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Comic-Con@Home 2021 News Roundup: Updates on The Walking Dead Final Season, the Chucky Universe, and Animated Star Trek

Plus, Blade Runner: Black Lotus stirs the imagination, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part 2 arrives, and news on more highly-anticipated titles.

by | July 26, 2021 | Comments

This Week’s special Comic-Con Ketchup brings you a recap of some of the reveals and announcements from this weekend’s Comic-Con@Home 2021, including new and returning shows like Blade Runner: Black Lotus, Star Trek: Prodigy, The Walking Dead final season, and The Wheel of Time.


FRIDAY – 10 A.M. – A CLOSER LOOK AT ANIMATED STAR TREKS: PRODIGY AND LOWER DECKS


With both Marvel and DC passing on Comic-Con@Home this year, one immediately obvious question was whether other film studios would step up to fill their vacancy, or if the event would be dominated by television. That question was quickly answered just by looking at Friday morning’s TV and streaming–heavy schedule, and the event kept the same momentum the whole way through.

Paramount+ got things started Friday morning with its “Peak Animation” panel focused on four shows, half of which from their Star Trek franchise. Kate Mulgrew will reprise her Captain Janeway character from Star Trek: Voyager in Star Trek: Prodigy, which was one of the four trailers. The comedy series Star Trek: Lower Decks, which received its season 1 reveal at last year’s event showed off its season 2 trailer this year including the return of Jonathan Frakes as William Riker.

Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News was also teased with its satirical “special coverage” of this year’s Comic-Con@Home itself.

The final new show revealed and which had a trailer debut was The Harper House, featuring cast members like Rhea Seahorn (Better Call Saul), Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl), and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), star of the 2022 Marvel-Disney+ series She-Hulk.


FRIDAY – 11 A.M. – POSTER AND RELEASE DATE FOR AMAZON’S AMBITIOUS WHEEL OF TIME SERIES

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Amazon Prime had a few different projects to show off at their panel (including their series adaptation of I Know What You Did Last Summer, but the one that probably had the most fan anticipation was probably their adaptation of Robert Jordan’s fantasy series The Wheel of Time. Though Amazon has previously released two short teasers (“Moiraine” and “Lan“), they didn’t show us a trailer, but Amazon’s Comic-Con@Home panel did reveal the first poster, that came with the promise of a premiere date sometime in November 2021.


FRIDAY – 3 P.M. – CHECK OUT THE NOT-SO-SPOOKY BLOOPER REEL FROM THE FEAR STREET TRILOGY

Netflix by all accounts has found success through their decision to pick up the Fear Street trilogy — which are all Certified Fresh at 84% and up — from 20th Century Studios after that company decided to hold back their original plans for a 2020 release because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The movies are obviously intended to be scary, but the blooper reel fans got to see during the “Netflix Geeked: Fear Street Trilogy” panel … not so much.


FRIDAY – 3 P.M. – BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, PART TWO TO FEATURE SOME CHANGES FROM COMIC

The problem with adapting any sort of mystery book to movies or TV is that anyone who’s read the book then might already know how everything will be revolved in the screen version. That’s especially true if the source material came out some 25 years ago as the original Batman: The Long Halloween comics did. The story is pretty massive (stretched across an entire year of various holidays), so the animated adaptation was split into two movies. Part One came out last month, and Part Two, premiering on Tuesday, July 27, was discussed at a panel this week, including the not-surprising revelations that some elements were changed from the comics.


FRIDAY – 5 P.M. – CYBERPUNK CLASSIC LIVES ON AS BLADE RUNNER: BLACK LOTUS


HBO Plus neighbors Adult Swim and Crunchyroll are teaming up for a 13-episode Blade Runner spinoff series called Blade Runner: Black Lotus, and the first trailer premiered at its Comic-Con@Home panel this week. Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist, Game of Thrones) voices a replicant named Elle whose goals are, of course, shrouded in mystery.


SATURDAY – 1 P.M. – THE SIMPSONS STILL CHUGGING ALONG INTO SEASON 33


The Simpsons has been on the air longer than many of its current fans have even been alive, which we’re guessing just on the math that there have be fans who are under 33. Not only is The Simpsons indeed coming back for its 33rd season, but the premiere episode will be a musical that was described in the panel as “like a Broadway musical of an episode with wall to wall music,” with Kristen Bell (Frozen) providing Marge Simpson’s singing voice. This year’s “Treehouse of Terror” episode will also be an expanded one that, based on its length (five stories instead of three) sounds like it might be an hour-long special.


SATURDAY – 1 P.M. AND 3 P.M. – ALL THINGS THE WALKING DEAD

AMC had so much to reveal about three different Walking Dead panels that they spread it out around two Comic-Con@Home panels. Let’s start off with the original show (watch the panel), which will finally come to its conclusion with season 11, which will get its start on AMC+ on August 15, 2021. The first spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead (watch the panel) also is coming back soon for its seventh season, which will premiere on October 17, 2021. Finally, there is also The Walking Dead: World Beyond (watch the panel), which will debut its second and final season on October 3, 2021.


SATURDAY – 5 P.M. – LUCIFER TO COME TO ITS HELLISH END IN SEPTEMBER


Netflix is now well into production on its long-in-development adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, and at the same time, Netflix is also preparing to wrap up another Gaiman adaptation series, Lucifer. At the show’s panel this weekend, Netflix revealed that the sixth and final season will premiere on September 10, 2021.


SUNDAY – 10 A.M. – THIRTEENTH DOCTOR RETURNS FOR DOCTOR WHO SEASON 13


Your favorite show may have been a long time (The Simpsons, hold our beer), but pretty much no one beats the nearly 60-year legacy of Doctor Who (watch the panel) — just never mind that gap before the reboot or that the new season is called the thirteenth. That number 13 comes into play twice with this week’s teaser trailer, as Jodie Whittaker’s incarnation is the 13th form of The Doctor. Especially watch out for the new supporting character played by Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm from Game of Thrones).


SUNDAY – 11 A.M. – GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAY OF THE DEAD TO LIVE ON AS SYFY SERIES


Some 50-plus years after Night of the Living Dead, the zombie genre that George A. Romero reinvented is still very much still undead, and that’s even after all three films of his original trilogy have been remade at least once, including Dawn of the Dead in 2004 and Day of the Dead in 2008, both featuring Ving Rhames. SYFY is skipping over the mall-set Dawn of the Dead and jumping straight to the military bunker setting of Day of the Dead with their new series (watch the panel), which is expected to premiere sometime in October before Halloween.


SUNDAY – NOON – DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW SEVENTH SEASON TRAILER


Warner Bros and DC Comics are now focusing many of their new series projects on the HBO Max streaming service, but most of the shows on The CW continue to chug along. That includes the comedic time traveling adventure DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, which is set to return for its seventh season on August 8, 2021. The show’s Comic-Con@Home panel revealed several new details about the next season, including the first trailer ( https://collider.com/legends-of-tomorrow-season-6-comic-con-trailer-clue-episode/).


SUNDAY – 1 P.M. – DEXTER TO BE REVIVED AS DEXTER: NEW BLOOD


The Showtime drama Dexter, starring Michael C. Hall as the titular serial killer–vigilante, came to its original end in 2013, after earning four Emmy Awards (out of 24 nominations). Hall returns as Dexter Morgan in Dexter: New Blood, which will be set 10 years after his disappearance, with Dexter living quietly in rural New York under a new identity. Dexter: New Blood premieres on Showtime on November 7, 2021.


SUNDAY – 2 P.M. – ARMY OF THE DEAD PREQUEL ARMY OF THIEVES TRAILER

A year ago, all of the buzz around director Zack Snyder went towards the demand for his Zack Snyder’s Justice League to finally be released, but following the March release of the original director’s cut, the focus has since switched to his zombie movie Army of the Dead, and the growing franchise around it. The next entry we will see is a prequel film called Army of Thieves (directed by its star Matthias Schweighöfer), and we got our first trailer during its Comic-Con@Home panel.


SUNDAY 4 P.M. – CHILD’S PLAY SPINOFF CHUCKY SERIES


Although the original 1988 horror movie Child’s Play was produced for just $9 million, it was such a success that the “Chucky” franchise (watch the panel) went on to have a total of eight feature films (and counting), as well as an upcoming SYFY spinoff series. SYFY and USA Network revealed the first Chucky trailer this week, which included the series’ premiere date announcement: October 12, 2021.


SUNDAY – 5 P.M. – DELAYED BOB’S BURGERS MOVIE STILL COMING


A number of movies finally being released in 2021 were originally scheduled for release in 2020, but were delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Having said that, there are also movies that were originally scheduled for last year that had their release dates delayed, and which have not yet been rescheduled. One such title is the Bob’s Burgers movie (based on the FOX animated TV series), which was first announced in 2017 as being scheduled for July 17, 2020. At one of the last panels of Comic-Con@Home, the showrunners confirmed that the movie is still indeed planned for a theatrical release, but that, “we’re not really in a hurry to be in theaters until it’s really come back.” Obviously, none of us know for sure when that will be.


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