Every year, thousands of fans come together to celebrate comic books, superheroes and pop culture during Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center, where nearly every studio in Hollywood turns out to offer a long-awaited glimpse at the blockbuster films and hit TV shows that soon will be coming to the big and small screens.
This year, fans got a look at some action epics -- like the upcoming Aquaman and Godzilla: King of the Monsters -- some more subversive and self-referential takes on the superhero genre -- like Glass and Shazam! -- and a sneak peek at the hotly anticipated TV shows premiering and returning later this year.
Here's a look at some of the biggest and best trailers revealed during this year's Comic-Con.
M. Night Shyamalan's long-awaited follow-up to 2000's Unbreakable and 2016's Split brings together Bruce Willis' heroic David Dunn, Samuel L. Jackson's brilliantly evil Mr. Glass and James McEvoy's psychotically villainous Kevin Wendell Crumb for the culmination of Shyamalan's thought-provoking, realistic take on the superhero trilogy, set to hit theaters Jan. 18, 2019.
Jason Momoa reprises his role as the king of Atlantis in this action-packed trailer for the sub-aquatic, high-seas adventure epic Aquaman. Co-starring Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson and Willem Dafoe, and directed by James Wan, the action-packed DC flick surfs into theaters Dec. 21.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
This exciting follow-up to 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Themsees Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander tasked with bringing down the villainous wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). The dramatic epic that looks like it will greatly expand on the world of wizards and muggles established in small bits in the first film. Katherine Waterson, Ezra Miller and Dan Fogler return to the action, and the new film introduces series newcomer Jude Law playing a young Albus Dumbledore. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald apparates into theaters Nov. 16.
It looks like DC might be moving away from their motto of "the grittier, the better" with its upcoming superhero adventure Shazam!, if the trailer is any indication. The movie follows a kid in foster care who, after standing up for his friend against some bullies, is selected by a mystical being to become a powerful superhero by saying the magic word "shazam." The powers also turn him into an adult (played by Zachary Levi), making the whole thing feel like a cross between Superman and Tom Hanks' Big. Shazam! flies into theater April 5, 2019.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown makes her big-screen debut in this latest take on the beloved kaiju rampage saga. Brown (and the film's various military forces) face off against the horrors of multiple giant monsters (aka "titans") including Mothra, Rodan and the three-headed horror Ghidorah. Brown stars opposite Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Bradley Whitford, Ken Watanabe and Charles Dance. Godzilla: King of the Monsters stomps into theaters May 31, 2019.
NEW TV SHOWS
Julia Roberts' highly anticipated Amazon Prime series finally dropped a trailer that gives fans an eerie look at the psychological drama based on the popular podcast of the same name. Roberts stars as Heidi Bergman, a caseworker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center, a facility helping soldiers transition back to civilian life. The show, which also stars Bobby Cannavale, Stephen James, Dermot Mulroney and Sissy Spacek, premieres Nov. 2 on Amazon Prime.
Set in the same fictional universe as Sons of Anarchy, Kurt Sutter's SoA sequel series takes place several years after the events of the previous show. It chronicles the challenges faced by Ezekiel "EZ" Reyes as he joins the Mayans Motorcycle Club and looks to get vengeance on a Mexican cartel that killed his family. The first season of the gritty crime drama debuts Sept. 4 on FX.
With Game of Thrones coming to an end, the works of author George R.R. Martin are once again being tapped for a gritty new series, this time set in the dark vastness of outer space. Nightflyers follows the horrors that face an interstellar crew after something goes wrong with their ship, killing some of them and leaving the rest stranded in space. Also, there might be aliens and/or rampant insanity; it's hard to tell, but it's terrifying nonetheless. Nightflyers premieres this fall on Syfy.
Going in the opposite direction from the upcoming Shazam!, DC's live-action adaptation of the beloved Teen Titans title really embraces grittiness. One of the trailer's most controversial scenes features Robin (Brenton Thwaites) brutalizing a bunch of street thugs (at one point with a gun) before growling, "F--- Batman" while his face is splattered with blood. So, if that's your thing, looks for Titans this fall when it premieres on DC Universe, DC's new streaming service.
Produced by the Russo Brothers and based on the cult classic graphic novel of the same name, Deadly Class follows a homeless, down-on-his-luck teen who gets recruited into a school for assassins who trains its students -- all of whom are the children of mobsters and murderers -- in the art of killing and combat. Deadly Class premieres on Syfy in 2019.
From the mind of Matt Groening, the man behind The Simpsons, comes this Netflix original series that lampoons all the best-known tropes of the fantasy genre. By taking elements of Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, The Princess Bride and other beloved works of fiction, and blending them with the crass-yet-biting humor that's made The Simpsons a timeless classic, and it seems like Disenchantment actually could be the rare genre parody worth watching. Disenchantment premieres Aug. 17 on Netflix.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Looking to tap into a younger market, RofTMNT follows the fun exploits of the four turtle brothers as they learn to hone their ninja skills and go on fun adventures. This 2D animated follow-up to the popular 3-D animated series that was a huge hit premiered on Nickelodeon on July 20.
Following the release of the lackluster fourth installment in The Purge film franchise, this TV series adaptation looks like it will give fans a better look at the ins and outs of one of the annual purges from the points of view of numerous characters trying to survive the night -- or cause total and unbridled mayhem. The Purge premieres Sept. 4 on USA.
Serving as the next installment in a paranormal romance trilogy made up of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, Legacies follows the next generation of students attending The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted, a facilities for teenage vampires, werewolves and witches where they can learn to control their powers and curb their appetites and impulses. Legacies premieres Oct. 25 on The CW.
NEW TV SEASONS
The Walking Dead
The trailer for The Walking Dead's upcoming ninth season not only confirms reports of a time jump in the story, but also looks like the survivors of the zombie-infested world will continue to learn that the most dangerous threat to their existence isn't shambling walkers but other humans who want to dominate and destroy. This also marks the final season for original cast member Andrew Lincoln, who revealed during the Walking Dead panel in Hall H on Friday that he will in fact be exiting the show. The Walking Dead returns Sunday, Oct. 7 on AMC.
Star Trek: Discovery
The sci-fi adventure drama dropped a trailer for its upcoming second season, which features series newcomers Tig Notaro, Anson Mount and Rebecca Romijn, and will feature fan-favorite character Spock. Star Trek: Discovery returns in early 2019 on CBS All Access, where you can watch the entire first season now.
For the first time in more than 50 years, and after 12 iterations of the eponymous time lord being played by male actors, actress Jodie Whittaker is stepping into the shoes of the eccentric space-faring hero, and she's carrying a brand-new sonic screwdriver. The 11th season of Doctor Who premieres this fall on BBC America.
The third season of AMC's unbelievably brilliant and wickedly insane Preacher shows that, as the wild and murderous show enters its third season, it's only going to get more outlandish. From amazing elevator fights, to a league of Ann Rice-style vampires in New Orleans, to meeting the actual devil, and even Hitler working at a sandwich shop, the all-new season of Preacher is going to be something unlike anything you've ever seen. The third season is currently airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
Man in the High Castle
The third season of the gritty, alternate-history drama, in which World War II was won by the Axis powers and America was divvied up between Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, based on the Philip K. Dick book of the same name -- premieres Oct. 5 on Amazon Prime Video.
Seth McFarlane's loving and surprisingly intelligent tribute to the classic Star Trek series returns for its second season on Dec. 30.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
After getting cancelled by Cartoon Network after five seasons back in 2013, Clone Wars got a second life and a final season on Netflix in 2014. However, Disney shocked fans when it revealed that a 12-episode seventh season, which will be released on Disney's streaming service. No release date has yet been announced.
Marvel's least-popular Defender is returning for a second season of his solo series, and it's clear Netflix is hoping to win over fans with a new showrunner -- Raven Metzner -- and some new, exciting villains. Season two of Iron Fist drops Sept. 7 on Netflix.
Better Call Saul
The fourth season of this somehow-darker-than-its-source-material spin-off of Breaking Bad, starring Bob Odenkirk as a progressively more depressing and tragic Jimmy McGill (a.k.a. Saul Goodman), premieres Aug. 6 on AMC.
Fox's X-Men series The Gifted is returning, kicking off with a six-month time gap between seasons. The new episodes, which will introduce the subterranean mutant outcasts known as the Morlocks, premieres Sept. 25 on Fox.
Wholesome and innocent on the surface, dark and malignant deep inside, this trailer for the third season of Riverdale teases all the romance, drama, and violent sadistic serial killing you'd expect from a show based on the beloved Archie Comics series. Riverdale returns Oct. 10 on The CW.
THE CW's ARROWVERSE
Yes, there are enough shows within the arrow verse to justify their own subcategory on this list -- and the new seasons look to be every bit as exciting and action-packed as fans have come to expect.
Season five premieres Oct. 9.
Season two premieres Oct. 9
Season four premieres Oct. 14
Season 7 premieres Oct. 15
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
Season 4 premieres Oct. 22.
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