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DC Comics Catchup: #DCFanDome I – DCU Movie Teasers

Whether you’ve been living under a rock or just took a tech break for the weekend, you may have missed the announcements during DC Fandome. Tons of trailers and teasers of upcoming movies, comics, tv seasons, and videogames were revealed this past Saturday. This week on Three If By Space, I’m going to sum up my takeaways from the event now that I’ve had time to process it.

Today, we’re going to start with all the DCU movie news with information on Wonder Woman 1984, Justice League: The Snyder Cut, Suicide Squad, Black Adam, and of course, The Batman. Spoilers for characters and plot points abound, so you have been warned.

Note: I’m breaking this posting into pages to keep a maximum of 2 videos per page for those with slow internet connections.

Wonder Woman 1984

The starring role of DC FanDome was, without a doubt, Wonder Woman. The entire main cast showed up in full force to share their excitement of this sequel with their fans, as well as answer questions, discuss the importance of Wonder Woman across the world, and even have fun playing a superhero version of the game Werewolf.

The first trailer, already released, focused primarily on the time period change, Steve Trevor’s return, and a reminder of how badass Diana Prince is. We’re introduced to Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal), and given glimpses of Dr. Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wiig) with a heavy-handed alluding to Barbara being in love with Diana.

This second trailer released at DC FanDome is all about Barbara’s desire for strength, power, and to become an “apex predator”. This leads her to become Cheetah with help from Maxwell Lord. As the first official look at how Cheetah will be presented on screen, expectations were high to capture the essence of her transformation. There needs to be a blend of woman and cat, keeping the feline grace in her appearance while still attributing human physicality to her. I feel that DC managed to do this, avoiding making Cheetah looking like a member of the CATS cast.

Come on, you all had that thought in your mind. I know I’m not the only one.

What pleased me is that Barbara’s transformation from mousy doctor to apex predator isn’t immediate. Looking at the scene where Barbara confronts Wonder Woman—about halfway through the trailer—you see that her hair is still scraggly and that black eyeshadow is not working for her. She’s a woman fed by her darker urges, unsure of how she wants to show it.

The movie is still slated for a theatrical release in October of 2020, but that can change once again as we get closer to the date. With the grand scale of action shown in both trailers, this is definitely a film for the big screen. Here’s hoping theatres’ pandemic plans are working by then so we view it in all its glory.

Justice League: The Snyder Cut

This 2021 retake on Justice League is confirmed now to release as four 1-hour episodes on HBO Max. Does it still count as a movie then—I don’t know. For now, I’m going to stick with it until I’m told differently by the DC Powers That Be.

There really isn’t much to say to this trailer since the theatrical version of the movie was released in 2017. The Snyder Cut is DC’s answer to fans wanting to see more in the story, as well as allowing Zach Snyder a chance to highlight plot points that got cut when Joss Whedon took over. This includes bringing Darkseid back as the main villain, and more screen time for Cyborg and the Flash.

The trailer is more a game of “recognize the new pieces” while still giving a trailer of the whole movie for those who still haven’t see the original cut. I’d point them out myself, but that takes the fun out of it!

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