Wiig, Chris Pine, and Pedro Pascal revealed the film’s second official trailer—which includes a first look at Wiig as Cheetah.
- Warner Bros. Montreal debuted the first trailer for a new installment of the Batman: Arkham franchise: Batman: Gotham Knights. As the plural name suggests, the game—debuted today as part of DC’s FanDome event—centers on all four of Batman’s primary proteges (Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, and The Red Hood) as they try to keep Gotham safe in the absence of their old vigilante-daddy boss.
- Most of this morning’s Sandman panel was taken up by a mixture of nostalgia and frankly wild haircuts, courtesy of author Neil Gaiman—and especially Sandman podcast producer and star Dirk Maggs and Michael Sheen. Gaiman did let loose a little bit of info about the Sandman Netflix series, though, most notably that production is just now starting to pick back up again in a COVID-lockdown world, and that the series will forego its ‘80s roots to set Dream’s adventures in the modern day instead.
- COVID-19 was also a point of discussion during the Multiverse 101 panel, with Greg Berlanti revealing that the pandemic may affect any plans they had been envisioning for this seasons Arrowverse crossover. In a fun tidbit of behind-the-scenes insight, the panel revealed that Ezra Miller’s involvement in last years “Crisis” crossover was a last-minute addition that was thought of in the final days of production—most of the cast didn’t even know Miller would appear since it was put together so quickly and filmed so late in the game. DC loved the idea because it allowed the TV shows to officially operate in their own universe and let fans love both versions of their favorite superheroes. Berlanti also officially said that only The CW’s multiverse is gone—elsewhere, like on Doom Patrol and Titans, it’s still going strong.
- During the “Introducing Flash” panel, director Andrés Muschietti debuted previously unseen sketches for the new Flash suit that we’ll see in the upcoming movie starring Ezra Miller. “As you can see it’s more organic. you can see light embedded in it. it has been built by his friend Bruce Wayne this time,” the director said as the sketches flashed on screen. Screenwriter Christina Hodson also revealed that DC’s “cinematic multiverse is going to be born out of this movie—its born out of Barry’s movie.”
- We already knew that Suicide Squad sequel director James Gunn decided to retain a handful of the original film’s characters for his “relaunch”—including Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller—while rounding the flick out with a stacked cast that includes Idris Elba, Nathan Fillion, Alice Braga, Taika Waititi, Pete Davidson, Michael Rooker, and David Dastmalchian (playing the iconic Polka-Dot Man). But today, the ne’er-do-wells congregated to reveal their villainous identities in a new spot that also offers a first look at their portrayals.
- It was announced that John Ridley and Nick Derington will launch a four-part Batman miniseries in January 2021—and Ridley said there’s a “47 percent” chance that his Batman will be a person of color. Though we’d assume it’s more of a 100 percent chance.
- During a “surprise panel,” moderator Marc Bernardin and DC Publisher/CCO Jim Lee were joined by Milestone principals Reggie Hudlin and Denys Cowan, along with Phil Lamarr, the iconic voice of the Static Shock animated series to announce Milestone’s return to publishing. Their new wave of content will be led by an all-new Static Shock digital comic series scheduled for February 2021, followed by an original Static Shock original graphic novel, and the return of Milestone heroes Icon & Rocket, with art by Cowan. And beginning this September through February of 2021, select content from the Milestone backlist will be remastered and available for purchase digitally at all participating digital retailers, including Comixology, Amazon Kindle, and others.
- Zack Snyder revealed his cut of Justice League will be four freakin’ hours. So the short trailer they debuted—the 736th to be set to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”—is just 1/1,000,00th of the final product, which will hit HBO Max next year as four one-hour installments.
- The Flash TV show cast discussed how the episodes that were meant to be the end of season six will now be the premiere of season seven, which they teased with a trailer comprised of the 85 percent they’d filmed of what was supposed to be season six’s 20th episode.
- Dwayne Johnson reveled some sketches of what people can expect from his upcoming Black Adam movie—which will feature the Justice League of America members Hawkman, Doctor Fate, Cyclone, and Atom Smasher. The latter will be played by Noah Centineo, no word on who has been cast as the rest of the group.
- Aquaman co-star Patrick Wilson and director James Wan had a friendly chat about their billion-plus blockbuster Aquaman—mostly on the topic of seeing Dolph Lundgren bounce up and down on a teeter-totter. But they did also talk (very vaguely) about the upcoming Aquaman 2, with Wan promising that it’d be “more serious” and “relevant” than the original film.
- Titans executive producer Greg Walker surprised fans with the news that Red Hood, Scarecrow, and Commissioner Barbara Gordon are all headed to the world of the show for its upcoming third season.
- The cast of Shazam! showed up to joke about Sinbad possibly being in the upcoming sequel. At first it seemed like we wouldn’t get anything other than jokes about not getting anything out of their panel, but it ended with one morsel: the title. The sequel is officially titled Shazam! Fury Of The Gods.
- Things closed out with the debut of the first trailer for The Batman. Before rolling the tape, director Matt Reeves gave a lengthy interview in which he discussed how his Batman movie will be a detective story, how it was inspired by films like Chinatown and Taxi Driver, and all about his love of Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne.