SDCC 2018 Day Three Recap: First Aquaman, Shazam!, and Godzilla trailers, New Seasons of DCTV
THE BIG DAY IS HERE! We have some VERY exciting news for all of you from today’s panels and more. James Wan and the cast of DC’s Aquaman crashed into Hall H like a giant wave and premiered a brand new trailer for the upcoming superhero flick. Gal Gadot and the crew of Wonder Woman 1984 also came together in Hall H to talk more about Wonder Woman’s next big story. Asher Mullins, Zachary Levi and the team behind Shazam! also gave us exclusive first looks at their new movie. THE HYPE IS REAL!
First up in Hall H today was the company everyone was waiting for: Warner Bros. A sizzle reel was shown the audience revealing all of their upcoming films, including Wonder Woman 1984, Godzilla: King of Monsters, and Shazam!. Aisha Tyler joined Hall H at SDCC this year as host for the Warner Bros. panel.
The first new release Tyler presented was Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The cast and crew of the next installment in the wizarding world appeared on stage to give attendees a new look at the sequel. A brand new trailer was shown and released to the public, as well, so you can watch it right here. The SDCC trailer revealed that Nicholas Flamel, the alchemist who created the Philosopher's Stone, will be making an appearance in the new movie. Jude Law stated that Albus Dumbledore will be 45 years old in The Crimes of Grindelwald, and he also said that the sequel will “take the franchise into dark places it has never seen before.”
Next up came The LEGO Movie: The Second Part. Special, unfinished footage was shown to everyone in Hall H and will not be released online. It is said that Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Aquaman) made an appearance as Aquaman in LEGO form, talking to Emmet and Batman. The sequel to 2014’s The LEGO Movie will take place five years after its predecessor. Chris Pratt was at the panel to tease a Star-Lord cameo in the new movie while also revealing that raptors from Jurassic World will appear in LEGO form. Harley Quinn also made a cameo in the unfinished footage that was shown.
Soon after the panel for The LEGO Movie: The Second Part, the panel for Godzilla: King of the Monsters started. Millie Bobby Brown and the rest of the cast of the movie went on stage to premiere the first trailer for the sequel, which you will be able to watch in the comfort of your own home here. The logo for King of the Monsters was revealed with “GODZILLA” in a fiery bright blue and “King of Monsters” on top in red. Many monsters will make appearances in the sequel including Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah, Rodan and more. The company called “Monarch” will connect the Monsters Universe. Exclusive SDCC scenes were also previewed to the audience and will not be appearing online anytime soon.
Hot off the heels of Godzilla: King of Monsters came DC as Warner Bros.’ final panel of today. A sizzle reel was shown featuring scenes from Wonder Woman 1984, Shazam!, and Aquaman, followed by Patty Jenkins, Chris Pine and Gal Gadot entering the stage to talk about the next chapter of Wonder Woman’s life. When asked about why Steve Trevor will show up again in the next Wonder Woman movie, Pine explained that Trevor has a large and important role in the film, and he will not tell anyone why or how he comes back as it is a major spoiler. The audience was then exposed to raw footage from the new movie, which featured Diana fighting thugs in an 80s mall and saving a young girl. Gadot described the next Wonder Woman film as “not a sequel. It’s a new chapter, it’s a whole new movie.”
After the Wonder Woman 1984 panel, Zachary Levi took to the stage to reveal an updated Shazam! logo as well as a BRAND NEW TRAILER! You can watch the full, lightning-filled, “SHAZAM”-screaming trailer right here! DC’s new, godlike superhero flies into theaters April 2019.
And now - the moment I think everyone has been waiting for - AQUAMAN NEWS! The next DC film after the failure of last year’s Justice League will swim into theaters December 21st, 2018. James Wan (dir. The Conjuring, Insidious), Jason Momoa, Amber Heard (Friday Night Lights), Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies), Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring, Watchmen), and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Get Down, The Greatest Showman) appeared on stage to talk about the next movie in DC’s lineup and show everyone in Hall H a first look at the trailer for Aquaman. James Wan went on to describe Aquaman as more of a science-fiction fantasy film than a traditional superhero movie. Brand new, crystal-clear looks at Black Manta and Ocean Master could be seen in the trailer, and you can view it in its full glory right here! More footage was shown to Hall H attendees including a scene where Arthur Curry dons the classic Aquaman suit, but it was unfortunately exclusive to them only.
Once the storm of “The Worlds of DC” settled, we got a closer look at what DC has in store for us before all of the big movies release.
Syfy described the next season of the story of Superman’s grandfather, Seg-El, in three words: The Main Man. That’s right. Before we see Lobo on the big screen, we’ll see him on Syfy’s Krypton along with the origins of Nightwing (NOT Dick Grayson) and Flamebird. According to Cam Welsh, the showrunner of Krypton, Season 2 will pick up 4-5 months after the end of Season 1, and Seg-El will still be inside of the Phantom Zone. We will also witness the return of Brainiac, Doomsday, and many other characters in the new season.
Next, we’ve got details on all of the DC CW shows, starting with Supergirl. A teaser was shown to the audience at the panel, which featured a first look at Supergirl’s new suit of armor and Sam Witwer’s Agent Liberty. Season 4 is described as a more grounded season with Kara Danvers going back to her journalistic roots and a heavy presence at CatCo. It is also confirmed that Season 4 will adapt its own version of the classic Superman storyline “Superman: Red Son.” The cast and crew of the show explained that this storyline will be hinted at within the first half of the season, but it will not be focused on until later in the season. The first transgender superhero named Nia Nal will be joining the show, played by Nicole Maines (The Trans List). Her alias will be “Dreamer.” David Ajala (The Dark Knight) will also be joining the cast as supervillain Manchester Black. Another character joining Supergirl is Colonel Haley, a series regular who will be played by April Parker Jones (Spider-Man 3). You can watch the trailer for the fourth season of Supergirl here.
On the seventh season of Arrow, we find Oliver Queen training in prison, locked up with many of the bad guys he put in there. Cody Rhodes will return as Derek Sampson, who is in prison with Oliver. New characters will appear on the show, as well, such as Red Dart (Holly Elissa), Kodiak (Michael Jonsson, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) and The Silencer (Miranda Edwards, Mean Girls). Red Dart, Kodiak and The Silencer will all be members of the Longbow Hunters in the new season. You can watch the trailer for the next season of Arrow here.
A new “trailer” for the second season of Black Lightning was also released today, and you can watch it here.
The Legends are back, and this time, they’re facing magical misplacements in time! You can watch the full trailer for the fourth season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow here.
The Flash is in some big trouble this season as his future daughter Nora West-Allen visits seeking help from our present Barry and Team Flash. In the fifth season of The Flash, Team Flash faces a threat that may have been created by Nora, as she has admitted to making a “big mistake.” No word on what this threat is, as of yet, but the SDCC trailer for Season 5 did reveal some pretty iconic stuff such as the classic Flash Ring that holds Barry’s suit. You can watch the full Comic-Con trailer for season 5 of The Flash here.
- Netflix’s new show The Dragon Prince by Aaron Ehasz, the head writer of Avatar: The Last Airbender, will be released on September 14th, 2018. You can watch the teaser trailer here.
- The second season of FOX’s X-Men TV show, The Gifted, returns on September 25th, 2018. Watch the trailer here.
- Cartoon Network has a brand new cartoon coming this fall, and it’s technically already started. In 2016, Cartoon Network released a neat 8-minute short about a girl and her robot friend who are stuck on an “Infinity Train” and have to travel through every single car to get home. Now, the short is finally becoming a TV show next year. You can watch the 2016 Infinity Train short here and the trailer for the TV show here.
- Seth MacFarlane’s Star Trek-like comedy The Orville returns December 30th, 2018 on CBS, and you can watch the trailer for the second season here.
- USA Network’s new series The Purge gets its first trailer, which you can watch here. The Purge takes place 10 years after The First Purge and will follow several unrelated characters that are connected in some mysterious way throughout its ten episodes.
- The Simpsons creator Matt Groening's new series Disenchantment premieres on Netflix on August 17th, 2018. You can watch the full trailer for the new medieval cartoon comedy here.
- Executive producers Anthony and Joe Russo (Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War) bring a new kind of coming-of-age story to television with Syfy’s Deadly Class. Marcus, a teen who is living on the streets, is recruited into the King’s Dominion, an elite private academy that trains the next generations of the world’s top crime families. Deadly Class premieres on Syfy in 2019, but you can watch the trailer for the show here.
- At FOX’s Deadpool 2 panel, Ryan Reynolds and the crew of the film gave the audience a look at the scenes that were cut from the final version of the movie. Deadpool 2: The Super Duper Cut will release digitally on August 7th, 2018, and on Blu-ray/DVD on August 21st, 2018.
- As the third season of Syfy’s Wynonna Earp kicked off with its first episode last night, some exciting news was revealed at today’s panel: Wynonna Earp has been renewed for a fourth season.