With so much already on their plate, especially with Black Adam and Shazam! Fury of the Gods, it’s unlikely DC will have any big reveals at SDCC 2022.
While Warner Bros. Discovery is returning to Comic-Con 2022 this year, don’t expect much in the way of breaking new DCEU movie reveals. Comic-Con, particularly Hall H panels, are commonly known to reveal new trailers, new footage, and new reveals of upcoming projects for the presenting studios. In the past, studios like Warner Bros., Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, etc. have all held panels that served to promote upcoming projects, while also sharing their plans for the future, which would frequently involve casting announcements, project titles, etc.
Warner Bros. has had a strong presence at Comic-Con throughout the last decade, especially as their superhero slate started to kick off with 2013’s Man of Steel. Since then, SDCC has served to announce projects like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, Suicide Squad, etc., while sharing trailers and images of what comes next. However, Warner Bros. has been known to get too far ahead of themselves with their future slate announcements, sharing movie titles and dates for projects that never came to fruition, which has frustrated and misguided fans. The studio found better footing with their own internally-run fan event, DC FanDome, which allowed them to share news through their own platform, hyping future projects without going too far into the unknown future.
The last time Warner Bros. had a panel at Comic-Con was in 2018, as they skipped 2019 and then weathered the pandemic storms until now. In that time, the studio has seen a number of big changes, including a merger with Discovery, which has changed leadership roles and the direction of content in a big way that’s still unfurling. In addition to those changes, the studio is also dealing with big and small controversies around their upcoming projects, including Amber Heard’s public trial with Johnny Depp that name dropped Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom multiple times, and the continued legal woes of The Flash star Ezra Miller. This makes SDCC a difficult platform for the studio at the moment. Instead, they appear to be focusing on Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam and Zachary Levi’s Shazam! Fury of the Gods, both of which are due this year and will need as much attention and promotion as possible without the added pressure of pushing the next wave of films, which include Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, The Flash, Batgirl, and Blue Beetle.
Why DC’s Movie & TV Future Can Wait
In order to let the legal woes of some of their high-profile cast members dissipate and keep audiences focused on their upcoming endeavors, Warner Bros. would be wise to keep any big announcements to a minimum until they get clear of these somewhat troubled waters. The leadership change at Warner Bros. Discovery is working on how best to steer the DCEU ship, so they may well not be prepared to announce anything yet. If that’s the case, it’s better to sort their plans out and hold back any announcements until those future projects are locked down with talent and release dates, rather than over-promising on projects that will never come to pass, thereby alienating their fanbase.
Thus far, the Warner Bros. Discovery merger has seen the cancellation of a number of CW shows and the planned Wonder Twins movie, leaving many fans wondering what the future holds for the studio’s comic-book side. However, there are plenty of projects on deck to keep audiences satiated into the first quarter of 2023 and it’s entirely possible that they could still hold a DC FanDome in 2022 (although no announcements have been made as of yet), which could outline at least a few new projects heading into the next year.
It’s likely that Warner Bros. Discovery is simply staying focused on their upcoming slate to see how it performs, which will adjust how they tailor the DCEU going forward. While the lack of shocking new announcements might make Comic-Con 2022 slightly less exciting, this is a smart tactic overall, as it will inform the studio on what fans want, rather than promising them things they don’t. There are sure to be many more new and exciting film and TV projects from WB/DC in the coming year, but there’s plenty on deck now to hold fans over until the time is right (and plans solidified) for those announcements.
- Black Adam (2022)Release date: Oct 21, 2022
- Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2022)Release date: Dec 21, 2022
- Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2023)Release date: Mar 17, 2023
- The Flash (2023)Release date: Jun 23, 2023
- Batgirl (2022)Release date: Jul 18, 2022
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