San Diego Comic-Con 2023, traditionally an enormous gathering for fans, has seen a slimmed-down iteration this year. Strikes by the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild led to many prominent studios, including Disney, Universal, Netflix, and Sony, opting out of their usual SDCC involvement.
Yet, in the absence of these big names, an array of exciting new trailers for upcoming films and series have surfaced. Here’s a rundown of the key highlights, which we’ll keep updating throughout the weekend.
Norman Reedus Battles Zombies in France – The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon
Yesterday at the San Diego Comic-Con, AMC unveiled a trailer for their latest project, The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon (via Deadline). The clip showcases Dixon’s mission to escort a young child through the zombie-infested wastelands of France in a bid to save the world – a plot that might ring a bell for some. Regardless, any opportunity to witness more of Norman Reedus in action is always a welcome treat.
Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake
In this spin-off from the Adventure Time series, Fionna and Cake, gender-flipped versions of Finn and Jake, come into their own. After gaining popularity through five episodes of Adventure Time, this marks the third series in the Adventure Time universe, following the original and the limited series Distant Lands. Voicing Fionna and Cake are Madeleine Martin and Roz Ryan.
Harley Quinn Season 4
As one of TV’s boldest comedies, Harley Quinn finished its previous season with a bold Valentine’s Day special. This season promises to bring more of the same playful and audacious antics from Harley, Ivy, Clayface, and the crew. Writer and producer Sarah Peters takes the helm from Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker, the previous showrunners.
With fewer American studios gracing this year’s event, the first Indian film ever presented at SDCC’s Hall H, Kalki 2898 A.D., takes center stage. It also stands as the highest-budget Indian film to date, showcasing an impressive sci-fi universe and a star-studded cast.
The sequel to Captain Marvel, The Marvels, brings back Carol Danvers, Nick Fury, Kamala Khan, Monica Rambeau, and Goose the cat. The trailer offers a sneak peek at the movie’s villain and the interconnections of the Marvels through their light powers. Directed by Nia DaCosta of The Candyman remake fame, The Marvels is scheduled for a November 10 release.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
This fresh Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, courtesy of Seth Rogen and the team behind The Mitchells vs. the Machines, releases in August. The latest clip reveals the tone of the movie’s writing and animation, featuring Jackie Chan’s Splinter as the turtles plan a movie outing.
Tiny Toons Looniversity
In a throwback that might make you feel ancient, the Tiny Toons are heading to college in this reboot of Tiny Toons Adventures. Looniversity, chronicling their wild escapades at Acme Looniversity, is set to premiere on Cartoon Network and Max this fall.
Gen V Trailer
A spin-off of The Boys, Gen V focuses on the adventures of young superhero aspirants at a college for superheroes. Coinciding with The Boys’ fourth season, Gen V is slated for a September release. The cast comprises actors from various popular series, including Jaz Sinclair and Chance Perdomo from Sabrina, Shelley Conn from Bridgerton, and Patrick Schwarzenegger, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son.
Invincible S2 Trailer
Robert Kirkman and Simon Racioppa’s interpretation of Kirkman’s comic book returns for a second season, following a shocking end to the first. With Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh, and J.K. Simmons reprising their roles as Invincible and his conflicted parents, expect more vibrant guest stars and dramatic exits.
Rick and Morty: The Anime
Following two short experiments, director Takashi Sano is back with a full-length season of Rick and Morty anime. Telecom Animation Film will handle the animation for the series, and unlike Rick and Morty season 7, creator and voice-over artist Justin Roiland will not be involved.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 5 Trailer
With a flood of new series making it a great time to be a Star Trek fan, Discovery is heading into its final season. The adventures of Captain Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and her crew are reaching a close. Star Trek veteran Jonathan Frakes returns as a director, while Battlestar Galactica’s Callum Keith Rennie and David Cronenberg join the expanding cast.
Shinichirō Watanabe’s Latest Adult Swim Series: Lazarus
Lazarus, the latest series from Shinichirō Watanabe to grace Adult Swim, presents an eerie vision of a dystopian future. This grim setting sees life-saving drugs paradoxically causing death in mere days.
However, based on the brief trailer unveiled at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Lazarus also promises to deliver a laid-back ambiance and captivating action sequences.