The San Diego Comic-Con panels we're most looking forward to
It's time for San Diego Comic-Con once again — even if attendees still can't go in person. Organizers have pulled together another roster of virtual panels where fans can preview upcoming shows and movies, starting on Wednesday, July 21, and running through Sunday, July 25. To help wade through the vast list of events going on later this month, here are the panels you won't want to miss.
Snake Eyes panel
When: Wednesday, July 21 at 1 p.m. PT
Henry Golding will join his fellow Snake Eyes stars Samara Weaving, Andrew Koji, Iko Uwais, Úrsula Corberó, Haruka Abe, and Takehiro Hira, as well as G.I. Joe comic book writer Larry Hama to tee up the upcoming movie. The film marks a new age for the franchise as it starts fresh with an origin story for the katana-wielding Joe known as Snake Eyes, detailing his beginnings with Storm Shadow and the Arashikage ninja clan. Meanwhile, the movie hits theaters a couple days later on the 23rd. — Nick Romano
Wheel of Time panel
When: Friday, July 23 at 11 a.m. PT
Instead of doing individual panels for each of their shows, this year Amazon Prime is combining a bunch of different projects in one go. First up will be The Wheel of Time, with showrunner Rafe Judkins on hand to discuss Amazon's upcoming TV adaptation of Robert Jordan's best-selling series of fantasy novels. Then, Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno will arrive to discuss EVANGELION:3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME, the fourth and final film in the new theatrical retelling of the cult classic giant-robot anime series (the original version of which is still streaming on Netflix). Showrunner Sara Goodman will discuss I Know What You Did Last Summer, Nico Entel will talk S.O.Z. Soldiers or Zombies, and Beth Riesgraf and Noah Wyle will give insight into Leverage: Redemption. — Christian Holub
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two panel
When: Friday, July 23 at 3 p.m. PT
There's a lot going for this animated Batman story. The cast: Jensen Ackles of Supernatural fame as the Dark Knight; Troy Baker, the voice of Joel in the Last of Us video games, as Joker; Katee Sackoff, last seen on The Mandalorian, as Poison Ivy; veteran voice actress Julie Nathanson (Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War) as Gilda Dent. The story: the famous 12-issue Batman: The Long Halloween comic series realized on screen in animated form. The hype: Part One released in June, and now it's time to preview the second and final installment, debuting July 27, with a panel. — N.R.
The Walking Dead final season panel
When: Saturday, July 24 at 3 p.m. PT
It's been just about 11 years since The Walking Dead TV series became a phenomenon on AMC, and with 10 seasons under their belt, the cast and crew are mapping out plans for one last expanded hoorah. Because of the pandemic, a few things had to change, and now season 11 — the final season — will consist of 22 episodes that will rollout through 2022. We've seen a fairly common wealth of teases (hint, hint) for what's coming up, but with the first of the new episodes premiering this Aug. 22, we can expect a lot more. As is common with Walking Dead Comic-Con panels, we can anticipate a new trailer. Plus, AMC is also bringing spin-off shows Fear the Walking Dead (July 24 at 1 p.m. PT) and The Walking Dead: World Beyond (July 24 at 2 p.m. PT) to the Con to discuss how the franchise continues to expand. — N.R.
Lucifer final season panel
When: Saturday, July 24 at 5 p.m. PT
Lucifer star Tom Ellis is joining executive producers/co-showrunner Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson for the Netflix drama's last San Diego Comic-Con panel (at least until the show's inevitable reunion/revival/reboot). The last time we checked in with the devilish series, Ellis' light-bringer survived his fiery return to Heaven and (SPOILER ALERT) became the new God, a major status quo shift that will drive a lot in Lucifer's sixth and final season. Hopefully, the panel will include some details on what to expect for Lucifer's swan song as well as, at least, a premiere date. — Chancellor Agard
Army of Thieves panel
When: Sunday, July 25 at 2 p.m. PT
Director Zack Snyder is expanding his Army of the Dead-verse at Netflix with an anime series and a live-action prequel movie. Snyder will take a look at the latter with an Army of Thieves panel featuring director and star Matthias Schweighöfer, actress Nathalie Emmanuel, Snyder's wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder, and producer Wesley Coller. The movie shows safecracker Dieter getting drawn into an adventure when a mysterious woman recruits him to join a crew of Interpol's most wanted criminals to heist impossible-to-crack safes across Europe. — N.R.
The full list of panels will be posted on the Comic-Con website.
This article will be updated as more panels are announced.