Just when you thought it was safe to hope that this year’s San Diego Comic Con wasn’t going to be underwhelming… With a number of big studios and production companies bowing out of this year’s festivities, all hope for awesome things was pegged on the ones who are coming to play. One of them is Warner Bros., who will – presumably – be bringing loads of goodies from Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. The other hope – oddly enough – was Star Wars. With Hall H Marvel-less this year, all eyes turned to J.J. Abrams et al to make those nerd eyes water with anticipation. And yet, we have to report, that your expectations are going to have to be modulated somewhat.
In a report by Entertainment Weekly, the magazine quotes sources that say that the SDCC panel on Friday afternoon will not feature any new footage or a new trailer from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There will be some big names there, of course. Director Abrams, co-screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, and several cast members to be named later will be part of the gathered panel, and that’s nothing to sneeze at, but fans hoping to get another good look at the movie will likely be disappointed.
So what will the panel focus on? Perhaps some behind the scenes footage will be provided, perhaps some hints and insights from cast members we haven’t heard too much from yet. Mark Hamill would be a coup since all we’ve seen/heard from Luke Skywalker is a brief voiceover and an even briefer (and faceless) appearance in the last trailer. It’s worth noting too that there will be a lot of Wars at Comic Con in the form of panels about upcoming books and comics and the like, but for those that thought that SDCC would mark the launch of a new trailer, sorry, Lucasfilm sources say that will come sometime later this summer or fall.
When it comes to new Star Wars footage, all eyes now turn to D23, the bi-annual gathering for all things Disney, which takes place almost one month after Comic Con’s conclusion. Disney is seemingly saving up all their Marvel reveals for that one, hence the skipping of San Diego on the event schedule, so it was a bit surprising when Star Wars committed. Does this mean Disney’s trying to eat its cake and have too? I guess we’ll find out.
Source: Comic Book Movie