Friday, August 14, 2020

DC FanDome's Guest Lineup Is Like WHOA... But So Were the Layoffs in WarnerMedia

The global 24-hour virtual fan experience called DC FanDome is set to roll out on August 22 (Sunday August 23, starting at 1 AM Singapore time) with a list of guests like WHOA.

The teaser reel that announced the talent roster was super long and varied, consisting of comic book creators, celebrities from the movies and TV series, those working behind the scenes, the people from WB Games, as well as the presenters and hosts.

Take a look at the guest announcement video here as the over 300 names scroll on and on.. and on...

Almost anyone you can think of who is involved with DC's properties at some point will be making an appearance at DC FanDome. That includes fan favourites like Gal Gadot, Robert Pattinson, Zachary Levi, Margot Robbie, Ezra Miller, James Gunn, Caity Lotz and Grant Gustin. Furthermore, with all the hullabaloo about the director's cut of JUSTICE LEAGUE, hardcore fans will also be eagerly lapping up whatever Zack Snyder would have to say about the movie.

Comic book talent (whom Red Dot Diva considers to be the real superstars) like Jim Lee, Brian Michael Bendis, Grant Morrison, Tom King, Mark Waid, G. Willow Wilson and many others will also be involved with the event. In fact, Jim Lee recently released another sneak peek on the inspiration and design of the DC FanDome map that is centered on the trinity - Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.

Watch the video below:

WarnerMedia Restructuring and Layoffs

The hype of DC FanDome's guest list announcements and sneak peeks was, however, overshadowed by news of mass layoffs at WarnerMedia about 4 days ago.

The major restructuring of the entertainment company hit about 600 staff with Warner Bros. taking most of the hit, according to The Hollywood Reporter. DC Entertainment, where the staff of the comics arm are employed, suffered the loss about one-third of their editorial team. The company's collectible and merchandise manufacturing division. DC Direct was shut down.

As WarnerMedia continues to consolidate its services and focus on the HBO Max international streaming platform, the layoffs also cut a large swatch in Warner Bros' own streaming service, DC Universe.

On all counts, it was brutal.

Part of the aggressive streamlining and cost-cutting is most probably due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that was caused massive delays in production schedules and releases. The other is a more worrying thought that the new owners AT&T,may be more interested in milking DC's various IPs, rather than continuing to support new and creative content, especially in the comics area, in the long run.

Can DC Comics survive in the long run?? After all, it is the main source of the many stories and  adaptations that we love and hold dear. So, for the sakes of creativity and imagination, Red Dot Diva hopes so!

Recent Teasers of What To Expect at DC FanDome
Despite all the doom and gloom concerning the corporate restructuring, DC FanDome's promotional wheel goes on.

Drips of information have popped up on social media recently, including this surprise announcement by Dwayne Johnson's entry into the DC multiverse:

And if you think DC FanDome is just for the adults, think again.

There is a special part of the multiverse just for the kids. Watch the fun and colourful official teaser for the safe and friendly DC KidsVerse:

As the virtual event is all about the fans of DC's Multiverse, some actors including Margot Robin and Zachary Levi have been posting #DCSuitUp Tik Toks of cosplayers in their respective characters' costumes. Check out this one of Harley Quinn:

... as well as this adorable one for Stargirl, led in by TV series' Stargirl herself Brec Bassinger:

Also, these Black Lightning fans are pretty awesome!

Who's Your DC Alter-Ego?
Compared to a few virtual conventions that have happened recently, DC FanDome's promotional team are pulling out all the stops and coming up with fantastic ways to ramp up interest for the event on social media.

Want to know which digital interactive promotional tool Red Dot Diva was really getting into today?

It is the DC Alter Ego lens - now live on Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook! Red Dot Diva found it so much fun to play with as it takes so little time or effort.

Red Dot Diva used the one on Facebook to generate this cute clips. Capture your very own vids, and share who your DC Alter-Ego is on all the socials!!!

Here is Red Dot Diva DC Alter-Ego. No surprises there, right?? XD

How to Watch DC FanDome
The virtual event is FREE for everyone on 22 August 2020. In terms of Singapore local time, this will begin from 1 AM on Sunday, 23 August 2020.

You can check out the happenings live from the special event website DCFanDome.

To keep updated about this immersive, 24-hour only event, you can sign up for a newsletter and alerts at this link. Searching for the hashtag #DCFanDome on Twitter will also highlight a lot of interesting news and announcements for the event.

Red Dot Diva will be camping out in the DC FanDome for all the DC goodness that day. So, you can check out on her feed for her reactions, and maybe, there will a special episode of Facebook Live with RDD dedicated to DC FanDome on 23 August 2020.

Look out for more on this as it develops!
UPDATED: The DC FanDome schedule has been released and it's just stacked up with so much goodness. You would have to pick and choose, and there you can build your own schedule here:

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