DC FanDomethe annual online event for DC comics and various film, television and video game projects will not take place this year. Doubts about the event have circulated for months. still, Pop verse has shared an official announcement from DC and Warner Bros. Discovery that says the virtual celebration of superheroes and more has been canceled. The statement regarding the cancellation of DC FanDome 2022 reads as follows:
“With the return of in-person events, Warner Bros. Discovery is excited to be able to engage with our fans live at numerous comic shows around the world and will not be planning DC FanDome for 2022.”
While the statement points to events like San Diego Comic-Con, C2E2 and Emerald City Comic Con as the studio’s opportunity to reach fans across the globe, the tea leaves tell a different story. Traditionally, DC FanDome 2022 is the studio’s chance to share upcoming projects, events and activations with fans. But with David Zaslav and other executives cutting products left and right, DC has almost nothing to share. While Zaslav claims that DC is a “top of the list” priority for the company, that’s hard to believe when budget constraints have seen near-finished films canned and promising projects placed on the auction block so other outlets can swallow up. With cash a priority for the studio, it is believed that WBD only has enough bottom line to market two films for the rest of the year (Black Adam and Don’t worry honey). This circumstance makes it difficult to justify holding a virtual event that revolves around projects that may or may not exist.
What do you think of Warner Bros. Discovery Cancels DC FanDome 2022? Are you surprised by this news or did you see the writing on the wall? I’m really a fan of the DC FanDome. I think it’s one of the better virtual events in recent years (although it could use some scheduling tweaks) and I’m sorry to hear it’s not happening. Still, I think this development is more a reflection of the broken state of Warner Bros. Discovery than anything else. Hopefully the event will return bigger and better than ever next year.