Patty Jenkins Offers New Wonder Woman 1984 Look While Warner Bros. Skips San Diego Comic-Con

by Erik Amaya

The shoe has finally dropped.
Various sites are reporting Warner Bros. Pictures has chosen to skip Comic-Con International: San Diego this year. In lieu of a splashy Saturday Hall H presentation, the studio will instead bring one film — It: Chapter 2 — to the annual pop culture event. Confirming the change in plans was Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins, who offered disgruntled fans a new look at Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in some illuminating new armor.

While Comic-Con’s Hall H has played host to splashy debuts like the footage from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the first public assembly of the Avengers, its cachet within film circles has diminished in the last decade. Big activations for films like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World yielded little return on investment. And now the studios have enough data to prove the expense of bringing talent to the show does not translate into boffo box office. Studios like 20th Century Fox (when it wasn’t part of Disney) and Paramount gave up on setting up presentations at the event years ago. Marvel Studios used to make a good showing, but also walked away from Hall H in recent years. Warner Bros. was the last holdout, revealing trailers for Aquaman, Shazam!, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and exclusive footage from Wonder Woman 1984 last year. Now, it seems, the era of big film panels has come to an end.
Not that it means Comic-Con will be any smaller, mind. The show has evolved into a big mecca for television stars, producers, and fans. In recent years, the infamous Hall H lines have been longer for shows like Doctor Who and Supernatrual than they’ve been for, say, a Sony Pictures Entertainment presentation. One year, we recall walking into Hall H a few minutes before a panel featuring both Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. Compared to the madness of the next day — which featured panels for both Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead — it was a telling portent of the future.
For years, many have decried the show’s turn away from comics. Perhaps the departure of the film studios will signal Comic-Con’s renewed focus on the four-color medium.
Wonder Woman 1984 debuts on June 5th, 2020.

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