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DC shows off a ton of new projects at virtual DC Fandome 2021

posted Monday Oct 18, 2021 by Scott Ertz

DC shows off a ton of new projects at virtual DC Fandome 2021

DC Fandome 2021 happened over the weekend, and during this virtual event, they showed off a lot of new information. Included in this new info are trailers for projects, including movies, television, and videogames. Let's take a look at some of the new trailers that made it to the internet this past weekend.


Some of DC's largest projects are headed to the big screen, assuming things don't head south again. Among these projects are The Batman, the newest entry in the franchise, and Shazam! Fury of the Gods.

The Batman

Here we get to welcome the newest actor to wear the cowl, Robert Pattinson. When the Twilight star was announced as the next Batman, there was concern that he might shimmer or something. But, the trailer shows that the casting might not be entirely out of left field. In fact, Pattinson seems to have abandoned his sparkly origins and embraced the Caped Crusader. In addition to the new Batman, Andy Serkis, the most important actor of the past 30 years, takes on the role of Alfred.

This version of Batman will be a little different from past implementations. According to Pattinson in introducing the trailer,

{He} doesn't have as much control over his personality. The delineation between when he's Batman and when he's Bruce is not so clear as other iterations... I kind of really like this idea it's a little bit out of control. He hasn't completely defined what Batman is, but he gets lost in it. Whenever he's putting it on every night, he's not sleeping, and he's becoming this quite sort of odd creature.

The Batman is currently scheduled for theatrical release March 4, 2022.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Shazam! was a surprise hit in 2019. The character has had issues on the large and small screens in the past, but Zachary Levi made the character come to life in this first film. Here, we get a look at the next installment of the franchise. In the trailer, Zachary Levi takes on Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu, a dangerous duo. Helen Mirren, one of the most respected actresses in Hollywood, is playing Hespera and Lucy Liu, a talented comedic and action actress, is playing Kalypso.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is currently scheduled for theatrical release June 2, 2023.

Black Adam

Zachary Levi is not the only film coming based around Shazam. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will also appear in Black Adam as the title character, described as a "ruthless, unstoppable" villain. The teaser trailer shows us our first look at the former wrestler in costume, as well as concept art and production photos and video. There's also interviews with the cast discussing the project.

Black Adam is currently scheduled for theatrical release July 29, 2022.

The Flash

One of the problems with DC's approach to live-action media has been the two unrelated universes. TV and movies both exist, but their stars and stories are not connected, unlike how Marvel has worked with the MCU across mediums. The project that will highlight this the most is The Flash, which will focus on Justice League's Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, rather than the CW's Grant Gustin as Barry Allen. However, the film will also 2 former Batmans (or Batmen?): Ben Affleck, who just released the cowl, and Michael Keaton, whose Batmobile can be seen covered in the trailer.

The existence of multiple versions of Batman suggests that perhaps we'll be dealing with the multiverse immediately, rather than several seasons into the TV series. The first look trailer does not give a lot of information about the story.

The Flash is currently scheduled for theatrical release November 4, 2022.


There are a couple of new TV projects coming to the parent company's networks. One in particular stands out in the crowd.


Peacemaker, starring John Cena, is a spinoff from the popular Suicide Squad films. Following the most recent film, and Cena's standout performance, the series was greenlit for HBO Max. It is written and directed by James Gunn, meaning that it will retain the tone and pacing of the most recent film, as well as the production quality we have come to expect from Gunn's work. He described the project saying,

He's not an evil person, he's just a bad guy. He seems sort of irredeemable in the film. But I think that there's more to him. We didn't get a chance to know him [in The Suicide Squad" class="UpStreamLink"> in the way we get to know some of the other characters. And so that's what the whole show is about

Peacemaker is currently scheduled for HBO Max release January 13, 2022.


Interactive projects have always been a big part of the DC ecosystem, and that has not changed this year. Two major games left a mark coming out of DC Fandome 2021.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League

If you can't get enough of the Suicide Squad, then you'll be happy to see a quick peek at Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. The game exists within the realm of the James Gunn film and looks just as bonkers as the film.

The games comes from the same studio as the successful series of Arkham videogames and looks to be a natural evolution of the series. Rather than focusing on Batman and his collection of first-tier villains, this game will focus on the second-tier villains. The Squad in the game will be Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark, who are tasked with eliminating members of the Justice League.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is currently scheduled for release on PC, Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 sometime in 2022.

Gotham Knights

While not our first look at Gotham Knights, it is certainly the most polished. We get a look at the Court of Owls and the storyline that will surround them in the game. We also see how the Bat Family (Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl and Red Hood) will deal with this collection of criminals following the supposed death of Bruce Wayne and Batman.

The gameplay will be highly story-driven, but will also play like Batman Arkham Knight, in that it will be an open world action title. Clearly, the big difference will be the playable focus, switching from Batman to the rest of the Bat Family.

Gotham Knights is currently scheduled for release on PC, Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 sometime in 2022.


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