SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — In a departure from recent years, Warner Bros. will be a no-show at San Diego Comic-Con's revered Hall H this year.
A WB spokesperson confirmed to 10News that the studio and DC Comics will forgo any Hall H panel. In recent years, Warner Bros. has been pivitol for Hall H panels, especially in 2018 when Marvel and HBO elected not to take the stage.
The decision was made all the more surprising — for fans, disappointing — considering the studio's upcoming slate of comic book movies, including "Joker" (Oct. 4, 2019), "Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn" (Feb. 7, 2020), "Wonder Woman 1984" (June 5, 2020), and "The Batman" (June 25, 2021).
Last year, the studio used Hall H to preview "Wonder Woman 1984," "Aquaman," "Shazam!," "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," "Godzilla: King of the Monsters," and "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part."
"Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins confirmed the news on Twitter this week, saying, "By now you’ve heard: WB isn’t going to Hall H this year. We’re so sad to miss you there! And waiting until Dec. to start our official #WW84 campaign in full-- But the truth is… we can just… barely… wait…"
By now you’ve heard: WB isn’t going to Hall H this year. We’re so sad to miss you there! And waiting until Dec. to start our official #WW84 campaign in full-- But the truth is… we can just… barely… wait… pic.twitter.com/QllFzhYRA6— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) June 5, 2019
Despite this, WB will have a presence as the convention celebrates its 50th anniversary.
ScareDiego, the studio's horror-centric off-site typically hosted on preview night, will bring "It: Chapter Two" to town for a peek at footage and appearances by cast members, according to the film's director Andy Muschietti. The director confirmed, simply posting, "BOOM ScareDiego in July with IT CHAPTER 2 ."
Last year, the off-site event screened footage from the first "It," "The Nun," and "The Curse of La Llorona." It's unclear if access will be offered to fans in the same fashion as last year, when free tickets were given away to Wednesday night badge holders.
SDCC will take over downtown San Diego July 18 - 21, with ScareDiego held on July 17.