There are few other weekends in the entertainment industry more exciting than San Diego Comic-Con. Taking place during the second weekend of July, it features a veritable treasure chest of unaired TV pilots, sneak peeks at upcoming movies, and representation from just about every fandom under the sun over its four days. With the next couple years of huge releases already laid out, SDCC this year will feature previews and panels for virtually all of the big ones.
If you keep a close eye on YouTube over SDCC weekend, there’s a good chance you’ll see most everything uploaded in a nice clean video format. For those of you attending though, you know very well that not everything makes it to the Internet, making the Con the one place you can some incredible exclusive content. Both people at home and attendees though should keep an eye out for some of the bigger unveilings set to debut this year.
1. A special look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Friday, July 10)
We’re not sure what “a special look” entails, but given that the panel will include Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, and “special guests,” we imagine we’ll be treated to something significant. The Force Awakens doesn’t even release until mid-December, and still many are saying it has the potential to be the biggest release in history. Only time will tell, but until that magical day arrives, we’ll take any small bits of footage, teasers, and/or information we can get.
2. Game of Thrones panel and Q&A (Friday, July 10)
The final episode of Season 5 left us all with our collective jaws on the floor, as we watched (spoilers ahead!) Jon Snow bleed out in the cold following a mutiny from the Night’s Watch. Between that and all the other carnage from this season, there’s a lot in need of answering, so hopefully a panel/Q&A with showrunners David Benioff and D.B Weiss (along with a whole bunch of cast members) will shed some light. Obviously they won’t be able to straight up tell us whether or not Jon Snow will live, but any hint at his fate would go a long way toward assuaging fan fears.
3. Exclusive first look at Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight (Saturday, July 11)
It’s been almost three years since Quentin Tarantino brought us Django Unchained, putting him right on schedule for his next effort, taking us back to the Old West for The Hateful Eight. All we’ve seen so far is artwork and a brief synopsis that reveals little, leading us to believe that a “first look” will at the very least entail a short teaser trailer. A Q&A with the cast directly follows this, so there will be lots of new info to gather on a project that’s been shrouded in mystery for awhile now.
4. Warner Brothers Upcoming Releases Sneak Peeks (Saturday, July 11)
Most everyone knows that “Warner Brothers Upcoming Releases” is code for “WB finally dishes on their ambitious expanded comic book universe.” This universe features the much-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as Deadpool, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and a ton more planned out over the next five years. Perhaps we’ll get a teaser for the Ryan Reynolds-led Deadpool, or even a full-length trailer for Dawn of Justice. Either way, color us excited for what’s to come.
5. Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment Screening Block (Saturday, July 11)
This one is the whopper of TV debuts, with representatives from every major DC Entertainment television show gracing the three-hour presentation. In it, fans will be treated to a full screening of CBS’s Supergirl pilot, as well as exclusive video, panels, and Q&As with writers and cast members of FOX’s Gotham, and The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. Marvel may dominate the film universe, but it’s safe to say DC has a ironclad grip on TV, something they’ll take full advantage of at Comic Con.
6. Heroes Reborn Extended Trailer, and Q&A with Tim Kring and the cast (Sunday, July 12)
The history of Heroes has been a spotted one to say the least. It debuted as a revolutionary journey into sci-fi and comic book sensibilities, but tragically dropped off a cliff in terms of quality in each subsequent season. Five years later, the series is getting a full reboot from original showrunner Tim Kring. In those years off, the hope is that he (and his writing staff) learned their lessons. An extended trailer and a Q&A to follow in the meantime will help shed some much-needed light on what’s to come, so keep an eye out for this one as SDCC weekend closes out on Sunday.
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