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Did you miss the first DC Fandome event? Here’s a DC Fandome: Hall Of Heroes full breakdown for your reading pleasure.
DC Fandome is essentially Comic-Con with two major differences: It’s DC-specific and it’s online.
Originally, it was was going to take place during a single 24-hour period. However, three days before the event, DC announced that it would be broken up into two separate events. The first of the two events, DC Fandome: Hall of Heroes aired worldwide on 22nd August 2020.
DC Fandome: Halls of Heroes was an eight-hour-long presentation which played three times (thereby making it a 24-hour event). Sadly, DC don’t appear to have archived anything online other than the various trailers shown at the event, so it fell to YouTubers to archive and share most of the footage. To their credit, Warner Brothers (DC’s parent company) haven’t hit the YouTubers with copyright strikes yet, so it’s probably safe to assume that they won’t do so in future.
This is good news for readers of this article, because it means they can look up most of the segments on YouTube, should they find any panels discussed here piquing their interest.
The event was well organised – no mean feat, with over 25 panels (or segments) displayed. The panels themselves were broken up with plenty of filler content, much of it fan-based. There were filler segments containing fan questions, fan art, fan cosplay.
The panels were all introduced by various hosts, including Australia’s own Jayden Rodriguez.
Surprisingly, not every event was concerned with sharing news – many of them were creators and actors discussing their characters. Some even discussed social issues, showcasing DC’s commitment to inclusivity and social awareness.
The event was amazingly successful and makes it clear that DC is just now beginning to truly compete with Marvel’s popularity in Hollywood and elsewhere. Perhaps the resounding success of DC Fandome: Hall of Heroes is behind the very recent #MarvelIsOverParty hashtag frenzy.
Let’s take a look at every single panel from DC Fandome: Hall of Heroes.
Wonder Woman 1984 Panel
– Patty Jenkins (Writer, Director, and Producer for both Wonder Woman films)
– Gal Gadot (Diana Prince AKA Wonder Woman)
– Chris Pine (Steve Trevor)
– Kristen Wiig (Barbara Ann Minerva AKA Cheetah)
– Pedro Pascal (Maxwell Lord)
– Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman in the iconic 70s Wonder Woman TV Series) also appears toward the end
The panel mainly involved them discussing how much fun they had together and what a joy it was to make the film.
“…we had such an amazing time [and] we got lucky that we [all] have such great chemistry and we all adore and love each other.” – Gal Gadot
Professional tennis player Venus Williams then asks them via video chat: “Who would win in a tennis match between Wonder Woman and Cheetah? And do you think that they’ll ever be able to put away their differences and team up for doubles?”
Kristen Wiig says she would win, and Gal Gadot disagrees, and they agree to disagree.
Lynda Carter joins the video chat, and says that her child, now that she’s seen Gal Gadot’s film, finally understands what Wonder Woman means to everyone.
The group then show some fan cosplays, during which a man dresses as Wonder Woman. They don’t refer to him as ‘Wonder Man’, possibly because Marvel owns the rights to that name.
Patty Jenkins says of his cosplay: ‘I love [it] when I see people, like a man, or different people do Wonder Woman because it really does go to the core of, like, we are all Wonder Woman and that armour can mean something different on all these different people and that’s a great Wonder Woman costume – I love it!’
They then share the Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer 2, which emphasises the action/comedy elements of the upcoming film.
Warner Bros. Games Montreal Announcement
– Zachary Levi (who plays the title role in the Shazam! film)
– Patrick Redding (Creative Director of Gotham Knights)
– Fleur Marty (Senior Producer of Gotham Knights)
Gotham Knights has finally been announced, and it looks amazing. Batman is apparently dead, so the Batfamily (Nightwing, Batwoman, Robin, and Red Hood) have to face Mr Freeze without him. The mutli-player aspect of the game seem to be based on co-op, which is awesome. The Batcave has been replaced with The Belfry as the base of operations for the Batfamily.
“We wanted to shake up the status quo of Gotham City. We wanted to see what happens when you take away the safety of batmans presence and then find out [what happens] when these heroes – the Bat family – Nightwing, Batgirl, Red Hood, and Robin have to step up and take on the role of new protectors of Gotham.” – Patrick Redding
“We wanted heroes who embodied different aspects of the Bat Family. The detective side as well as the fighter, the scourge of the underworld, the urban legend.” – Fleur Marty
The Sandman Universe: Enter the Dreaming
– Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley from the Community TV series)
– Neil Gaiman (writer and creator of the re-imagined Sandman universe)
– G Willow Wilson (writer of Sandman graphic novel ‘The Dreaming: Waking Hours’)
– Dirk Maggs (Audiobook Director of The Sandman)
– Michael Sheen (Lucifer in The Sandman audiobook)
The panel discusses how Netflix’s Sandman series will be set in the present day. Gaiman says he used the COVID-19 quarantine to work on Sandman scripts, saying that he wants to get them ‘as close as perfect as we possibly can’. He’s got two seasons worth of scripts already even though Netflix has only ordered one season from him. He also confirmed that the series would take place in modern times (most likely from 1988 to 1992).
They mention the recently-released graphic novel, The Dreaming: Waking Hours and then anounce a crossover between the Sandman and Locke & Key comics which will be titled ‘Locke & Key / The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone’. The story will connect the two graphic novel universe via a key to hell that belongs to Sandman’s Lucifer.
– Tiffany Smith (Host of DC Daily)
– Greg Berlanti (Executive producer of most of the DC TV shows)
– Jim Lee (Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics)
– Walter Hamada (president of DC films)
Tiffany explains that The Multiverse is a creative device used to explain how different version of the same DC characters exist in their respective universes, and that it’s widely considered to have first appeared in Flash #123.
The panel discusses various aspects of the multiverse and how it affects all DC media, especially the DC film and TV series. It’s confirmed that upcoming film ‘The Batman’ takes place in a different universe.
“…One of the things that really is distinct and unique to DC is that it’s the first large work of fiction that has leaned upon this idea that we are not alone. We have this reality, this Earth, but that there are alternate realities that sit side by side with us [in an] infinite number, and on each of these different Earths we exist but maybe in slightly different variations.” – Jim Lee.
Fun Fact: Ezra Miller’s Flash wasn’t named The Flash in the Justice League movies, he actually got that name when he met Grant Gustin’s CW Flash.
One of our other writers, Louis Skye, has covered this panel here.
This was a fun little riffing clip where Batman Beyond and Bruce Wayne intercept a transmission of Batman ‘66. They used the voice actors from the Batman Beyond show, and there were was a hilarious running gag about the drawn-in eyebrows on Adam West’s Batsuit.
The Suicide Squad
Louis also covered this panel, and you can find the article here.
BAWSE Females of Color Within the DC Universe
– Estelle (Grammy Award winning Singer/Songwriter)
– D-Nice (DJ/Rapper)
– Candice Patton (Iris West from The Flash TV series)
– Damaris Lewis (Blackfire from Titans TV series)
– Javicia Leslie (The new Batwoman from the TV series of the same name)
– Meagan Good (adult form of Darla from Shazam!)
– Nafessa Williams (Anissa Pierce from Black Lightning TV series)
– Tala Ashe (Zari Tarazi from Legends of Tomorrow TV series)
– Anna Diop (Starfire from Titans TV series)
– Chantal Thuy (Grace Choi from Black Lightning TV series)
If you don’t already know: The word ‘bawse’ is a slang variant of the word ‘boss’, meaning ‘self-realised and awesome’ – as in the famous song ‘Like A Boss’.
The panel talks about their experiences in the industry and how they’re aware that they’re representing and inspiring all kinds of outsiders, including LGBTQ+ fans.
“I remember getting a tweet from a mom who was saying that her and her daughter were watching The Flash, and her daughter was watching my character and she [was like] ‘Mommy, Iris West is so beautiful, she looks like me, does that mean I’m beautiful too?’ ” – Candice Patton
“Being different is my superpower.” – Damaris Lewis
When discussing what they’d do if they had their character’s superpowers in real life, Candice Patton has this to say about her non-powered character: “I did steal my husbands superpowers in one episode and became the fastest woman on the planet. So I guess if I had super-speed, I would clearly super-speed a lot of people out of…precarious police interactions.”
Legacy of the Bat
– Nyambi Nyambi (Actor/Producer/Bat-fan)
– Jim Lee (Chief Creative Officer for DC)
– Caroline Dries (Executive Producer and Showrunner for the Batwoman TV series)
– Patrick Reddick (Creative Director for WB Games Montreal)
– John Ridley (Writer/Screenwriter)
– Brenton Thwaites (Dick Grayson AKA Nightwing, Titans)
– Javicia Leslie (Ryan Wilder/Batwoman from the Batwoman TV series)
This panel took a deep-dive into not just Batman’s history, but that of the extended bat-family.
In an interesting exchange, Nyambi Nyambi asks Jim Lee: “What is it about Batman to you that makes his legacy such a lasting one?”
Jim Lee replies “At the core of it, you know, he’s the ultimate underdog, right – he’s in a world with all these crazy characters with amazing powers and, you know, all he has is his wealth and his smarts and his ambitions, and sort of, uh, obsessive need for justice. So I think we can all relate to him because he’s very human in that respect and I think he also, uh, really has something for everyone.”
Nyambi then raises the point that he (Nyambi) also related to Robin, and Jim Lee talks about that for bit. John Ridley then says that there’s a good chance that he’ll write Batman as a Person of Colour and that he’s looking forward to exploring the Fox Family (Lucius Fox etc.)
Patrick Reddick then discusses the idea that Batman is missing from Gotham Knights so that the players can imagine themselves as Batman.
The panel then closes off by answering some fan questions.
Chris Daughtry: Performance
American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry performs ‘Waiting For Superman’ from Daughtry’s album ‘Baptized’, then his band performs their latest single, ‘World on Fire’
The Joker: Put on a Happy Face
“I love it – chaos is so invigorating!” – Joker
This short presentation was essentially an advert for the free documentary ‘The Joker: Put on a Happy Face’, which is currently only available on iTunes.
The presentation discusses the impact that Joker has had on DC comics and society. It discusses how the Comics Code Authority wanted to censor comics in the ‘50s and ‘60s, so comic villains became goofier and less scary. It then points out how the infamous graphic novel ‘The Killing Joke’ features a return to psychotic form for the previously-deadly Joker.
It also showed footage of many of the actors who’ve played Joker commenting on their views on Joker.
Jim Lee Portfolio Review – DC Super-Villain Fan Art
This presentation featured Jim Lee giving his feedback on the work of the fan artist, Mohammad Haque. Jim offered a lot of tips, most of which boiled down to ‘use more shading’.
Surprise DC Comics Panel
– Marc Bernadin (writer and podcast host)
– Reggie Hudlin (from Milestone Media),
– Denys Cowan (Milestone Media co-founder),
– Jim Lee (DC Chief Creative Officer), and
– Phil Lamarr (prolific voice actor who voices Static Shock, the most well-known Milestone Comics superhero)
This strangely-titled panel discussed the history of Milestone comics, from their early beginnings at the San Diego Comic-Con
Jim Lee discusses how he was starting Wildstorm comics at the same time, and he was surprised that Milestone threw a launch party at a Comic-con because nobody ever did that.
Jim Lee: “…you were all dressed up in suits and stuff, like, what’s wrong with our tie-dyed jeans and our mullets, and you know, what’s going on – [were] you trying to show us up?”
Denys Cowan: *nods* “Yeah!” [as if to say ‘Well, obviously!’]
Denys then explains that the reason the Milestone creators wore suits is that – being minorities – they knew they’d have to try twice as hard in order to be taken seriously.
I’m Batman: The Voices Behind the Cowl
This wasn’t a panel as much as a celebration of the voice actors who’ve voiced Batman in other languages.
“Batman speaks dozens and dozens of languages, thanks to voice actors from all over the world who have been dubbing batman’s voice ever since he first appeared onscreen. That means, in their countries – they are Batman.” – Will Arnett, voice of Lego Batman
“If you do just a little less than [Batman] does, your voice won’t stick to it, it won’t fit.” – Marco Balzarotti, Italian Batman voice actor.
“I wanted to do theater performances, I thought of stages with light, with an audience; them, this was completely the opposite of what I was thinking, but I ended up dubbing four years later.” – Ettore Zuim, Portuguese Batman voice actor.
“The most challenging aspect of the dubbing for me is to make the viewer believe that the characters, the actors, are speaking in Spanish.” – Rene Garcia, Spanish Batman voice actor.
The Snyder Cut of Justice League
Zack Snyder was the first director of the Justice League film, but a death in the family meant that he needed to bow out. The film was then directed by Joss Whedon. Many fans have long since cried out for a ‘Snyder Cut’ of Justice League, believing it would be better than the film we got.
It looks like that’s actually happening, so score one for the fans!
This panel didn’t really give us much information about the film itself. The main takeaways are that it’ll first be available on HBO MAX (Snyder promises it’ll be available elsewhere eventually), and that the film will apparently show Flash doing something unique with his powers.
The main cast from Justice League (sans Jason Momoa, who declined to attend DC Fandome) asked Snyder some fan questions, during which we find out that Snyder’s favourite superhero is Doctor Manhattan.
Snyder then flips the script and interviews multiple fans involved with the Snyder Cut movement.
The Flash TV Panel
– Chancellor Agard (Entertainment Weekly)
– Grant Gustin (Barry Allen, The Flash)
– Candice Patton (Iris West-Allen)
– Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow, Frost)
– Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon)
– Danielle Nicolet (Cecile Horton)
– Brandon McKnight (Chester P. Runk)
– Kayla Compton (Allegra Garcia)
– Eric Wallace, Showrunner and Executive Producer
They discuss the different creative process used in the latest Flash season, and how the new characters fit into the story (including some behind the scenes stuff from the actors playing them). The panel then discusses Killer Frost’s changes, and how some of the episodes have been more focused on the background characters.
They then show a trailer for season 7, where the storyline seems to be about a shapeshifter replacing Iris West-Allen and Flash refusing to accept that he’s lost his speed-force powers.
Eric Wallace then talks about how the COVID-19 shutdown affected their work, and how the show tries not to alienate new Flash fans by using newer villains and not just the Silver Age ones.
The history of anti-hero Black Adam is told through a motion-comic, narrated by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, who also hosts the panel. The panel itself is just Dwayne answering fan questions.
We learn that Black Adam is one of the most powerful people in the DC universe, but is also not known for his restraint when facing his foes. If he could have Black Adam take any superhero on an adventure, Dwayne says he would choose Wonder Woman – because he feels their powers could complement each other, but that it might also ‘be cool to hang out with Superman’.
Dwayne then discusses how he’s been trying to get Black Adam made for 10 years because he likes how Black Adam is an anti-hero, and also because Black Adam was a slave which creates a story dynamic of empowerment and how that trauma informs the characters decisions. He then explains how he enjoys the fact that Black Adam is a ‘ruthless keeper of justice’, and confirms that will be the version shown in the upcoming film.
He then invites Noah Centino (who plays Atom Smasher in the Black Adam film) to talk about Noah’s workout regimen.
“Black Adam and Superman could become friends. Or – they won’t. Who knows? Maybe we’ll see.” – Dwayne Johnson
The panel then closes out with another Black Adam motion comic briefly introducing the members of the Justice Society: Hawkman, Dr Fate, Cyclone, and Atom Smasher.
CNN Heroes: Real-Life Heroes in the Age of Coronavirus
This was a collection of stories about how everyday citizens are acting like superheroes by doing what they can to combat COVID-19. It featured many stories, such as:
– a teen who uses his savings and a 3D printer to create multiple copies of personal protective equipment, which is then donated to people in the medical industry
– a man that was donating his time to do shopping trips for senior citizens
– two Indian brothers feeding their Indian countrymen in an initiative called ‘Feed The Needy’
There were more stories, but they all serve to reinforce one simple fact: Real-life heroes wear masks.
Titans TV Panel
– Damian Holbrook (from TV Guide)
– Greg Walker (Executive Producer)
– Brenton Thwaites (Dick Grayson, Nightwing)
– Teagan Croft (Rachel Roth, Raven)
– Anna Diop (Kory Anders, Starfire)
– Ryan Potter (Gar Logan, Beast Boy)
– Alan Ritchson (Hank Hall, Hawk)
– Minka Kelly (Dawn Granger, Dove)
– Joshua Orpin (Conner, Superboy)
– Connor Leslie (Donna Troy, Wonder Girl)
– Curran Walters (Jason Todd, Robin)
– Damaris Lewis (Blackfire)
The panel discusses some fan favourite moments. Damian chooses the moment when Dawn takes down the Meth Lab. The chosen fan favourite moments are: When Wonder Girl uses her lasso for the first time, Jason Todd discussing how awesome it is to be Robin, Jason Todd videobombing a news report yelling ‘Titans are back, bitches!’, Superboy and Krypto protecting Lex Luthor’s father, and the first time the core team battles alongside each other.
They then discuss possible futures for the Blackfire character, and the possibility of Jason Todd’s other anti-hero persona (Red Hood) being brought into the series.
We then find out that the next season will take place in Gotham and will feature The Scarecrow and Commissioner Gordon. Commissioner Barbara Gordon, to be specific.
– Patrick Wilson (King Orm, Ocean Master)
– James Wan (Director)
They discuss the beginnings of the creative process of the first Aquaman movie. They then discuss various challenges that Patrick has faced playing Ocean Master, and then the challenges that James faced designing and directing the underwater sections of the film.
The pair then discuss the experience of working in a CGI-heavy film, and what they’re both looking forward to in Aquaman 2: They’re both looking forward to more world-building.
Ask Harley Quinn
Harley Quinn, title character from the recent adult animated series, answers fan questions in a manner that only she can.
Fan Question: What would you say is the hardest part of starting your own criminal empire?
Harley: Probably deciding where to go for lunch. You know, everybody just sits around just like tossing out ideas. Someone says Chipotle and everybody’s like ‘Eerghh, we had Chipotle like three days ago’ and then someone says a place that gets everyone excited and then we call and find out they don’t deliver and then someone says Chipotle again, it’s just – such a pain in the ass!
Fan Question: Will the series have a third season? PLEASE SAY YES TO ME! I NEED IT! I love Harley and the show!
Harley: I mean, I ****in’ hope so, it’s probably up to some dickhead executive who has a personal trainer who says the word ‘core’ a lot. In which case, Hi Mr Executive, did you know the show is super cheap to make and I play well internationally because I’m hyperviolent?
Fan Question: Which TV show would Harley probably love?
Harley: I don’t watch a lotta TV but I do love the many offerings available on HBO Max. Between the beloved classic TV series offered and massive Warner Brothers film library it’s crazy not to subscribe.
Fan Question: Do you have any advice on how to get a girlfriend?
Harley: Have you tried jerking off? It’s not as good as a girlfriend put people seem to love it.
Fan Question: Harley, out of Batman’s many Robins, which one is your favourite?
Harley: I guess Red Robin, it takes balls to name yourself after a national chain of burger restaurants. I mean, I like burgers so let’s just go with him. Look, it’s not science.
Harley continues on with her zany replies to a few more questions until the end of the panel.
Wonder Woman 80th Celebration
Panelists (all returning from the Wonder Woman 1984 panel):
– Patty Jenkins
– Gal Gadot
– Lynda Carter.
This short panel discussed Wonder Woman’s upcoming 80th anniversary and what it personally meant to them.
“It turn out next year is Wonder Woman’s 80th anniversary. 80th anniversary if you can believe that – she’s been changing the world for 80 years!” – Patty Jenkins
“Wonder Woman inspires us and our collective love for this character has endured for 80 years.” – Gal Gadot
Tomorrow’s Super Heroes with Jim Lee Brought to You By Gold House
– Jim Lee (Chief Creative Officer for DC)
– Bing Chen (Gold House Chairman & Co-founder)
Bing Chen explains what Gold House is: “We’re the largest collection of top Asian creators in the country, dedicated to ensuring the accurate representation and success of both the Asian, as well as multicultural, communities.”
He then mentions that Jim Lee holds the Guinness World Record for best-selling comic book of all time. Jim doesn’t say which comic it is, presumably because it’s a Marvel comic: X-Men #1, which sold over 8 million copies.
They discuss how the comic industry has changed over the last 30 years, mainly in the way that it’s become more diversified with regards to gender, race, and global representation both in the comics and behind the scenes
Discussing his Instagram account, Jim Lee says: “Our third biggest country of followers is Brazil”. He then goes on to discuss how social media has allowed DC comics to better gauge what fans expect of them with regards to representation.
Bing discusses how DC understands that representation isn’t limited to one single thing (gender, race, location) but as a mixture, and then points out that the Supergirl TV series introduces the first DC transgender superhero.
The two go on to discuss the different between canon and mythology, and the positive aspects of how the multiverse has affected the comics. Jim Lee then discusses what DC is doing to try to tap into the Young Reader and Person of Colour market, and then tells us that his favourite comic book character is Matter-Eater Lad.
The panel opens with a lone Zachary Levi discussing the ‘bonkers awesome sequel’ to Shazam!.
“…I’m a little bit limited in what I can talk about, but I can share my excitement and how thrilled that I am about Shazam 2, which may or may not be the title, because, again, you know: just a little bit limited in what I can talk about.” – Zachary Levi
He then takes multiple fan questions and replies to them all with variants of the phrase ‘I can’t answer that’, making the entire panel seem pointless.
However, this is just a wonderfully-performed fakeout – it’s actually an introduction to the actual panel featuring many of the performers from the Shazam! movie: Asher Angel (Billy Batson in child form), Faithe Herman (Darla Dudley in child form), Jack Dylan Grazer (Freddy Freeman, Billy’s foster brother), and Megan Good (Darla Dudley in adult form).
In a surprise twist, it turns out that the previous fakeout wasn’t actually a fakeout – they still can’t discuss anything relating to the upcoming Shazam! sequel. They can, however, casually insert an advert for Flow – Protein Plus. This is a misdirection (to be fair, Shazam does get his powers from a magician – well, a wizard) to distract us from the fact that Faithe is ‘drawing a poster for [their] new movie’.
Asher then asks if the Shazamily (Shazam Family) can be CGIed into the Zack Snyder Cut of Justice League. Not to be outdone by a different Zack, Zachary Levi mentions that he made his own cut of Shazam – at this point, Shazam Director David F Sandberg appears in the video chat and asks Zachary: ‘Sorry – you recut my movie?’
Faithe then holds up her poster, which is the official poster for Shazam 2, featuring Sinbad (the comedian).
Sinbad then appears in the video chat. Zahary asks Sinbad if he’s in the movie. Sinbad replies: “…everybody thought I was in Shazam 1 before it even existed! Google it – I’m Number 3 on the Mandella list, alright?”
Adam Brody (adult form of Freddy Freeman) then joins the zoom chat. The title of the new Shazam sequel is then announced. Shazam: Fury of the Gods.
Wonder Woman 1984 – The WW84 Cast Play ‘Werewolf 1984’
In this panel, the main cast of Wonder Woman 1984 play Werewolf.
Werewolf is a social deduction game, meaning it’s essentially a Murder Mystery version of a role-playing game (imagine Clue/Cluedo crossed with Dungeons and Dragons). Werewolf 1984 is the branded version of the game made for the Wonder Woman 1984 cast and producers for this panel.
There’s no real comic or movie news here, so here’s how the game turn out: The ‘villains’ Robin Wright (Antiope from Wonder Woman 1984), and Kelvin Yu (Jake from Wonder Woman 1984) win.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
– Will Arnett (voice of Lego Batman)
– Sefton Hill (Creative Director and Co-Founder of Rocksteady Studios)
– Suicide Squad
Will Arnett teleports onscreen, explaining that it hurt, and complaining that DC has the cheapest teleporters available. He then introduces the trailer to the upcoming Rocksteady game ‘Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League’.
Unlike Gotham Knights, the trailer features no gameplay footage. The Suicide Squad in the trailer is comprised of: Harley Quinn, Deadshot, King Shark, and Captain Boomerang and they’re apparently tasked with killing Superman. The reason for this remains unclear but is presumably tied to the fact that the trailer shows Superman murdering someone in cold blood.
Will Arnett then receives a group phone call from the Suicide Squad. They discuss their superpowers (or lack of), and how much they’re looking forward to killing the Justice League.
Will then wishes them luck and teleports to Sefton Hill.
He then complains again about how much DC teleporters hurt, and then talks to Sefton about the game. Sefton confirms that the game will indeed take place in the same universe as the Batman: Arkham series.
Will asks Sefton: “Why this game? Why Suicide Squad?”
Sefton replies: “Well, when we’re starting any game, Rocksteady Games are all about a character driven game. You know, it’s all about that kind of heart and soul about the characters that we want to bring to life. So, we went with DC, we looked at, you know, all the different properties all the different great characters that they have, and Suicide Squad really spoke to us because of how fascinating these flawed characters are.”
According to Sefton, gunplay is going to be a major part of the game. This is new to the series, which has so far concentrated almost solely on hand-to-hand and short-ranged combat. It will also be the first game in the series which doesn’t take place in Gotham – it takes place in Metropolis instead.
Players can play as any character they want, and they can have other players drop in and out at will, similar to the Lego series. They can also change which character they’re using on the fly.
Will then asks if he can be in the game. Sefton says yes.
The teleporters apparently stop functioning (presumably because he kept complaining about them). Then he looks at the camera. His shoulders are slumped and his face bears a look of utter defeat.
He says ‘I’ve made a huge mistake’ (which is a running gag usually said by Will Arnett’s character on Arrested Development) and then the segment ends.
Robert Pattinson introduces the final panel by saying he’s not allowed to say anything about the film, but that Matt Reeves (writer/producer/director of The Batman) can. Pattinson then tells us to stick around until the end for a ‘cool surprise’.
Matt Reeves explains that he wanted to make a Batman film set in Batman’s early years, before he was confident in his abilities, while he was still learning how to be Batman. He makes it quite clear at multiple points throughout the panel that these versions of the character (and most of the others) are going to be unlike any of the versions we’ve ever seen before.
He then goes on to compliment the cast and explain how excited he is to bring unique versions of their characters to the big screen. He mentions a few members of Batman’s Rogue’s Gallery in the film: The Riddler, Catwoman, The Penguin, Carmine Falcone.
He mentions that Andy Serkis (Gollum from LOTR, Ulysses Klaue from Black Panther) will be playing Alfred. Jeffrey Wright (Beetee from the Hunger Games film series) will be playing Jim Gordon. John Turturro will be playing Carmine Falcone.
He then discusses how the Gotham PD TV series will deal with police corruption, and will feature characters created for the show.
Back on the film, he explains that the Batman costume in the film will have battle damage, and goes on to answer a bunch of fan questions.
And then, the ‘cool surprise’ – the first teaser trailer of The Batman. If you haven’t seen it, it can be found here.
What was your favourite panel, and why? Let us know in the comments!