Self-proclaimed “large nerd” Jayden Rodrigues can barely comprise his pleasure.
He’s been recruited to be the Australian “host” for DC FanDome, a free 24-hour on-line fan occasion that could possibly be loosely described as Comedian-Con for DC followers, however on acid.
The digital expertise guarantees to tickle pink any devotee of the assorted titles and tasks that make up the DC Multiverse, from TV reveals and films to gaming and comics, plus the interactive fan stuff that fill out any self-respecting conference, equivalent to cosplay.
To tantalise followers on-line, DC has teased massive bulletins and unique footage and interviews for a few of its anticipated upcoming titles, together with The Batman, The Suicide Squad, Black Adam and Surprise Lady 1984, and TV reveals equivalent to Doom Patrol, The Flash and Stargirl.
With the pandemic throwing the film facet of the enterprise into chaos (Surprise Lady 1984 would have already got been launched by now) whereas making large-scale bodily gatherings inconceivable, the DC FanDome needs to step in to satiate a few of these pop cultural wishes.
Chief amongst these keen beavers is Sydney-based Rodrigues, a social media star whose dance movies and popular culture posts appeal to greater than one million followers throughout YouTube, Tik Tok, Fb and Instagram.
Rodrigues will the Australian followers’ information by means of the DC FanDome.
“I’m a large fan, not simply of the films. I really like amassing toys and enjoying video video games and I learn all of the comics,” Rodrigues mentioned. “So, to be part of it, it’s a nerd’s dream come true.
“Effectively, perhaps a I ought to rephrase the nerd bit as a result of I do know folks get in a debate of if it’s nerds or if it’s geeks. I assume one of the best ways to explain it most likely fanboy or fan. I wouldn’t need to get any backlash!
“However I at all times noticed myself as a self-proclaimed nerd. I’m proud to be a nerd and I encourage it. You would say I’ve by no means grown up.”
Due to the large fan bases and field workplace successes of superhero films, what was the area of nerds and geeks to now positively within the widespread consciousness.
“This stuff have gotten mainstream,” Rodrigues mentioned. “You stroll across the purchasing centre and also you see folks rocking their shirts, treating it prefer it’s a sports activities crew.
“Persons are happy with it and it’s nice. Gone are the times when individuals are nervous to say that they’re a comic book e-book fan. Everybody’s a comic book e-book fan now. And to be trustworthy, I at all times thought folks had been and so they simply didn’t know different folks had the identical pursuits. It’s improbable.”
Rising up, Rodrigues mentioned his favorite superheroes had been Superman and Batman, however since his teenagers, he’s shifted his loyalties to Aquaman.
“I don’t know,” he mentioned. “I’m didn’t need to be a marine biologist, I didn’t fancy the ocean or something like that however I simply thought Aquaman was so cool. After which to see it up on display screen a few years in the past with Jason Momoa, it was mind-blowing.”
Rodrigues couldn’t let slip any particulars of what the followers ought to anticipate on August 23, beginning at 3am AEST, however he did trace there could be just a few Australian stars concerned.
“There are a few cool names there, belief me,” he teased. “I’m positive the followers might be very, very happy to listen to about their experiences on set and the journey they took to finish up on the display screen.”
Personally, as a fan firstly, Rodrigues is hoping to study his favourites, together with Aquaman 2.
“There are such a lot of issues I’m excited to listen to about – Aquaman 2, The Suicide Squad, the Snydercut of Justice League. I’m so pumped for that, and I used to be on that from day dot to launch the Snydercut as a result of I completely love Zack Snyder’s work. Man of Metal is certainly one of my all-time favorite superhero movies.
“Mainly, my cash goes to be going to all these things when it will get launched!”
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