Another year, another Comic-Con International in the bag. This year's big pop culture convention in San Diego was bigger than ever, with a bevy of panels from all mediums taking center stage to show off upcoming projects. From comic books to video games, collectibles and television shows to big screen movies, all mediums pertaining to every fandom imaginable were in attendance. Over the years, SDCC has become the hub for everything superhero and beyond: this is the place to go to, especially for networks and studios who want to advertise and hype up their upcoming releases, from the newest season of a beloved television show to a highly-anticipated movie. For example, Comic-Con International is where Marvel Studios, in 2011, made the big announcement that the Avengers were coming to the big screen, with the full cast of the upcoming movie assembled on stage.
Moreover, exciting news and genuine surprises have become expected by fans and the press alike, who make sure to attend as many possible panels in order to cover all possible announcements. But here's the thing: Comic-Con is a beast of an event. Although the convention lasts four-and-a-half days, the number of panels and attendees is so grand that it's almost impossible to be aware of everything that goes down during that busy weekend. For that reason, it's quite possible you missed out on some very big news, or perhaps you event forgot what big announcements were made Thursday evening. Don't worry -- we've got you covered!
17 ROBIN MAKES A SHOCKING DECLARATION
Going into Comic-Con International, a lot of fans were looking forward to getting some news about the DCU original series, Titans. The first live action series to feature the fan-favorite Teen Titans team, the project has long been one that people have been looking forward to. Finally, at SDCC, a trailer debuted.
However, no one expected the trailer to be as shocking as it turned out to be. Not only was the series dark and gritty, it made a definitive declaration when Dick Grayson's Robin brutally disposed of a bunch of criminals and declared, covered in blood, his true thoughts on Batman, which were too expletive-rife to include in polite company. With that, fans now knew that this series was going to be more edgy than your usual DC affair.
16 THE 13th DOCTOR IS HERE
It's been more than a year since BBC announced that its long-running sci-fi series Doctor Who would get its first female Doctor after 55 years and 12 different actors who played the role. There was a lot of anticipation for Jodie Whittaker's public debut to promote the series, and her entrance did not disappoint.
Whittaker took the Thursday crowd by storm, offering everyone a glimpse at how passionate she was for the role. Her excitement was translated into the audience's response, who supported the 13th Doctor before the new season even begins. With the release of the first trailer for Season 11, Doctor Who was one of the biggest winners of the con.
15 THE FOURTH DCU SHOW REVEALED
For a while now, it was announced that DC would get its very own streaming platform where fans would get to sign up and see the upcoming new season of the animated series Young Justice. On top of that, the DCU streaming service would feature three live action series: Titans, Swamp Thing and Doom Patrol.
But at the start of the con, we learned that a fourth live action show would be announced at Geoff Johns' spotlight panel. The writer and creator later announced the news, revealing that the fourth series would be Stargirl, whose title character would go on the hunt for answers as to the whereabouts of the Justice Society of America.
14 THE CLONE WARS RETURNS
A lot of fans were in attendance for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars anniversary panel, which celebrated the start of the series 10 years ago. The fan-favorite series has been important to a lot of Star Wars fans, and many still felt that its sudden cancellation a few years back left a lot of storylines unresolved.
While most fans just wanted to share their love of the series, it's safe to say that no one expected Lucasfilm to announce that the beloved animated show was coming back with new episodes. Even more than that, the studio already had a trailer on hand, showing everyone that this was a plan long in motion -- one that managed to stay secret for a very long time.
13 GRANT MORRISON'S GREEN LANTERN
Grant Morrison is a fan-favorite writer who was penned some truly iconic stories for DC Comics. But for quite a few years now, the scribe has been focusing on his own personal projects. While he came back to co-write a tie-in issue of the Dark Nights: Metal event, fans were wondering if the writer would come back full time.
The answer finally came at Comic-Con International, when DC announced that Morrison would take over the Green Lantern title along with artist Liam Sharp. The writer is known for his epic, cosmic and enthralling stories, and to many, Green Lantern seems like a natural fit that no one saw coming.
12 THE BUFFY REBOOT
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a fan-favorite show beloved by many. Although the television series ended, it continued on in comic book form for a long time. But now, it's actually coming back to television, and no one expected such news to come out of Comic-Con International.
The new Buffy series is meant to be a reboot, albeit one that will still be executive produced by the original's creator, Joss Whedon. This new version is set to feature an African American lead, and it will be shopped around to cable and streaming services. An actress has not been cast in the role yet, but that announcement could come any day now.
11 THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS IS GETTING HIS OWN COMIC
The Batman Who Laughs is a character that first appeared as part of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Dark Nights: Metal event, but he quickly became popular. With his unique design, his frightening demeanor and his ravenous Robins, the character proved so popular that he managed to stick around after the event concluded.
On top of that, it was announced during SDCC that the character will star in his own series courtesy of writer Scott Snyder and artist Jock, who previously worked together on an iconic Detective Comics run. For this miniseries, The Batman Who Laughs is also said to be gaining a new sidekick that is described as a Punisher version of Batman.
10 ALICE EVE WILL PLAY TYPHOID MARY IN IRON FIST
It has been months since it was revealed that Star Trek: Into Darkness actress Alice Eve had joined that cast of Season 2 of Iron Fist. Although the announcement didn't confirm which character she was playing at the time, it was widely assumed that she would be the new main villain of the series. However, no one expected her to play Typhoid Mary.
The announcement was made at Comic-Con International's Iron Fist panel, and it took everyone quite by surprise. Typhoid Mary is a big character in the Daredevil comics, and her inclusion in the Defenders world is definitely noteworthy. We don't yet know if that means Matt Murdock will appear on the series, but it's definitely a possibility.
9 BATMAN: HUSH IS GETTING AN ANIMATED MOVIE
One of the things that fans love most about Warner Bros.' DC projects is the animated, straight-to-DVD movies. Throughout the years, the studio has delivered many beloved animated films based on some of the most popular storylines from DC's comics, on top of some original movies here and there.
This is why Warner Bros. decided to make the announcement of its next big animated movie at SDCC, Batman: Hush. The Batman story by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee is a modern classic that managed to feature almost all of the Dark Knight's villains in one sprawling mystery epic, and its bound to make for an exciting film.
8 THE AQUAMAN TRAILER MAKES A SPLASH
There was a lot of hype surrounding Warner Bros.' big Hall H Saturday panel, a panel that was set to showcase the studios' big upcoming movies. After featuring such films as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Wonder Woman 1984 and Shazam!, the presentation ended with the official unveiling of the first trailer of Aquaman.
The film is one that is highly-anticipated, and the trailer has been a long time coming. But perhaps no one expected the movie to look as colorful, exciting and epic as what was presented. The trailer showcased the scope of the film, and teased a sci-fi fantasy movie that just happens to feature superheroes and take place mostly underwater.
7 THE MAIN MAN IS COMING TO KRYPTON
Krypton may not be the most advertised of DC's live action series, but it's definitely once of its best. The series takes place in the past of the planet Krypton, before Kal-El/Superman would ever be born. Still, with an element of time travel and a sprawling cast of alien characters at its disposal, the series is still very much ingrained with DC mythology.
After seeing characters such as General Zod and Adam Strange, Krypton is now set to introduce another fan-favorite character in its second season: the Main Man himself, Lobo. The character rides a space-motorcycle as he travels the cosmos collecting bounties, and he has a colorful personality that will make him quite an addition to the series.
6 DEADPOOL 2'S SUPER DUPER WOLVERINE TEASE
The big Saturday Hall H panel of Comic-Con International ended with the first screening of Deadpool 2: The Super Duper Cut, an extended and unrated version of the film. Fans in attendance got to see this longer version of the film, which featured more jokes, more surprises and more teases to the future.
While the footage seen hasn't been released yet, word has come out of the screening that the Wolverine mid-credits scene is actually longer in the film, and that it teases Hugh Jackman's potential return as Wolverine. In the scene, it's said that Deadpool tells Jackman's character to accept his invitation to join X-Force – and we sure hope he will.
5 SUPERGIRL'S FIRST TRANS SUPERHERO
The CW's Supergirl made history at Comic-Con International by announcing that Season 4 of the Melissa Benoist-fronted series was set to introduce television's first trans superhero. It was confirmed that Nicole Mains would be joining the cast this season as the newest employee of CatCo.
However, the character is also destined to become the hero known as Dreamer, who just so happens to be a member of the Legion of Superheroes. Given that the Legion had a large role to play in Supergirl's Season 3, it's likely that Mains' character will not only embrace her destiny as a hero but also join the Legion in some capacity.
4 IRON FIST'S GETTING A MASK
While Marvel released an official trailer for Season 2 of Netflix's Iron Fist, the trailer itself was quite brief, and didn't feature much in the way of footage. During the panel presentation of the show however, lucky fans in attendance got to see many exclusive scenes from the series.
Word came out from the panel that one of these scenes actually featured Danny and Davos fighting in a flashback on K'un-Lun, where they were wearing the iconic Iron Fist mask. This isn't exactly a confirmation that Danny Rand will wear the classic Iron Fist costume in the season, but it's certainly a hint that it could happen.
3 OPTIMUS PRIME RETURNS IN BUMBLEBEE
One of the big movies to get a presentation at Comic-Con International was Paramount and Hasbro's Transformers spin-off/prequel film, Bumblebee. The movie, which takes place in the '80s, stars Hailee Steinfeld as Bumblebee's friend, and it was said to take place on Earth, where much fewer Transformer characters would appear.
However, we do know that a certain Autobot is making at least a cameo appearance in the film. During the movie's presentation at SDCC, various scenes of the film were shown; one in particular was said to feature a cameo from Optimus Prime, who appeared via hologram. Apparently, fans in attendance were able to confirm that the Autobot leader looked very much like his '80s, G1 self. Finally!
2 FLASH WILL FINALLY INTRODUCE THE FLASH RING
On The CW, The Flash has explored a lot of the mythology of the character from the comic books. We've seen time travel, alternate realities and dimensions, classic villains like the Reverse-Flash and the Rogues, and many fellow speedsters like Jesse Quick and Jay Garrick. But after four seasons, there was still something iconic missing.
Now, thanks to the release of the SDCC trailer of Season 5 of The Flash, we can finally confirm that the Flash ring will be introduced on the series. We saw the Reverse-Flash ring back in Season 1 of the series, but Barry Allen, who keeps his suit hidden in his ring at all times in the comics, had yet to use that particular element on the series. Until now!
1 KING GHIDORAH: 'NUFF SAID
Following the release of Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island, fans of Warner Bros.' MonsterVerse were very much looking forward to news about the next movie in the franchise, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Finally, the studio debuted a trailer for the movie at SDCC... and it was glorious.
Now only did the trailer feature the new cast of characters, Godzilla in all his glory and a stunning Mothra, it also teased a film whose scale will be devastating. But all of that pales in comparison next to our first look at King Ghidorah, Toho's fan-favorite three-headed monster. With a single trailer, the Godzilla sequel easily just became one of the most highly-anticipated movies of 2019.