Welcome welcome one and all to the biggest article you will read all weekend (on this site anyway). It’s Superhero Saturday! It’s our busiest day today with a grand total of twenty-two panels, many of which are on at the same time and with press happening all day for them. How am I alive? I do not know but for all of you left standing after the end of this mammoth day, here is your round-up of SDCC day three!
Batwoman Pilot Screening and Q&A, Ballroom 20, 10:30am
Today’s first panel kicked us off completely for Superhero Saturday! We learned that in episode 1×03 a great villain will appear and that Alice is big bad in the season with the Villain ‘Hush’ also set to appear. The showrunners announced that Batwoman will try to match Arrow s1 in terms of flashbacks but they will be all over the place chronologically as there are a lot of different times in Kate Kane’s life that made her who she is.
There will be all-new villains in this series with no repeats from any other Arrowverse show. We should expect to see a close SuperGirl and Batwoman relationship and in the future. We will see a lot of them together, so after ‘Crisis’, we may see the two together in more than one adventure. We also learned that Batwoman is technically set on Earth 1, so in the same world as Arrow and The Flash, but with the crossover coming up, that could change.
In terms of the questions surrounding Bruce Wayne/Batman, it was mentioned that he might appear eventually on Batwoman but the producers say that WB has such a tight grip on the character. It was announced that Burt Ward will make a cameo this season.7
Batwoman will premiere on the CW on October 6, 2019.
Enter the Star Trek Universe Panel, Hall H, 11:30am
Let’s split this one up into three sections, one for Star Trek Discovery, one for Short Treks, one for Lower Decks and one for Picard.
For Star Trek Discovery, we learned that David Ajala has been cast as Cleveland ‘Book’ Booker.
For the Short Treks, it was announced that 6 would be released. Anson Mount will return as Captain Pike of the Starship Enterprise on new episodes of Short Treks. Spock and Number One will also return. Ethan Peck and Rebecca Romijn for 3 new Enterprise Short Treks. One Short Trek will be a Picard prequel and Michael Chabon has written a Short Treks about Spock stuck in a Turbo Lift!
Rick and Morty screenwriter Mike McMahan came up with the idea to do animated stories that occur on the Lower Decks on the ships of Starfleet. It is a half-hour animated show, focusing on four ensigns serving on a non-important ship and it t takes place in 2380, after Nemesis. Tawny Newsome plays Ensign Mariner with Jack Quaid playing Ensign Brad Boimler. The characters clash – there’s lots of ‘Pearl clutching’ Jerry O’Connell is also slated to join Lower Decks coming in 2020.
Picard came last where we learned that we get “to see the most unknown part of his journey”. Alison Pill plays a researcher in the series and Michelle Hurd plays someone who also was part of Picard’s past. Evan Evagora on joining Picard as a series regular alongside Brent Spiner as Data and Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine. Jonathan Frakes is also confirmed to reprise the role of Riker in Picard.
To top it all off, there will now be an official Star Trek Podcast.
NBC’s The Good Place, Indigo Ballroom, 12:00pm
It was announced that Kristen Bell has directed an episode of The Good Place’s final season. The final table read is on Monday with the cast receiving their scripts tomorrow (Sunday). It was also announced that there will be another version of Janet in the final season of the show which is ending in the way it was always meant to. The attendees were also treated to a gag reel from season 3.
The Expanse, Indigo Ballroom, 1:00pm
The panel started with a special thank you video to the fans who spearheaded the #SaveTheExpanse campaign, which lead to the show being picked up by Prime Video for season 4 before being treated to a preview for the new season.
The Expanse returns December 13, 2019, on Amazon Prime.
Westworld III, Hall H, 1:15pm
Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, Tessa Thompson, Aaron Paul, Lisa Joy, Jonathan Nolan were all on stage for this panel where the subtitle of Season 3 is “a new world”. It was announced that they were adding a WWII world (where Maeve will visit) and, of course, the “real world” and that the Man in Black is coming back.
Westworld is back in 2020.
The Orville, Ballroom 20, 2:30pm
The big news about The Orville is that it is moving to Hulu for s3 which premiere late 2020. Seth MacFarlane has not finished writing yet.
Arrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A, Ballroom 20, 3:30pm
In its final year and final SDCC panel, it was announced throughout the day that Katie Cassidy Rogers will be directing episode one of season 8. When speaking about the show ending, Exec producer Marc Guggenheim stated “We all kind of want to leave the party while it’s still going.” and cited logistical and budgetary limitations going into the 8th season as one issue they faced.
In casting news, Charlie Barnett will be playing adult John Jr. with Ben Lewis, Joseph David-Jones and Katherine McNamara moving into a series regular spot.
Stephen Amell has revealed that he will perform several versions of Oliver Queen in the upcoming crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths’. He was joined on stage by Brandon Routh of ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ who will get a new Superman suit for the crossover to portray the “Kingdom Come” Superman. Amell claimed that Arrow will end happily. The crowd doesn’t believe it.
Arrow will be back for a 10 episode season in the fall.
Supergirl Special Video Presentation and Q&A, Ballroom 20, 4:15pm
There was a special surprise moderator in the for, of Lex Luthor himself, Jon Cryer, who it was announced is back for the crossover.
Two new Series Regulars join the cast in the form of Julie Gonzalo as DC Character Andrea Rojas as Acrata and Staz Nair as an original character William Dey who is a Renowned Reporter. It was also announced that Megan Rath, Jesse’s sister, will join the cast as a female Brainiac 5. It was also revealed this weekend that Mechad Brooks will be leaving the show midseason and will have a great storyline to tangle with before his amicable departure to pursue other goals. Fan favourite Jeremy Jordan, aka Winn Schott, will be back for a three-episode run after his run on Broadway’s ‘Waitress’ comes to an end.
Melissa Benoist will make her directorial debut and says that when she reads the script, she can’t help but think of how she would want it to look. She’s very excited to bring her imagination to life.
Following the news this weekend of Andrea Brooks real-life pregnancy, Jon Cryer wanted to make it clear that Miss Tessmacher is not having “baby Lex!”
Katie McGrath does not confirm or deny that Lena is going to become a new Lex Luthor. McGrath loves the fact that Lena is flawed and brilliant. “Yes she has been given this horrible news, but the question for Lena in season five is whether or not it defines her.”
It was confirmed that Leviathan will be a villain this season as well as focusing on technology. This will be known as its ‘Black Mirror’ season.
Supergirl will return on Sunday 6th October 2019.
Black Lightning Special Presentation and Q&A, Ballroom 20, 5:00pm
We didn’t get to follow this panel as closely as we’d like because there was so much going on ay once but guess who’ is back for Season three of Black Lightning? hint hint* IT’S KHALIL!
We did learn that the Markovian war is coming and Freeland is Ground Zero and to expect lots of Thunder and Lightning team-ups next season. Cress Williams also stated he would not be surprised if we see Black Lightning entering the Arrowverse soon.
Black Lightning will return to the CW in the fall.
SYFY and IDW Entertainment: Wynonna Earp, Indigo Ballroom, 5:00pm
The panel opened with a short video from two cast members who could not be there due to other commitments. Tim Rozon and Dominique Provost-Chalkley recorded a video of them singing the shows theme song.
“We’re gonna make it the Earpiest season of Earp that ever Earped.” stated showrunner, Emily Andras, when talking about Season 4.
The cast then answered questions about what they would like to see happen in Season 4. Yes, after a long hard battle with billboards in Time Square, phone calls, emails and tweets, #FightForWynonna turned into #WinForWynonna!
The attendees were then treated to a blooper reel as there was no footage to show for season four, which goes into production later this year and is slated for a summer 2020 release.
Marvel Studios, Hall H, 5:15pm
What can we say about the Marvel panel in Hall H except for HOLY F**K! The Marvel panel began with a montage of previous Marvel movies. All the previous movies up to now are entitled “The Infinity Saga.” Phases 1-3 called infinity saga and now complete with far from home to be released in a collectors box set. It was also announced that within days, Avengers: Endgame will be highest-grossing film, beating James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’. Now onto Phase Four!
‘Eternals’ will be released November 6, 2020, with the following cast:
Angelina Jolie – Thena
Salma Hayek – Ajax
Don Lee – Gilgamesh
Sprite – Lia McHugh
Kumail Nanjiani – Kingo
Brian Tyree Henry – Phastos
Lauren Ridloff – Macary
Richard Madden – Ikaris
‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ will air on Disney+ in the Fall of 2020 and have Zemo as a villain.
‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ is slated for a February 12, 2021, release with Tony Leung playing the Mandarin. Awkwafina is slated to star alongside Simu Liu, who is Shang-Chi. Destin Daniel Cretton will direct.
‘WandaVision’ is confirmed to air on Disney in the Spring of 2021. Monica Rambeau is set to appear played by Teyonah Parris.
In the spring of 2021, ‘Loki’ will air on Disney+ and will follow the Loki who escaped in Endgame.
‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ is set to be released May 7, 2021, and will venture into horror. Scarlet Witch appears in the new Doctor Strange movie and the story from ‘Wanda and Vision’ leads into it.
‘WHAT IF’ will be the first Marvel animated show and will air on Disney+ in the summer of 2021. Jeffrey Wright playing The Watcher and it will include Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Toby Jones (Zola), Michael B. Jordan (Killmonger), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster) and Stanley Tucci (Erskine).
‘Hawkeye’ event series will join Disney+ in the gall of 2021 and will show both Hawkeye and kate bishop. In it, Hawkeye will teach someone else how to be a superhero without superpowers.
‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ will be released November 5th, 2021, and will be directed by Taika Waititi. It will star both Tessa Thompson, who will play the King of Asgard looking for her Queen, and Natalie Portman who will take up the mantle of Female Thor, in keeping with the comic books.
‘Black Widow’ will be the first movie in Phase Four and will be released on May 4th, 2020. Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz will all star in the movie which will be set in Budapest. In a clip shown to the audience (despite only having been in production for one month), Natasha has an amazing fight scene with a fellow Russian spy who is her sister! The villain is The Taskmaster.
Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, Fantastic Four, Mutants, and Guardians 3 have all been confirmed with a last-minute throwaway that Marvel Studios are releasing ‘Blade’ with Mahershala Ali in the lead role.
The Flash Special Video Presentation and Q&A, Ballroom 20, 5:45pm
The first big piece of news was with Eric Wallace promising that Bloodwork is “the most terrifying villain that Team Flash has ever faced.” Sendhil Ramamurthy as Season 6’s Big Bad, Bloodwork. Season 6 will be different in that it will be divided into two graphic novels. #1 Is a self-contained story with Bloodwork, then we will have an interlude with where we will have the crossover, then #2 will have a second big bad.
Season 6 picks up about 10 seconds after the Season 5 finale ended and The Monitor will show up in the first episode to tell Barry Crisis is coming and Barry needs to sacrifice himself.
Tom Cavanagh will play multiple people with one being Pariah as part of The Flash crossover who will work for The Anti-Monitor. Wally West will return for a few episodes and will work with The Flash to fight one of the greatest villains they have ever faced.
We’ll get more of Killer Frost in Season 6 as she tries to figure out how to have a life and Candace Patton will get her wish in the form of a Halloween Episode. Iris West will also be building her brand with the Citizen this season.
The Flash will return on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.
SYFY’s The Magicians, Indigo Ballroom, 6:00pm
Those attending the panel received a first look at the fifth season of The Magicians to premiere in 2020. Quentin’s legacy will be at the heart of The Magicians season 5, say the showrunners and the issues surrounding representation and mental health were also discussed.
DC Universe Series Sneak Previews and Q&A, Indigo Ballroom, 7:00pm
DCU Titans will return Friday, September 6. Footage shown to attendees included a full costume Superboy, Aqualad, Wonder Girl, Deathstroke, Krypto and Bruce Wayne.
Doom Squad has also been renewed for a Season 2.
The Harley Quinn animated series also had a trailer released (which we will post later).
And that is it for our busiest day of the year! Tomorrow is our quietest day with only Supernatural and Riverdale on the docket for us. Now I’m away to catch a few hours of sleep before the grand finale.
-Written by Christine