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News from the DC FanDome event, part 2:
- Doom Patrol, the live-action show based on the DC superhero team, has aired for two seasons. First it ran exclusively on DC Universe, and then the second season was available both there and on HBO Max. The FanDome panel revealed that a third season is coming, but only on HBO Max.
- Cast of Black Lightning
- At the Batwoman panel, showrunner Caroline Dries tackled a major topic: How will the show deal with the departure of Kate Kane/Batwoman, after lead actress Ruby Rose left the show? A new character, Ryan Wilder (played by Javicia Leslie), will now be Batwoman, and some fans are wondering how Kate Kane will be written out. “We have two major stories, as we come into season 2,” Dries said. “The first one is ‘Where’s Kate?’ What happened to Kate? Is she alive? Did she die? Is she missing? Is she on the run? Is she held captive? Is she lost? … And, then we are obviously just diving into Javicia. We have a new hero rising into Gotham.”
- The CW’s upcoming Superman & Lois will be something no other Superman TV could be: a family drama. “Clark and Lois are married. They’re not only married, they have two teenage boys,” executive producer and showrunner Todd Helbing explained. The mission is, in part, “to tell a story that is as grounded as it can be and still have Superman.” The show will explore what it means to have children when the parents have demanding jobs like an investigative journalist and the world’s most famous superhero.
- Deep layoffs across the WarnerMedia empire in August left the DC Universe streaming service in tatters. And while its future is up in the air — it may convert to a subscription service delivering the company’s deep comic book archive — its slate of original scripted programs will continue on for the most part.
- Titans, the service’s debut show, will return for a third season. As mentioned during the August “Hall of Heroes” presentation, it will see Jason Todd (Curran Walters) ditch his Robin persona for the morally ambiguous guise of the Red Hood. Currently, it is unclear if the show will return to DC Universe or migrate to WarnerMedia’s other streaming service.
- Stargirl split its time between DC Universe (where episodes debuted) and The CW (where episodes would air the following evening). When the show returns, though, it will only be on The CW.
- Sadly, Swamp Thing did not make the cut, but the show will be rebroadcast on The CW starting October 4.
- Flash is back.
- Legends of tomorrow will be mid-season.
- Not sure if Harley Quinn is coming back, but hopefully.
- Answering fan questions during DC FanDome‘s second day, SHAZAM! director David F. Sandberg promised that the Marvel Family (aka Billy’s fellow foster kids, who share in his magical abilities) will have a much bigger role in the next movie.