Ove the weekend, the largest pop-culture convention on the planet — San Diego Comic-Con — happened, and chances are you weren’t able to keep up with all the supposedly mind-blowing and insanely cool trailers and pieces of news. No problem. Despite its hugeness, Comic-Con is, for better or for worse, simply a place where big TV and movie studios, publishers, and toy makers can preview their products for packed-rooms of faithful fans dressed-up as fictional characters they love. In other words, unless you love cosplay and cosplay-watching, you didn’t miss anything you couldn’t find online later. Here’s a quick breakdown of the only the most important stuff from Comic-Con this year, because let’s face it, you don’t have time to track down all these trailers one-by-one.
Superhero Trailers: Aquaman, Shazam, and Titans
Though comic-books themselves aren’t usually the focus of Comic-Con, this year, trailers for big superhero TV shows and movies tended to dominate. And unlike in years past, the biggest superhero factor wasn’t Marvel, but instead, DC. Without a doubt, the biggest trailers debuting at Comic-Con came from DC studios, specifically Aquaman, Shazam and the trailer for the new DC TV series called Titans, where Robin the Boy Wonder cusses a lot about Batman.
Here are the trailers for Aquaman, Shazam, and Titans.
Sup, bro, I’m Aquaman.
Shazam looks funny and heartwarming
Robin drops the f-bomb
There was also a trailer shown for Wonder Woman 1984, but don’t look for it online. So far, this footage was Comic-Con only. This same thing happened with Avengers: Infinity War last year.
Sci-Fi TV: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Cartoon Returns, Star Trek: Discovery Will Show Spock; Be About “Family”
If you like stuff set in outer space, that contains the word “star” in the title and is part of a famous franchise, then there’s good news. Comic-Con revealed trailers for both big nerd franchises; Star Trek and Star Wars. But, in just like under-dog DC triumphed over Marvel at the convention this year, Star Trek came out a little hotter than Star Wars.
Because it’s going to be a while until the next Star Wars movie comes out (December 20, 2019, to be exact) the void will be filled by some unexpected retro cartoon action. Though officially canceled in 2014, the animated series The Clone Wars will return for a new season of 12 episodes. This probably has more to do with the shifting of generational nostalgia about Star Wars than you realize. The new season will be shown on Disney’s streaming service later this year.
Send in the Clones (Again!):
Meanwhile, Star Trek is back for season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery. The show will debut four short films on CBS All-Access in December of this year, and then the full season returns in early 2019. Unlike the first season, this batch of episodes is full of color, humor and lots of references to the classic ’60s show. This includes the USS Enterprise and the dude who commanded it before Kirk, Captain Pike. It also includes some big hints about Spock, who is the half-brother of Discovery’s main character, Michael Burnham. In season one, we found out both she and Spock were raised by the same dad, Sarek. At the convention, Discoery showrunner said this season will be about “family.”
Lenny Kravitz’s “Fly” set to Star Trek action is surprisingly great:
That little British sci-fi show that could — Doctor Who — also comes back this year. Technically, Doctor Who is a family show, and this new trailer certainly had the lightest tone the show has seen in recent years.
Be Doctor Who’s new best friend:
Godzilla, Glass, and Fantastic Beasts...Oh, My!
Rounding up the final essentials you’ve got trailers for Godzilla: King of Monsters, the first look at Glass (that’s the movie that is a sequel/prequel to both Unbreakable and Split) and last but not least, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Godzilla is lit (literally):
Glass will give you those Unbreakable feelings.
Fantastic Beasts 2 looks…well, fantastic. (And has a lot of Hogwarts/Harry Potter action)
Comedy matters the Most, and Mark Hamill is Hilarious
Comic-Con also saw new trailers for comedy shows like The Orville, not to mention the triumphant return of Brooklyn 99. The new fantasy comedy show from Simpsons creator Matt Groening; Disenchantment also dropped.
Disenchamment destroys the fantasy genre:
The Orville continues to bring cheap jokes into space:
Brooklyn 99 is still great:
Finally, supposedly Mark Hamill made good on his jokes that he would go undercover at Comic-Con. We can’t prove it, but Hamill claims he was a Force Awakens –era Stormtrooper, in disguise on the floor of the convention. Is it true? Or is he pranking everyone? Who cares.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 22, 2018
-The next major Comic-Con will be in New York City on October 4-7.-