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Christmas in August: Our DC FanDome wrap

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Over the weekend, DC FanDome held their first ever virtual showcase, and to say it was a resounding success would be an understatement. Not only did the event host a number of informative panels about many upcoming DC properties, but it also featured a whole host of movie and game trailers. There was a lot to take in during the livestream event, so we’ve waded through the hours of content to bring you the biggest announcements worth drooling over.

1. The first glimpse of The Batman in action

If you thought Christopher Nolan’s take on the Dark Knight was intense, Matt Reeves has taken things to another level with The Batman. The gritty film is reality based and set during the Caped Crusader’s second year fighting crime. Soundtracked by Nirvana’s ‘Something’s In The Way,’ The Batman is reminiscent of The Crow, with Robert Pattinson’s emo Batman a much more vengeful character than previous incarnations. We also get glimpses of Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and an unrecognisable Colin Farrell as The Penguin.  If the trailer is anything to go by, The Batman could well be one of the better adaptations of the famous DC comic. Having said that, anything would be better than the Batfleck.

2. Zach Snyder’s Justice League gets an official trailer

Even if you aren’t a fan of Zach Snyder, or if you haven’t seen the original Justice League film, this should at least get you intrigued. Fans of the director continue to elevate hype for this re-versioning of the 2017 superhero film. Why Justice League is four hours long is anyone’s guess, but if it lives up to the high expectations of fans, who are we to complain?

3. The sequel to Wonder Woman 1984 is closer than you think

One of the best DC films of the past decade gets a deserved sequel with this new trailer revealing Kristen Wiig as a fully transformed Cheetah. As New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ signals the ’80s setting, we see Gal Gadot kick ass as Wonder Woman, Pedro Pascal hamming it up as baddie Maxwell Lord and are given more background on Barbara Ann Minerva, Wonder Woman’s friend-turned-nemesis. Wonder Woman 1984 looks like a hell of a lot of fun with director Patty Jenkins set to deliver another superhero hit.

4. Batman: Gotham Knights game announced

It’s been almost five years since we’ve had a standalone Batman game, but with a new film on the horizon, the developers behind Batman: Arkham Origins are back with Batman: Gotham Knights. Unlike previous titles you won’t be playing as the Dark Knight, who is reportedly dead. Instead you’ll take control of Robin, Batgirl, Nightwing and Red Hood and battle the likes of Mr. Freeze and the Court of Owls. The game enables solo and two-player online co-op and the near 8-minute gameplay trailer reveals a game very similar to previous Batman: Arkham games, so our hopes are high for this one.

5. The Suicide Squad cast has been revealed

After the disaster that was David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, this DC favourite was thought to have been put to bed. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case. Guardians Of The Galaxy helmer James Gunn has decided to reinvent the property with a packed cast featuring the who’s who of Hollywood’s big names. The first teaser trailer for the film highlights all the actors featuring in The Suicide Squad, including Idris Elba as Bloodsport, John Cena as Peacemaker, Alice Braga as Sol Soria and Nathan Fillion as TDK. While we still don’t know the plot, the array of talent involved suggests that the film will at least be better than the 2016 version, though we would mourn the omission of Margot Robbie.

6. Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League will drop next year

Along with a new Suicide Squad filmm we’re getting a game based on the anti-hero supergroup. Developed by Rocksteady Studios, who also happen to be behind the original Batman: Arkham games, Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League gives you the choice of playing as Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Deadshot or King Shark as you try and take down a mind controlled Justice League. You can play solo or online with four players co-operatively, with the trailer a good balance of humour and action.


For everything else revealed at the event, check out the official website.


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