As much fun as I had at Wizard World Philadelphia, the grand daddy of all comic cons is the San Diego Comic-Con. I remember back in the day when you could walk into registration on the day of and get a ticket, but that was before Hollywood really took over and turned it into the biggest pop culture event of the year. Nowadays, every major studio tries to save some of the biggest announcements of the year for the hallowed halls of SDCC.
With a little over a month to go until this year’s installment of the con, Warner Brothers has gone ahead and announced today what they have in store for the epic con. They have quite an awesome assortment of signings, screenings, and panels lined up. For the full press release that includes everything on their schedule, head to Collider to see all that. I’m just going to highlight some of the biggest things happening from WB.
First and foremost, on Wednesday, July 11th, the studio will be showing off a special sneak peek of five of their most anticipated dramas. Included on that list are the new NBC show from J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau ‘Revolution’, and the highly anticipated replacement for ‘Smallville’ on the CW, ‘Arrow’. Both shows, along with ABC’s ‘666 Park Avenue’, The CW’s ‘Cult’, and Fox’s ‘The Following’, will get their world premieres at this year’s convention.
In addition to the Wednesday world premiere, on Friday, ‘Arrow’ will have its very own panel featuring cast members and producers of the show. I’m very curious about The CW’s take on DC’s vigilante archer Oliver Queen, and if I were going to the convention this year, I would most definitely be attending this panel.
For the first time ever, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Fringe’ will be taking over Hall H, the largest hall in the con. The last time I was in Hall H was for Kevin Smith’s annual panel, and I can tell you first hand that if WB acquired that hall for these two presentations, they probably have some big things planned. To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if ‘Fringe’ had a massive turnout for their panel, even if it’s on Sunday this year. As for BBT, I know a ton of people who love that show, but I don’t see many of them heading to Comic-Con, so we’ll see how attendance turns out at that panel.
Also on the line up are panels for ‘Supernatural’, ‘The Vampire Diaries’, and ‘DC Nation’, the block of programming featuring DC superheroes on Cartoon Network.
WB is really pulling out some big guns for this year’s con, but what I really want to hear from them is an update on their live action big screen adaptations of DC’s superheroes like Wonder Woman and Justice League. They definitely have a lot of catching up to do after the release of ‘The Avengers’, so I want to see what kind of moves they make at Comic-Con this year.
Other than that, their schedule looks pretty good. I’m sure that the fans will come out in droves to most of what they have planned.
What do you think about Warner Brothers’ slate of programming for this year’s Comic-Con? Are you really excited to hit up any of these panels or screenings?