The San Diego Comic-Con, particularly its Hall H presentations, are a key part of the modern history of superhero movies. But in recent years, the presence of big names from Marvel and DC have been less and less guaranteed to appear, with some going so far as to suggest that the genre (and its need for global-scale mass-promotion) had grown so large that even an event as big as SDCC was no longer sufficient in terms of size and infrastructure.
But things seem to be turning around in that regard this year, and now we know that the highly anticipated Justice League will be joining the party.
Batman News seemingly confirmed as much, reporting that Batman actor and co-producer Ben Affleck said, the Zack Snyder directed follow-up to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will make an appearance at Comic-Con 2o16. If so, the film joins a DC and Marvel-crowded slate already set to include Suicide Squad and Guardians of The Galaxy 2, with Wonder Woman and Doctor Strange also expected to make some sort of appearance. While the lineup has yet to be finalized (and almost always includes surprises) the increasingly packed schedule is a marked change from last year, when Marvel opted to largely sit out the event in favor of presenting at Disney’s “D23” expo instead.
Yet to be spoken for is 20th Century Fox, which is in the midst of a superhero “comeback” after Fantastic Four (thanks largely to the success of Deadpool) but is still planning to sit out this year’s Comic-Con. The studio has multiple X-Men features and spin-offs planned, but has not begun official production on any and is still coming off the release of X-Men: Apocalypse.
What remains to be seen is what Justice League is actually able to show or reveal about itself. While Warner Bros. is also widely expected (though not confirmed) to show off something from the currently in post-production Wonder Woman, Justice League’s production has faced numerous behind-the-scenes shakeups as Warner Bros. has attempted to shift course after the poor reception of Dawn of Justice. While news about the film’s plot and role for various characters is expected to begin hitting in advance of SDCC, it’s unknown whether enough of the film might be ready to show off in any meaningful capacity. However, it wouldn’t be the first time WB had opted to surprise attendees: The original announcement of Batman V Superman as the follow-up to Man of Steel was presented as a surprise at SDCC 2013 (though reports about the project leaked ahead of time).
Suicide Squad opens in U.S. theaters on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020.