OK so, it’s 6PM UK time and I’m sitting at my computer ready to stream the DC Fandome event live from their website which they have especially set up so that thousands or maybe even millions of people from around the world can watch in the comfort of their own homes. Starting with an introduction from presenters such as Aisha Tyler, a resident host for many comic cons for many years, plus presenters from around the world including Brazil, Australia and the UK, DC Fandome looks like a very professionally production with presenters standing in front of green screens as if they were inside what they call the Hall of Heroes. What could possibly go wrong?
Well as it turns out there were barely any technical issues throughout the entire event (despite the occasional buffering on my end) and it seems that the world has become so accustomed to Zoom calls that the entertainment value barely suffered. Although there’s certainly something special about seeing the people that millions of fans adore in person. Set up to give the event an international feel, the various presenters from around the world set up the various pre-recorded segments while all talking to each other. Although there was still the feeling that no matter how good their banter was, it was still clear that they still weren’t in the same place at the same time. Also, no matter how much some of the presenters confessed their love for DC Comics, I couldn’t help but question the validity of their statements.
Anyway, with all that said let’s get onto the first segment as I tell you what you may have missed. One of the most hotly anticipated superhero movies of the year, Wonder Woman 84.
As promised, an all-star panel were there; Chris Pine, Kristin Wiig, Pedro Pascal, director Patty Jenkins and of course Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot. Although shorter than most panels at conventions that may last up to an hour due to questions from fans and actors feeding their own egos, Wonder Woman 84’s panel set the tone for the rest of the event. After introducing the panel, and talking like long lost friends, they went into video questions from fans, giving the event the illusion of interactivity, although the questions were obviously recorded separately from the answers.
The usual kinds of questions were asked and then the first awkward moment of the event happened. Setting up their first big star question was from none other than well-known comic book fan – Venus Williams. Fans tend to know when things feel a little out of place and not more than 20 minutes into the event, Venus felt like somebody brought appeal to a wider audience and it didn’t work. Although on further inspection, Venus Williams was selling her fashion range on the merchandise store so that made a lot more sense.
Anyway, I digress as the final guest was none other than Linda Carter, the original live action Wonder Woman which was a nice touch although it did feel a little predictable. Then of course the thing that all the fans were waiting for, a glimpse at the new movie and the new trailer didn’t disappoint. Showing a new look at Kristen Wiig’s Cheetah in her final form, a couple of fight scenes including Wonder Woman between two tanks (reminiscent of Indiana Jones) and Steve Trevor’s return which thankfully still isn’t explained ending with a bad joke about parachute pants. Fan service well done, although it did feel like certain things were done to pad out the running time.