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DC FanDome Has Saved Us All

In a virtual world, it is hard to have a convention. The large groups of people in lines to see panels or meet celebrities would be unsafe in a post-COVID world and with all movie theaters shut down and even some movies/shows delayed until next year, it feels as if there’s not much movie news to get excited about. Lucky for us, the DC FanDome had the answer to all of our problems! DC FanDome is an entirely virtual event with panels featuring news for upcoming DC movies. If you are a superhero fan, watch these trailers and get excited for all of the upcoming DC movies. 

The Suicide Squad

While 2016’s Suicide Squad was widely panned by critics and audiences, this sequel looks to be a quirky and exciting improvement. With James Gunn directing the film, we are sure to get a rag-tag team of characters set off on wacky adventures. The movie features weird and unexpected characters such as Polka-Dot Man (yes, his power is throwing polka-dots everywhere and no, I’m not kidding), TDK (who by the costume and logo I’m assuming is Arm-Fall-Off Boy, whose power is having his arms fall off and throwing them), and Peacemaker (basically an evil version of Captain America who thinks he’s doing good but is just beating people up). We also get to see Harley Quinn in her classic red and black costume for the first time! The film features a great cast with actors like Margot Robbie, Peter Capaldi, John Cena, Idris Elba, and more. This definitely looks enjoyable and fun. 

Zack Snyder's Justice League
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u77M-oANRtQ

For those who don’t know the history behind 'the Snyder Cut', here’s the story. Zack Snyder, the original director of Justice League, filmed a 4-hour movie with plans to release it in 2 parts. After the tragic death of his daughter, he had to leave the production of the film. The studio then hired Joss Whedon to finish the film and he used a completely different script and re-shot most of the movie. When Justice League came out disappointed fans and critics alike, people wanted to see Zack Snyder’s version of the movie. This resulted in a campaign to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut that lasted several years, involving fans who paid for billboards advertising the cause, as well as the cast of the movie voicing their support. Now we are finally getting the hard-won Justice League, with all 4 hours of almost entirely new footage directed by Zack Snyder, as a 4-part mini-series on HBO Max. Many fans say the trailer alone is better than the previous Justice League movie as a whole and I’m super excited to see how this turns out!

The Batman

I know, another Batman movie? But the trailer for this film took away all my doubts. With Robert Pattinson playing a young Batman (vampires really do turn into bats!) figuring his life out as a crime-fighter, the trailer teasing us with Zoe Kravitz’s Catwoman, and the appearance of The Riddler, this movie looks like it’s going to be great. I’m excited to see director Matt Reeves' unique vision of Gotham and to see Pattinson’s take on the role.

Wonder Woman 1984

Yes, we were supposed to get this film earlier this summer, but unfortunately didn’t because of the Coronavirus. However, I’m still excited to see the movie come out in 2021. Gal Gadot and Chris Pine were great in 2017’s Wonder Woman and this film has them coming back but in the '80s! The movie also has villains Kristin Wiig as The Cheetah and The Mandalorian’s Pedro Pascal as Maxwell Lord and it definitely looks like it will be a great addition to the DC Universe.

Black Adam

While filming for this movie hasn’t started yet, they were still able to release a trailer for it through animation. Taking place in the same world as 2019's Shazam!, Black Adam is a DC anti-hero played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The short trailer describes the history of Black Adam and the world he comes from. While more info about the movie is yet to come, I really like Shazam! and I hope this is just as good.

I thank DC FanDome for giving us new content and trailers for movies so us entertainment and superhero fans have something to look forward to and obsess over. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the virus is over and we can all see these on the big screen in 2021. 

Ashmita Shanthakumar is a student at the University of Utah pursuing a BA in English and Political Science. She is the Politics & Entertainment News Correspondent for HC Utah for 2020-21. When she's not writing you can find her watching old movies, petting friendly cats, and talking about superheroes.
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