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The Best of DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse

by Neil Bui

Yesterday was the second 24-hours of DC FanDome, this time called Explore the Multiverse. Unlike the previously scheduled format, this time around it was more interactive with six “worlds” of panels and activities to explore. Fans also got to explore behind the scenes of DC and hear from the people that bring these characters to life across film, tv, games, and more.

  1. Superman: Man of Tomorrow – Screening and Panel

Watching the latest DC Universe Animated Original, Superman: Man of Tomorrow, has been on my to-do list since it was released on Digital last month, and fortunately for me, the film was available for streaming on the FanDome. I admired how the film contrasted Superman’s alien origins against Lobo and Martian Manhunter in a xenophobic society. Even Parasite, a human who looks alien, compared to Superman, an alien who looks human.

  1. Young Justice – Cast Audio Play Performance and Panel

The Young Justice panel featured a table read by the series voice cast for a special original episode, Young Justice: FanDome. Season 3.9. Episode 1. “The Prize.”, providing an early look into season 4 with events that will unravel in Young Justice: Phantoms. It started off pretty, let’s say, benign, with just a small gathering of some of the original team members from Season 1 minus Dick Grayson and Zatanna. But it quickly added suspense with Task Force X attacking Bowhunter Security, and ultimately needing backup from The Team.

Spoilers Ahead!

Turns out the newest member of Bowhunter Security is secretly Clayface, who has reformed, which aligns with his appearances as a hero in the pages of Detective Comics working alongside Batman and Red Robin. But Amanda Waller is aware of this and wants to get Clayface back in the game within her Task Force X (Suicide Squad). So you can see why The Team is needed.

Spoilers Over!

  1. John Ridley and the Other History of the DC Universe

This panel focused on Oscar-winning writer John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), artist Giuseppe Camuncoli, and their upcoming 5-issue miniseries, The Other History of the DC Universe, which focuses on characters of color and marginalized backgrounds.

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The Other History of the DC Universe by John Ridley comes out November 2020.
The Other History of the DC Universe by John Ridley comes out November 2020.
  1. A League of One: The Dwayne McDuffie Story

Dwayne McDuffie is a creator whose work I’ve consumed since before I knew his name, from Static Shock to Justice League to Ben 10 to Rocket & Icon in Young Justice. I had already learned of his impact from personal stories heard from the first time I attended the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics. This documentary, A League of One, just furthered my knowledge and made me feel closer to a legend who is no longer with us.

  1. The Expansion of DC’s Watchmen Universe

HBO’s Watchmen TV series creator Damon Lindelof moderated a discussion with the creative team of DC Comics’ upcoming Rorschach series, writer Tom King and artist Jorge Fornés. The most memorable detail they shared was that the series will include other characters from the original Watchmen series.

  1. Take a Tour of DC’s Death Metal Metalverse

Going from Explore the Multiverse to Exploring the Metalverse, writers Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson discussed the different additional layers their Death Metal stories add to the overall storyline. My favorite tidbit from this panel was the announcement of short, Death Metal episodic music videos that will be released alongside the comics. The first of which you can see below:

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Death Metal Episode 1

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  1. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

The most exciting news was the addition of Lisseth Chavez to the cast as Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz.

Spooner is described as “tough and self-sufficient… lives off the grid, devising ingenious tech for the detection of—and defense against—space aliens… while some might call her paranoid, she calls it being prepared.” As a child, she survived an alien encounter and now believes she can communicate telepathically with aliens. Season six will feature the Legends hunting down time-displaced aliens, which makes Spooner an ideal person to have on the Waverider. If she’s not crazy…

  1. Pennyworth Season 2

Executive producer Bruno Heller revealed that Martha Kane will be pregnant during the second season of Pennyworth. Hello Baby Bruce? At last month’s DC FanDome: Hall of Heroes, it was announced that Lucius Fox would be joining in season two. Sounds like Pennyworth is becoming less London and more Gotham bit by bit.

Pennyworth Season 1 Episode 107: Julie Christie

What were your favorite parts of from DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse?

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