When it was announced that Warner Brothers wasn’t going to attend San Diego Comic-Con there was a lot of disappointment (I was one of them). However, it was clear the studio had a bigger goal and dominate Comic Con Experience Brazil 2019.
Honestly, I could see this being the beginning of the tide change as major Hollywood Studios the likes of Disney/Marvel, WB/DC and even Fox will start to focus on CCXP where they’ll have their major announcements and trailers and SDCC will become more on other entertainment (TV, Comics, Games).
It’s not to say the studios won’t be there as SDCC as they’ll have showcase teaser trailers and massive panels but they won’t be big as CCXP will be.
It makes sense as if you look at the huge gap of the main stage attendances with CCXP Brazil can achieve over a quarter of a million compared to SDCC’s 135,000 that went this year.
Meanwhile, WB also broke the mould during the Wonder Woman 1984 presentation as they live-streamed the panel on social media so international fans could experience the event either live or on catch up and it’s a success as at the moment two million have watched the stream.
This is the moment for those who run SDCC should be thinking about including live streams for future cons and you must think Disney and Marvel execs were kicking themselves for not doing it first.
Also if I was running SDCC it’s time to seriously thinking about leaving San Diego as all you hear is complaints about the size of the convention being too small for the number of people who attend and moving to Las Vegas has to become a consideration.
We shouldn’t be too surprised by the rise of CCXP as two years ago Sony premiered the Venom trailer and Fox also showed (the film we may never see) New Mutants.
Now they’ve got the big two studios coming along as Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige attended San Paulo to rehashed the slate for the Disney+ shows with the unveiling of images from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision (via Deadline).
Furthermore, the chief also talked about WandaVision, Ms Marvel and Loki.
It was also reported he mentioned the sequels to Doctor Strange and Thor as well as Shang Chi. He then moved his focus onto Chloe Zhao’s The Eternals.
To the delight and surprised Feige showed some raw footage the November 2020 blockbuster which blew the venue. If that wasn’t it, he shared new footage from Black Widow which included the family reunion in the trailer.
Elsewhere, Ryan Reynolds was in town to promote Netflix’s 6 Underground and reveal the trailer for his new movie with Fox, Free Guy.
Then you have Amazon Prime which was dominated by the teaser trailer for Season 2 of The Boys aka the best TV series of 2019.
However, the con belonged to two WB/DC films – Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman 1984.
Oddly they weren’t on the same day as BOP opened Comic-Con Experience Brazil 2019 as Margot Robbie also joined on stage by her cast Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Ella Jay Basco and director Cathy Yan.
The packed auditorium got to see a brand new trailer that reveals the first look at Ewan McGregor’s Black Mask and the film’s opening scene.
If you more in-depth info then check out The Wrap’s report.
Then came Sunday (8th December) where Warner Bros brought the big guns and what a way to make up for not be at SDCC.
The studio showcased looks at Scoob and the super-secret Christopher Nolan spy movie Tenet. Meanwhile, San Paulo got a brief look at Kong vs Godzilla then the first look to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s big-screen adaptation of his Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights, opening on June 26, 2020.
The fans inside the venue were given a fright as they saw exclusive footage of James Wans’ newly titled Conjuring movie, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.
In regards of DC, Matt Reeves sent a video saying he’ll be bringing The Batman to CCXP next year and he’ll be joined by James Gunn, who’ll be in attendance with The Suicide Squad. So safe to say we’ll be getting two first trailers next year.
There was also a confirmation that Shazam 2 is a go.
Finally, Wonder Woman 1984 won the con with their panel and the many Wonder Women joining Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins on stage.
We got a look at the incredible first trailer and this movie is going to utterly fantastic. I can’t wait what Hans Zimmer has in mind for the score and hoping for a kick-ass soundtrack.
I love the tone, colour, story and it’s the first real sign of what Warner Bros been meaning with The Worlds of DC, but for the love of god if your film is set in the 80s can we please stop using New Order’s Blue Monday!!
I love the song and a sound of the 80s but it’s being used way too much and that decade had some incredible music they could play with.