Saturday is traditionally the biggest day at Comic-Con International. This year was no different—and along with the big panels there were also a lot of massive trailers. Westworld, Star Trek: Picard, Watchmen, Snowpiercer, and so many more. We collected the best of the best below.
In Westworld, each season has a theme. Season 1 was The Maze; the second season was about The Door. For show co-creator Jonathan Nolan, Season 3 is all about “The New World.” On Saturday, fans got a glimpse into what that new world was: a sleek, beautiful place that looks more threatening than any bleak future ever presented in science fiction. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood)—and Halores, the hybrid created at the end of Season 2 when Dolores put her consciousness into Hale (Tessa Thompson)—is out trying to unmask the evil in humanity. Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) is trying to stop her. And everyone, and everything, looks impeccable, if menacing. “We wanted to find ourselves a version of dystopia that didn’t look like something we’d seen before,” Nolan said. That’s evident. —Angela Watercutter
Star Trek: Picard (2020)
Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), the beloved captain of Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s USS Enterprise pins on his comm badge and comes out of retirement for what might be one last mission, with a new, young crew and guest appearances from his old crewmates and old enemies (and writing from Michael Chabon, the novelist who wrote The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay). “We pointedly wanted to not make a sequel to Next Generation,” said executive producer Akiva Goldsman. “It’s slower, more gentle, more lyrical. It is certainly more character-based. It also takes on the same thing that the original series took on, that Next Generation took on , that Discovery takes on, which is hope for a future that is better than the world we live in today.” —Adam Rogers
It’s a sequel to the original 1986-1987 comic book series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, not a sequel to (or reboot of) the 2009 movie directed by Zack Snyder, and that’s probably OK? In what looks to be contemporary America some decades after a giant space squid appeared in Manhattan and changed everything—check out that very heavily starred US flag—the masked vigilantes are coming back. A maybe-terrorist group that models itself on the black-and-white masked antihero Rorschach goes to war with police, now also wearing masks. Ozymandias, the antihero who engineered the squid in the comic, is still scheming and played by Jeremy Irons. The Comedian’s daughter, one-time Silk Spectre, is now going by the name Laurie Blake (Jean Smart) and is a federal agent hunting vigilantes. (That dual-windowed airship that blows the airplane out of the sky looks to be Archie, the vehicle that the one-time hero Nite-Owl flew.) And the omnipotent Dr. Manhattan might be back from Mars, and might be Louis Gossett, Jr. The new show is from Damon Lindeloff, of Lost and The Leftovers, so maybe don’t expect anything lighthearted. Just like the original comic book. —Adam Rogers
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Things aren’t great in the tail section of the Snowpiercer. It’s been nearly seven years since a botched climate-control solution sent the planet into a new ice age, and all 3,000 survivors are gathered on a single supertrain. What was once a French graphic novel, and then a 2013 film from Bong Joon-ho, takes new shape as a forthcoming TBS series from Orphan Black creator Graeme Manson. It’s still a big ol’ class meditation—the affluent cluster at the front, with the stowaways living in squalor at the rear—but with 10 episodes in the can and a second season already greenlit, the show seems set to take advantage of the added legroom. Melanie Cavill (Jennifer Connolly, in her first-ever television starring role) might work for the haves, but she’s got layers beyond the big bad bureaucrats from the movie; Andre Layton (Daveed Diggs) might be a “tailie,” but he’s also an ex-detective, so is able to explore the train and enjoy some moral complexity of his own. Still, the movie’s DNA is on full display (arm-shattering frostbite! Terrifyingly cheery propaganda schools! Train cars full of meat!), so once the show finally arrives next spring, longstanding fans won’t feel frozen out. —Peter Rubin