Due to the spread of coronavirus, for the first time in 50 years, San Diego Comic-Con 2020 has been officially canceled. However, the four-day convention was scheduled for late July but organizers didn’t want to take any chances so they canceled the event.
In an official statement released by San Diego Comic-Con organizers, they said, “For the first time in its 50-year history San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), the organizers behind the annual pop-culture celebration, announced today with deep regret that there will be no Comic-Con in 2020. The event will instead return to the San Diego Convention Center from July 22-25, 2021. Recognizing that countless attendees save and plan for its conventions each year, and how many exhibitors and stakeholders rely upon its events for a major portion of their livelihood, they had hoped to delay this decision in anticipation that COVID-19 concerns might lessen by summer. Continuous monitoring of health advisories and recent statements by the Governor of California have made it clear that it would not be safe to move forward with plans for this year.”
The statement comes after California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order in which He has not yet given an end date.
Many fans are left disappointed including Filmmaker James Gunn, who brought a number of Marvel films to the convention, expressed his own sadness, while encouraging the fans to stay strong, he wrote, “It’s the right thing to do, but I’m still sad to hear about #SDCC being canceled this year. I’ll miss all of you. We as creators, studios, and publishers will have to find ways to make it up to you the fans in other ways.”
It’s the right thing to do, but I’m still sad to hear about #SDCC being cancelled this year. I’ll miss all of you. We as creators, studios, and publishers will have to find ways to make it up to you the fans in other ways. ❤️
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 17, 2020
After his tweet, many fans requested him and Warner Bros. to hold a digital panel for Suicide Squad sequel or release footage from the film, however, nor Studio or James confirmed anything. Reportedly, the makers of the film wrapped up the production before the lockdown and James himself had confirmed that they are now editing the film, so fans are hoping they might release the first look of the film very soon.