SDCC 2019: From It Chapter Two to Watchmen, here are all the biggest trailers
San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) is truly a magical time. It’s the E3 of pop culture, where trailers and information on all manner of upcoming movies and television shows are bombarded at us every morning. It might even be a little too much to sort through all at once, but never fear because GameAxis has you covered.
We got juicy looks at some of the biggest titles coming up this year and next, from shows like His Dark Materials and Watchmen to movies like It Chapter Two and Cats (?!). Here’s a look at all the big announcements coming out of SDCC 2019, compiled into one page for your viewing pleasure.
It Chapter Two
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is back! He’s bringing with him death, horror and an utterly absurd amount of red balloons to haunt the Losers’ Club once again. We’re taking a time jump with this one, meeting the Losers as adults confronting their ugly past in Derry. Bill Skarsgård leads the stacked cast as Pennywise, along with James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and Isaiah Mustafa. It returns on Sep 5, 2019.
Top Gun: Maverick
Maverick’s back! It’s the sequel no one saw coming, no one even asked for, but everyone wants to see anyway. Tom Cruise’s need for cinematic authenticity meets Maverick’s need for speed — and you can already see some of it in the staggeringly real jet piloting shots from this trailer. This caught us all so off-guard that we just had to make a separate post about it. The great ball of fire launches on June 26, 2020.
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot
This one may be a bit obscure, but if you’re a fan of nerdy comic book stuff and big celebrity cameos then this movie couldn’t be more for you. It’s got cameos from actors like Grant Gustin, Ben Affleck, Chris Hemsworth and Nicholas Cage. It’s certainly also got the dumb humor that’s made every one of Jay and Silent Bob’s appearances so enjoyable. Most importantly, it’s out Oct 15, 2019.
The smash sci-fi western series is now way more sci-fi than it is western. Picking up from a rather final and conclusive season 2, androids have now found their way out into the real world. They’re not on their home turf anymore, and must fight to survive in this strange new world. Also, there are nazis now. Oh, and shots from Singapore too. Aaron Paul joins a stacked cast that includes Evan Rachel Wood, Tessa Thompson and Jeffrey Wright for season 3, out sometime in 2020.
His Dark Materials
HBO and BBC are bringing a new interpretation of His Dark Materials to the silver screen. In typical HBO style, it’s got a massive budget and a stacked cast that includes Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Lin Manuel Miranda and Ruth Wilson. Also, a polar bear in armor! The show is coming out later in 2019.
Geralt’s on the silver screen, baby! Our favorite witcher is once again drinking potions and killing monsters, this time with a much rounder medallion than we’re used to. Henry Cavill seems to have bulked up even more for this than for his outings as Superman and as a result, Geralt looks like a massively intimidating mountain of beast-slaying grumpiness. Alongside Henry is Freya Allen as Ciri and Anya Chalotra as Yennefer. Henry Cavill even revealed at SDCC that he’s a huge fan of the games! The show comes out late 2019.
Who watches the Watchmen? Well, we will, soon enough. This TV series is meant to be more of a remix than an adaptation of the original graphic novel. Instead of retelling the same story, it will tell a new one set after the events seen in the comic. Dr Manhattan is on Mars now, Rorschach is dead and Ozymandias has a lot to answer for. This series comes from the mind of Damon Lindelof, who created The Leftovers, my personal pick for the best TV show of all time. This is going to be good, and it’s coming some time in Oct 2019.
Star Trek: Picard
Engage! Jean Luc Picard is somehow, miraculously returning to us in a series set 20 years after his appearance in Star Trek Nemesis (all the way back in 2002!). This series will be set in the same timeline as Star Trek (2009) and sees Picard struggling to come to grips with Romulus’ destruction. Data, Seven of Nine, Riker, Troi and more will come back in this series, making it an unmissable television event for Trekkies everywhere! The series was revealed at SDCC to premiere in early 2020 with 10 episodes.
Harley Quinn fans must be extremely happy these days. Ever since Suicide Squad (and some would argue even before that), the character has absolutely exploded among the general public. No Halloween is complete without at least 50 Harley Quinn cosplayers these days, which goes to show how massively popular she has become. Aside from starring in the upcoming Birds of Prey film, she will also be getting her own R-rated TV show! Witness Harley in all her abrasive foul-mouthed glory, voiced by Kaley Cuoco and accompanied by other classic DC comics characters. This show comes out in Oct 2019.
The Flash: Season 6
The Arrowverse is strange, in that many of its TV shows have arguably been sinking in quality, but unwaveringly increasing in popularity year-by-year. The Flash has had a really terrible run of seasons lately, but perhaps that will change this year. Bloodwork is the big bad here, and he plans to defeat death itself. Hopefully he’ll also bring back Barry’s chin strap, because… yikes. Watch Barry fight Bloodwork on Oct 8, 2019.
Arrow: Season 8
Oliver Queen made a deal last season, and one that would cost him his life in due time. The Monitor has made it clear that something big is coming, something that will change the Arrowverse for good. Oliver has left his friends and family to make good on his deal with the Monitor, agreeing to come with him on a journey across timelines and universes. This season brings back familiar faces such as Tommy Merlyn and Prometheus from previous seasons, and will culminate in the end of Oliver Queen with the Arrowverse’s Crisis of Infinite Earths crossover. The beginning of the end happens on Oct 15, 2019.
Supergirl: Season 5
Supergirl has always been a very politically fueled show, and it doesn’t look like that will change this season. Aliens are everywhere now, and the world is having a very difficult time coming to terms with their new overlords. Lex Luthor is almost certainly returning from the dead as well (judging from that Emperor-style maniacal laugh), Jimmy is leaving the show and Supergirl’s getting a new suit! Leviathan is also coming, and we’ll just have to see how the new season is going to balance all of this chaotic elements. We’ll see Supergirl again on Oct 6, 2019.
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: Season 6
It’s a bittersweet weekend for SHIELD fans like me. This was by far the best superhero show on the air for multiple years in a row, and it’s all coming to a close. Season 7 was announced to be its last just before SDCC, and so every episode from now until then has become a countdown to its end. Still, there’s a lot to look forward to and this trailer shows off plenty. But is Coulson dead or not? That is the question.
Stephen King fans have never been happier than they have been lately at SDCC. Everywhere you turn, there’s something new and creepy coming your way. The latest of these is Creepshow, a TV show remake of the classic horror anthology film. Fear its arrival on Sep 26, 2019.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
Dark Crystal is back! With more magical puppetry and an absolutely insane voice cast, the legendary movie is getting a TV prequel at Netflix premiering on Aug 30, 2019. When I say insane voice cast, I mean that — we’re getting the likes of Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, Helena Bonham Carter, Mark Hamill, Andy Samberg, Simon Pegg and much more all in one show. Dang!
The Walking Dead: Season 10
This season we’re taking the zombies to the beach! No, but seriously, this is the first season to premiere without Rick Grimes, who has been a staple of the series since the pilot. New villains, new storylines and new conflicts will fill up the new season with classic Walking Dead drama. It’ll also be interesting to see what direction the series is moving towards, considering how the source comics just ended recently. This season comes out on Oct 6, 2019, and will see Michonne’s last appearance on the show.
The Walking Dead Movie
Back in season 9, the unthinkable happened: Andrew Lincoln left The Walking Dead. Rick Grimes turned out to live in the end instead of dying, being carried off by a helicopter, never to return. It was later revealed that this was planned to be a backdoor pilot to a Rick Grimes-led trilogy of films. This trailer doesn’t reveal much, but does show that this movie will be hitting theaters! One has to wonder, though; what on earth did Rick get up to that would justify him getting three entire movies?
Preacher: Season 4
A ton of shows are ending this year and Preacher is one of them. This wonderfully bizarre series has been amazing three seasons in a row now, and the trailer for next season only looks to one up its own past performance. God, nazis, opera music, vampires, the apocalypse and camels… this SDCC trailer has it all! The final season of this fantastic show is coming on Aug 4, 2019.
The Expanse: Season 4
If you’re a sci-fi fan, you’re an Expanse fan. This incredible TV show is entering its fourth season, now equipped with all that Amazon money. Production value looks to have skyrocketed, and that can only mean good things for the incredible story it has left to tell. Witness it on Dec 13, 2019. SDCC doesn’t stop giving!
Rick and Morty: Season 4
Well this isn’t so much a trailer as it is just a clip, but it’s new Rick and Morty so rejoice! Taika Waititi voices the mischievous pink alien in this video, and he’s just one of the guest stars showing up in the sci-fi comedy’s next 10-episode season. SDCC 2019 revealed that this fourth season of this weird and amazing comedy will premiere in Nov 2019.
This upcoming neo-noir fantasy TV show boasts big name actors and high production values. Set in a brutally mystical world of magical creatures, it follows two characters trying to solve a string of terrible murders that threaten to upend the uneasy peace in a magical city. Orlando Bloom and Cara Develingne star as the main characters, coming out exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on Aug 30, 2019.
Based on the movie directed by Bong Joon-Ho, this TV show will tackle elitism in a horrifying class system born out of humanity’s close brush with extinction. The world is nothing but snow and ice now, and the last remaining humans are separated into rich and poor sections of an ever-moving train. However, the poor are done with being mistreated; they’re going to rebel, and with that rebellion comes bloodshed, violence and chaos. The series will be out in spring 2020.
Terminator: Dark Fate
Dark Fate has a short featurette from SDCC, promising bombastic practical effects and an R-rating worthy of the Terminator name. Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong return as Sarah and John Connor respectively from Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Arnold Schwarzenegger also returns as the original T-800 model, of course, with plenty of lead set to fly on Nov 1, 2019.
I saved the SDCC best for last! Cats, man. This trailer is equal parts hilarious and nightmarish, with CGI that would make even Sonic the Hedgehog shake his head with disgust. Still, it’s all very much in the same tone as the theater production this movie is based on, which is delightfully weird and charming (depending on who you ask). With actors such as Idris Elba, Taylor Swift and Ian McKellen joining a massive cast of A-listers, how can you not want to watch this? I think it’s going to be fantastic, if not only for the water cooler conversations we’ll get out of it. Cats comes out on Dec 20, 2019. Be there or be furry. I mean, square.