San Diego Comic-Con 2016 held a lot of surprises

Comic-Con offered up shocks in terms of cancellations, sequels, and casting

Comic-Con 2016 has been full of surprises and stars. You read about the 20,000-seat panel devoted to Uncle Forry and his centennial celebration, right? Rihanna’s playing Janet Leigh’s role in BATES MOTEL. And apparently, Kristin Chenoweth is joining AMERICAN GODS as the goddess, Easter.

Well, check out some other highlights from sunny SD (and we’re not even done yet!):

  • Exec producer Julie Plec announced officially that THE VAMPIRE DIARIES would be ending following next season, its eighth. It’s not a surprise but it’s still gut wrenching to its loyal legion of fans. However, once star Blair-witch-comic-conNina Dobrev left a year ago, Season 7 meandered with random characters and plotlines that separated many of the core characters, leaving fans thinking perhaps it should have ended with Season 6. Plec said, “The greatest honor as a storyteller in the business of television is to be able to make those decisions with your peers and your friends and your fellow storytellers. We’ve made the decision that … this is it.” VD’s ultimate season will be back with an abbreviated 16-episode season (premiering Nov. 21).
  • THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT may have been the original found-footage sensation, but it wasn’t until years later when PARANORMAL ACTIVITY sucker-punched the world that found-footage became a full-on phenomenon and its own horror subgenre. While PA inspired a number of fairly solid sequels (that saw diminishing returns), BLAIR WITCH had only one — 2000’s BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2, a critical and commercial bomb. Well, horror fans who hit a panel for an unknown property called THE WOODS were thrilled to find that THE WOODS was really a 17-years-later sequel to BLAIR WITCH. It’s encouraging that Adam Wingard (V/H/S, YOU’RE NEXT, THE GUEST) is director, but is it too late to regain momentum? We’ll see September 16!
  • Speaking of regaining momentum, what do you think about the trailer for KONG: SKULL ISLAND? Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson head an all-star ensemble, but it’s been 11 years since Peter Jackson’s epic. Is it too late?

  • Speaking of trailers, Gal Gadot’s WONDER WOMAN trailer was met with rapture by fans lucky enough to be part of the panel. Check it out below and let us know if you’re on board with the Amazon princess!