WBTV is bringing Batwoman, Arrow, Supernatural, and more to San Diego Comic-Con 2019. As much as movies have come to dominate SDCC in recent years, the convention has arguably become just as big (maybe even bigger) for genre TV shows. The CW, for example, has used the event to promote all of its Arrowverse TV shows since the franchise began in 2012, and has continued to add Hall H panels for other popular series (like Riverdale) in the time since then. WBTV at large has also long hosted a Hall H panel for Supernatural and screened the premiere episodes for its brand-new offerings every SDCC Wednesday Preview Night.
SDCC 2019 promises to be an important one for WBTV overall, even more so than conventions past. The event will not only include the last-ever SDCC panels for Arrow and Supernatural (which are ending after their upcoming eighth and fifteenth season, respectively), but also presentations for the newest Arrowverse series, Batwoman, and EPIX's Alfred Pennyworth prequel TV show, Pennyworth. Naturally, both series will be making their world premieres at the convention, too.
According to The Wrap, the Batwoman and Pennyworth world premiere screenings will take place at SDCC on Wednesday, July 17, along with the pilot screening for DC Universe's animated Harley Quinn series (among other things). Hulu's Veronica Mars will also host a world premiere screening and Q&A on Friday, July 19, followed by Pennyworth's regular panel later that day. Batwoman's Ballroom 20 panel (which will include a pilot screening) will take place a day later on Saturday, July 20, followed by similar panels for Arrow's final season, Supergirl, Black Lightning, and The Flash. Finally, Supernatural season 15 and Riverdale season 4 will hold their respective Hall H panels on Sunday, July 21.
There are, of course, some noteworthy absences. DC's Legends of Tomorrow, which is part of the Arrowverse, isn't listed in The Wrap's report, but has traditionally had a Ballroom 20 panel. However, the show won't be returning to The CW until mid-season, so that probably explains its absence from WBTV's SDCC 2019 lineup. Somewhat surprisingly, The CW isn't doing anything at the convention for its upcoming Nancy Drew TV series either, ahead of its debut on Wednesday nights this October after Riverdale. If the show's a hit, though, it could easily be added to the WBTV docket for SDCC in 2020.
Between Arrow and Supernatural concluding in 2019-2020 and this fall's Arrowverse crossover, Crisis on Infinite Earths, having the potential to be an Endgame-style game changer for the franchise, WBTV's slate could end up looking fairly different when it make its way back to SDCC next year. Obviously, Arrow and Supernatural fans headed to SDCC next month will want to make it a priority to attend their final panels, if only to get a sneak peek of how the shows will ultimately wrap things up. Similarly, those who enjoy the Arrowverse in general should probably try and find room in their schedules for Saturday's Ballroom panels. After all, there's a remote, but very real possibility some of them won't be coming back in 2020 (at least, not in the same form).
San Diego Comic-Con 2019 will run from July 17-21.
Source: The Wrap