San Diego Comic-Con 2018: The Week in Geek 7/21/18

by Courtney Martin

San Diego Comic-Con 2018 has come and gone. What did you miss? Check out the biggest highlights here!

Major news for Star Wars fans–The Clone Wars is returning! A plethora of new Star Wars books are coming soon! Plus so many new movie and tv trailers!San Diego Comic-Con 2018gave fans more treats than ever!

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars


“A war left unfinished…until now.”

Huge news on the Star Wars front from San Diego Comic-Con! Star Wars: The Clone Wars series is returning for a 12 episode run! Dave Filoni will return as supervising director of the series, and the episodes will focus on the siege of Mandalore. Fans have rejoiced at this unexpected, exciting news as the series originally ended in 2014 and left a few story arcs unfinished. StarWars.com has an excellent interview with Filoni, and what the series return means to fans. Along with this immense surprise a brand new trailer for the upcoming episodes debuted at SDCC. Check out the stunningly beautiful trailer above. All the fan favorites are returning: Anakin, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Captain Rex, and Ahsoka Tano. Get ready Star Wars fans. They’re back. #CloneWarsSaved

Star Wars Publishing News


Hold on to your wallets readers! A ton of new books, comics, and children’s literature is coming in fast from Disney/Lucasfilm Publishing. The list is massive! Here are some of the stand-out titles:

  • Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston will be a Padmé Amidala novel. The book will show how Padmégoes from Queen of Naboo to Senator. The book is set to publish March 5, 2019.
  • Star Wars: Master & Apprentice by author Claudia Gray will focus on the prequel era relationship between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The story will take place prior to The Phantom Menace. The book is scheduled for a February 26, 2019 release.
  • Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy by Amy Ratcliffe. This book is filled with wonderful artwork and showcases 75 different women of the Star Wars universe. The book also includes a foreword by none other than Kathleen Kennedy. The book will be in stores October 30, 2018.

Many new children’s books and young reader novels set to be released as well in the upcoming year. Comics will be coming soon too–one of the main titles being a five issue mini-series Star Wars: Tales from Vader’s Castle by Cavan Scott. Check out a recap of the publishing panel and list of upcoming titles here.

Trailers Galore!


Of course Comic-Con is the place to debut new movie trailers, and this year studios did not disappoint. Here are the trailers for Aquaman, Glass, Shazam!, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and Titans.

Behold, Atlantis! The first official trailer for Warner Bros.’ Aquaman premiered at SDCC. And it’s an underwater paradise filled with adventure! The highly anticipated trailer follows Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa) as he is torn between protecting the surface world or returning to the sea where his fellow Atlanteans are in turmoil. Director James Wan brings the fabled underwater kingdom to life, and the trailer packs plenty of promised action. Aquaman hits theaters December 21.

Director M. Night Shymalan brings his superhero/anti-hero trilogy to a close with the upcoming film Glass. The trailer brings intrigue and an exciting concept of are they or aren’t they endowed with superpowers. Bruce Willis (David Dunn), James McCoy (Kevin Wendell Crumb), and Samuel L. Jackson (Mr. Glass) reprise their roles from the previous Shymalan films. Glass comes to theaters January 18, 2019.

SHAZAM!  The trailer for the new film by director David F. Sandberg debuted at SDCC and looks delightful! The film features Asher Angel as teenager Billy Batson who gains the ability to transform into adult superhero Shazam (played by Zachary Levi). Mark Strong will play the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Shazam! comes to theaters April 5, 2019.

Newt Scamander returns! The official new trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald arrived at SDCC along with many of the film’s stars. The wizarding world is entering a war as the evil dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) plots to destroy all non-magic beings and raise wizards to rule above all. Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander, with Katherine Waterson as Tina Goldstein, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, plus new comers Zoe Kravitz as Leta Lestrange and Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald comes to theaters November 16, 2018.

The great titans return! The trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters dropped at SDCC. The film focuses on a zoological agency tasked with saving Earth by releasing the monsters that once roamed it. Godzilla will face off against Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah. It is directed by Michael Dougherty and stars Millie Bobbie Brown (Stranger Things), Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, and Ken Wantanabe. Godzilla: King of the Monsters hits theaters May 31, 2019.

TV Trailers


The live-action Teen Titans show premiered it’s first trailer, and it was probably the most controversial of all the SDCC trailers. Rated TV-MA (for just the trailer!), it introduces the main Titans characters (Robin, Beast Boy, Raven, and Starfire) and how the join up. Warning–the trailer has explicit language and violence. Titans premiers on DC Universe this fall.

Matt Groening (creator of the Simpsons) debuted the trailer for his newest animated creation Disenchantment and it looks great! The series is coming to Netflix next month! Follow a hard-drinking princess and her elf friend on their many misadventures, all while laughing your butt off! Check out the series August 17.

Syfy channel debuted it’s trailer for Nightflyers, a tv adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s 1980 novella. The show writer will be Jeff Buhler (Martin can not be involved due to an exclusivity clause with HBO). The story is based on a crew of deep space explorers on a mission, and they must deal with an evil aboard their ship. Nightflyers hits tv this fall.

The doctor will see you now! She’s here! The trailer for Doctor Who season 11 featuring Jodie Whittaker as the titular doctor has arrived! Whittaker will play the thirteenth incarnation of the famous Time Lord, and she is the first woman to play the role. The trailer looks fantastic and promises a fun, intriguing new season. Doctor Who season 11 premiers on BBC One this fall.

Those are the biggest hits from the always exciting San Diego Comic-Con. For all the geek news, check out the official SDCC site https://www.comic-con.org.

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