DC to hold its own superhero-filled virtual pop-culture convention in August

Batman, Wonder Woman and their DC super-friends are swinging in to save the summer from a season devoid of pop-culture conventions.

With annual geek mecca San Diego Comic-Con canceled this year due to coronavirus, Warner Bros. is holding a free 24-hour online event on Aug. 22 called DC FanDome. The virtual gathering (beginning at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT) will feature news, talent announcements and content reveals across all its superhero properties, from film and TV to comic books.

Fans will get a chance to hear from cast and creators involved with the upcoming movies “Wonder Woman 1984” (in theaters Oct. 2), “The Suicide Squad” (Aug. 6, 2021), “The Batman” (Oct. 1, 2021) and “Black Adam” (Dec. 22, 2021); next year’s HBO Max release of Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of “Justice League”; and TV shows including “Batwoman,” “Superman & Lois,” “Supergirl” and “The Flash.”

“For more than 85 years, the world has turned to DC’s inspiring heroes and stories to lift us up and entertain us, and this massive, immersive digital event will give everyone new ways to personalize their journey through the DC Universe without lines, without tickets and without boundaries,” Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Ann Sarnoff said in a statement. “With DC FanDome, we’re able to give fans from around the world an exciting and unparalleled way to connect with all their favorite DC characters, as well as the incredible talent who bring them to life on the page and screen.”

Since March, COVID-19 has closed theaters and sent Hollywood into chaos, but also affected the busy Comic-Con season. On Monday, Lucasfilm canceled Star Wars Celebration (planned for August in California) for the first time in its history, though San Diego Comic-Con organizers are planning a virtual Comic-Con@Home for July 22-26.


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