The annual convention occurs this year from Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22.
According to Kellvin Chavez, Editor-in-Chief of Splash Report, sources have told him that fans at SDCC can expect to see the first Shazam trailer at the event. This is somewhat earlier than expected—filming just wrapped up in May—but enough time has passed for a short teaser or a sizzle reel to be released, though possibly not one high-quality enough to be released online at the same time.
There has already been talk, now officially confirmed, that an Aquaman trailer will be shown at SDCC, as that movie comes out on December 21, four months ahead of Shazam‘s April 5, 2019 release. Footage has already been screened at CinemaCon, and while some of it was apparently pretty rough, generally fans who saw it seem excited.
Shazam tells the story of Billy Batson, a teenage boy who can transform into an adult superhero when he says the magical word “Shazam!” His normal form will be played by Asher Angel (Andi Mack), while his heroic alter ego will be played by Zachary Levi (Tangled, the latter two Thor films). The film is being directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out, Annabelle: Creation).
The film has been described as a lighthearted situational comedy as well as a traditional superhero movie, and the general hope is that it will avert the dour tone that has made other DCEU entries divisive among fans. It is part of a general course correction that the franchise has taken, with upcoming films generating good buzz so far.
The DCEU’s chief rival, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will not have a panel at SDCC, if only because its upcoming projects are too secret at this point. Warner Bros. is looking to take advantage of this void, pumping out as much news about their own movies as possible. Aside from Aquaman and Shazam trailers, at least some information about Wonder Woman 1984 (November 1, 2019) is expected, with rumors that The Batman may even have a part in their presentation.