Warner Bros. absence from Comic-Con 2019 draws disappointment, frustration from fans

Fans were delighted when director Patty Jenkins shared a photo of “Wonder Woman 1984” in a gleaming golden costume on Twitter Wednesday, but their joy soon turned to disappointment when they learned Warner Bros. — the studio behind the film — would not be holding its annual presentation at Comic-Con 2019.

The studio’s showcase is one of the marquee events of the annual convention. Over 130,000 fans make the trek to San Diego every year, with some waiting in line for Hall H — the San Diego Convention Center’s biggest room — for days.

In her post, Jenkins revealed that the WB would skip Comic-Con this year, the first time in 20 years.

“By now you’ve heard: WB isn’t going to Hall H this year,” the director tweeted. “We’re so sad to miss you there! And waiting until Dec. to start our official #WW84 campaign in full–  But the truth is… we can just… barely… wait…”

Wonder Woman star Gald Gadot echoed Jenkins’ message, posting the same costumed photo on Instagram with the message, “Although all of us at Warner Brothers won’t be seeing you at SDCC – Hall H this year. We are so excited for what’s to come.”

Fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment:

“WTF?! WB has WON Comic Con for several years in a row, and now they’re going to just sit it out?!” one fan tweeted with a series of sad emojis.

Others were especially disappointed as the studio has two female-helmed and led films coming up: Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman 1984” and Cathy Yan’s “Birds of Prey.”

Another joked that the lines for Hall H would be much, much shorter.

The studio’s absence means fans will not be able to preview other buzzy fantasy/sci-fi titles in the works, including the aforementioned “Birds of Prey,” Joaquin Phoenix as “The Joker,” or “The Dune” remake. Right now, it seems the only presence the studio will have will be at ScareDiego, a horror-centric event right before Comic-Con officially starts. “It: Chapter 2” director Andy Muschietti announced the film — slated for release on August 6, 2019 — will have some sort of preview (the WB held a similar event for “It” at ScareDiego two years ago).

Other studios have yet to confirm their participation in Comic-Con.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Gal Gadot attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MARCH 12: Actress Gal Gadot arrives at the premiere Universal's 'Fast & Furious' held at Universal CityWalk Theaters on March 12, 2009 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Actor Gal Gadot attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Gal Gadot and Yaron Varsano attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MAUREEN COFFLARDThe cast of the movie 'Fast and Furious 5' (from left) director and producer Justin Lin, US actors Tyrese Gibson and Vin Diesel, Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, US actor Paul Walker, Israeli actress Gal Gadot and US actor Dwayne Johnson pose on April 28, 2011 in Marseille during a photocall. The movie will be released on French screens on May 04, 2011. AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Actors Gal Gadot and Tiffany Haddish attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Actresses Frances McDormand (L) and Gal Gadot attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Gal Gadot (L) and Yaron Varsano attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Actresses Michelle Rodriquez, Gal Gadot, Elsa Pataky, Gina Carano and Jordana Brewster attend the 'Fast & Furious 6' World Premiere at The Empire, Leicester Square on May 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Universal Pictures)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: (L-R) Writer Emily V. Gordon, actor Gal Gadot, director Patty Jenkins and actor Kumail Nanjiani attend The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards )
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: Gal Gadot, Patty Jenkins poses at the The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 20: Gal Gadot attends the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 20, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: TV personality Katie Couric, director Patty Jenkins, SeeHer Award recipient Gal Gadot and SeeHer executives attend The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards )
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: (L-R) Writer Emily V. Gordon, actor Gal Gadot, director Patty Jenkins and actor Kumail Nanjiani attend The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards )
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: Director Patty Jenkins (L) and Gal Gadot attend The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: Actors Gal Gadot (L) and Chris Hemsworth attend The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Actress Gal Gadot attends the 2018 National Board of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 03: Actress Gal Gadot arrived at the Variety's Creative Impact Awards And 10 Directors To Watch At The 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival at Parker Palm Springs on January 3, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Presenters Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot speak onstage during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Brooklynn Prince (R) and Gal Gadot attend the 18th Annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 04: Brooklynn Prince (L) and Gal Gadot attend W Magazine's Celebration of its 'Best Performances' Portfolio and the Golden Globes with Audi, Dior, and Dom Perignon at Chateau Marmont on January 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for W Magazine)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 02: Gal Gadot attends the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival )
UNITED STATES - JUNE 19: Israeli Ambassador Arye Mekel, former Miss Israel Gal Gadot and her boyfriend Yaron Varsano (l. to r.) attend a Maxim magazine party at the club Marquee. (Photo by John Roca/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Actor Corbin Bleu and actress Gal Gadot walk the red carpet during the CW Network celebration of its new series 'The Beautiful Life: TBL' at the Simyone Lounge on September 12, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
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Last year, Marvel Studios skipped their Hall H presentation, but that didn’t seem to affect ticket sales or sentiment for “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: End Game.” With the only remaining MCU title being “Spider-Man: Far From Home” — which comes out two weeks prior to Comic-Con — the studio may not have anything to present… yet. Fans may hope for something from Scarlett Johannson’s standalone “Black Widow” movie, currently in production.

20th Century FOX, which like Marvel Studios is now a Disney subsidiaries, may have a few offerings, namely “New Mutants” (focusing on a group of super-powered teens) and potentially news about the “Avatar” sequel. But their big genre feature for 2019, “Dark Phoenix,” opens next week.

The studio Comic-Con schedules are expected to be announced in late June. Comic-Con 2019 runs from July 18-21.

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