For the first time since 2019, Comic-Con returns to San Diego!
The four-day event will have many exciting panels and internet-breaking announcements, and most importantly, it will once again welcome diverse fandoms to the convention floor! The event is the ultimate celebration of pop culture and the tremendous and dedicated fandoms that make it all possible. This will be the first time Comic-Con will take place at San Diego’s convention center in three years, and we couldn’t be more pumped!
Though things seem to be returning to normal, the 2022 edition of Comic-Con will have some significant changes. As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, this will be the first time, Warners, part of the newly merged Warner Bros. Discovery, which owns DC, CW, and HBO, among other media companies, will have no presence on the convention floor. This is a huge change, especially since DC is one of the pillars of the comic book world. The move breaks with decades of precedent and will surely be noticed by fans. Other companies like Universal will completely sit out this year’s festivities.
However, that doesn’t mean Warner’s properties won’t make a presence at the convention. HBO Max’s House of the Dragon, The Sandman, and Harley Quinn will be showcased in a big way this year. The Sandman is the most expensive show Warner Bros. Television has ever made! You’ll be able to see it on Netflix, but before that, it is getting the Hall H treatment at Comic-Con! A Q&A will follow an exciting special video presentation with the show’s cast and producers. DC has no plans to reveal a new slate of movies, and as they have stated, they aren’t talking about 2023 movies like The Flash, which has had multiple scandals, or Blue Beetle.
Another new development is that many CW shows such as Flash and Superman & Lois will also be absent since the network is exploring a possible sale and has canceled many of their shows. However, Riverdale will also land in Hall H. This is the show’s last Comic-Con appearance ahead of its sixth and final season on The CW.
Mature content animation will be spotlighted with panels on shows like Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty: The Vindicators (a screening plus a Q&A). Fans of Kaley Cuoco’s Harley Quinn can attend a special screening of the first two episodes of the HBO Max hit Harley Quinn. Fox’s The Simpsons, American Dad, and Family Guy will have a panel in Ballroom 20.
Marvel is taking a different approach and, in a surprise move, has decided on having a huge presence after skipping Comic-Con. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has been hush-hush about what is sure to be internet-breaking reveals. But recently, during the Thor: Love and Thunder press conference, he shared about Marvel’s last appearance at Comic-Con. “First time since we were on stage there three years ago talking about this movie and many others. And now, I think, almost, not everything but almost everything we discussed three years ago that was released, so we are excited to go and talk about the future.”
We can’t wait for all the exciting MCU announcements, including Blade casting news and excellent content for different fandoms!