DC is going to showcase some exciting reveals and trailers at SDCC 2018. But with a massive slate of projects currently in development that include everything from The Batman to Aquaman, what should fans expect?
DC has long been a staple of SDCC, with its film panel as part of Warner Bros. presentation in Hall H (SDCC's largest and most popular hall for panels) a highlight of the weekend. With Marvel Studios skipping out on Hall H this year, the goal is right open for DC to shine. The panel will take place on Saturday, July 21, during the two-hour, 10:30am - 12:30pm slot, and though highly anticipated movies and shows like The Predator, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, and Halloween will take the stage at SDCC, DC's lineup of appearances, announcements, and trailers is undoubtedly one of the biggest.
But, being bigger than just a single movie or TV series, that leaves open a lot of questions as to what DC will actually bring. Based on what's been confirmed, what's being pushed, and what's been teased, here's what we expect to see.
With just five months to go until Aquaman's December 2018 release date, its trailer (let alone any footage from the movie whatsoever) feels overdue. Thankfully, fans don't have long to wait anymore, with the teaser trailer premiering at SDCC (and director James Wan recently hyping its release on his official Twitter account). Whether or not Jason Momoa or any of the cast (including Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, and Willem Dafoe) will be present to introduce the trailer remains to be seen, but given that Aquaman is the next movie in Warner Bros' DC lineup, chances are Warner Bros. will bulk up the promo as much as they can.
Whereas movies like Aquaman and Wonder Woman 1984 have the benefit of familiarity - having already made appearances in the DCEU, as well as starring in a standalone movie, respectively - Shazam! is an exception. Based on the DC comic that follows a young boy who gains the power to transform into an adult superhero, Shazam! will follow up Aquaman with an April 2019 release; and though Warner Bros. never officially announced a trailer reveal for Comic-Con, the movie's cinematographer Maxime Alexandre revealed that it would premiere at SDCC via his personal Instagram account, suggesting some footage will screen and likely drop online.
However, for any fans eager to get a sneak peek at the movie, some behind-the-scenes footage has leaked from the Odessa International Film Festival showcasing stars Zachary Levi, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Mark Strong.
Wonder Woman 1984
Wonder Woman 1984 is scheduled to release in November 2019, but given the success of the first film, it's expected to have a key presence at SDCC. However, when it comes to the release of any official footage, that's less likely; if footage plays, it will probably only be to Hall H. For now, there are only talks that Gal Gadot will take the stage, and fans may have a first look at Cheetah and the possible confirmation of current mysteries (specifically for Pedro Pascal's unnamed role).
What About The Rest Of DC's Expansive Lineup?
As for any other upcoming DC movies showing up at SDCC, it's impossible to tell, but at this point it seems like Warner Bros. would be smart to keep the focus on the three movies furthest in development.
One film that keeps coming up in SDCC rumors is The Batman, Matt Reeves' solo Dark Knight movie that's been the subject of much speculation regarding its story and presence of Ben Affleck. With it still possibly going into production in 2019, there's a chance for some announcement. The same is true of Birds of Prey; information on which characters the movie will include recently broke, making it possible this is a project Warner Bros. is gearing up for a major reveal. If either of these had a presence, though, there would unlikely be any material revealed.
As for the many, many other projects that DC Films has in various stages of development, that's unclear, although given the hefty lineup already they're likely only to get a cursory mention.
Finally, for completion, on the animated front, some exclusive content for the upcoming animated series Young Justice: Outsiders will also be premiered at SDCC, and fans will have the opportunity to watch Teen Titans Go! to the Movies at two special screenings.
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- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019