The 2020 comic convention season may have been disrupted by COVID-19, however DC Entertainment is inviting fans to interact with its pantheon of characters online. DC Fandome is a free 24-hour online experience for all ages, starting August 22nd at 10 AM PST. This virtual thunderdome is comprised of six islands, each catering different segment of DC fandom: Hall of Heroes, WatchVerse, FunVerse, KidsVerse, InsiderVerse, and YouVerse.
The Hall of Heroes, Fandome’s equivalent of San Diego Comic Con’s Hall H, will feature panels on upcoming such films such as Wonder Woman 1984, The Suicide Squad, and Black Adam. Zack Snyder fans (and detractors) will want to catch the previously hyped Justice League: The Snyder Cut panel. Jim Lee, DC’s Chief Creative Officer and Publisher, is scheduled to host several Hall of Heroes events.
WatchVerse is the island for fans of DC television and streaming properties. Two of DC’s hottest 2020 shows, Doom Patrol and Stargirl, will each have a panel. Panels are also scheduled for every current Arrowverse series except Supergirl. Perhaps Fandome does not want to handle a legion of SuperCorp fans demanding a decent storyline for Kara and Lena, or (gasp) allow the pair to be together. WatchVerse also features Blerd (Black Nerd) programming, which honors legendary Milestone Media co-founder Dwayne McDuffie.
Comic readers may want to schedule a layover in FunVerse and read some free digital comics. Over 200 comics will be available to consume for the duration of Fandome. Beast Boy, Cyborg and other characters from the classic Teen Titans Go franchise will be offering tours of Titans Tower in KidsVerse. InsiderVerse offers a variety of behind the scenes programming demonstration how your favorite DC products are created. Finally, YouVerse is the spot for two of the most fan driven aspects of in-person conventions: cosplay and fan art.
Fandome is coming at a precarious time for DC Entertainment, thanks in no small part to the pandemic. DC along with other Warner Media divisions is currently undergoing some restructuring which has caused a reduction in staff. Coupled with film and television delays along with recent announcements about cancelled comic titles, DC is in dire need of some positive press.