Game of Thrones, DC plans revealed – The Hollywood Reporter
House of the Dragon, The Sandman and harley quinn will be showcased in style as Warner Bros. Discovery, still fresh out of its merger, will be attending its first-ever San Diego Comic-Con next month.
Still, the company, led by CEO David Zaslav, is making big changes to its approach to Comic-Con as its various divisions make their first appearances at the annual pop culture celebration in three years due to the pandemic. For the first time, Warners, including DC, will have no presence on the convention floor, a move that breaks decades of precedent. The company had one of the largest floor presences, with film and television costumes on display. In some years, high-profile stars such as the cast of Justice League Where watchmen showed up for signings.
Another big change: several CW series, including Flash, Superman and Lois and the next Supernatural prequel, will be absent as the network faces a possible sale and has canceled several of its shows.
The presence of Warner Bros. Discovery at Comic-Con aims to reassure fans that the company still has them in mind, even as the merger reshapes the management ranks and aligns the company’s divisions – including HBO Max, Warner Bros. Pictures and DC – in a new direction.
As for what Warners’ theatrical division will bring, those plans are still in the works, according to multiple insiders. The studio has a number of DC movies slated for release later this year, including DC League of Super-Pets, Black Adam and Shazam! Fury of the gods, which open in July, October and December respectively. These could all make appearances. Movies due to open in 2023, such as the flash and blue beetlewill not have panels, regardless of their attendance, as they are considered too remote for a panel to have any significant impact.
But why focus on what isn’t there when you can look at what will be:
Dragon House is one of HBO’s biggest bets and is looking to expand and reset the game of thrones franchise, which was the biggest show in HBO history. There will be a Hall H panel before the series launches on August 21.
by Netflix Sand seller is the most expensive DC show that Warner Bros. Television has ever done, and it’s getting the Hall H treatment with a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars and producers.
Riverdale will also land in Hall H as the series makes its final appearance at Comic-Con before its sixth and final season on The CW.
DC Publishing, despite not having a booth (which always drew a crowd and had moving talent), will still be present via a handful of panels.
DC Editor and CCO Jim Lee will headline a showcase of upcoming DC books, complete with previews and creators. There will be a panel comprised of Batman-centric comic book writers and artists, while superstar writers Tom Taylor and Tom King will have a conversation about their work, past, present and future. Also in the lineup is a panel on DC’s Current Events miniseries, dark crisisamong others.
Animation, both for young audiences and for the general public, will also be presented.
There will be signs on Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai with the voice stars and executive producers of the new series. Meanwhile, Cartoon Network will have a multishow panel touting Craig of the Brook, Teen Titans Go! and We baby bears, among several other animation panels.
Animation of mature content will be spotlighted with panels on adult swim shows Smiling Friends, Primal by Genndy Tartakovsky (the second season will be the focus of animation director Genndy Tartokovsky and art director Scott Willis), Rick and Morty: Vindicators (a screening plus a Q&A) and Tuca and Bertie. And there will be a special screening of the first two episodes of HBO Max’s surprise hit. Harley Quinn, as well as the animated feature premiere Green Lantern: Beware of my power, followed by a Q&A.
Warner Bros. Games will have two panels, A glimpse into the creation of the game Gotham Knights and Make a Mash-Up: MultiVersus.
And Warners wrestling unit, AEW, which has shows AEW: Dynamite and AEW: Rampage on TBS, will have two presentations that will see wrestlers land in San Diego for the first time.
Insiders say the Comic-Con overhaul is designed to make the company more strategic in its approach, but it also comes as Zaslav has focused on the bottom line, apparently seeking $3 billion in savings for the new company. Over the past few years, Comic-Con has cost Warners more than $25 million — factoring in floor setup, travel for its talent, and technical costs for its high-profile presentations. Still, Comic-Con, which runs July 21-24, remains a great marketing opportunity for a company whose content from its many divisions traffics in geek and genre fare.
Hollywood studios seem to be taking a cautious approach in returning to Comic-Con. The pandemic is still impacting plans — not every actor and filmmaker is eager to get in a room with tens or thousands of people — and companies like Universal and Paramount are sitting down this year. Marvel, on the other hand, is making an announced return, a surprise move as the company will also have a big presence at D23, the Disney convention to be held in early September.
It remains to be seen whether Warners’ new plan will be the blueprint going forward or whether it will reassess its steps every year.