We think the key takeaway from the new trailer for The Batman released at DC FanDome is this: The Riddler (Paul Dano) is no joke.
The trailer was the headline moment of FanDome’s film content, which included sneak peaks at Black Adam, Aquaman: The Lost Kingdom, Shazam: Fury of the Gods, The Flash, Batgirl, and Blue Beetle. With the latter two still in preproduction and the Aquaman sequel and The Flash still in production, there was only so much they could show. The glimpse of The Flash was stunning though, with glimpses of Barry’s (Ezra Miller) new costume — which looks fabulous — and his team-up with Supergirl (Sasha Calle), another Barry (also Miller) and Batman (Micheal Keaton). It rivaled The Batman trailer in terms of excitement.
Black Adam and Aquaman: The Lost Kingdom offered behind the scenes footage and some quick glimpses of both Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson) and Black Manta’s (Yahya Abdul-Mateen III) costumes.
Since Batgirl and Blue Beetle are yet to film, the cast and directors of both films offered some comments on their projects. Batgirl co-director Adil El Arbi confirmed Barbara (Leslie Grace) will have red hair and use a cowl as part of her costume. A piece of product art also suggests her costume will be based on the initial New 52 design. As for Blue Beetle director Angel Manuel Soto, screenwriter Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, and star Xolo Maridueña, part of the thrill is bringing a Mexican-American angle to the DC Universe. “[Jaime] is a Mexican-American kid who wants to be a part of this world, but he’s hitting the same obstacles a lot of us face,” Dunnet-Alcocer said.
Late in the nearly-four-hour FanDome, Shazam: Fury of the Gods made a brief appearances with Asher Angel announcing filming has been completed. As with Black Adam and The Lost Kingdom, behind-the-scenes footage revealed a bit of the plot as two godesses (Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu) come to Philadelphia to battle with the Shazam family. The film is set for release in 2023.
It’s a pretty full slate of film content, and it is nice to see that aspect of the DC Multiverse align itself at long last with a great selection of characters, talent, and ideas.