DC wins Comic-Con 2018 thanks to epic Aquaman, Shazam, Wonder Woman teases
No Marvel, no problem as a slew of other franchises vied for the geek spotlight in San Diego.
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But that hasn't slowed down the news as others sought to fill the vacuum. On Saturday, Warner Bros. went big by offering an extended look at Aquaman, as well as footage from Wonder Woman 1984 and Shazam. WB's other big non-DC properties include Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald. Godzilla: King of Monsters reared its head with a new trailer teasing four giant creates set for a massive rumble. Check out all the trailers here.
Transformers impressed with new footage and information about some of the Decepticons that Bumblebee will be facing. Venom showed off new footage and confirmed at least one villain named Riot, which is another symbiote. The cast and showrunners behind Star Trek: Discovery dropped a few bombs, including the fact that Spock will be returning. M. Night Shyamalan brought its Unbreakable and Split universe together with its trailer for Glass.
The 49th annual Comic-Con International was expected to draw more than 135,000 visitors -- many of them dressed in costumes ranging from Wonder Woman to Batman. It's grown from a niche event focused on comic books to an entertainment mecca drawing A-list stars and big Hollywood franchises like Marvel, DC and Star Wars.
Comic-Con 2018: All things DC, from Aquaman to Wonder Woman
Justice League was…something. The film should have been a landmark moment for the "DC Extended Universe," but it ended up tallying a lower box office total than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the critically and commercially loved Wonder Woman.
DC redeemed itself with early footageWonder Woman 1984 fighting in a mall, as well as Aquaman and Shazam. Actor Jason Momoa was among the highlights of last year's Justice League presentation, triumphantly charging down the aisle of the Hall H audience and leaving fans in stitches with his antics. Aquaman director James Wan showed more footage this year after showing a brief teaser and some concept art last year. The film hits theaters in December.
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At the DC booth, costumes for Shazam were on display. The film, about a boy who can turn into a powerful superhero by uttering "Shazam," has seen a slow trickle of new images of Zachary Levi as the red-and-yellow costumed character before seeing him in all his glory in the trailer. DC has its work cut out for it in building interest for the character, since it's a step down from the likes of Batman or even Aquaman for casual viewers. Still, the fun vibe suggests something very different from the Zack Snyder universe from before.
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But it's not just about films. DC showed off its $8-a-month subscription service DC Universe, which blends a library of new and old movies and television shows with a catalog of comic books. It even created intense themed rooms as part of the "DC Experience" at the show, even letting you go crazy with a bat in a padded cell. DC Universe is where you'll see exclusive series like Titans. The first trailer premiered on Thursday.
This year's Comic-Con comes at an awkward time for many key franchises. Marvel had a blow-out beginning of the year with Black Panther and Infinity War. Ant-Man and the Wasp is in theaters now. The next MCU movie, Captain Marvel, doesn't premiere until March.
Likewise, Westworld just wrapped up its second season and the final season of Game of Thrones doesn't premiere until next year.
Jodie Whittaker made one of her first major public appearances as the new face of Doctor Who. She made waves as the first female doctor and is expected to shed some light on how else her version will stand out from the previous 12 incarnations.
The Marvel flag still sailed thanks to Sony Pictures, which is brought Tom Hardy and director Ruben Fleischer of Venom to the convention. They showed off some rough footage only to the Hall H audience, and Fleischer teased potentially more than just one villain in the film.
Transformers sheds Michael Bay
Paramount went all-in on the '80 theme by opening up with Stan Bush playing You've Got the Touch -- sort of the anthem for all Transformers fans. (It was the marquee song for Transformers: The Movie.)
film is set in the 1980s and its last teaser suggests the cleaner robotic designs of the original cartoon. Like Venom, footage of new scenes from the film was released only to Hall H. Sister site Gamespot describes the enemies as triple changers and director Travis Knight said the film would visit Cybertron.
While that may excite old-school fans of the cartoon, it's still unclear whether devotees of the Michael Bay films will be satisfied. But given the lackluster reception to Transformers: The Last Night, a shake-up was due.
21st Century Fox brought its quasi-reboot-sequel to Predator to Hall H on Thursday as it hopes to breathe new life into the franchise. Director Shane Black, who starred in the original alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, is looking to bring the same magic back.
The show's cast and executive producers came to Comic-Con with answers. A new trailer debuted, hinting at both more action and comedy. The cast discussed the lighter tone with the war wrapped up, and star Sonequa Martin-Green talked a lot about family. Executive producer Alex Kurtzman, meanwhile, promised that fans will get more answers as it "syncs up with canon."
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The Walking Dead says goodbye to Rick
The most popular show in American is back with a trailer for its next season, which begins in October. The show will go through a time jump. Actor Andrew Lincoln, who plays lead actor Rick Grimes, confirmed reports that he will leave after this season.
Comic-Con isn't just a place for entertainment news. Fans lined up for a chance at exclusive Pop figures from Funko, or unique sets from
. In fact, Lego brought a life-sized statue of Thanos to Comic-Con. It stands eight-and-a-half feet tall, contains 91,350 bricks and weighs 450 pounds. Unfortunately, it's not for sale.
From the pianist playing the Folgers jingle to the servers greeting you with "citizens" and "Taco Bell, be well," the organizers behind this activation did an impressive job of crafting the fictional 2032 of the Demolition Man universe. Even the first dish perfectly resembled the meal served in the film.
Alas, the notorious three seashells in the restroom were out of order. It continues to be Demolition Man's greatest mystery.
The story originally published July 16 at 5 a.m. PT. Update, July 17 at 6:45 a.m. PT: Adds more information on the toys at Comic-Con. Update, July 18 at 7:30 a.m. PT: Adds more background on Shazam and Jack Ryan. Update, July 19 at 6 a.m. PT: Adds more information about DC Universe. Update, July 20 at 5 a.m. PT: Adds more information on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Doctor Who and the Demolition Man Taco Bell. Update, July 23 at 5 a.m. PT: Adds more information on DC and Warner Bros.