The entertainment industry was badly hit by the pandemic, which included the cancelation of in-person events such as the highly-anticipated San Diego Comic-Con. Despite that, Warner Bros. and DC embraced the change by showcasing their projects in an online event called DC FanDome, ultimately leading to a plethora of significant announcements and surprises.
As things slowly get back to normal, San Diego Comic-Con is confirmed to be back as an in-person event once more, meaning that the iconic Hall H panels will also return.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has already confirmed that they will have a presence at this year's event, but DC's plans are still unclear due to a report that new Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav is implementing significant changes to the company's approach to the event.
Now, DC's plans have surprisingly emerged online ahead of this massive fan convention.
SDCC Highlights Black Adam & Shazam
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson announced on social media that Black Adam will have a panel at this year's San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 23.
The DC actor confirmed that the panel will take place in Hall H while also revealing that it will highlight the Justice Society of America and the film's director Jaume Collet-Serra:
"COMIC CON EXCLUSIVE
FINALLY… The Man in Black COMES HOME TO COMIC-CON
JSA: JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA
DIRECTOR: JAUME COLLET-SERRA
SATURDAY JULY 23rd.
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
COMIC-CON HALL H 6,000 STRONG
I’ll see you then… LGF."
The full announcement video can be seen below:
⚡️COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVE ⚡️ FINALLY… The Man in Black COMES HOME TO COMIC-CON ⚡️ BLACK ADAM⚡️ JSA: JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA DIRECTOR: JAUME COLLET-SERRA SATURDAY JULY 23rd. SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA COMIC-CON HALL H 6,000 STRONG 💪🏾⚡️ I’ll see you then… LFG. BA⚡️#BlackAdam pic.twitter.com/rVAHux48cC
In line with the WWE Legend's announcement, Warner Bros. also unveiled a fresh new teaser for Black Adam that highlights its Hall H panel:
In a previous report, The Hollywood Reporter shared that the plans of Warner Bros.' theatrical division for the event were still unclear. The outlet also revealed that 2023 DC movies, such as The Flash and Blue Beetle, will reportedly not have panels since they are considered "too far out" to have a "meaningful" impact.
Meanwhile, Fandango's Erik Davis speculated that Black Adam isn't the lone presentation of DC in Hall H:
"JUST IN: WB is bringing DC to #SDCC! So far #BlackAdam is confirmed to be there for the Saturday panel... but I suspect that's not all. And you know The Rock is gonna go BIG inside Hall H."
Given this confirmation, it looks like DC will push through with its Hall H presentation, meaning that other films on the studio's slate are likely to join Black Adam in the event.
Replying to a fan question, Davis added that it makes sense for DC to bring more, pointing out that new footage from Black Adam, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, and The Flash were unveiled during CinemaCon:
"I don't know for sure, but it would make sense for them to bring some stuff. At CinemaCon, we saw new footage from Black Adam, Shazam, Aquaman 2, and The Flash."
This prediction was correct, as Zachary Levi took to Twitter to also confirm Shazam! Fury of the Gods' presence at Hall H alongside fellow lightning-themed film Black Adam.
The Shazam actor also reassured fans not able to get into the exclusive panel, confirming that "whatever drops on that Saturday will eventually drop for you too:"
Repost: @ZacharyLevi (Instagram) | Heyooo! Muy excited to share that SHAZAM: FURY OF THE GODS will be at #SDCC this year!! ⚡️ See y’all at Hall H, morning of Saturday, July 23. Can’t wait to hang with all of your bright & shining faces! ❤️⚡️Let’s get NERDY!!! 🤓@comic_con pic.twitter.com/uMG72AdfmO
In tandem with Levi's message, the official social pages for the Shazam! sequel shared a new teaser to promote the film's Comic-Con presence:
Shazam! Fury of the Gods is headed to San Diego Comic-Con on July 23. #ShazamMovie pic.twitter.com/HbqVhRyrcy
Will Warner Bros. Reveal the DCEU's Future Plans?
Dwayne Johnson's latest Black Adam announcement all but confirms that more footage from the DC film will be unveiled during the event.
There's a strong chance that a final trailer featuring more of the film's intense action sequences and story details will be revealed. It's also possible that an official clip will be showcased, potentially highlighting the Justice Society of America. On top of the footage, the presence of Johnson and the other cast members also indicates that more details about the movie will be released.
On Shazam!'s side, it sounds as though the sequel will receive its first full trailer from Levi's cryptic wording, which will inevitably arrive online shortly after for those not lucky enough to get into Hall H.
Warner Bros.' confirmed presence at San Diego Comic-Con could mean that the plan for DC is to still make a splash and rival Marvel Studios' announcements. While it is unknown if this development will affect DC FanDome, it seems plausible that the studio's focus will now lean toward in-person gatherings rather than the online realm.
In addition to Black Adam, a presentation for this month's DC's League of Super-Pets could also be on the cards, considering the film is part of the studio's 2022 slate.
However, it's a different story for DC's 2023 slate as the studio appears to have scrapped dedicated panels for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and The Flash. However, Warner Bros. could still showcase new footage from those films via a sizzle reel or official clips could be released online to hype their respective releases.
Black Adam is set to premiere in theaters on October 21.