DC FanDome: Biggest announcements about 'The Batman', Zack Snyder’s 'Justice League', 'The Suicide Squad' and more
DC FanDome: Biggest announcements about 'The Batman', Zack Snyder’s 'Justice League', 'The Suicide Squad' and more

'Shazam!' sequelThe first part of the DC FanDome, Hall of Heroes featured programming, panels and content reveals from characters such as Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman and more. The virtual convention was held on Saturday, August 22 and the second part will be on September 12. The epic line up included Matt Reeeves, Aisha Tyler, Idris Elba, Ezra Miller among others.

DC Comics and Warner Bros' first ever FanDome had some exciting new reveals, movie trailers and announcements. Here are some highlights from the show:

The Batman

Director of the Robert Pattinson starrer revealed an intriguing trailer of the film that also stars Zoe Kravitz. The ongoing coronavirus crisis has pushed back the release dates of many Warner Bros. films, including Matt Reeve's 'The Batman.' It was earlier scheduled to hit the big screens on June 25, 2021, but will now see the light of the day on October 1, 2021.

Watch the teaser here:

Gotham Knights

The developers of the of of Warner Bros. Games Montreal’s new open-world title, gave fans a four-minute cinematic trailer and introduced them to the game play characters, which includes Nightwing, Red Hood, Batgirl and Robin.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League trailer

The mythical, unreleased version of the 2017 superhero movie 'Justice League' is getting a release on Warner Media's HBO Max in 2021. Director Zack Snyder ad completed the majority of work on the super-hero movie in 2016 but stepped away from post-production and editing in light of a family tragedy. The trailer of the much-anticipated movie has finally arrived!

The Suicide Squad first look and character reveals

Filmmaker James Gunn introduced his "Suicide Squad" at a virtual event, and said that the film will be different from any other superhero movie ever made.

The first inside look into the world of Gunn's "Suicide Squad", which is being described as a 1970s gritty war movie, was unveiled at the virtual DC Fandome.

"The studio is overwhelmingly happy with the movie. The action is great. It's funny, and it's really dramatic in the right places," Gunn said while talking about the movie.

He also updated on the post-production process for the film, which he described as "by far the most fun I have ever had making a movie".

"It's gonna be different from any superhero movie ever made," the filmmaker added.

Gunn also used the virtual event to confirm the identities of the characters being played by each of the cast members, with a "roll call" video.

While many fans were hoping for a trailer reveal, the director released a montage of the behind-the-scenes footage -- teasing not just the characters but also the plot of the movie.

In the clip, it was confirmed that John Cena plays the Pacemaker while Idris Elba essays the role of Bloodsport.

The actor-wrestler compared his role with Captain America, saying: "He's like a douchey Captain America".

Gunn said that Peacemaker would go to any length for peace.

For Elba, "Suicide Squad" is a "twisted fantasy of characters", and said: "It's like a massive, graphic novel brought to life."

In the film, Margot Robbie will be reprising her role as Harley Quinn, alongside Viola Davis (as Amanda Waller), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag) and Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang).

During the footage reveal, producer Peter Safran said: "This one is completely unique. This is a gritty, 1970s war movie combined with the brilliance of James Gunn's characters and comedy."A

The film will also star Pete Davidson as Blackguard, Michael Rooker as Savant, Peter Capaldi as The Thinker, Flula Borg as Javelin, David Dastmalchian as Polka Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2, Nathan Fillion as T.D.K., Mayling Ng as Mongal, Alice Braga as Sol Soria and Sean Gunn as Weasel.

"I will say we have about as many explosions and crashes in this film as in any film, ever," Gunn said, adding: "In fact, the guy who did all of our special effects on this film, Dan Sudick, who's done almost all of the Marvel moviesa says there are more effects in this film than all of those movies he's done combined."

Gunn sees the new Warner Bros film as a "sequel" to John Ostrander's 1980s "Suicide Squad" comic-book run, and shared that his favourite character back then was Waller, who was "so different for the time in terms of being such a strong woman, kind of an antihero but kind of bad, kind of good, and not physically the same as everyone else you saw in comic books. I just thought she was so cool".

"I actually had a long talk with John Ostrander about this. He came in to visit the set. I said, 'I don't think of this movie so much as an adaptation of your comics. I think of this movie as a sequel to your comics'."

Talking about his influences, the filmmaker said: "I also like to continuously take in new superhero villains. (They are) great DC villains who have something to offer, and that we could put in the movies. So that is where my biggest inspiration comes from."

Wonder Woman 1984

Director Patty Jenkins is committed to release her upcoming film, Wonder Woman 1984, in the theatres. She says she is sticking to it.

"It's so great on the big screen," Jenkins said during the film's panel at DC FanDome.

"We all worked so hard to bring something that would be a big visual spectacular great time. So we're going to stick it out. We believe in putting it in the cinema, and I can't wait for you all to see more today and I can't wait for the movie to come out soon," she added.

The virtual DC FanDome also debuted a new trailer for the Covid-delayed "Wonder Woman 1984", giving a first substantial look at the film's villain Cheetah played by Kristen Wiig.

The preview showed Wiig's transition from a jealous friend to supervillain, giving the first glimpse of her character in a cheetah-print clothing. The film also stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and Pedro Pascal.

The Warner Bros movie left its original June release date due to the Covid-19 pandemic and is currently

'Shazam!' sequel

The sequel to Zachary Levi-led superhero movie "Shazam!" is titled "Shazam: Fury of the Gods".

The title of the much-anticipated second installment of the superhero franchise was revealed during the DC FanDome virtual convention.

The announcement was made in the presence of Levi, director David F. Sandberg as well as supporting cast members Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Faithe Herman, Meagan Good and Adam Brody.

New Line is developing the sequel with Henry Gayden returning to write the film, along with Peter Safran producing.

In May, Levi had said that the Warner Bros project was in scripting stage.

The film was originally scheduled to release in April 2022, but was pushed to November 2022 after the coronavirus outbreak brought the movie industry to a grinding halt.

"Shazam!", which released in April 2019, was a tentpole and went on to earn over USD 364 million worldwide

The Flash

Actor Ezra Miller brought out the first glimpse of his upcoming film, "The Flash", and said that the superhero movie will delve into the concept of the multiverse allowing other heroes to interact in one narrative.

Miller along with director Andy Muschietti, screenwriter Christina Hodson and producer Barbara Muschietti joined the virtual DC FanDome to tease the 2022 film.

It is because of the concept of the multiverse that Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck will make an appearance as Batman in the film. At the virtual gala, the team showed concept art for the character's new and improved suit.

"This film is immensely important because if you look around at the DC universe you have all these characters who exist in their own bubbles," said Miller, who portrays the role of speedster Barry Allen.

"We even have multiple iterations of the same story. By opening that (multiverse) door, all of these stories and characters can start to collide. It blows our minds the level of possibilities that exist with this character and this story," he added.

The film deals with time travel, with Allen attempting to right the wrongs of his past, which saw his mother getting murdered and his father getting jailed.

"He is someone who has the power to change the events of the past, but by doing so, can deteriorate the fabric of the space-time continuum," said Muschietti, who promised a film that will deliver both heart and humour.

While talking about the themes of the movie, he said: "It's a time travel story, which is very exciting. He's someone who has the power of changing the events in the past but in doing so can change the space-time continuum."

The filmmaker also revealed the first concept art for the film, which showed a new suit built by Bruce Wayne.

"All of these stories and characters can start to collide," said Hodson, adding, "the cinematic multiverse is going to be born out of this movie".

Muschietti even teased the idea of crossing Barry Allen into the world of "Game of Thrones", and Allen on the coveted Iron Throne.

"The Flash" was first announced in 2014 for a 2018 release.

Soon, Miller got attached to the movie and the character was first introduced in 2017's "Justice League".

Now, the filming of "The Flash" is expected to begin in 2021, with the team aiming for a June 3, 2022, release.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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