SDCC 2018 Day Two Recap: James Gunn Fired, First Glass Trailer, And Young Justice First Look
Ready for another day full of cool new announcements? While we’re only one day away from DC’s big event, they still brought us some exciting stuff to look at. AMC came in with more information on the future of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, and Sony and Paramount gave us more details on Venom, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Bumblebee. Let’s jump right in.
Young Justice: Outsiders
A great way to start off a SDCC day is with an exclusive first look at one of the most highly-anticipated and long-awaited cartoons ever: Young Justice. The third season of Young Justice was announced in November of 2016, and we were finally shown new looks for all of the original and new heroes and villains that would appear in the show at last year’s SDCC. Now, for the first time ever, we finally have a trailer for Young Justice: Outsiders! In the new season, Artemis is still mourning the loss of her boyfriend, Wally West (aka Kid Flash). The team has apparently been disbanded since we last saw them, but something sinister has brought our young heroes back together. A genetic arms race is spanning the globe, and a metahuman trafficking ring is abducting young metas left and right. It’s up to Nightwing, Superboy, Wonder Girl and the rest of the Young Justice team to stop this evil plot once and for all. You can watch the full trailer, as well as a recap of the last season of Young Justice, here.
The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead
AMC returned to San Diego Comic-Con to give everyone there exclusive looks at the second half of the fourth season of Fear the Walking Dead and the ninth season of The Walking Dead. Although not a whole lot was revealed at the panels, everyone was treated to a screening of the trailers for both new seasons.
In the upcoming second half of the fourth season of Fear the Walking Dead, we find our team facing more adversaries than ever - humans, walkers, and even Mother Nature as a giant storm of walkers heads their way. You can watch the full trailer here. The second half of the fourth season of Fear the Walking Dead premieres August 12, 2018.
The ninth season of the critically-acclaimed The Walking Dead will unfortunately be Andrew Lincoln’s (Rick Grimes) last. Before he leaves the show for good, we’ll get to see our favorite sheriff try to keep a community together and survive in a brave new world. Yes, there is a time jump, as you can see in the brand new trailer for the new season right here, but there is no telling how much time exactly has passed as the showrunners haven’t said a word. Samantha Morton (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) has been cast as Alpha, the leader of the Whisperers. The ninth season of The Walking Dead will premiere this fall on October 7th, 2018.
One of the bigger unveilings from today was the release of the first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's Glass. Glass is the sequel to both Shyamalan’s Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016). In Glass, we see that David Dunn (Bruce Willis, Die Hard), Kevin Crumb (James McAvoy, X-Men: First Class), and Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson, Pulp Fiction, Marvel’s The Avengers) have all been sent to a psychiatric ward and are being treated by a new character to the series, Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson, Ocean’s 8). Willis’ David Dunn had been tracking McAvoy’s Crumb since the kidnapping of Anya Taylor-Joy’s Casey Cooke, who is also set to reappear in the new film. Jackson’s Elijah Price, aka Mr. Glass, will be teaming up with Kevin Crumb against David Dunn on January 18th, 2019. You can watch the full trailer for Glass here.
Hot off the trail of Shyamalan’s panel for Glass came the cast and crew of the new Halloween sequel. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode, a survivor of a vicious attack by the infamous serial killer Michael Myers. When Myers escapes prison and returns to Haddonfield, Strode is ready for revenge. She’s been waiting 40 years for Myers to come back, and now he’ll finally get what’s coming to him. No trailer was released to the public, but those in attendance at the panel were shown footage from the brand new movie. In the footage shown, Michael Myers is walking around Haddonfield on Halloween night, killing nearly everyone he sees as he moves through two homes in the neighborhood. The only people Myers doesn’t kill are young trick-or-treaters and a crying baby, whom he left in a crib after he killed its mother.
Director Travis Knight was joined by Hailee Steinfeld and the cast of Paramount’s Bumblebee in Hall H to bring in more details on the next Transformers movie. Knight explained that he grew up with Transformers as a child, and he was heavily inspired by the first generation of the robots with “bright colors and heart.” He went on to say that the movie will be an origin story, explaining how Bumblebee came to Earth from Cybertron and why he has an affinity for humans. The Decepticons in the movie, Shatter (Angela Bassett) and Dropkick (Justin Theroux), will both be triple-changers, and the flying jet from the trailer is Blitzwing, a Decepticon from the original Transformers cartoon. These Decepticons have come to Earth looking for Bumblebee because he has left Cybertron illegally. Bonus footage was shown at the panel featuring a look at a hologram of a G1 Optimus Prime, John Cena’s Agent Burns hunting Bumblebee, and Bee getting barraged by Blitzwing’s missiles. Bumblebee lands into theaters December 21st, 2018.
First to present in Hall H during Sony’s panel was Phil Lord and Chris Miller of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. A sizzle reel of the film was shown at the panel, confirming that Nicolas Cage will voice Spider-Man Noir and John Mulaney will voice Spider-Ham. Unfortunately for those of us who could not be in attendance, no sort of trailer or clip will be released to the public.
Director Ruben Fleischer, Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed went on stage after the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse panel to talk about Venom. According to Fleischer, Venom will be a “grittier and grounded” Marvel film, and there will be no heroes at all in the movie. A trailer was shown to the audience featuring scenes of Venom in full suit biting off people’s heads and giving more dialogue. The movie seems to be keeping in line with the “Lethal Protector” storyline from the comics. In the footage, we also see Venom fighting silver symbiote, which Fleischer confirmed to be Riot. Fleischer also confirmed that more villains and symbiotes will be introduced in the film, going on to say the even Carlton Drake will don a symbiote. Fleischer was asked about Spider-Man ever being in a future film, to which he replied that “at some point down the road, they are going to run into each other’s paths.” No plans were ever confirmed for Spider-Man to show up in Venom, but Hardy expressed that he would love to face Tom Holland’s (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War) Spidey in the future.
These news may be extra, some of it may not have even came from SDCC themselves, but boy are they HUGE for pop culture.
- To those of you who loved director James Gunn’s work with the Guardians of the Galaxy films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, prepare to be disappointed. Just hours ago, Marvel Studios fired James Gunn and kicked him off of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 for the thousands of pedophilia/rape “jokes” he tweeted out for many years in the past. Since then, he has deleted all of those tweets and come out with an apology statement, but that did not prevent his being let go from the third Guardians film. Disney released a statement to the public regarding this issue: “The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him.” Gunn had recently finished the script for Guardians Vol. 3, but it seems now that it might be going unused. Gunn was also supposed to be presenting a new project during the Sony panel, but whether he has chosen not to show or Sony did not let him, no one is sure of.
- Beloved director and writer Jon Schnepp passed away earlier today. Schnepp was a very passionate man about all things pop culture and a very successful storyteller, as well. Schnepp worked on the animated series Metalocalypse and The Venture Bros. and directed the 2015 documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, which provided a deeper look into Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage’s never-made Superman movie. Schnepp was loved by many, and to say that he was inspirational and an all-around amazing human being is an understatement. His wife, Holly Payne, released a statement regarding the death of her adored husband, which you can read on her GoFundMe page here. We at Comic Fade encourage you to take a look at the statement and consider donating to the medical costs Schnepp’s family will have to pay. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
Invader Zim is back! Nickelodeon has released a poster and a teaser trailer for the new TV movie, Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus. You can watch the full teaser here.
Many details regarding new Star Wars novels and comics were also announced today. A Padme novel titled “Star Wars: A Queen’s Shadow” by EK Johnston and a Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan novel titled “Master and Apprentice” will were announced at a Star Wars Books panel. A new comic series titled “Tales from Vader’s Castle” was announced by IDW, as well as a comic series by Marvel and a novel based on the movie Solo: A Star Wars Story. Another new comic series by Jody Houser was announced at the panel called “Star Wars: Age of Republic,” an 8-issue series featuring one-shots of Qui-Gon, Maul, Obi-Wan, Anakin, Jango, Dooku, Padme and Grievous. Following that series will be more one-shot series titled “Age of Rebellion” and “Age of Resistance.” These issues will be written by Tom Taylor.
The first trailer for the second season of Star Trek: Discovery was released at its panel, and you can watch it right here.
A Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot is in the works with Joss Whedon returning to develop and Monica Owusu-Breen set to executive produce, write, and showrun. Whedon and Owusu-Breen are currently looking for an ethnic lead as the new Slayer.
Batman will be getting a new costume in DC Comics featuring a return to the classic black underwear that he wears on top of his pants.
Marvel and Freeform’s Cloak and Dagger was renewed for a second season.
- The first trailer for the third season of AMC’s Preacher was released, and you can watch it here.