SDCC 2018: The Most Important Panels (And What to Expect From Them)

Warner Bros. - Including DC, Fantastic Beasts And Godzilla

  • Time: 10:30am
  • Venue: Hall H

One of the most hotly-anticipated panels of SDCC 2018, the Warner Bros. panel is expected to focus in on the studio's upcoming superhero films. Director James Wan recently revealed that Warner Bros. will drop the first Aquaman trailer at SDCC 2018. We can presumably expect a number of celebrity guests as well; Jason Mamoa has been doing a tour of cons in recent months in order to promote the film. There are rumors the panel will also feature a Shazam! movie teaser, and appearances by Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck and Matt Reeves.

Additionally, the two-hour event will also feature a presence from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Godzilla: King of the Monsters, possibly including trailers for both.

Related: What Reveals & Trailers To Expect From DC At SDCC 2018

Black Lightning

  • Time: 11:00am
  • Venue: Ballroom 20

Saturdays at SDCC are always busy for fans of DCTV, and the first series to take over Ballroom 20 is Black Lightning. Series stars and producers are expected to give an exclusive look at Season 2, most likely with some clips as well. The exact panel hasn't been confirmed, but will presumably include star Cress Williams, along with EPs Greg Berlanti, Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil, and Sarah Schechter.

Related: Black Lightning's Arrowverse References Were Just For Fun


  • Time: 12:00pm
  • Venue: Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

The first season of Krypton has rewritten the history of the Man of Steel, and the cast and creators are expected to be on hand to give an "inside look" into the upcoming Season 2. No details of the panel have yet been announced.


Josh Dallas and Jack Messina in Manifest NBC

  • Time: 1:00pm
  • Venue: Indigo Ballroom, San Diego Hilton Bayfront

NBC is hosting a special video presentation for Manifest, the promising new series that will air this October. That will be followed by a Q&A, but the panel isn't confirmed. The concept of Manifest is an exciting one; Montego Air Flight 828 lands safely in New York after a turbulent but routine flight, but the passengers learn that they've landed five years after they were believed lost.

The Gifted

  • Time: 2:30pm
  • Venue: Ballroom 20

Renewed for a second season, Marvel and Fox's The Gifted will pick up after the explosion of the Atlanta Station, and see friendships torn apart in the coming mutant war. Expect an exclusive first look at Season 2, with a panel including Marvel's Jeph Loeb, showrunner Matt Nix, and stars Stephen Moyer, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Emma Dumont, Blair Redford, Natalie Alyn Lind, and Skyler Samuels.


  • Time: 3:30pm
  • Venue: Ballroom 20

The threat of Reign is finally defeated, but Supergirl's life will never be a simple one. The final episode teased the arrival of a mysterious doppelganger in Russia, setting Kara up to face a dark version of herself. DCTV is promising a "special video presentation," presumably involving a sneak peek at Season 4. That will be followed by a Q&A with the cast and creative team, although just who'll be on hand is currently unknown.

Related: Supergirl Season 4 Inspired By DC's Superman: Red Son

The Orville

  • Time: 4:00pm
  • Venue: Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Seth MacFarlane's The Orville proved a remarkable success and has been renewed for a second season. This panel promises to give viewers "an exclusive look at some of the new and exciting missions" in the upcoming season. The panel is confirmed to include  Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, and Scott Grimes, along with executive producers David A. Goodman, Brannon Braga, and Jon Cassar.


Arrow Team Arrow going into Season 7

  • Time: 4:15pm
  • Venue: Ballroom 20

Arrow is a mainstay at SDCC, and this panel promises to be an exciting one, likely with some sneak peeks at the upcoming Season 7. Although the panel members haven't been confirmed, star Stephen Amell has always believed in fan engagement, so it's likely the cast and crew will be very well-represented indeed.

The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle Renewed For Season 3

  • Time: 4: 15pm
  • Venue: Room 6A

One of Amazon Prime Video's most successful series, the dramatic Man in the High Castle is set to return for a third season. Amazon has promised exclusive sneak peeks and an audience Q&A with stars Alexa Davalos, Rufus Sewell, Stephen Root, and Jason O'Mara, along with executive producers Isa Dick Hackett and Dan Percival.

Legends of Tomorrow

  • Time: 5:00pm
  • Venue: Ballroom 20

Continuing DCTV's Ballroom 20 run, Legends of Tomorrow will present another exclusive video presentation. That will be followed with a panel that's likely set to be packed with stars, potentially including Matt Ryan's Constantine, who's becoming a series regular in Season 3.

Related: Legends of Tomorrow Season 4: Courtney Ford Upped to Series Regular

Deadpool 2

  • Time: 5:15pm
  • Venue: Hall H

In one of the most unexpected decisions of SDCC, Fox is actually bringing the X-Men franchise this year - but not one of their upcoming films. Instead, the studio has booked a panel celebrating the success of this year's Deadpool 2. They'll also give attendees the chance to watch the extended cut at 10:00pm, a worldwide premiere and likely the only opportunity viewers will have to watch this on the big screen. There's some speculation Fox will take advantage of the panel to give fans an update on the impending X-Force movie.

The Purge: From Film to Television

  • Time: 5:15pm
  • Venue: Room 6BCF

The Purge can rightly be viewed as a cultural phenomenon, and this panel looks set to be an exciting one. Jason Blum, founder of Blumhouse Productions, will be accompanied by other creators from the film franchise as they explain how the films are being expanded into a TV series this fall. Expect cast and crew from both The Purge and the latest film, The First Purge. There's no word yet on whether or not this panel will include any sneak peeks, though.

The Flash

  • Time: 5:45pm
  • Venue: Ballroom 20

Rounding out the DCTV panels, The Flash promises to drop more hints and sneak peeks at the upcoming fifth season. The central mystery is just why Barry and Iris's daughter has traveled from the future, and what the consequences of her time-travel will be. As with the other panels, a full list of guests hasn't been announced, but we can expect stars and showrunners a-plenty.

Deadly Class

  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Venue: Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Based on the popular comic book series by Rick Remender and Wesley Craig, Syfy's Deadly Class will have a major presence at SDCC 2018. The panel will include the Russo brothers, along with cast and crew; it's believed series lead Ben Wadsworth and other cast members will be present, along with Remender himself. There are reports Syfy is planning to screen either a sizable clip, or possibly even the entire first episode.

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