Whether you live and die for Batman or Wonder Woman’s your No. 1, it’s the best day to be a DC Comics superhero fan.
The virtual DC FanDome is back for a second year Saturday, and on tap are plenty of new trailers, first looks and big news coming from the world of DC superheroes on screen. DC FanDome will be premiering the new trailer for Robert Pattinson’s “The Batman,” and fans await early glimpses at John Cena’s “The Suicide Squad” HBO Max spinoff “Peacemaker,” Dwayne Johnson’s superhero debut in “Black Adam” and more.
For even more of a superhero flex, the event includes appearances from Pattinson, Cena, Johnson, filmmakers J.J. Abrams and Ava DuVernay, “Peacemaker” creator James Gunn, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, “Flash” movie star Ezra Miller, “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” actor Zachary Levi, and “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” stars Jason Momoa and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
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Watch the FanDome livestream above (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT) and below are all the biggest highlights.
Miller said he and “The Flash” director Andy Muschietti didn’t have enough footage for a full trailer but he did bring a little sneak peek at the upcoming movie (Nov. 4, 2022) with a voiceover from Michael Keaton returning as the Batman from the Tim Burton films. “You can go anywhere you want, right? Any universe? Why do you want to stay and fight for this one?” Keaton’s Bruce Wayne states to Miller’s speedster Barry Allen as fresh footage hints to the Flash’s new supersuit and time-traveling, multiverse-hopping abilities. And while fans didn’t get a chance to see Keaton in his costume for the first time since 1992’s “Batman Returns,” the teaser did show his superhero’s iconic ears from to whet audience’s appetites.
Cena’s morally questionable patriot stole the show in James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” and gets not only his own HBO Max action comedy series premiering Jan. 13 but also an eagle sidekick who gives out hugs. Peacemaker’s an egotistical guy who goes to violent extremes in the name of liberty. He also has some daddy issues (with Robert Patrick as his father). But the teaser that dropped at FanDome hints that he might get some help with his attitude from co-workers such as rookie handler Adebayo (Danielle Brooks), a very green newcomer who’s only worked with animals before, and the goofy costumed Vigilante (Freddie Stroma).
Aquaman riding a giant sea horse? Yep, that’s definitely happening in the upcoming sequel “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” (Dec. 16, 2022). Momoa and director James Wan revealeda behind-the-scenes reel featuring concept art and co-stars Patrick Wilson and Amber Heard. Wan promised a more mature followup with fun and heart taking the Justice Leaguer to new underwater worlds. Plus the Mateen’s villainous Black Adam is still on his quest for vengeance and to kill Aquaman (and also gets a cool new submarine). “I think fans are going to be very happy,” Mateen says.
Johnson kicked off the event with a first-look scene at his upcoming superhero debut in “Black Adam” (in theaters July 29, 2022), directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. It showed the title antihero, a brutal and uncompromising figure, who reveals himself in a black cape and hood amid the depths of an ancient structure as he magically electrifies a dude into a skeleton. “It’s the kind of project that I know comes once in a lifetime. And I know I was born to play Black Adam,” Johnson says. Also impressed by the movie’s scale is Pierce Brosnan, the former James Bond who plays Dr. Fate: “I’ve never seen the likes of this before.”