So, usually, a Comic-Con preview for DC and Warner Bros. would have dozens of movies and TV shows to keep up with over the weekend. But, this year, Warner is all but taking the year off. There’s no DC Films panel and no Warner Bros. panel either for the simple reason that they just aren’t ready to reveal anything yet. So, rather than pop off announcements years too early as they have in the past, it looks like WB and DC are taking the slower, Marvel approach of getting their ducks in a row before knocking them down. BUT, just because there are no formal panels for films doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to look forward to from DC and Warner this year. It just means that everything they’re showing is a little more niche than usual.
First up, on Wednesday night they’ll be hosting a screening event for a lot of their shows. That night won’t necessarily be a panel, just more of a watch party for new episodes of existing shows and premieres of new shows. Batwoman, Pennyworth, Prodigal Son, Harley Quinn, and Teen Titans: GO! will all be featured at that event. Warner Bros. then doesn’t have another non-DC event until Friday when they’ll be showing off the new revival season of Veronica Mars, which star Kristen Bell has hinted will be darker than fans remember.
On the DC side of things, they’ve had a huge year on the small screen and are only looking to turn things up to eleven now. They’ve got upwards of a dozen shows in production across at least three different universes. Not to mention the new shows they have in development like the upcoming Batwoman series and the rumored Superman/Lois series.
And luckily for fans of DC TV, they’re showing up in force at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. They’re kicking off the weekend on Thursday evening by sharing an exclusive new episode of Teen Titans GO!, maybe not the best start but I enjoyed the movie from last year. Then, Friday afternoon they’ll be sharing a new episode of DC Super Hero Girls followed by a panel about the all-new Batman prequel, Pennyworth. To be honest, at first, I scoffed at the idea of a Young Alfred-centric series but the most recent trailer has got my attention. They’re taking an interesting angle by all but ignoring the future Caped Crusader and his rogue’s gallery to tell a simple story about anarchists taking over London. Maybe simple isn’t the right word for that…
On Saturday, DC’s bringing out the big guns, basically spending the entire day revealing the future of the Arrow-verse. Up first in the morning, they’ll be screening the Batwoman pilot, followed later in the afternoon by Arrow, Supergirl, Black Lightning, and The Flash. Then, that night they’re set to reveal what’s next for their DC Universe shows like Titans and Doom Patrol. Both of those are likely just starting production on their second seasons so I’m not sure what we’ll see from them. But, I’d guess that DC’s got a couple of surprises up their sleeves for this panel. I mean, they’re not just gonna settle on two popular series. Maybe a live-action Static Shock series is on the way? I know that’ll probably never happen but just let me dream.
Otherwise, I don’t expect a ton of surprises from Warner Bros. or DC this year. There is that mystery DC Universe panel that could get interesting but, at most, we’ll just get a new tv series out of it. Don’t get me wrong, that’s exciting, but I’m more curious about what WB/DC have planned on the film side of things.
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