Lucasfilm is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars at San Diego Comic-Con this year. The animated series helped fill the void once the prequel trilogy wrapped up and before Disney purchased Lucasfilm, ultimately reviving the movies and releasing The Force Awakens in 2015. The series has been off the air for nearly four years but it has an enduring legacy within the fanbase and that's something worth celebrating, especially at an event like SDCC.
The Clone Wars panel will help usher in one of the biggest pop culture events of the year. Dave Filoni who served as supervising director on the series and developed it alongside Star Wars creator George Lucas, will be on hand with a panel of special guests. Those guests have yet to be specifically announced, but together they will share a look back at the show and its various stories. The panel will be held at the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday, July 19, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in room 6BCF. StarWars.com and Nerdist contributory Amy Ratcliffe announced on Twitter that she will be moderating the panel.
"I'm thrilled to say I'm moderating the panel celebrating 10 years of #TheCloneWars at Comic-Con!"
Despite the fact that the prequels didn't do the trick for many fans that era represented a rich storytelling opportunity which George Lucas took full advantage of. Star Wars: The Clone Wars debuted on Cartoon Network in the summer of 2008 and had the unenviable task of trying to win fans over after the theatrically released The Clone Wars movie left a bad taste in the mouths of many. In spite of those challenges the series succeeded and was eventually embraced by many within the fanbase.
While some of the early episodes stumbled, with the inclusion of characters such as Jar Jar Binks not helping matters, once The Clone Wars found its footing it proved to be an excellent source of Star Wars storytelling. Dave Filoni asserted himself as someone who not only loved the franchise, but as someone who truly understood it. He would go on to prove that even further with Star Wars Rebels. The series ran for six seasons totaling 121 episodes. Cartoon Network aired the first five seasons, with Netflix debuting the sixth and final season.
Characters such as Ahsoka Tano, who fans hated initially, had their stories told via this show and went on to become fan favorites. Other characters such as Cad Bane and Saw Gerrera got their start on The Clone Wars. Plus, the show managed to bring back Darth Maul, which is easily one of the show's most cherished accomplishments. The series also went on to become an Emmy winner and, for many younger fans, it was their entry point into the franchise. Being that this event is taking place at SDCC don't be shocked if it comes with a big surprise or two. This news comes to us courtesy of StarWars.com.