Review: ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,’ starring Jason Momoa, Patrick Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren and Randall Park

December 22, 2023

by Carla Hay

Jason Momoa and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

“Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom”

Directed by James Wan

Culture Representation: Taking place above and below the oceans of Earth, the superhero action film “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” (based on DC Comics characters) features a racially diverse cast of characters (Asian, white and African American) portraying superheroes and regular human beings.

Culture Clash: Ocean-dwelling superhero Aquaman, also known as Arthur Curry, battles Black Manta, a villain who wants to control the world through environmental terrorism. 

Culture Audience: “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” will appeal primarily to people who are fans of star Jason Momoa and movies based on DC Comics, but the movie is inferior in every way to its 2018 predecessor, “Aquaman.”

Patrick Wilson and Jason Momoa in “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

Just like toxic seaweed, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” is a tangled and rotten mess of a superhero film with uneven visual effects, cringeworthy dialogue and a sloppy plot. The filmmakers mistakenly think that Aquaman’s charisma is defined by “surf dude” whooping and hollering. It all becomes very predictable and tiresome, especially when the story is so weak and becomes unnecessarily convoluted in order to stretch the movie’s screen time.

Directed by James Wan and written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” (whose release was delayed multiple times) is supposed to be the last movie in the DC Extendeded Universe (DCEU), which began with 2013’s “Man of Steel,” a Superman origin story. Movies and TV shows based on DC Comics are going through a major overhaul under the leadership of DC Studios co-chairs/co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran, who were appointed to these positions in 2022. The first “Aquaman” movie, released in 2018, is the highest-grossing DC Comics-based movie of all time, with worldwide ticket sales of about $1.15 billion.

Many of the filmmakers behind “Aquaman” are also behind “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” including director Wan, screenwriter Johnson-McGoldrick, producer Rob Cowan, cinematographer Don Burgess, production designer Bill Brzeski, film editor Kirk Morri, music composer Rupert Gregson-Williams and music supervisor is Michelle Silverman. Most of the headlining cast members from “Aquaman” are also in “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.” What went wrong?

“Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” stumbles from the beginning with a corny montage sequence of Arthur Curry/Aquaman (played by Jason Momoa) rescuing a ship that’s being invaded by pirates, and then explaining that he’s now a husband and father who’s the king of the secret underwater kingdom of Atlantis. “That’s right,” Arthur says proudly. “I’m the king of frickin’ Atlantis.”

Arthur likes having this royal title, but he says he hates doing government work that comes with the job, such as attending council meetings, because he doesn’t think it’s any fun. The montage includes Arthur/Aquaman looking like he’s about to fall asleep from boredom at one of these meetings. Aquaman is supposed to be an adult (who looks like a middle-aged human), but he often talks like he’s a teenager who’s become a legal adult and is resentful about having certain adult responsibilities.

Arthur’s wife Mera (played by Amber Heard) gets very choppy film editing in the movie. She’s almost non-existent in the early scenes showing Arthur taking care of baby son Arthur Jr., while Arthur’s supportive father Tom Curry (played by Temuera Morrison) lives in the same household. Adding to the movie’s unimaginative and juvenile comedy, the baby urinates in Arthur’s face more than once in diaper-changing scenes.

At several points in the movie, Arthur looks like he’s a single father, even though he speaks lovingly of his wife, who is nowhere to be seen without explanation when Arthur is spending time with his family. The off-screen controversy over Heard and ex-husband Johnny Depp might or might not have played a role in how Heard is edited in the movie. Many of Depp’s fans petitioned Warner Bros. Pictures to cut her out of the movie because of issues related to the ex-couple’s legal disputes.

Meanwhile, villain David Kane (played Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), who has the alter ego Black Manta, is hell-bent on getting revenge on Aquaman, who was responsible for the death of David’s father in the first “Aquaman” movie. In “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” David is seen scowling while his Black Manta suit is propped nearby. He fumes, “Every day I don’t fix my power suit is another day that Aquaman gets to live.”

David has continued in his father’s profession of being a deep-sea diver who hunts for treasure. He ends up rescuing Dr. Stephen Shin (played by Randall Park), a marine biologist who has survived a deadly attack from a mysterious giant creature with tentacles during an underwater exploration near Antarctica. (“Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” was actually filmed in Hawaii.) This creature has killed some of the people in Stephen’s team.

Stephen (who is stereotypical science geek character) is grateful to David for saving his life, but it turns out that David is forcing Stephen and the rest of the marine biologist team to work with David. Unbenkownst to Stephen, David has found a magical Black Trident that has allowed David to communicate with this demonic-like creature. The creature has told David: “Free me from my prison, and I will grant you the strength to kill the man who murdered your father.”

This creature is Kordax (played by Pilou Asbæk), the leader of Necrus, which is also called the Lost Kingdom of Atlantis. There are seven kingdoms of Atlantis: Necrus, Atlantis, Xebel, Kingdom of the Fishermen, Kingdom of the Trench, Kingdom of the Brine and Kingdom of the Deserters. David finds out that the Black Trident needs a certain fuel to reach its full power.

Five months later, Arthur/Aquaman appears before the Council of Atlantis, whose leader Karshon (played by Indya Moore) advises him that the people in the surface world have been poisoning the atmosphere of Atlantis through irresponsible environmental pollution. (It has something do with David stealing a stash of orichalcum, a dangerous metal that was locked up in Atlantis.) Arthur thinks it’s time for Atlantis to reveal itself to the people above the water. However, he gets resistance from council members who think that Atlantis should remain a secret from humans.

The rest of “Aquaman” becomes a mishmash of very fake-looking chase/fight scenes, climate change messaging, and a family reunion with a lot of awkward banter. And there’s some nonsense about Curry family blood that gets thrown into the story in a desperate attempt to make the plot look more interesting. For the movie’s action scenes, “loud” and “cluttered” don’t add up to being “exciting” or “interesting.”

The family reunion part of the story involves Arthur’s estranged younger half-brother Orm (played by Patrick Wilson), the former king of Atlantis who was Arthur’s enemy in “Aquaman.” Orm (who also goes by the name Ocean Master) is a dirty, disheveled and emaciated prisoner when Arthur breaks him out of prison to help in the fight against Black Manta and Kordax. But in one of the movie’s phoniest-looking scenes, Orm magically “cleans up” and transforms into a chiseled hunk as soon as he submerges himself in some water on a beach.

Also joining the fray in this family reunion are Atlanna (played by Nicole Kidman), the mother of Arthur and Orm. Atlanna’s regal personality from the first “Aquaman” movie seems to be washed away in “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” which makes her as bland and bland can be. The same can be said for Mera, whose fiery personality has been replaced with being a generic sidekick who helps out in the fight scenes. Mera’s stern father, King Nereus (played by Dolph Lundgren), is also part of Aquaman’s fight team. The main purpose of King Nereus in the movie is to be the person on the team who is most suspicious that Orm will be helpful.

All of these characters would be enough for a superhero movie. But “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” doesn’t trust that would be enough to entertain audiences. And so, there are myriads of creatures that populate the movie as distractions that don’t do much to further the plot. Topo, the drum-playing octopus, makes a return to help Aquaman, who doesn’t really want this pet tagging along, but his mother Atlanna insists that Topo accompany Arthur. Arthur/Aquaman acts like a teenager who doesn’t want to babysit the family dog. Kingfish (voiced by Martin Short) is a mutant sea creature who is the sarcastic leader of underwater pirates that have conflicts with residents of Atlantis.

“Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” has some striking visuals in the Octobots:
vehicles with octopus-like metal arms that are used by Black Manta and his goons. However, even with these inventions and villainous armies doing battle against the heroes, none of it looks truly terrifying during these fight scenes. It all looks very busy, as if the filmmakers thought that throwing up a lot of computer-generated imagery (CGI) on screen is enough to create suspense.

The acting performances in “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” go through the motions and aren’t anything special. Momoa looks like he’s trying inject some playful energy into “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” but it just dilutes the action scenes to make Aquaman into a goofball with muscles. It’s similar to how filmmaker Taika Waititi’s version of “god of thunder” Thor in Marvel movies loses the royal aura that the character had in the comic books to become a walking comedy machine that tells jokes that aren’t always funny.

Don’t expect there to be any good mid-credits or post-credits scenes in “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.” The mid-credits scene is meant to be amusing, but it will likely nauseate some viewers because it depicts someone eating a cockroach. There is no end-credits scene, which wouldn’t really help anyway, because this movie doesn’t have any story ideas that are fresh or surprising. “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” isn’t the worst superhero movie based on DC Comics, but compared to the first “Aquaman” movie, it’s like a crowd-pleasing cruise that has become a shipwreck.

Warner Bros. Pictures released “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” in U.S. cinemas on December 22, 2023.

2018 New York Comic Con: What to expect at this year’s event

October 1, 2018

by Carla Hay



Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation)

The 13th annual New York Comic Con takes place October 4 to October 7 in New York City. The event is expected to draw about 200,000 people, according to ReedPOP, the company that produces the event. New York Comic Con’s main hub is at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, but there are also numerous activities taking place at several other locations in the city, including Hammerstein Ballroom, Shop Studios, the New York Public Library and the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.

TV shows dominate the most high-profile panels and activities. “The Walking Dead” TV series has had a panel at New York Comic Con every year since the show debuted in 2010. The show’s ninth season (which premieres October 7, 2018) will have the last episodes with Andrew Lincoln, who plays “The Walking Dead” group leader Rick Grimes. Lincoln is leaving the show because he says he wants to spend more time with his family.

New York Comic Con in 2018 also has four major exclusive TV panels: “Outlander,” which is coming to New York Comic Con for the first time this year; “Doctor Who,” with the Comic Con debut of Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to play the show’s title role; “Tardis Time,” a panel reuniting former “Doctor Who” cast members David Tennant, Matt Smith and Alex Kingston; and a “Netflix and Chills” panel, with sneak previews of Netflix’s upcoming supernatural shows  (“Umbrella Academy,” “The Haunting of Hill House” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,”  “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”), as well as interviews with some of the cast members.

Meanwhile, “Riverdale” will have its New York Comic Con panel debut this year. “Gotham,” which has been at New York Comic Con since its 2014 debut, will have its final New York Comic Con panel before the series ends in 2019.

There are some movies due to be released in theaters that will also be showcased at the event, such as “Mortal Engines,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” and “Dragon Ball Super: Broly.” And, of course, there will be plenty of panels, exhibits and previews for comic books, video games, fantasy novels and other pop-culture attractions.


 As previously reported, for the first time this year, New York Comic Con has partnered with Anime Expo to create Anime Fest, which will take place on the same days as New York Comic Con 2018 in New York City: October 4 to October 7.  Anime Fest, which will be held at Pier 94, requires a separate price of admission for everyone. New York Comic Con badges not do not include admission to Anime Fest, and a New York Comic Con badge is not required to purchase admission to Anime Fest.


New at Comic Con this year are panels and sessions presented by Entertainment Weekly and the Motion Picture Association of America at Shop Studios, which is at 528 W. 39th Street. Some of the panels require tickets. For ticketed panels, most are free to New York Comic Con badge holders and have various prices for people without New York Comic Con badges.

Some of the highlights of Shop Studios include:

  • Entertainment Weekly presents a conversation with actress Sophie Turner (“Dark Phoenix,” “X-Men Apocalypse,” “Game of Thrones”). Tickets are not required. (October 6, 2018, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)
  • Comic-book illustrator Alex Ross does a rare Comic Con autograph session to celebrate his book “Marvelocity,” a retrospective celebration of the world’s most beloved Marvel characters. Ross is also doing a panel conversation with editor and designer Chip Kidd. This is a ticketed session, with admission charges for everyone, including New York Comic Con badge holders. All tickets include a copy of “Marvelocity” and an exclusive Black Panther print. Ticket prices are $75 for the panel and autograph session or $65 for the autograph session only. (October 6, 2018, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
  • Entertainment Weekly presents the “Visionaries” panel with filmmakers Robert Rodriguez (“Alita: Battle Angel,” “Sin City,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”), Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok,” “What We Do in the Shadows”) and Drew Goddard (“Bad Times at the El Royale,” “The Cabin in the Woods”). This is not a ticketed panel. October 6, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
  • Entertainment Weekly presents the “Brave Warriors” panel with actors Josh Bowman (“Time After Time”), Josh Dallas (“Once Upon a Time,” “Manifest”), Joel de la Feunte (“The Man in the High Castle,” “Manifest”) and Jason Lewis (“Midnight, Texas”). This is not a ticketed panel. (October 7, 2018, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)
  • Bill Nye does a Q&A conversation with Gregory Moyne. This is a ticketed panel. Free admission tickets are no longer available for New York Comic Con badge holders. Ticket prices are $25, which includes priority seating and a pre-signed copy of Nye and Moyne’s book “Jack and the Geniuses #3: Lost in the Jungle.” (October 7, 2018, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)


Several stars from movies and TV shows will have individual autograph  sessions and/or photo opportunities with fans. They include:

  • Mark Ruffalo (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Thor: Ragnarok” and other Marvel Studios superhero movies) on October 4.
  • Zachary Levi (“Shazam!,” “Chuck”) on October 4 and October 5.
  • David Tennant (“Doctor Who,” “Good Omens”) on October 5 and October 7.
  • Jason Momoa (“Aquaman,” “Justice League”) on October 6.
  • Michelle Rodriguez (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise, “Lost,” “Avatar,” “Resident Evil”on October 6.
  • Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead,” “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War”) on October 6 and October 7.
  • Aisha Tyler (“Archer,” “Criminal Minds”) on October 6 and October 7.
  • Matt Smith (“Doctor Who,” “The Crown”) on October 6 and October 7.


Various celebrities will be stopping by for brief interviews at the NYCC Live Stage at Booth 174 at Javits Center. Here are some of the most high-profile appearances:

Robert Rodriguez and Michelle Rodriguez

October 4, 2018, 11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez (“Alita: Battle Angel,” “Sin City,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”), actress Michelle Rodriguez (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise, “Lost,” “Avatar,” “Resident Evil”) and writer Racer Rodriguez discuss their new, first-of-a-kind VR project “The Limit.” (Racer is Robert’s son. Michelle is not related to them.)

Zachary Levi

October 4, 2018, 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

The star of “Shazam!” stops by to preview the movie.

“Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Cast Interview

October 5, 2018, 11:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Omar Miller (Raph) Josh Brener (Donnie), Brandon Smith (Mikey) Kat Graham (April O’Neil), Andy Suriano (Character Designer), Ant Ward (Producer), and Rob Paulsen (Voice Director) swing by to discuss the reboot of everyone’s favorite “Heroes in a Half Shell.”

“Titans” Cast Interview

October 5, 2018, 11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Pal around with the Titans themselves: Brenton Thwaites (Robin), Teagan Croft (Raven), Minka Kelly (Dove), Anna Diop (Starfire), Alan Ritchson (Hawk), and Ryan Potter (Beast Boy), as they discuss the upcoming DC Universe series.

“Outlander” Cast Interview

October 6, 2018, 11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Go inside the hit fantasy drama’s upcoming fourth season with the show’s stars Sam Heughan (Jamie MacKenzie Fraser), Caitriona Balfe (Claire Beauchamp Randall/Fraser), Sophie Skelton (Bree Randall), and Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield).

“Good Omens” Cast Interview

October 6, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Writer Neil Gaiman and director Douglas Mackinnon discuss the end of the world with Michael Sheen (Aziraphale), Miranda Richardson (Madame Tracy), and David Tennant (Crowley).

“Manifest” Cast Interview

October 6, 2018, 2:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Series creator Jeff Rake waxes poetic on disappearing commercial airliners alongside Josh Dallas (Ben Stone) and Melissa Roxburgh (Michaela Stone).



“Marvel’s Runaways”

October 5, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

“Marvel’s Runaways” is headed to Madison Square Garden, for the very first time, with an action-packed panel, Q&A and never-before-seen-footage.  Join Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television, along with the cast and executive producer, as they let you in on what’s to come for the highly-anticipated Season 2 of the Hulu original series “Marvel’s Runaways.” You won’t want to miss this fun-filled event! And don’t forget all 13 episodes of “Marvel’s Runaways Season 2” will drop on December 21, 2018, only on Hulu.

“DreamWorks Tales of Arcadia: 3Below”

October 5, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Guillermo del Toro offers a first look inside his upcoming Netflix original series “DreamWorks Tales of Arcadia: 3Below,” the second chapter in the “Tales of Arcadia” trilogy. The panel will also include executive producers Rodrigo Blaas, Marc Guggenheim and Chad Hammes, and actor Diego Luna (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”). The series follows two royal teenage aliens,and their bodyguard who flee a surprise takeover of their home planet by an evil dictator and crash land in Arcadia. Now on the run from intergalactic bounty hunters, they struggle to blend in and adapt to the bizarre world of high school all the while attempting to repair their ship so they can return and defend their home planet.

“Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

October 5, 2018, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Main Stage 1-D Presented by Verizon – Javits Center

Rise up! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back in the next mutation of New York’s half-shell heroes.  Join us as we celebrate the latest incarnation of The Turtles.  Featuring Omar Miller (“Ballers”) as Raph, Ben Schwartz (“Parks and Recreation”) as Leo, Josh Brener (“Silicon Valley”) as Donnie, Brandon Smith (“You’re the Worst”) as Mikey, Kat Graham (“The Vampire Diaries”) as April and special guest Maurice LaMarche (“Pinky and the Brain”) as the Foot Brute.  Joining the cast are co-executive producers, Andy Suriano and Ant Ward, and legendary voice director Rob Paulsen. Panel highlights will include never-before-seen clips from the series, special guests and exclusive giveaways.

Netflix and Chills

October 5, 2018, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Main Stage 1-D Presented by Verizon – Javits Center

The midnight hour is close at hand with Netflix’s Mega Block of chills, thrills, and everything else of the other-worldly variety. Join the casts of “Umbrella Academy,” “The Haunting of Hill House” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” as they descend upon New York Comic Con to discuss these highly anticipated new series. Plus, get a first look at “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” before anyone else. Panelists: Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Rob Sheehan, Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel.

Tardis Time: Matt Smith, David Tennant and Alex Kingston Live

October 5, 2018, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Hammerstein Ballroom 

The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors are joined by River Song in a once-in-a-regeneration experience at the Hammerstein Ballroom on October 5, 2018. David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Alex Kingston (along with companion/host Aaron Sagers) will make you laugh, cry, and feel bigger on the inside with their tales from across space and time. This is a ticketed event that is not free to New York Comic Con badgeholders. Tickets range from $19-$249.

The forces of good and evil take the stage to give fans a first ever sneak-peak of the highly anticipated series adaptation of Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s best-selling “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch” novel. A dark, comedic story set in modern day Britain that centers on the stoic and sensible angel, Aziraphale (played by Sheen) and the suave man-about-town demon, Crowley (played by Tennant) as they join forces to prevent the coming of the Apocalypse.

“Good Omens”

October 6, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

The forces of good and evil take the stage to give fans a first ever sneak-peak of the highly anticipated series adaptation of Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s best-selling “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch” novel. A dark, comedic story set in modern day Britain that centers on the stoic and sensible angel, Aziraphale (played by Michael Sheen) and the suave man-about-town demon, Crowley (played by David Tennant) as they join forces to prevent the coming of the Apocalypse. Panelists: Neil Gaiman, David Tennant, Douglas Mackinnon, Michael Sheen  Miranda Richardson

“Marvel’s Daredevil”

October 6, 2018, 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Witness New York Comic Con’s highly anticipated return of “Daredevil,” Marvel’s first superhero on Netflix! Join the series’ stars Charlie Cox, Elden Henson, Deborah Ann Woll, Vincent D’Onofrio, Joanne Whalley, Wilson Bethel, Jay Ali, series showrunner Erik Oleson and executive producer/Marvel head of television Jeph Loeb for what promises to be an epic panel full of surprise reveals.

“Star Trek: Discovery”

October 6, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

“Star Trek,” one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, has left an indelible mark on our world.   What began as a TV show over 50 years ago became a window into the future and a reflection of our greatest hopes for a better tomorrow.   Join the cast and producers of “Star Trek: Discovery” as they discuss the legacy of the franchise, and what adventures await the CBS All Access Original Series as it warps into Season 2.  Panelists are to be announced.


October 6, 2018, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Join executive producers Ronald D. Moore and Maril Davis, along with cast members Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin, for a discussion about the new season of the hit Starz Original Series. Season 4 of “Outlander” continues the story of time-traveling doctor Claire Fraser and her 18th-century Highlander husband Jamie Fraser as they try to make a home for themselves in the rough and dangerous “New World” of colonial America. Meanwhile, in the 20th century, Claire and Jamie’s daughter Brianna Randall and historian Roger Wakefield search for proof that Brianna’s parents found each other in the past.

“The Walking Dead”

October 6, 2018, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Cast and executive producers from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” will discuss the show’s exciting new chapter and share some hints of what’s to come with a sneak peek into season 9, debuting on October 7th at 9PM ET/PT. Panelists: Danai Gurira, Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Angela Kang, Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman , Gale Anne Hurd and  Dave Alpert.


October 7, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Following yet another drama-filled season and shocking Season 2 finale, don’t miss “Riverdale” when it makes its debut at New York Comic Con this year! Join Archie and the gang as they continue to dive into the secrets that loom and keep emerging from the shadows in a town that once seemed like a quiet, ordinary place. The circumstances surrounding Archie’s arrest kick off the drama of season three as the gang tries to #FreeArchie, while Hiram Lodge continues to flesh out his plans to control not only Riverdale, but also the ever growing SoDale. Based on the characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (“The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Blindspot,” “Arrow,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”) in association with Warner Bros. Television, this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. Join us for an exclusive sneak peek at Season 3, followed by a Q&A with series stars and producers. “Riverdale” returns for Season 3 on October 10, airing Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW. “Riverdale: The Complete Second Season” is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. Panelists announced so far: KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Luke Perry, Mädchen Amick, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Jon Goldwater.


October 7, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Join “Gotham” as the show returns to New York Comic Con for its final appearance. With Gotham on the brink of total anarchy and cut off from the outside world, only Jim Gordon, Bruce Wayne and a handful of heroes remain behind to retake the city. Inspired by the “No Man’s Land” arc from the comics, villains including Penguin, the Riddler, the Sirens and Jeremiah have taken claim on various regions of the city. Will order be restored, or will chaos reign in Gotham? Be among the first to hear what’s in store for the final chapter of Gotham as the show returns to New York Comic Con for a special video presentation, followed by a Q&A with series stars and producers. From Warner Bros. Television, “Gotham” returns for its fifth and final season midseason on Fox, and “Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season” is available now on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD. Panelists announced so far: David Mazouz, Donal Logue, Robin Lord Taylor, Cory Michael Smith, Camren Bicondova, Sean Pertwee, Chris Chalk, Erin Richards, John Stephens.

“What We Do in the Shadows”

October 7, 2018, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Hammerstein Ballroom

Exclusive Sneak-Peek Screening and Q&A – Based on the classic cult film of the same name, FX presents an exclusive screening of its new vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows, followed by a spirited discussion with executive producers Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi and Paul Simms.  Set in Staten Island, What We Do in the Shadows follows three vampires who have been roommates for hundreds, and hundreds, of years. Following the screening, fans will have a chance to hear directly from the producers about the unending ennui of everyday immortal life that mere humans take for granted.  The series will debut on FX in Spring 2019.

“Doctor Who”

October 7, 2018, 1:45 PM – 3:30 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

BBC America is bringing “Doctor Who” to New York Comic Con for its global premiere! When the new season of “Doctor Who” hits BBC America timed to the U.K. premiere broadcast on Sunday, October 7th at 1:45 p.m. ET/PT, fans will get to experience the first episode live together at New York Comic Con. The screening of the first episode with new star Jodie Whittaker, entitled “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” will be followed by a panel and fan Q&A with Whittaker, showrunner Chris Chibnall and executive producer Matt Strevens.

“RWBY” and “gen:LOCK” Mega Panel

October 7, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Rooster Teeth is bringing exclusive sneak peeks of “RWBY Volume 6” and “gen:LOCK” to New York Comic Con. Join “RWBY” cast and crew Lindsay Jones (Ruby), Kara Eberle (Weiss), Arryn Zech (Blake), Barbara Dunkelman (Yang), Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross for exciting “RWBY” news, hilarious behind-the-scenes stories and more. “gen:LOCK” writer/director Gray G. Haddock will show the most that’s ever been seen of “gen:LOCK.”

In addition, these TV shows or web series will be showcased with panels at New York Comic Con this year:

  • “The 100”
  • “American Dad”
  • “American Gods”
  • “Archer: 1999”
  • “Batman: The Animated Series”
  • “Big Mouth”
  • “Blindspot”
  • “Boy Meets World”(25th Anniversary Reunion)
  • “The Boys”
  • “Charmed”
  • “Cobra Kai”
  • “Cosmos: Possible Worlds”
  • “Cowboy Bebop”
  • “Critical Role”
  • “Deadly Class”
  • “A Discovery of Witches”
  • “The Dragon Prince”
  • “Drunk History”
  • “Family Guy”
  • “Future Man”
  • “The Gifted”
  • “Happy!”
  • “Human Kind Of”
  • “Hilda”
  • “Impractical Jokers”
  • “Legacies”
  • “Liver Spots and Astro Nots”
  • “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” (25th Anniversary Reunion)
  • “Lore”
  • “The Magicians”
  • “The Man in the High Castle”
  • “Manifest”
  • “Mars”
  • “Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors”
  • “Midnight, Texas”
  • “Mythical Beasts”
  • “Nightflyers”
  • “Origin”
  • “The Orville”
  • “Our Star Wars Stories”
  • “The Passage”
  • “Project Blue Book”
  • “Roswell, New Mexico”
  • “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power”
  • “Siren”
  • “Stan Against Evil”
  • “SuperMansion”
  • “The Tick”
  • “Titans”
  • “Trailer Park 2.0”
  • “Voltron Legendary Defender”


“Mortal Engines”

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

October 5, 2018, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities roam Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Now, two fugitives forge an unlikely alliance destined to change the future. Join cast & filmmakers from “Mortal Engines” the startling, epic adventure from the filmmakers of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” as they share exclusive materials and thrilling tales of production. Panelists: Peter Jackson  Philippa Boyens, Hugo Weaving,  Jihae,  Leila George, Rob Sheehan, Stephen Lang,  Hera Hilmar and Christian Rivers.

“Dragon Ball Super: Broly”

October 5, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

The greatest action animated series of all time returns for a new movie of epic proportions! Join a roster of English voice actors—and special guests from Japan—as they discuss the film and reveal never-before-seen announcements. This panel reunites the English and Japanese voices of Goku, Sean Schemmel and Masako Nozawa, along with Japanese director Tatsuya Nagamine and English voice actors!

“Hellboy” (2019)

October 6, 2018, 11:00 PM – 12:00 PM

Main Stage 1-D Presented by Verizon – Javits Center

Join stars David Harbour, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim and Ian McShane, and comic book creator Mike Mignola to discuss the film. Based on the Dark Horse comic book “Hellboy” caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

October 6, 2018, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Cast and filmmakers from Sony Pictures Entertainment’s highly anticipated “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” from the creative minds of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, will give audiences an inside look at the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse—where more than one can wear the mask. The film is presented in association with Marvel. Panelists: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson,  Brian Tyree Henry,  Luna Lauren Velez, Miller, Lord, Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichietti.

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” 

October 7, 2018, 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Welcome cast and filmmakers from DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” Get ready to rediscover Toothless—the King of all Dragons—as he meets a potential girlfriend and journeys alongside Hiccup to a hidden world you thought only existed in myth. Writer/director Dean DeBlois will be joined by special guests as he reveals all-new footage and brings us deep into his surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown, and the most unlikely of friendships—one that’s spanned the lifetimes of both the Night Fury and the chief of Berk.

 “Twilight” (10th Anniversary)

October 7, 2018, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Main Stage 1-D Presented by Verizon – Javits Center

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of “Twilight’s” original theatrical release, Lionsgate invites you to join director Catherine Hardwicke and “Twilight” actors Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone and Edi Gathegi to reminisce about the epic saga and how it changed the state of fandom.

*All panel descriptions are courtesy of New York Comic Con.

2018 Comic-Con International: Conan O’Brien announces guest stars

July 2, 2018

Conan O’Brien returns to San Diego for the fourth year in a row with a week of star-filled shows to be taped during Comic-Con® International. This year’s roster includes the stars of the of the Emmy-winning sensation  “Breaking Bad” reuniting for the 10 year anniversary of the show, the stars of “Glass,” “The Predator,” and the stars of “Aquaman,” with more to be announced.

“Conan’s” Comic-Con® International shows will be taped at San Diego’s historic Spreckels Theatre on Wednesday, July 18– Saturday, July 21. Episodes will air that Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) on TBS, with availability across TBS and Team Coco’s digital, mobile and VOD platforms the following day.

The following is the schedule for the week’s episodes and guests:

 Wednesday, July 18
The Cast of “Breaking Bad” starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna
Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Giancarlo Esposito, Bob
Odenkirk and show creator Vince Gilligan
Thursday, July 19
The Cast of “The Predator” starring Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key,
Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Trevante Rhodes, Alfie Allen, Augusto
Aguilera, Jake Busey, Yvonne Strahovski and director Shane Black  Saturday, July 21
The Cast of “Glass” starring Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Bruce
Willis, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy and writer/director M. Night
ShyamalanSunday, July 22
The Cast of “Aquaman”To Be Announced.

As in years past, “Conan” audience members will receive one of four limited edition Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures available during Comic-Con® International.  Those not lucky enough to attend shows in person will have an opportunity for a Nightly Instant Win Giveaway.  Conan will announce a code each night on air from his San Diego tapings.  Enter the code at each night for your chance to win. Also, follow @conancon on Instagram for more information and giveaways throughout Comic-Con® International.

To bring fans even more access to all things “Conan” in San Diego, Team Coco has partnered with DIRECTV NOW to debut: @ConanCon, a new Instagram handle that will serve as the official hub for your #ConanCon information with exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, giveaways, ticket and celebrity guest updates, and much more! And it doesn’t stop there. Returning to the roof of Spreckels Theatre, the LIVE @ConanCon show will stream each night across Team Coco’s social handles, giving fans at home access to bonus content.

And don’t miss the Team Coco and Snickers® brand ambassadors, who will be hitting the streets of the Gaslamp District and encouraging fans to show off their best (or worst) version of “Conan’s”iconic string dance. Fans will receive social-ready GIFs and Snickers® bars – either for a job well done or as a boost to help fight off those hunger symptoms and improve future dance skills!

Each night during the week of shows, fans will have the opportunity to win exclusive “Conan” access in San Diego. Thanks to State Farm®, life will go right for a few lucky con-goers, who will be awarded VIP tickets to attend that night’s Team Coco House comedy show and show tickets for the following day at Spreckels Theater.

For tickets and more information about “Conan’s” San Diego shows, please visit

“Conan” airs Monday-Thursday at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) on TBS. The show is produced by Conaco LLC, with Jeff Ross serving as executive producer.

About TBS
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