‘John Wick’ Prequel ‘The Continental’ to Premiere Sept. 22 on Peacock

Peacock’s upcoming “John Wick” prequel series “The Continental” will premiere Sept. 22 on the streaming service. The date was announced during the show’s July 21 San Diego Comic-Con panel that featured several members of the production team.

The limited series will run for three feature-length episodes on a weekly basis, with episode two available Sept. 29 and the conclusion Oct. 6. Fans at the convention were treated to several action-packed clips from the series.

“For the fans out there, we got you,” said executive producer/director Albert Hughes. “Yes, we have longer form storytelling, but if you set up something like that early with someone like [action director Larnell Stovall], you want to satiate the hardcore ‘John Wick’ fans right away. Also casual fans that will come and go this is wild.”

“The Continental” takes place in the 1970s, with younger versions of the Winston and Charon characters dealing with the hotel’s manager at the time, played by Mel Gibson.

The Sights of San Diego Comic-Con International 2023

San Diego Comic-Con International returned July 20-23, 2023, kicking off with a special preview night July 19 at the San Diego Convention Center. The annual pop culture convention didn’t have the celebrity firepower of years past as a result of actors and writers strikes, which in turn prompted many of the Hollywood studios to roll back their participation. Even without the headline-grabbing star studded Hall H announcements, guests had plenty to see or do, from exciting photo ops on the show floor to interactive activations in downtown San Diego. (Photos by John Latchem for Media Play News, unless otherwise noted)

Still Plenty to See and Do at San Diego Comic-Con 2023 Despite Lack of Studios, Stars

San Diego Comic-Con International returns for its 2023 edition July 20-23 at the San Diego Convention Center and the downtown San Diego area (with a July 19 preview night). While industry observers were down on this year’s event due to a number of major studios declining to participate with big announcements, and a lack of starpower thanks to ongoing strikes from the actors and writers guilds, Hollywood still has plenty of promotional opportunities planned at the annual pop culture festival, including booth presentations, activations and panels for fans to enjoy.

Among them is a drone show, a first for Comic-Con. Apart from their Animayhem immersive experience taking place from July 20-23 in the Convention Center parking lot, Hulu will present a “Futurama”-themed drone show at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in the skies above Petco Park. The show should be visible from most parts of downtown San Diego.

Talent strikes, which prevents guild members from actively promoting current projects, did have some effects, as Warner Bros. Discovery canceled panels for the new movies The Venture Bros. — Radiant Is the Blood of the Baboon Heart and Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar.

The “Venture Bros.” movie, which arrives digitally July 21 and on Blu-ray July 25, will still have its world premiere screening at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20, in Room 6BCF.

Warner will also premiere the animated movie Justice League: Warworld at 9 p.m. Friday, July 21, in Ballroom 20. Some of the filmmakers will still be on hand for a panel discussion and audience Q&A. The film will be available to purchase digitally and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and Blu-ray on July 25.

Another Warner animated movie premiere, for Babylon 5: The Road Home, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in Room 6BCF. The “Babylon 5” series celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and following the premiere screening of The Road Home, series creator J. Michael Straczynski will host a panel discussion and audience Q&A with some of the filmmakers (members of the cast are no longer slated to appear). The movie will be available to purchase digitally and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and Blu-ray on Aug. 15.

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Paramount+ plans for San Diego Comic-Con International 2023 will include a number of “Star Trek” promotions, plus an interactive experience in the Gaslamp District.

The “Star Trek” panel, slated for 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in the San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H, will include reveals for upcoming episodes of “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” and “Star Trek: Lower Decks.” Fans in attendance will be treated to a screening of the “Strange New Worlds” crossover episode with “Lower Decks” in advance of its July 27 premiere on the streaming service.

In addition, the Paramount+ booth (No. 3529) on the convention floor — inspired by the U.S.S. Enterprise of “Strange New Worlds” — features two immersive photo opportunities, where fans can take command and select one of four worlds to explore. Within the booth, fans will also get a look at official costumes and props from the series on display and have a chance to receive exclusive giveaways.

A panel for the streaming service’s “Transformers: Earthspark,” produced with Hasbro’s Entertainment One and Nickelodeon, will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. Thursday, July 20, in Room 24ABC. Fans will see never-before-seen content from upcoming episodes and have the chance to participate in a trivia contest.

To promote the Transformers: Rise of the Beasts digital release (available now), and the film’s Oct. 10 Blu-ray and DVD release, a Porsche 911 representing the vehicle form of the character Mirage will be on display as a photo op at the Hasbro booth (No. 3213). Fans can receive a free, limited-edition poster designed by Orlando Arocena aka “Mexifunk” (while supplies last), and win digital codes to watch the blockbuster at home. At the Hasbro booth from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, “Mexifunk” will also be signing a select number of the exclusive Comic-Con posters.

CBS Studios will present a panel celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek: The Animated Series” from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, July 21, in Room 25ABC. John Van Citters, VP of “Star Trek” brand development, will preview the Animated Celebration with a look at IDW’s “Star Trek” comics, and talk gaming with Scopely’s Brian Lelas (lead narrative designer, Star Trek Fleet Command) and Rebekah Plants (community manager, Star Trek Fleet Command).

A panel for CBS’s “Ghosts” will take place from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, July 20, in Ballroom 20. The event will be hosted by TV host, journalist, and “Talking Strange” podcast host Aaron Sagers and will treat feature a debate with fans on just who got “sucked off” in this year’s cliffhanger, plus surprises specific to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The presentation will also screen the season-two finale, a video featurette showcasing the past two seasons, and an exclusive SDCC behind-the-scenes presentation from “CBS Sunday Morning,” which was on-set earlier this year. Comic-Con attendees can also participate in the “Ghosts” Destiny Decider at Booth No. 229, where they will be welcomed as guests of Sam and Jay’s Bed and Breakfast. As the front doors of Woodstone Mansion close behind each guest, they’ll warm themselves by the fire and relive moments from the hit series. Before exiting, each guest will have their fate decided. Will they get “sucked off”  into the eternal light above or “go down” to where their past misfortunes catch up to them? After each transition to their “next life,” attendees will receive images of their posthumous experience and receive a limited-edition Comic-Con T-shirt (while supplies last), branded as being “Ghosted” at San Diego Comic-Con. In addition, exclusive to Comic-Con attendees, posters will be given away at the “Ghosts” Destiny Decider booth, while supplies last. Additional surprise “Ghosts”-branded activations will be found within and around Comic-Con. Fans can follow along on Instagram via @ghostscbs.

The fifth iteration of “The Lodge: A Paramount+ Experience” will debut during San Diego Comic-Con in the downtown Gaslamp District. This “slopeside” tour will take attendees on a journey through the unique world of Paramount+. Attendees can explore Bikini Bottom from “SpongeBob SquarePants,” step into the world of “Star Trek” for custom caricature art and a limited-edition “Star Trek” pin, sip on a cocktail at the 1923 speakeasy, fuel up at the “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” energon station, and get fresh temporary ink from favorite Paramount franchises at the Ink Master airbrush tattoo station. Additional experiences include “Yellowjackets,” “Special Ops: Lioness,” Pet Sematary: Bloodlines, Good Burger 2 and a Paramount+ Pub. The experience takes place at Happy Does Bar, 340 Fifth Ave., and runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 19; noon to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 20, through Saturday, July 22; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 23. Admission is free, but is on a reservation system (https://feverup.com/m/135020) with a stand-by line. No SDCC badge is required.

Fans of Paramount will also have the opportunity to take part in a city-wide digital scavenger hunt via www.ParamountPassport.com. Attendees can either enter the website on their phone or scan a QR code at any of the activation sites. Once registered, guests can scan an item at all of the following locations after interacting with the space, and earn a passport stamp. Once guests visit all seven locations, they can head to the Paramount Passport Redemption area located at The Lodge, A Paramount+ Experience, for a limited-edition prize.

The Peacock streaming service will present a screening of the first episode of “Twisted Metal” at 10 p.m. Thursday, July 20, in Room 6DE. The screening will be followed by a “Twisted Metal”-inspired version of Kinda Funny’s interactive game, “Kinda Feudy,” featuring randomly selected guests from the audience whose “Twisted Metal” knowledge will be put to the test. “Twisted Metal” is a half-hour live-action TV series based on the classic PlayStation game series. The high-octane action comedy, based on an original take by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and written by Michael Jonathan Smith, is about a motor-mouthed outsider offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The cast includes Anthony Mackie, Stephanie Beatriz, Thomas Haden Church, Will Arnett and Joe Seanoa, with guest stars Neve Campbell, Richard Cabral, Mike Mitchell, Tahj Vaughans and Lou Beatty Jr. All 10 episodes will be available exclusively on Peacock on July 27.

In addition, Peacock and Sony Pictures Television are bringing Sweet Tooth’s ice cream truck to fans in San Diego with a free serving of Salt + Straw’s exclusive “Twisted Metal” ice cream flavor, debuting for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con (while supplies last). While guests enjoy a cold treat, Peacock will turn up the heat with a surprise musical performance. The truck opens at 1:30 p.m. July 20, with the musical performance at 5 p.m., at the corner of J Street and First Ave.

The exclusive “Twisted Metal” flavor will be available for purchase at three Salt & Straw San Diego locations to promote the show, and starting July 27, Sony Pictures Television and Peacock are partnering to bring Sweet Tooth to cities around the country. The deranged clown will be hitting the road in his infamous ice cream truck, making stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Des Moines and Chicago. Fans can check @SPTV on Instagram for exact locations and dates.

A first-look at Peacock’s three-part “The Continental: From the World of John Wick” will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, July 21, in Ballroom 20. A prequel to the blockbuster action franchise, the series will explore the origin behind the iconic hotel-for-assassins centerpiece of the “John Wick” universe through the eyes and actions of a young Winston Scott, as he’s dragged into the Hell-scape of 1970s New York City to face a past he thought he’d left behind. The series, which stars Mel Gibson, Colin Woodell, Mishel Prada, Ben Robson, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Nhung Kate, Jessica Allain, Ayomide Adegun, Jeremy Bobb and Peter Greene, premieres in September.

Focus Features celebrates the 30th anniversary of Richard Linklater’s cult classic Dazed and Confused with an immersive pop-up at the Interactive Zone where fans can purchase exclusive anniversary merch (only available at the Con) and take advantage of photo-ops featuring iconic scenes from the film and themed giveaways. Fans can also relive the film through three separate screenings on Friday, July 21; Saturday, July 22; and Sunday, July 23 at the Digital Gym Cinema in downtown San Diego. During the Con, convention attendees can also enter a special sweepstakes to win a trip to Austin, the film’s iconic setting, for a special reunion-filled weekend.

In celebration of the July 25 digital and Sept. 19 Blu-ray release of the live-action The Little Mermaid, Disney will present the first official sing-along screening of the film at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, July 23, in Room 6BCF. Additionally, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’s Cosmo the Space Dog will be available for an official “pawtograph” signing from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, at the Marvel Booth (No. 2329) to celebrate the home entertainment release of the film, which is available now digitally and on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 1.

AMC Networks presents “The Street of Immortality,” inspired by the series “Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire” and “Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches,” at the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel terrace (401 K Street) in downtown San Diego from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The event is free and all ages are welcome. Guests will be invited to tour “The Street of Immortality,” a New Orleans-inspired immersive experience with several photo and video opportunities along the route. Attendees will recognize some iconic locations from “Interview with the Vampire” such as the Hotel Iberville and Nawlins Records. As attendees tour the street, they’ll collect exclusive souvenirs and limited-edition premiums, including “The Elixir of Immortality,” a mocktail presented by POM Wonderful, among other moments and experiences.

A “Walking Dead” Universe fan watch party will take place in Hall H at 1 p.m. Friday, July 21. Fans will get an exclusive first-look at content from four series in the “Walking Dead” Universe on AMC, including a retrospective piece and an exclusive clip for the final six episodes of “Fear the Walking Dead,” which returns this fall; a sneak peek at “The Walking Dead: Dead City” season finale airing Sunday, July 23; the debut of the official trailer and a sneak peek of the first half of the first episode of “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon,” premiering Sept. 10; and a tease for the untitled Rick and Michonne series, debuting in 2024.

FX will have its annual activation outside the Hilton Bayfront. Guests will travel throughout Shōgun’s historic Edo period Japan and encounter a dark murder mystery in “A Murder at the End of the World,” check into an “American Horror Story”-inspired wellness clinic, and transform every day into “SUN-day funday” with “What We Do in the Shadows.” Each activation will deliver a daytime experience, along with an immersive nighttime experience including lighting design and a handful of surprises making for unique photo ops.

NBCUniversal will present the “Quantum Leap” HQ activation July 20-23. Ziggy’s mainframe has been hit with a virus and is throwing TV timelines into disarray. Characters are missing, timelines are falling apart and the only way to keep the very fabric of space and time from tearing apart is to leap. Fans will leap into the TV worlds of “Law & Order,” “SVU” and “Organized Crime,” “The Voice” and “Chucky,” and stabilize the timelines to buy the “Quantum Leap” team time as they rid Ziggy of its virus. The activation runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, at 170 Sixth Ave. A screening of the season one finale of the “Quantum Leap” remake and a preview of season two will be held from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in Room 6A of the Convention Center.

Sharknado celebrates its 10th anniversary with a panel at 7 p.m. Friday, July 21, in Room 6BCF. Join The Asylum, star Ian Ziering, director Anthony Ferrante and other surprise guests as they come together at Comic-Con to announce a special theatrical release of Sharknado: The 10th Anniversary Edition, featuring an all new 4K version with added scenes. The panel will also feature a live performance of the Sharknado theme song and attendees will have the chance to win exclusive Comic-Con prizes. There will also be a special announcement about Methgator.

Horror fans at San Diego Comic-Con can receive a free, Comic-Con exclusive poster of The Boogeyman signed live by artist Anthony Petrie at 1 p.m. Friday, July 21, at booth No. 4229.

Crunchyroll will mount the first-ever “Crunchyroll Ultimate Anime Fitness Challenge,” immersive show floor pieces, panels and anime exhibits at the Comic-Con Museum during San Diego Comic-Con July 20-23. Crunchyroll is teaming up with Hardcore Fitness in downtown San Diego to create “Crunchyroll’s Ultimate Anime Fitness Challenge.” Crunchyroll subscribers and SDCC badge holders can sign up for non-intensive, light workout sessions at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. July 21 and July 22 at Hardcore Fitness (1014 Fifth Ave., Suite 120). Fitness writer, influencer and anime fan Charles Thorp (along with Crunchyroll co-hosts Lauren Moore and Tim Lyu)  will take trainees through accessible fitness routines inspired by anime heroes — weight training, self-defense and more. Fans can register at CrunchyrollAnimeFitness.rsvpify.com; space is limited.

Crunchyroll will also be on the San Diego Comic-Con show floor with a booth (No. 4135) featuring scenes and sounds from hit anime. Comic-Con attendees that long for their own domain expansions may enter “The’Jujutsu Kaisen’ Experience,” where they will find themselves immersed in iconic moments. Also at the booth, Crunchyroll is giving out Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero wristbands; “Solo Leveling” and “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” posters; and art cards for “Jujutsu Kaisen” and “My Hero Academia.”

Crunchyroll is presenting new exhibits and features at the Comic-Con Museum. Beginning July 18 at 10 a.m., a statue depicting the legendary fight between “My Hero Academia’s” All Might and All for One will be on display, and in partnership with Mondo, Crunchyroll will honor “Cowboy Bebop’s” 25th anniversary with an exhibit that features 28 never-before-seen commissioned art pieces. Tickets are available on the Comic-Con Museum Official Website.

A Crunchyroll industry panel, with info on the anime coming out of Crunchyroll, will take place July 20 at 3 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center,  room 6A. The panel is hosted by Crunchyroll’s Lauren Moore and Tim Lyu.

At the San Diego Convention Center on July 20 at 10 a.m., there will also be a panel, “Amazing! Fantastic! Incredible! News From the Comic-Con Museum,” emceed by Eddie Ibrahim and featuring comic book historian and film producer Michael Uslan; writer, illustrator and writer Colleen Duran; art historian and curator Kim Munson; Stage Nine Exhibits CEO Troy Carlson; the godfather of color book digital coloring Steve Oliff; executive director of the Comic-Con Museum Rita Vandergaw; and GM of Crunchyroll Games and SVP of emerging business Terry Li.

Peacock Offers ‘Twisted Metal,’ ‘The Continental’ Previews at Comic-Con, Plus Free Ice Cream

The Peacock streaming service will be showing off two of its upcoming original series at the 2023 San Diego Comic-Con International.

Peacock will present a screening of the first episode of “Twisted Metal” at 10 p.m. Thursday, July 20, in Room 6DE. The screening will be followed by a “Twisted Metal”-inspired version of Kinda Funny’s interactive game, “Kinda Feudy,” featuring randomly selected guests from the audience whose Twisted Metal knowledge will be put to the test. “Twisted Metal” is a half-hour live-action TV series based on the classic PlayStation game series. The high-octane action comedy, based on an original take by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and written by Michael Jonathan Smith, is about a motor-mouthed outsider offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The cast includes Anthony Mackie, Stephanie Beatriz, Thomas Haden Church, Will Arnett and Joe Seanoa, with guest stars Neve Campbell, Richard Cabral, Mike Mitchell, Tahj Vaughans and Lou Beatty Jr. All 10 episodes will be available exclusively on Peacock on July 27.

In addition, Peacock and Sony Pictures Television are bringing Sweet Tooth’s ice cream truck to fans in San Diego with a free serving of Salt + Straw’s exclusive Twisted Metal ice cream flavor, debuting for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con (while supplies last). While guests enjoy a cold treat, Peacock will turn up the heat with a surprise musical performance. The truck opens at 1:30 p.m. July 20, with the musical performance at 5 p.m., at the corner of J Street and First Ave.

The exclusive Twisted Metal flavor will be available for purchase at three Salt & Straw San Diego locations to promote the show, and starting July 27, Sony Pictures Television and Peacock are partnering to bring Sweet Tooth to cities around the country. The deranged clown will be hitting the road in his infamous ice cream truck, making stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Des Moines and Chicago. Check @SPTV on Instagram for exact locations and dates.

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A first-look at Peacock’s three-part event “The Continental: From the World of John Wick” will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, July 21, in Ballroom 20. A prequel to the blockbuster action franchise, the series will explore the origin behind the iconic hotel-for-assassins centerpiece of the John Wick universe through the eyes and actions of a young Winston Scott, as he’s dragged into the Hell-scape of 1970s New York City to face a past he thought he’d left behind. The series, which stars Mel Gibson, Colin Woodell, Mishel Prada, Ben Robson, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Nhung Kate, Jessica Allain, Ayomide Adegun, Jeremy Bobb and Peter Greene, premieres in September.

 

Paramount+ Returns to Comic-Con With Promotions for ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Transformers’; CBS Brings ‘Ghosts’

Paramount+ July 18 announced its plans for San Diego Comic-Con International 2023 will include a number of “Star Trek” promotions, plus an interactive experience in the Gaslamp District.

The “Star Trek” panel slated for 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in the San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H will include reveals for upcoming episodes of “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” and “Star Trek: Lower Decks.” Fans in attendance will be treated to a screening of the “Strange New Worlds” crossover episode with “Lower Decks” in advance of its July 27 premiere on the streaming service.

In addition, the Paramount+ booth (#3529) on the convention floor will be inspired by the U.S.S. Enterprise of “Strange New Worlds” features two immersive photo opportunities, where fans can take command and select one of four worlds to explore. Within the booth, fans will also get an intimate look at official costumes and props from the series on display and have a chance to receive exclusive giveaways.

A panel for the streaming service’s “Transformers: Earthspark,” produced with Hasbro’s Entertainment One and Nickelodeon, will take place from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. Thursday, July 20, in Room 24ABC. Fans will see never-before-seen content from upcoming episodes, and have the chane to participate in a trivia contest.

CBS Studios will present a panel celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek: The Animated Series” from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 21, in Room 25ABC. John Van Citters, VP of “Star Trek” brand development, will preview the Animated Celebration with a look at IDW’s “Star Trek” comics, and talk gaming with Scopely’s Brian Lelas (lead narrative designer, Star Trek Fleet Command) and Rebekah Plants (community manager, Star Trek Fleet Command).

A panel for CBS’s “Ghosts” will take place from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, July 20, in Ballroom 20. The event will be hosted by TV host, journalist, “Talking Strange” podcast host Aaron Sagers and will treat fans to a ‘lively’ debate with fans on just who got ‘sucked off’ in this year’s cliffhanger, plus surprises specific to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The presentation will also screen the season-two finale, a video featurette showcasing the past two seasons and an exclusive SDCC behind-the-scenes presentation from “CBS Sunday Morning,” which was on-set earlier this year.

Comic-Con attendees can participate in the “Ghosts” Destiny Decider at Booth #229, where they will be welcomed as guests of Sam and Jay’s Bed and Breakfast. As the front doors of Woodstone Mansion close behind each guest, they’ll warm themselves by the fire and relive special moments from the hit series. However, before exiting, each guest will have their fate decided. Will they get ‘sucked off’ into the eternal light above or ‘go down’ to where their past misfortunes catch up to them? After each transition to their ‘next life,’ attendees will receive images of their posthumous experience and receive a limited-edition Comic-Con T-shirt (while supplies last), branded as being ‘Ghosted’ at San Diego Comic-Con.

In addition, exclusive to Comic-Con attendees, posters will be given away at the “Ghosts” Destiny Decider booth, while supplies last.

Additional surprise “Ghosts”-branded activations will be found within and around Comic-Con. Fans can follow along on Instagram via @ghostscbs.

The fifth iteration of “The Lodge: A Paramount+ Experience” will debut during San Diego Comic-Con in the downtown Gaslamp District. This “slopeside” tour will take attendees on a journey through the unique world of Paramount+. Explore Bikini Bottom from “SpongeBob SquarePants,” step into the world of “Star Trek” for custom caricature art and a limited-edition “Star Trek” pin, sip on a cocktail at the 1923 speakeasy, fuel up at the “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” energon station, and get fresh temporary ink from favorite Paramount franchises at the Ink Master airbrush tattoo station. Additional experiences include “Yellowjackets,” “Special Ops: Lioness,” Pet Sematary: Bloodlines, Good Burger 2 and a Paramount+ Pub. The experience takes place at Happy Does Bar, 340 Fifth Ave. and runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, noon to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 20, through Saturday, July 22, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 23. Admission is free, but is on a reservation system (https://feverup.com/m/135020) with a stand-by line. No SDCC badge is required.

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Fans of Paramount will have the opportunity to take part in a city-wide digital scavenger hunt via www.ParamountPassport.com. Either enter the website on your phone or scan a QR code at any of the activation sites. Once registered, guests can scan an item at all of the following locations after interacting with the space, and earn a passport stamp. Once a guest visits all seven locations they can head to the Paramount Passport Redemption area located at The Lodge, A Paramount+ Experience for a limited-edition prize.

Locations include:

  • The Lodge: A Paramount+ Experience (Happy Does Bar, 340 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101)
  • Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (58 11th Ave San Diego, CA 92101)
  • “Yellowjackets” Hard Rock Hotel (207 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101)
  • “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” (San Diego Convention Center, Booth #3529)
  • TMNT: Mutant Mayhem (San Diego Convention Center, Booth #4113)
  • “Digman!” (San Diego Convention Center, Booth #4029)
  • “Ghosts” (San Diego Convention Center, Booth #229)

 

Warner’s DC Announces 2023 San Diego Comic-Con Plans

While many major studios are skipping San Diego Comic-Con International this year, Warner Bros. Discovery’s DC unit will be there and has announced its plans for the event.

Warner Bros. Television’s Preview Night on July 19 includes an all-new episode of the Cartoon Network series “Teen Titans Go!” and an advance screening of the first episode (“The Hero’s Journey”) of the three-part Max Original documentary series Superpowered: The DC Story, held in Ballroom 20. Superpowered: The DC Story premieres July 20 on Max.

The Max Original Animation Presents panel at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 20, in Ballroom 20 will feature previews of the spinoff “Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake”; the new animated series “Young Love,” based on the Oscar-winning short Hair Love; and season four of “Harley Quinn.”

The new animated film Justice League: Warworld will premiere Friday, July 21, at 9 p.m. in Ballroom 20, followed by a panel discussion. In this R-rated film, DC’s Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman find themselves in mysterious lands and precarious circumstances with no memory of how they arrived there and only vague recollections of their true selves. Justice League: Warworld will be released on Blu-ray, 4K disc and digitally July 25.

DC will also present several panels and signings promoting its upcoming comic book slate. A full lineup of panels is available at dc.com.

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DC will occupy booth #4645 on the show floor from Wednesday, July 19, through Sunday, July 23, offering a selection of comic books, toys and collectibles based upon DC properties. While supplies last, DC will be selling limited printings of Superman “Big Blue” Edition, Silver Screen Editions of Batman #655, Booster Gold #1, Authority #1 and Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #1, a facsimile blank sketch cover variant of Batman #655, SDCC-exclusive hardcovers for Nightwing Vol. 1: Leaping Into the Light, Poison Ivy Vol. 1: The Virtuous Cycle and Batman by Grant Morrison Omnibus Vol. 1, plus limited-quantity chase product like the Sandman Helm Masterpiece Edition, and more. The DC Shop will be offering fans limited inventory of three new Blue Beetle T-shirts; a “Dawn of DC” enamel pin, T-shirt and zip-front hoodie; T-shirts with new artwork commissioned from Bill Sienkiewicz, Jill Thompson, Eric Tan and Phantom City Creative; limited quantities of DC caps from 9Forty; a Gotham City Classics Batmobile Collector Pin Set featuring the 1966, 1989, 1992 and 1995 Batmobiles (along with a convention-exclusive mystery pin); and more. McFarlane Toys will be offering pre-orders on DC action figures, poly-resin statues, and will have DC Multiverse and DC Direct product for sale. And playing cards manufacturer Cartamundi will be unveiling the newest collection of DC Hybrid Trading Cards by Hro.

Major Studios Bailing on 2023 San Diego Comic-Con In Wake of Hollywood Labor Unrest

A number of major studios are reportedly declining to present their upcoming tentpole releases at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International. The list of no-shows, according to a report in Variety, thus far includes Disney, HBO, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and Netflix.

The primary reason for their absence seems to stem from a turbulent political atmosphere in Hollywood. With the Writers Guild of America on strike since May 2, showrunners and screenwriters would not be available to help promote upcoming content at the convention, as doing so would be crossing the picket line.

In addition, if SAG-AFTRA, the union representing nearly 160,000 actors, performers and other artists, joins a mega-strike when its contract ends at the end of June, and the deadline is not extended, then studios would have hardly anyone of note to present at promotional panels.

A presence at Comic-Con is not limited to panels, of course, as studios could still set up elaborate fan activations and promotional events on the show floor or in the adjacent Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego.

For Disney, upcoming titles include the new Haunted Mansion movie, Marvel Studios’ The Marvels and season two of “Loki,” and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” properties such as “Ahsoka.” HBO has “House of the Dragon” season two and “True Detective” season four in production. Sony Pictures will have video game adaptation Gran Turismo and Spider-Man spinoff Kraven the Hunter in theaters later this year. Universal’s slate includes the Dracula movie Last Voyage of the Demeter, Strays and a relaunch of The Exorcist.

Netflix recently held its Tudum fan event, where it promoted a number of its genre offerings.

The list of no-shows could still grow depending on how labor negotiations unfold in the next few weeks, according to the report.

While HBO might not attend, parent Warner Bros. Discovery’s Max streaming service does intend to promote some animation titles. And the Warner Bros. studio might not be able to afford to skip the event out of a desperate need to energize fan interest in upcoming DC superhero movies Blue Beetle and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom in the wake of the lackluster box office results for Shazam! Fury of the Gods and The Flash.

Paramount Pictures is planning a panel for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem animated movie, but streaming service Paramount+ has yet to announce plans, such as if its “Star Trek” shows will have a robust presence as they did last year.

NBC is reportedly considering panels only if there is no actors strike.

Amazon plans also have yet to be finalized, though it is expected to be on hand to promote the fall premieres of “The Boys: Gen V” and the second season of “The Wheel of Time.”

This year’s Comic-Con runs July 20-23 at the San Diego Convention Center and surrounding areas, with a sneak preview night July 19.

San Diego Comic-Con International 2023

 

Over the years, The San Diego Comic Convention has become the focal point for the world of pop culture celebrations. The event continues to offer the complete convention experience: a giant Exhibit Hall (topping over 460,000 square feet in its current incarnation); a massive programming schedule (close to 700 separate events in 2014), featuring comics and all aspects of the popular arts, including hands-on workshops and educational and academic programming such as the Comics Arts Conference; anime and film screenings (including a separate film festival); games; the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the “Oscars” of the comics industry; a Masquerade costume competition with prizes and trophies; an Autograph Area; an Art Show; and Portfolio Reviews, bringing together aspiring artists with major companies.

First Clip From New ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ Series Shown at Comic-Con

Paramount+ at San Diego Comic-Con July 21 showed fans a preview of the new “Beavis and Butt-Head” revival series coming to the streaming service Aug. 4.

The first new episodes in more than 10 years from creator Mike Judge follow the recent movie Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe, which also is available on Paramount+.

Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios, “Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head” stars Judge as the voices of both Beavis and Butt-Head.

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The characters originated in Judge’s 1992 short film “Frog Baseball,” which was broadcast by MTV’s animation showcase “Liquid Television.” After MTV commissioned a full series around the characters, “Beavis and Butt-Head” ran for seven seasons from March 8, 1993, to Nov. 28, 1997. The series was revived in 2011 with an eighth season airing on MTV. A theatrical film, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, was released in 1996.

Paramount+ also has Beavis and Butt-Head Do America available for streaming, as well as remastered versions of the classic series, with the full library available soon. 

Paramount+ Gets Hairy at Comic-Con: Sarah Michelle Gellar Joins ‘Wolf Pack’ Series; ‘Teen Wolf’ Movie Trailer Released

Sarah Michelle Gellar is switching from slaying vampires to hunting werewolves.

The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star made a surprise appearance during the Paramount+ “Teen Wolf” panel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con July 21, to reveal she had joined the cast of the upcoming supernatural series “Wolf Pack.”

From “Teen Wolf” executive producer Jeff Davis, produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and based on the book series by Edo Van Belkom, “Wolf Pack” follows a teenage boy and girl whose lives are forever changed when a California wildfire awakens a terrifying supernatural creature. Gellar stars as arson investigator Kristin Ramsey, a highly regarded expert in her field and no stranger to personal loss, brought in by authorities to catch the teenage arsonist who started a massive wildfire which may have also led to the reawakening of a supernatural predator terrorizing Los Angeles.

Previously announced cast members include Armani Jackson, Bella Shepard, Chloe Rose Robertson and Tyler Lawrence Gray. Davis will write the series and executive produce as part of his multiyear deal with MTV Entertainment. “Wolf Pack” is slated to premiere later this year on the Paramount+ streaming service.

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The panel also featured the release of the official teaser trailer for Teen Wolf: The Movie, a continuation of the 2011-17 MTV series “Teen Wolf” that is loosely based on the 1985 comedy film.

Davis, who wrote and executive produced the movie, was joined on the panel by series stars Tyler Posey and Tyler Hoechlin (prompting Gellar when she joined them later to joke she would change her name to Tyler Michelle).

Teen Wolf: The Movie is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and MGM’s Orion Television, and is slated to premiere in October 2022 on Paramount+.

In the film, a full moon rises in Beacon Hills and with it a terrifying evil has emerged. The wolves are howling once again, calling for the return of Banshees, Werecoyotes, Hellhounds, Kitsunes and every other shapeshifter in the night. But only a werewolf like Scott McCall (Posey), no longer a teenager yet still an Alpha, can gather both new allies and reunite trusted friends to fight back against what could be the most powerful and deadliest enemy they’ve ever faced.

The cast also includes Holland Roden, Shelley Hennig, Crystal Reed, Orny Adams, Linden Ashby, JR Bourne, Colton Haynes, Ryan Kelley, Melissa Ponzio, Ian Bohen, Vince Mattis, Nobi Nakanishi, Khylin Rhambo, Amy Workman and Dylan Sprayberry.