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Similar to DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse, DC Kids FanDome is a first-of-its-kind, virtual experience that will celebrate all things DC – films, games, TV, comics and more. It’s also completely FREE — with no lines or badges required. The festivities kick off at 10: 00 a.m. PDT and DC Kids FanDome can be accessed separately at the kid-friendly DCKidsFanDome.com web address. The entire experience will be accessible across all mobile platforms, in addition to desktop.

At DC Kids FanDome, kids of all ages will be entertained for hours on end, learning how to draw their favorite characters, watching clips and exclusive panels from favorite animated shows like Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls, reading comics and so much more.

Below is a sample of the on-demand schedule detailing all the ways kids and families can have fun at DC Kids FanDome. Take a look and remember, if your kid loves Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and other DC Super Heroes (and Super-Villains!), they won’t want to miss it!

 

Teen Titans Go! Cast Table Read and Panel

Join the cast of Teen Titans Go! as they talk about what it’s like making the show and act out some

of your favorite scenes!

 

Ask the Titans

What’s Beast Boy’s favorite animal? Who do the Titans think is their greatest enemy? Why does

Silkie bark all the time? You got questions and the Titans got answers!

 

Batman Carpool

Holy Multiverse, Batman!  Batman is talking to Batman and they are talking to LEGO Batman and they

are talking to Future Batman.  But did they talk about toilet paper??

 

Beyond Batman

Let’s just say this Batman is wayyy Beyond.  Ok…see, retired Bruce Wayne calls up Terry, you know,

Batman Beyond…and, well, the two of them watch a crazy clip from the old live action TV show,

Batman.  Weirdness

ensues…you just gotta watch it to understand…POW!

 

 

Brick Builders – Batmobile

If you’re a fan of the Batmobile, you’re gonna love this LEGO brick build thanks to Brick Artist,

Nathan Sawaya.

 

Brick Builders – Beast Boy

Watch Brick Artist, Nathan Sawaya as he builds Beast Boy’s head and then transforms it into 3

different animals…all out of LEGOs.

 

Brick Builders – Bumblebee

Brick Artist, Nathan Sawaya “paints” a portrait of DC Super Hero Girls’ own, Bumblebee…with LEGO

Bricks!

 

Brick Builders – Robin

He may have teeny tiny, baby hands, but Robin’s LEGO head is huge!

 

Batman 101 – Batsuit

Join DC Kids Show’s very own Jett for a crash course on everything you ever wanted to know about

Batman’s many amazing Batsuits!

 

Batman 101 – Dynamic Duo

Batman and Robin are one of the most famous duos ever! Find out what makes their crime-fighting

partnership so awesome!

 

Batman 101 – Joker

No superhero is complete without a super villain and for Batman that would be The Joker. Think you

know all about this master criminal? Think again!

 

Batman 101 – Robin

Let’s shine a light on Robin, Batman’s right-hand man and discover everything there is to know

about the Boy Wonder!

 

Batman 101 – Vehicles

From the Batmobile to the Batwing, Batcycle to the Batglider, Batman has some of the coolest, most

rad vehicles a superhero could ever wish for. Here’s a look at these amazing machines in action.

 

DC Karaoke – Teen Titans Go! “Cool School”

Go to school to get cool…SUPER cool for the Karaoke, fool!

 

DC Karaoke – DC Super Hero Girls “Eyes on the Prize”

Are you ready to rise?  Of course, you are!  Is your Eye on the Prize?  Of course, it is!  Sing

along with the DC Superhero girls in this heart and fist pumping music vid.

 

DC Karaoke – DC Super Hero Girls “Save You With My Love”

The DC Super Hero Girls gotta save themselves from the Boy Band trying to save them with their

love…good luck! (Probably helps to just sing along…)

 

DC Karaoke – DC Super Hero Girls “The City We Love”

The DC Super Hero Girls love Gotham City so much they wrote a song about it!  Everybody now…The

City We Lalalalalala Love!!

 

DC Karaoke – DC Super Hero Girls “Too Much Fun”

Better recognize…this karaoke sing along is way Too Much Fun thanks to the DC Super Hero Girls.

 

DC Karaoke – Teen Titans Go! “Go! Rap”

Do you know who the Titans are?  You will after singing along with this jam!

 

 

DC Karaoke – Teen Titans Go! “Lights, Camera, Action!”

Lights, Camera, Action!  Sing along with Starfire…it’s pure satisfaction.

 

DC Karaoke – Teen Titans Go! “Straight Buggin”

Straight Buggin is what you’ll be doin’ when this track gets stuck in yo head.

 

DC Read Along – H.E.R. | Wonder Woman 5-Minute Stories

Read along with recording artist, H.E.R. as she reads a lil’ bit from, Wonder Woman, 5-Minute

Stories.

 

DC Read Along –  Jack Dylan Grazer | Shazam Showdown

Read the DC book Shazam Showdown! along with Jack Dylan Grazer, Freddie Freeman in the hit DC

movie, Shazam!  Go ahead and say it: “SHAZAM!”

 

DC Read Along – Asher Angel | Becoming Shazam!

Who better to read the DC book, Becoming Shazam than Asher Angel who plays Billy Batson in the hit

Warner Bros. movie, Shazam!?   Come on and read along!

 

DC Read Along – Chella Man | Dear Justice League

Chella Man (Jericho from Titans) reads from DC’s graphic novel, Dear Justice League.

 

DC Read Along – Jenny Lorenzo | Be A Star Wonder Woman

Come along with wonderful actress, Jenny Lorenzo, as she reads the DC book, Be a Star Wonder Woman!

 

DC Read Along – Lilly Aspell | Diana: Princess of the Amazons

Lilly Aspell plays young Diana in the new DC film, Wonder Woman 1984, but in 2020 she’s here

reading to you!  Join her as she reads from the DC book, Diana: Princess of the Amazons.

 

How to Make Comic Books

We all love comic books, but do you know how they are made? Nandi and Jett from DC Kids Show find

out all there is to know!

 

How to Draw with Jim Lee and Family

Ever wonder how to draw Wonder Woman?  Join Jim Lee and his family for your chance to hone your

drawing skills!

 

How to Draw Wonder Woman

Ever wonder how to draw Wonder Woman?  DC Artist, Victoria Ying breaks it down for you in

step-by-step instructions.

 

How to Draw Babs Gordon

Join artist Kat Hudson, character designer on DC Super Hero Girls, as she teaches how to draw

Batgirl, aka Babs Gordon.

 

How to Draw Batman

DC Artist Dustin Nguyen not only teaches you how to draw a moody Batman…but you’ll also learn how

to draw Damien Wayne (AKA Robin)!

 

How to Draw Bumblebee

She’s back…Kat Hudson, character designer on DC Super Hero Girls, gives you an in depth look at how

to draw Bumblebee.

 

How to Draw Raven

This time animator Hayk Manukyan teaches us how to draw Raven.  Raven couldn’t be more thrilled…

 

How to Draw Robin

Animator Hayk Manukyan shows you how to draw Robin. Titans Go…and draw!

 

How to Draw Superman

Fantastic teacher and DC Artist, Franco, walks you through the steps it takes to draw the Man of

Steel himself, Superman.

 

Look Who’s Coming to DC Super Hero Girls!

The DC Super Hero Girls have a most awesome visitor. Think you know who it might be? Find out right

here!

 

DC Origami – Green Lantern Ring

Minh Le, author of Green Lantern: Legacy, shows us how to make your very own Origami Green Lantern

Ring!

 

DC Origami – Shazam! Symbol

Raven is here to show you how to make your very own Origami Shazam symbol!  Azarath Metrion

Shazam!!!

 

DC Origami – The Flash Symbol

Join Batgirl as she shows you how to make an Origami symbol of Barry Allen, er, The Flash.

DC Origami – Wonder Woman Tiara

Wonder Woman’s tiara is super cool and now you can make your own, Origami style!

DC Super Hero Girls – Babs’ Vlog

Watch out Internet! In this all-new video short, Babs (aka Batgirl) is ramping up to become the

latest social media sensation — with a little help from Bumblebee!

 

DC Super Hero Girls – Lairs

In this all-new video short, Jessica Cruz (aka Green Lantern) has a new video column for the school

newspaper, the Daily Planetoid, spotlighting some of the biggest (and super-est) personalities at

Metropolis High School. First up on her list? Supergirl!

 

Make Your Own Comic Book

Check out these tricks of the trade for making your own comic book from pro comic book writer and

illustrator, Kirk Scroggs!

Teen Titans Go! Fitness – Booty Scooty

You can’t resist the beat!  You can’t resist the power of…”The Booty Scooty!”

Teen Titans Go! Fitness – Dem Legs

Do you have what it takes to join the League of Legs?  You will after this workout! Kick and Lunge.

Repeat.

 

Teen Titans Go! Fitness – Vegetables

If you wanna be lean, you gotta eat your greens!

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Dune Part Two: The Lisan Al Gaib comes for you!

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Welcome back to our struggle for control of the known universe already in progress, the continuation of the journey of Paul Atreides from exile to Emperor, Dune Part Two

So when we last left our intrepid if dubious heroes, House Atreides had been betrayed and virtually destroyed, by a combination of House Harkonnens surprise attacks and the added treachery of Emperor Shaddam and his Sardaukar. Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet), the last surviving heir (so far) of House Atreides and his mother Jessica, have taken refuge on the desert planet of Arrakis amongst the indigenous Fremen, and as far as most are aware, the other remnants of House Atreides are dead as well. And here is where we catch up with everyone, as the struggle for Atreides emergence and dominance begins in earnest! 

The Emperor’s daughter Princess Irulan (Florence Pugh) is known for her many skills, but her copious note-taking and writings on the large events shaping her world come to the forefront as she takes counsel with her father amidst games of chance on their homeworld. Her life is one of luxury and privilege but alas, Irulan is a trained Bene Gesserit and is well aware that in all likelihood, she will be used as a pawn in the marriage games empires have to go through. Bet she never imagined it could be to a House everyone swore had been utterly destroyed. 

Meanwhile, on Arrakis, Paul is trying to integrate himself into the Fremen way of life, which is admittedly far different from the life he led back on the Atreides homeworld of Caladan. (If nothing else, Caladan has vast oceans.) The Fremen are fiercely independent, gloriously strong fighters, survivors who dare to ride and revere the giant sandworms that inhabit their planet that they call Shai-Hulud, and rightfully distrustful of outsiders. After all, the previous stewardship of Arrakis belonged to House Harkonnen, known for their cruelty and glee at hunting Fremen and torturing their victims, sometimes for weeks at a time. But Paul won his and Jessicas way into the Fremen by fair combat against Jamis, and if nothing else, the Fremen are firm in their beliefs of the old ways. 

Or rather, the elder Fremen are, most particularly the famed Fedaykin fighter and Naib (leader) of Sietch Tabr Stilgar (Javier Bardem) is adamant in his unshakable belief that Paul is the foretold Lisan Al Gaib, the Voice from the Outer World, that will lead the Fremen to peace and paradise. Stilgar’s steadfast belief in Paul’s potential only grows, and he manages with just that to convince a great many of the other Fremen elders. The younger generation of Fremen however, of which Paul’s beloved Chani (Zendaya) is a part, generally scoff at the legends of otherworldly prophets and Arrakis as a fabled green, wet heaven. In the beginning, Paul himself swears he doesn’t want to be the Messiah, only a Fremen fighter amongst the rest of them, hundreds of years of the Missionaria Protectiva, the Bene Gesserit practice of spreading useful religious propaganda as seeds on various planets, is working double-time against him. It doesn’t help that Paul’s mother Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) is expounding on that myth as much as she possibly can. 

And why would she do that? Survival yes, but also, Jessica is a thoroughly trained Bene Gesserit and knows of plans within plans within plans. Jessica also has many secrets of her own, and one very important one happens to be that she’s pregnant with Paul’s sister. The Bene Gesserit bodily control may be something out of legend, but even Jessica, possibly Reverend Mother Mohiam’s best and most fractious student, will have trouble with the trial the Fremen are insisting she go through to become truly one of them. The Reverend Mother equivalent of Sietch Tabr, known as their Sayyadina, is old and dying, and the Fremen have to have a Reverend Mother. Jessica tells Paul this much and explains that each culture is different in their trial to become a Reverend Mother, so she honestly doesn’t know what to expect. The reality happens to be worse than she could’ve imagined – Jessica must drink the Water of Life, a deadly poison that comes from Shai-Hulud (sort of), and come out the other side of it. And Jessica manages to do it, barely, with almost all of the consequences going to the poor fetus in her womb, the girl that will grow to become Alia Atreides, an insane legend in her own right. But for now, the unnamed fetus is awake and aware and full of the memories of generations of Bene Gesserit women that came before her – before she was even born

Paul participates in razzia raids amongst the Fremen as they work to take out the spice mining operations of the Harkonnens, immerses himself in the vastly different desert culture of his chosen people, and perhaps most importantly, his romance with his beloved Chani only grows stronger. After declaring his desire to join the fierce fighter elites amongst the Fremen known as Fedaykin, Paul is told by Stilgar that he must summon and ride one of the giant sandworms, the embodiment of Shai-Hulud where the Fremen get their terrible tooth Crysknives from. And after much sendup, in a glorious scene of blinding sand and huge monstrous killer worm-riding, Paul is triumphant and riding atop the sacred creature, his Maker hooks set properly to control the great beast, waving at great distance to his fellow Fremen as Chani looks on in bemusement. 

But that’s all external, and inside Paul is beginning to become divided on what he wants to do. As Jessica pushes the Protectiva hard amongst the women and priestesses of the Fremen, she is also pushing her son to become much larger than he ever wanted to be, if nothing else a conqueror can take revenge for the destruction of House Atreides and the death of her beloved Duke Leto. Paul may have earned his place amongst the Fremen and been given new names – Usul, meaning the strength of the base of the pillar, as his private name within the Sietch; and Muad’Dib, from the small mouse survivor of the desert, well versed in desert ways, called ‘Instructor-of-Boys’ in Fremen legend, as his open-use name – but now everyone wants Paul to be something greater, and potentially more destructive, than what he currently is. It only gets worse when Paul begins to suffer prophetic dreams, and visions when he’s awake, prodding him further to his destiny as an epic conqueror of worlds. Nothing can be done for it, Paul convinces himself that he must take the Water of Life himself, to awaken the sleeping prophet inside himself, and allow him to hopefully See a path through the future. 

The problem with that plan, is that Bene Gesserit are almost exclusively all women, and only they are supposed to know how to transmute poisons internally, along with all sorts of other “witchcraft”. But Jessica has been training Paul in forbidden Bene Gesserit ways all his life, and as much as Paul might rail and even quail against it, there is no denying his incoming destiny, crushing any resistance he may have with all the force of a giant sandworm hunting a spice blow. And even when Paul has finally given in and taken the cursed substance almost mockingly called the Water of Life, it falls to another strong and prophetic in her right female in his life, his beloved Chani, to save him from himself. But even Chani can’t stop Paul’s destructive destiny as the conqueror of the known worlds, guilty of slaying millions upon millions of people in his quest for vengeance, thinly disguised as peace. 

Over on the Harkonnen homeworld of Geidi Prime, “Beast” Rabban (Dave Bautista) is disgusted and enraged at the continuing Fremen raids against the Harkonnens on Arrakis, and terrified of what his uncle the notoriously cruel Baron Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgard), will do to him in response. The Baron’s nephew Feyd-Rautha (Austin Butler), heir apparent or na-Baron to House Harkonnen, demonstrates his blood-inborn savagery in a slaughter of the remnants of House Atreides gladiator-style, as his birthday celebration. Pleased with the spectacle, the Baron commands Feyd-Rautha to take control of the fight against this Fremen rebel known as Muad’dib, as Rabban is proving himself more and more useless. And any tool or toy that the Baron finds broken or unusable, is destroyed before being discarded. 

As the legend of Muad’dib grows off Arrakis and circulates among the Imperial worlds, the Emperor grinds his teeth in frustration and the Bene Gesserit, led by Reverend Mother Mohiam (Charlotte Rampling) as the Emperor’s Truthsayer, begin pushing forward their plots and machinations. Lady Margot Fenring (Lea Seydoux), a criminally underused character in this respect, demonstrates her willingness to be a pawn in Bene Gesserit machinations, but never forget, strong Bene Gesserit women have been breaking their own rules for generations. Just look at what Jessica did. 

As the raids and rebellion on Arrakis continue, both the Emperor and the Baron become more and more desperate, sending in mercenaries and smugglers in the hopes they might have more luck. And aboard one of those smuggler’s vessels happens to be an old hand at being a smuggler himself, the warrior troubadour with the scarred face given him by “Beast” Rabban himself, Gurney Halleck (Josh Brolin). Reunited with his beloved Duke’s only son, Gurney finds himself swept up in the legend of Muad’dib in the making along with everyone else, though at least from Gurney’s point of view, Paul is using the messianic angle to take revenge for House Atreides. 

Finally, in an act of what could be considered the ultimate in arrogance, Emperor Shaddam Corrino himself comes to Arrakis, along with Princess Irulan and many others of his Court, the Baron, and Feyd-Rautha in tow as well, to crush this upstart Muad’dib and his Fremen warriors. Sadly for all that the powerhouse actor Christopher Walken plays him, Emperor Shaddam Corrino is shown as a doddering old man, cowed in the face of Muad’dib’s overwhelming vitality and growing-ever-stronger legend. And there is where we will end the review, for the final confrontation between all key players in the Known Universe is full of spoilers and derivations from the original opus of Frank Herbert’s novel Dune

For those of you who stuck around long enough to get to the end, after all, Dune Part Two is almost three hours long itself, if you are fans of the original novel and the zany Lynchian masterpiece that was the first Dune film, you may be disappointed or even angered at the changes made to the story for the climactic end scenes. Director Villenuve has an eye for making grand epic scenes like Paul’s sandworm ride but can be a bit scattered when it comes to piecing the story together with all the key players needing to be involved in a way that can be understood by any layman. Dune in any form is a rich, vast universe of storytelling, and even an almost three-hour-long sequel simply can’t cover every last bit that’s in the novels. But if nothing else, the film is an overwhelming feast for the eyes and should bring a whole new legion of fans to the many worlds contained within Dune

If you want to dive further into the Dune-iverse, do yourself a favor and read the Dune prequel books written by Herbert Jr. and Kevin J. Anderson. Until then, dive into the sands of Arrakis along with Shai-Hulud and scream vengeance to the skies with Paul Muad’dib Atreides in Dune Part Two, in theaters now! 

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The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.

Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.

The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.

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