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Over the past year, fan conventions migrated online as the coronavirus pandemic shuttered in-person gatherings. DC even launched its own con, DC FanDome, an August 2020 event that provided the type of newsmaking reveals you’d expect from a marquee con, but which were in short supply as other conventions struggled to re-create the buzz and energy of their normal gatherings.
Now, DC has announced FanDome will return for a second year, with the convention occurring on Oct. 16.
No further details were provided, but last year’s event was jam-packed with impressive reveals, including the first trailers for The Batman and Zack Snyder’s Justice League, as well as first looks at The Suicide Squad and teases for movies such as Black Adam, The Flash and Aquaman 2.
While other conventions generally put their pretaped panels on YouTube, making them available to watch (or even skip around to try to find the newsworthy bits), FanDome viewers had to be glued to their screens to get the first glimpse of The Batman. It felt like a true event.
The FanDome announcement comes as San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic Con and other conventions are charting a path forward with a return to in-person events. New York Comic Con takes place Oct. 7-10, just a week before FanDome, while San Diego Comic-Con is attempting to stage an in-person event over Thanksgiving weekend, though that plan is facing an uphill battle.
According to DC, last year’s event reached 220 countries and territories and amassed over 22 million views. (There were multiple repeat broadcasts of the event after its original airing.)
— DC (@DCComics) April 28, 2021
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