DC Fandome happened yesterday and man was it boring! Last year’s version of the digital DC Comics celebration event felt so much funner but this year’s version, broken down into four hours to reveal everything new coming to the franchise, was absolutely terrible. And it wasn’t just because the shows looked awful or the comics didn’t seem interesting. Even the content for the new movies coming next year or in 2023 seemed lacking. So yeah, it wasn’t a very fun Saturday in the DC Fandome department but I’m here to talk about what we got. So here we go.
I was excited for Black Adam and I still believe this movie is going to be awesome, specifically with the idea of so many incredibly powerful characters being introduced in this film like Aldris Hodge’s Hawkman, Pierce Brosnan’s Doctor Fate, Quintessa Swindell’s Cyclone, and Noah Centineo’s Atom Smasher. However, this first look compilation featuring behind-the-scenes tidbits and about 30 seconds of nothing was just…annoying.
Last year the cast of characters was already announced and yet this year we still didn’t get a full look at these actors as their characters. That just doesn’t make sense to me! It’s been a whole year and we still can’t see what Aldris Hodges looks like as Hawkman yet?!
And the first footage from the movie was 100% not that great. I get it. Dwayne Johnson was born to play Black Adam, and I actually agree with him, but for this movie to be really special I’m going to need this to be a different type of superhero movie experience.
One where we follow the story of Black Adam, an ultra-powerful villain who has to take on a team of heroes consisting of Hawkman, Cyclone, Atom Smasher, and Doctor Fate. And then, throughout the film, he gradually kills them off and ends up the surviving baddie at the end of the movie. A baddie ready to take on Shazam in, most likely, Shazam 3.
I hope that’s what this movie is all about because if it’s anything else I’m going to be royally disappointed.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom‘s section of the DC Fandome was probably the lamest portion of the upcoming films with some boring concept art and a new look at Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Black Manta.
It’s funny. The more I see from this movie the worse it’s beginning to look. I think James Wan and co. got lucky with the first Aquaman movie because this sequel looks ridiculous and that’s kind of a shame.
I don’t like Peacemaker. He’s an awful character, which I understand is the point, but I’ve got to say, this series kind of looks intriguing. We’ve got some new characters joining the show, James Gunn’s brand of humor is all over this project, and yeah, Peacemaker’s got an eagle.
This might be a surprise hit.
This teaser is short and doesn’t have much to offer, that’s for sure, but we do get to hear and see Michael Keaton return as Batman. That, alone, is exciting. I just hope he’ll be in the movie for a while.
Shazam: Fury of the Gods
I loved Shazam so this behind-the-scenes reel was fascinating; from the new characters played by Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu, and Rachel Zegler to the mythological creatures that we’ll be seeing in this fantastic looking sequel. Forget Batman, Shazam is where it’s at and I am very excited for June 2023 because I love these characters, this world, and I can’t wait to see more.
So…this trailer finally arrived and, in ways, it lived up to expectations but it was also a poorly crafted trailer that felt like it was trying too hard to be cool. I’m still not fully convinced Robert Pattinson is going to be a good Batman/Bruce Wayne but I have a little faith after seeing him in Tenet.
Zoe Kravitz looks like she’s going to be another wonderful addition to the growing legacy of incredible Catwomen. And yes, they are still keeping Paul Dano’s Riddler very much in the shadows and that is exciting indeed.
So, overall, DC Fandome was as lame as they come and I’m now just patiently waiting for Disney Plus Day which is surely going to obliterate everything we got yesterday. I mean, The Book of Boba Fett trailer alone is going to be far more rewarding than everything the DC Fandome had to offer, even The Batman trailer.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day.
2 thoughts on “A Rundown of the Disappointing DC Fandome”
I thought Cena and Peacemaker were a great match of actor and character and were funny in The Suicide Squad. He seems to be continuing with the same performance here. The Robert Patrick cameo was interesting. Seems like there are too many other characters added in here though. I was expecting a solo series, not another team series.
Black Adam seemed to be a little light and campy in tone. That might fit well with Shazam, but not sure how that’s going to work with a movie about a major villain. It seemed to have that Disney Pirates of the Caribbean feel, not surprising since it’s by the director of Jungle Cruise.
I really couldn’t get a feel for Shazam 2 from what they showed us. It was interesting to see Helen Mirren in it. Since the MCU turned Aunt May into a MILF, there hasn’t been room for a senior citizen actress in a superhero movie in a major part that I can remember. And we all know those parts are hard to find in any movie, so it’s nice to see one here.
I really like the concept art and snippets we saw with Aquaman. Their descriptions made it all sound a whole lot like the first movie, with the globetrotting adventure angle. Maybe it will be as good as the first or maybe it’ll seem like a rehash, not sure. If they re-use the same two villains from the first movie, that could seem a little dull.
I think Flash was probably the best thing they showed. The directing style looked pretty cool. I think the costume redesign works here, and is based on the comic books. I feel like the character relationships and chemistry are going to work here.
The Batman is not really a movie I wanted to be made. Going out of the DCEU continuity doesn’t seem worth the confusion just to do a fairly routine, standard Batman movie. This should’ve been like WW84, a flashback to Batman’s younger days within the DCEU. This trailer looked a little better than the teaser, mainly because they edited out the worst parts like Catwoman’s shabby mask and Batman brutally beating a random goon. But I don’t like that Batman just walks into bullets. I liked the older movies’ stealthy Batman who hides in the shadows, makes sneak attacks, uses his gadgets, or disarms and distracts his opponents.
This Penguin seemed to be doing a Satuday Night Live Robert Deniro impression, but that at least made him more entertaining than the other characters in the trailer. Pattinson doesn’t have the handsome “eligible bachelor” qualities of previous Bruce Waynes, and his dialogue delivery seemed kind of laid-back and weak. Alfred’s warnings of Batman going too far are very tired cliches for Batman movies by now.
This Gotham City doesn’t look like a comic book creation anymore, but going back to Nolan’s approach where they just photographed a real city. The final scene with Batman walking to the overturned car seemed cribbed right out of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. If there’s some kind of unrequited love thing between Batman and Catwoman, that could be interesting. But I have my ideal casting choice for Catwoman in mind and Zoe isn’t it. She could end up being the best Catwoman since Julie Newmar by default though, because the others have all missed the mark so badly, by being given ridiculous “cat powers” or by not being villainous enough. The Riddler could be an interesting villain, but I was surprised that his voiceover stuff had no substance at all here. The music and sound design in the trailer was very solid. The use of bright orange in the color scheme was overwhelming though, and didn’t give me a very “dark knight” feel.
I too have issues with The Batman trailer. Issues that I may discuss in another post but for now, I’m just waiting for the world premiere of Eternals tomorrow followed by the critics’ reactions. Marvel just keeps on winning in every department and it’s sad how badly DC Comics always manages to miss the mark.