Warner Bros. reportedly won't have a Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con this year, choosing not to preview its upcoming DC slate & other films. Each year, fans, studios, press, creators and more descend upon San Diego, California for the annual Comic-Con International convention, where some of the biggest announcements in movies, TV and comics are made. In past years, Warner Bros. has used its Hall H presentations to hype their biggest blockbusters, including Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Aquaman, Ready Player One, Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
As such, it was expected Warner Bros. would use the opportunity again this year to preview some of their upcoming slate, which includes a whole slew of Worlds of DC installments and other tentpole movies. On the DC side, Warner Bros. has Joker releasing later this year, while Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) and Wonder Woman 1984 are due out in 2020. Plus, they've got more planned in the coming years with The Suicide Squad, The Batman, Aquaman 2 and more. As for other franchises, Warner Bros. has Godzilla vs. Kong coming next spring and a third Fantastic Beasts movie in the works. However, it seems Warner Bros. will sit out Hall H this year.
Both IGN and Fandango's Erik Davis report that Warner Bros. will be bringing IT Chapter Two to ScareDiego at SDCC 2019, but will otherwise sit out this year's festivities, breaking from tradition and forgoing a Hall H panel. It's unclear if Warner Bros' other upcoming movies will have any other kind of presence at SDCC, with activations on site, but they'll no doubt be front and center at the DC and Warner Bros. booths on the show floor.
It's a bit strange for a major studio with so many geek-oriented properties like Warner Bros. to sit out SDCC, but then, Marvel Studios sat out SDCC 2018 since they were keeping their upcoming slate a secret. At that time last year, they only had Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame (which hadn't received a title or trailer at the time) and Spider-Man: Far From Home, with the rest of their slate under wraps. To keep those secrets, Marvel didn't attend SDCC last year. However, since Warner Bros' slate isn't as much of a mystery, it's unclear why they're sitting out the event. They could showcase footage from Joker, Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman 1984, and Godzilla vs Kong.
That said, there will likely be major competition for Warner Bros. with Marvel Studios expected to return to SDCC this year. Marvel Studios hasn't officially announced a Hall H panel yet, but with it being confirmed the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe slate will be confirmed sometime this summer, SDCC is a likely location of such a reveal. (The other possibility is the D23 Expo, but that's a smaller event than SDCC.) It's possible Warner Bros. doesn't want to compete with such a potentially massive Marvel Studios panel. Or Warner Bros. is sitting out SDCC 2019 for another reason that may be made clear in the coming months. For now, fans shouldn't expect new trailers or announcements from any Warner Bros. movie aside from IT Chapter Two out of San Diego Comic-Con this year.
- Joker (2019) release date: Oct 04, 2019
- Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) release date: Feb 07, 2020
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
- The Batman (2021) release date: Jun 25, 2021
- The Suicide Squad (2021) release date: Aug 06, 2021
- DC Super Pets (2022) release date: May 20, 2022
- Aquaman 2 (2022) release date: Dec 16, 2022
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020