Another Comic-Con has been and gone and we’ve been treated to plenty of news and announcements for some incredible films and series coming in 2019 and beyond. But we’re here to talk about Netflix and everything we learned from San Diego Comic-Con.
There’s plenty to be excited for, as you’ll see below.
The Witcher Teaser Trailer Dropped
We’ve known for a very long time that Netflix was working on an adaptation of beloved The Witcher franchise. Small snippets of news were spoon-fed to media outlets throughout most of 2018 and it wasn’t until September of 2018 that Netflix announced Henry Cavill would be playing the role of Geralt of Rivia. The news left many fans of the video game franchise scratching their heads. The scarred and the deformed monster hunter is far from the strikingly handsome and clean-cut look of Cavill.
Nevertheless, Cavill made it abundantly clear how excited he was to be playing Geralt.
Months later, while deep into productions, photos released by Netflix on the series stirred fans up and the rumblings of anticipation began to grow. Adding further fuel to the flame was the announcement that the story would be an adaptation of the novels of which the video game franchise is based on. Taking us to the beginning of Geralt’s story we’ll be learning about “the worst monsters are the ones we create.”
After much anticipation, Netflix finally released a teaser trailer for the series at San Diego Comic-Con. Suffice to say the series looks fantastic and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for us later this year.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Comic-Con Panel
After many years and rumors, we’re finally receiving a brand new title set in Jim Henson’s illustrious world of The Dark Crystal.
Set years before the events of the beloved 1982 classic, Netflix’s latest Original series will be a prequel and will be based on the conflict between the conniving, sinister Skesis and the Gelfling’s who seek to the Skesis in their plan for world domination and immortality.
Through many pain-staking hours, the cast and crew of the Jim Henson company we’re able to recreate and expand upon the world of Thra. Using puppets and practical effects, the series is bound to be one Netflix’s best Original series to date.
The ensemble taking part in the film has countless talent, two of which appeared on stage to discuss The Dark Crystal further at San Diego Comic-Con. Taron Egerton will be portraying the Gelfling Rian, meanwhile, veteran voice actor Mark Hamill has lent his voice to play the Skesis known as “The Scientist.” Hamill reminisced on the time he took his own children to watch the original The Dark Crystal in 1982 but wanted to bring home the point that the true magic of series isn’t the actors who lent their voices but the puppeteers and the craftsman who brought this world together.
Lisa Henson, the daughter of Jim Henson, served as an executive producer of the series. Henson divulged into discussing how much work went into the creation of the Original and how it was the perfect stepping stone to expand upon the fictional universe.
Meanwhile, the director of the series Louis Leterrier discussed the level of difficulty on shooting a series like The Dark Crystal: Age of resistance, stating “Every shot is the most complicated shot of my career. Every shot is a nightmare.” That’s not to say he didn’t enjoy filming the series. Leterrier also discussed the level of detail on character design. In particular, he pointed out that The Scientist’s electronic eye contains a TIE Fighter
Season 2 of The Order Teased by Comic-Con Panel
The first season of The Order dropped in March and the series has already gained a loyal fan following. It didn’t take long before the news was announced that the Horror-Drama series would be receiving a second season. Details have been scarce but thanks to The Order panel at comic-con we’ve learned a little more about the upcoming second season.
Creator of the series Dennis Heaton admitted that filming for the second season is yet to begin. Although fans were disappointed to learn of this, a positive that can be taken is the script and written material for season two is all but complete. With the assistance of the cast members on the panel, the group did a table read of scenes in the next season.
The stars that took part in the table read were Jake Manley (Morton), Sarah Grey (Alyssa Drake), Adam DiMarco (Randall Carpio), Katherine Isabelle (Vera Stone), Louriza Tronco (Gabrielle Dupres), Devery Jacobs (Lilith Bathory) and Thomas Elms (Hamish Duke).
Small plot details were revealed but a release date has yet to be confirmed. With production yet to start it’s likely The Order won’t be returning until Spring 2020.
Details on the Magic the Gathering Anime revealed by the Russo Brothers
By now you may have heard that one of the world’s biggest card games is receiving an anime adaptation. Serving as the executive producers of the series, MCU directors the Russo brothers finally revealed snippets of information relating to the anime series.
The series protagonists will be the mages, Chandra and Jace. Both characters are beloved heroes from the world of Magic the Gathering and are well known for being ‘Planeswalkers’ in the card game.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to fans of Magic the Gathering that Chandra will be one of the main characters. When the series was first announced, Chandra was the character shown in the graphic.
HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT TIME: Netflix and Wizards of the Coast are teaming up with Joe and Anthony Russo to make a Magic: The Gathering anime series and this teaser of Chandra has me asking QUESTIONS. pic.twitter.com/vljlEtl0Mq
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) 3 June 2019
There are no further details on the story or cast for the anime series. But Joe Russo did discuss the potential for the series to be adapted into a live-action title but this will likely depend on the popularity of the anime. Considering that the card game has millions of players worldwide we’re expecting the anime series to be an overwhelming success.
Sesis Manos Opening Title Revealed
If there is one thing anime fans love, it’s a great title sequence. For some, a title sequence can make or break on whether anime is worth investing hours into. The studio behind the creation of Netflix’s Mexican-American anime series Seis Manos has done an excellent job.
Debut of the increíble opening sequence to the new animated series from the creators of Castlevania.
Seis Manos coming to Netflix this Fall. pic.twitter.com/tBekpllpbq
— VIZ (@VIZMedia) 20 July 2019
The anime is one of Netflix’s most visually compelling series to date and there’s plenty to be excited for. It took some time but Netflix also recently announced the cast members of Seis Manos, Vic Chao (Chiu), Mike Colter (Brister), Jonny Cruz (Jesus), Aislinn Derbez (Isabela), Carlos Luna (Domingo) and Danny Trejo are the stars of the anime.
Three orphaned martial arts warriors join forces with a DEA agent and Mexican Federale to avenge the death of their beloved mentor.
Katherine Langford to star in Original series “Cursed”
The story and legend of King Arthur and his knights of the round table have been told countless times. Now Netflix is getting involved in the Excalibur action with the adaptation of the comic book “Cursed” by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler.
The story is a “re-imagining” of the legend of King Arthur. Told through the eyes of Nimue, a teenage heroine whose destiny lies in becoming the powerful but tragic Lady of the Lake. After the death of her mother, Nimue finds solace in an “unexpected” partner Arthur. The young mercenary is on a quest to find the wizard Merlin and to deliver an ancient sword to him.
13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford will star as Nimue, while Devon Terrell and Gustaf Skarsgard will star as King Arthur and Merlin respectively.
What news was you most excited by at San Diego Comic-Con? Let us know in the comments below!