The real world is crushing and heartbreaking, so DC is creating a new one for fans to escape into.
Conventions have become a kind of lifeblood for fandoms, a place to unite people from all over the world in a shared love for expanded fictional universes. These gatherings are where new TV shows and movies are announced, where stars come to meet and greet admirers. The events themselves can also be lucrative for studios, with festival-long badges selling for anywhere from $150 to more than $300.
But all of them have been wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic this year, along with practically every other kind of large-scale conclave—including Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Celebration, which was canceled outright on Monday. On Tuesday, DC announced that it is stepping into the live-event void in a surprisingly ambitious way
The comic book and entertainment company is creating the DC FanDome, a free virtual experience set for August 22 that will run for an entire day. Insiders tell Vanity Fair it will be more than a glorified Zoom call. Expect not just panels and presentations, but something more akin to Fortnite or the little kids’ virtual playground Roblox—a digital world with a map of events that visitors can explore and attend, along with hidden treasures, secret rooms, and presentations to discover.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has confirmed that his new DC movie, Black Adam, will have a presence at the coming DC Fandome digital convention.
Early Wednesday morning, Johnson revealed that there would be information about Black Adam during the DC Fandome on August 22nd. Furthermore, Johnson made sure that fans could count on him taking part in the event.
“The hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change,” Johnson wrote in an Instagram post. “I will be joining the epic and first of its kind, DC Fandome on 08.22.20. This one is for YOU – THE FANS.”
At the moment, Black Adam is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 22, 2021. However, that could change if the production schedule is delayed even further. Filming was supposed to begin early in the summer, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, that has been pushed to later in the year.