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DC FanDome Generates 22 million global views from 220 countries and territories

DC FanDome

2020 has forced businesses to innovate and think outside the box. With conventions on hold, publishers and studios have had to switch up their marketing plans leading to some to make their own destiny with virtual events. DC and Warner Bros. did just that with DC FanDome, a worldwide event that saw its first part take place on August 22. The event featured comics, video games, film, television, and more, celebrating how DC’s iconic characters have spread beyond the printed page.

DC and Warner Bros. have released some interesting stats regarding their first virtual celebration indicating they see it as a success and something to cheer about. You don’t release these types of stats unless you do:

  • The epic DC FanDome: Hall of Heroes event generated a massive 22 million global views across 220 countries and territories in a mere 24 hours, dominating YouTube and Twitter trends.
  • 150 million views of trailer content launched from the event.
  • The eagerly awaited event — and its fan-favorite films, TV series, games, and comics — were top trending topics in 82 markets on YouTube and 53 markets on Twitter.

The event created massive buzz and showed you can do big reveals with a splash virtually. Wonder Woman 1984 released a new trailer, we got our first looks at The Suicide Squad and The Batman, two new video games were announced, Milestone was given a return date, and so much more generated chatter that has lasted for days.

With this success, the question is out there, do studios need big conventions going forward?

With DC FanDome’s success, one has to wonder exactly that. While they haven’t released metrics, that I’ve seen, Comic-Con@Home’s, San Diego Comic-Con’s virtual event, videos generated a few million views at most for far more videos. However, that event lacked major announcements such as those that were held for DC’s own event.

DC FanDome represents a shift in marketing for comic publishers, movie and television studios, and game publishers. It’s an even that many will go back and point to as a shift in the industry.

All eyes are now upon the second part of DC FanDome which features to different experiences, one for adults and one for kids.

DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse, a 24-hour, on-demand experience accessed via DCFanDome.com, will be unleashed on Saturday, September 12, at 10:00 am PDT, with nearly 100 hours of content available for fans to watch on-demand, on their own schedule,
for 24 hours.

DC Kids FanDome also launches on Saturday, September 12, at 10:00 am PDT, with its own kid-friendly companion site at DCKidsFanDome.com, accessible on-demand for 24 hours.

Get a First Look at The Batman

As expected, DC Fandome delivered a first look at the highly anticipated The Batman from director Matt Reeves and actor Robert Pattinson. The film also stars Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/The Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Peter Sarsgaard as District Attorney Gil Colson, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, and Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon.

In the segment, Reeves says the film takes place in “year two” and Batman is trying to figure out how to impact Gotham as the murder count increases and the corruption of the city becomes clearer. While the film isn’t the origin of Batman, it does touch upon his coming into the role as well as the origins of some of Gotham’s villains. Is that the Joker Gang we see?

Also revealed is the Gotham television series will be more of a “year one” as Batman emerges. It’ll explore new areas and more of Gotham along with new characters.

Milestone Looks to Relaunch in February 2021

Announced at DC Fandome, Milestone will return in February 2021. In the months leading up to the relaunch of the line, DC has also announced it will be releasing Milestone’s back catalogue.

The publisher is looking beyond comics to bring their characters and materials to new frontiers like video games, podcasts, and movies.

Also announced is a new Static Shock digital-first series that will launch in February 2021. Also announced is an Icon and Rocket series by Reggie Hudlin and Denys Cowen. Static Shock will be getting an original graphic novel by Kyle Baker and Reginald Hudlin as well.

Also announced that a 15-page sampler, Milestone Returns #0, as well as a selection of classic Milestone comics will be available to read for free during the 24 hours of the event.

Beyond these announcements, the panel also hinted at new characters and much more to come with the new Milestone.

Step Into the World of Gotham Knights

Batman is dead. It is now up to the Batman Family – Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin – to protect Gotham City, bring hope to its citizens, discipline to its cops, and fear to its criminals. You must evolve into the new Dark Knight and save Gotham from chaos. Your legacy begins now. Step into the Knight.

Revealed during DC Fandome, Gotham Knights is an upcoming video game by Warner Bros. Games Montréal and out in 2021.

Check out the trailer above and some gameplay footage below.

John Ridley’s Batman is Over a 47% Chance a Person of Color

During DC FanDome, it was revealed that award-winning writer John Ridley and artist Nick Derington are teaming up for a four-issue miniseries out in January 2021.

During the panel it was revealed that this Batman is definitely not Bruce Wayne. Ridley stated:

I think it’s a pretty safe bet that if I’m writing Batman, it’s probably a little better than a 47% chance he’s going to be a person of color.

Ridley also revealed the series will focus on the family of Lucius Fox, the head of Wayne Enterprises. THe series focuses on the family secrets that are being kept from each other, a little bit of a different dynamice than the Batman we’ve always seen.

Check out some key art for Ridley and Derrington’s version of Batman by the artist Ladrönn.

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