Warner Bros. isn't the only studio sitting out this year's San Diego Comic-Con: Sony and Universal are doing the same. Held each year in July, Comic-Con has long been a sought after venue for TV and movie studios to show off upcoming projects. It was established in 1970 and has introduced audiences to shows like Chuck, The Big Bang Theory, and The Vampire Diaries. Last year, trailers for movies like Aquaman, Shazam!, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald all debuted at Comic-Con. In addition to TV and movie panels, the event also features exhibitions, a costume contest, and exclusive merchandise.
This year's Comic-Con runs from July 18-21 and is already shaping up to be an interesting event. Warner Bros. made headlines with their decision to skip this year's Hall H panel, so DC films won't have a presence either. Fans recently got a peek at the poster for Wonder Woman 1984, which is out in 2020, but DC's absence means we won't see any footage from the upcoming film at Comic-Con. Likewise, Warner Bros. won't be promoting Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), which is also out next year. However, even though Warner Bros. is skipping this year, WBTV will be out in full force. They've got the Ruby Rose-led Batwoman to promote, as well as the final seasons of Arrow and Supernatural.
Screen Rant confirmed that Sony and Universal will skip Comic-Con this year. Sony in particular is choosing to focus on the upcoming releases of Spider-Man: Far From Home (out July 2) and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (July 26). Instead of promoting films at Comic-Con, Sony plans to take advantage of other opportunities in the next year to highlight new films. Movies on deck include Charlie's Angels (whose first trailer dropped yesterday), and Zombieland 2: Double Tap, which will reunite the cast of the original. Sony could potentially return to Comic-Con next year.
Universal's absence makes a little more sense, as they don't have many genre films to promote. They currently have horror film Ma in theaters, as well as The Secret Life of Pets 2. Beatles film Yesterday is out today, with Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw hitting theaters on August 2. Like Sony and Universal, Lionsgate is also skipping this year's Comic-Con. This makes Disney (and by extension Marvel), New Line, and Paramount the only studios who will be present.
The number of studios sitting out this year's event doesn't necessarily spell disaster for Comic-Con. In the last couple of years, it's become more commonplace for major movie studios to skip a year and return the next. Marvel missed last year, mainly to keep the events of Avengers: Endgame under lock and key. Since they'll be back this year, comic book fans can rest assured that at least one comic juggernaut will be present.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
- Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019) release date: Jul 26, 2019