Warner Bros. will not proceed with a 2022 edition of DC FanDome, DC Entertainment has confirmed.
The online event that debuted at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic apparently is not in demand, now that regular convention attendance has resumed worldwide; such as Fan Expo, NYCC and SDCC. As life has slowly returned to pre-pandemic measures, it had been long speculated FanDome would go on. This speculation had been fueled by a lack of promotion on the parts of both DC and Warner Discovery. The previous two FanDomes had been promoted months in advance.
Warner Abandons DC FanDome – Why?
The final nail in the coffin came with an official statement from DC Comics:
With the return of in person events, Warner Bros. Discovery is excited to be able to engage with our fans live at numerous comic-cons around the world and will not be scheduling DC FanDome for 2022.
The event had been a free, two-day interactive event that debuted in August 2020. With social distancing at an all-time high, conventions had been cancelled and this was DC’s way of filling that gap. With live interactive panels on upcoming projects, FanDome had been able to give fans a chance to connect with their favorite artists and celebrities from the comfort of their own home. No masks, no six feet apart, no time-consuming lineups. Be it on their PCs or handheld devices, watching it in your room or in your car outside a pizzeria, FanDome could be enjoyed in any format.
Within the 24-hour window – with a follow up event a month later – DC fans got their first looks at upcoming films like Black Adam, The Flash, and The Batman, with Dwayne Johnson, Andy Muschietti, and Matt Reeves’s introductions, respectively. There were even trailers for the upcoming Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League!. Fans even saw Q and A sessions with the cast of Wonder Woman 1984.
Besides conventions resuming, there could be another contributing factor to FanDome’s demise, that being Warner Discovery. Since the merger of Warner Media and Discovery, CEO David Zazslav has been focused on promoting DC products that have the most heat, while shelving films like Batgirl and cancelling TV projects for lack of it. It could come down, of course, to money. Although admission to FanDome was free, the event was not, and therefore, may not be a budgetary concern of Warner Discovery at this time.