The first official day of Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 20, will be time for the stars of the small screen to shine.
“Teen Wolf,” the MTV series in its final season, will take over Hall H as a send-off to fans, but many new shows are also being featured along with cast members. Shows featuring Marvel Comics characters, FX’s “Legion” and ABC’s “Inhumans,” are sure to be major draws.
Netflix will be on hand to preview its new movie “Death Note,” based on a famous Japanese manga, and 20th Century Fox, producer of the “X-Men” film franchise, will occupy Hall H early in the day but is keeping its plans for the panel secret.
Here are some of the Thursday highlights, with official descriptions courtesy of the folks at Comic-Con.
For a complete schedule, go here.
Teen Titans Go!
New episode! The Titans are back at it again with another fun-filled panel to kick off your Comic-Con weekend. Producers and members of the voice cast will answer your questions and premier a Titan-sized special one-hour episode. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, “Teen Titans Go!” airs on Cartoon Network. Room 6A, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Zarkon has been defeated and Shiro is nowhere to be found. Without a pilot for the Black Lion or the ability to form Voltron, the team must quickly devise a plan, as the ascension of Prince Lotor pulls them into a perilous game of cat and mouse. Executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos, co-executive producer Lauren Montgomery, Bex Taylor-Klaus, and Tyler Labine debut the first episode of season 3 of the Netflix original series DreamWorks Voltron: Legendary Defender. All attendees will receive an SDCC-exclusive poster created by the Voltron crew. Room 6BCF, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
20th Century Fox
TBA. Hall H, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saban’s Power Rangers toys
Jason Bischoff (global consumer products director, Saban Brands) and a panel of esteemed guests invite you into the command center for a sneak peek at the Power Rangers 25th anniversary toy plans and what’s to come for the rest of 2017. Get up close and personal with the behind-the-scenes crew as they reveal never-before-seen action figures, collectibles, and more! Panel and Q&A moderated by Dan Casey (senior editor, Nerdist). Room 25ABC, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
Justice League Action
Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman lead the DC Comics superheroes against their most infamous foes in adventures packed with relentless thrills, fun, and action in Justice League Action. Whether defending the Earth, facing invaders from space, or battling bizarre forces of magic, the always-rotating team of Justice League heroes are up to any challenge. Producers and members of the voice cast will be on hand to screen an all-new episode as well as participate in a Q&A. Room 6A, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
DC Entertainment publisher Jim Lee (Batman, Justice League, Suicide Squad, Superman Unchained) talks about his 30+ years in the comics industry and sketches your favorite characters live on the big screen in this engaging panel. This is a great opportunity to watch the creative process first-hand and learn the tips of the trade that bring DC Comics’ characters to life. Room 6DE, 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m
Look out, True Believer, the superheroes you love-and the supervillains you love to hate-are waging war on your consoles, PCs, and mobile devices! Be there as key members of the Marvel Games team take to the stage to share the latest and greatest with you . . . and open the floor to answer your questions! Room 6BCF, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
The cast of Colony and executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Ryan Condal (Hercules) take fans “behind the wall” of the upcoming third season with a dynamic Q&A and an in-depth look back at last season’s shocking finale. The Bowman Family escaped the LA bloc by the thinnest of margins . . . but what lies beyond the Wall may reveal a greater danger! Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 2 p.m.-2:50 p.m.
DC Comics meet the publishers
Dan DiDio and Jim Lee are the driving forces behind DC Universe Rebirth, Vertigo, MAD, DC’s Young Animal, Dark Matter, and much more. This up-close-and-personal panel gives you unique access to the leaders of a fan-favorite comic book line! Room 6DE, 2-3 p.m.
Just before the series is set to end its historic run on MTV, this panel will take a look back at where it all began. Teen Wolf cast and crew will be on hand to reminisce about how the show got started, talk through the challenges that shaped it as it grew into a beloved series, and tease the epic moments that will close out a six-year saga. Expect series regulars, surprise guests, and one last chance to say goodbye to a TV show that defied expectations at every turn. Hall H, 2-3 p.m.
Premiering exclusive footage from the highly anticipated new season of SYFY’s Van Helsing. Stars Kelly Overton (True Blood), Jonathan Scarfe (Hell on Wheels), Missy Peregrym (Rookie Blue), Christopher Heyerdahl (Twilight, True Blood), Paul Johansson (One Tree Hill), Aleks Paunovic (Continuum, iZombie), and Rukiya Bernard will join creator/showrunner Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, Hell on Wheels) and executive producer Mike Frislev (Fargo, Hell on Wheels) in a Q&A moderated by executive producer Chad Oakes (Fargo, Hell on Wheels). Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 3 p.m.-3:50 p.m.
Robert Kirkman, the creative mind behind The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Outcast, discusses his prolific body of work within comics, television, and now film with the feature adaptation of his long-running superhero comic, Invincible. Room 6A, 3 p.m.-4 p.m.
Netflix presents a special sneak peek at David Ayer’s new action-thriller film, Bright, set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time. Stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, and Édgar Ramírez, and director David Ayer will debut exclusive footage from the film and answer audience questions. Attendees will also be treated to a first look at the new movie Death Note, based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. Cast and filmmakers from this edgy thriller will debut footage and share details of the project’s transition from fan-favorite graphic novel to film. Hall H, 3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
NBC’s Timeless traveled back in time to make the unbelievable happen. It became the first show ever to be canceled and renewed after only three days-all thanks to tremendous fan support! Join cast members Abigail Spencer (Rectify, Oz the Great and Powerful), Matt Lanter (Pitch Perfect 3, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Malcolm Barrett (Preacher, Better Off Ted), and Goran Višnji? (ER, Extant), and executive producers Shawn Ryan (The Shield, S.W.A.T.) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Revolution) for a Q&A session and fan celebration moderated by USA Today’ s Brian Truitt. The cast will take a look back at their favorite moments from season 1 and answer burning fan questions on unsolved mysteries. Timeless is produced by Sony Pictures Television, Universal Television, MiddKid Productions, Kripke Enterprises, and Davis Entertainment and will return to NBC in 2018. Room 6BCF, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
The world has gone dark in the wake of a nuclear explosion and strigoi are in control. Do these heroes have what it takes to save humankind? The Strain, FX’s action-packed vampire thriller based on the bestselling books from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, returns for its fourth and final season. Get a sneak peek at never-before-seen footage and then join showrunner/executive producer/writer Carlton Cuse, executive producer/writer Chuck Hogan, and stars Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Ruta Gedmintas, Miguel Gomez, Richard Sammel, and Max Charles as they discuss the challenges (and fun!) of bringing this post-apocalyptic world to life. Ballroom 20, 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
Marvel: Next Big Thing
Get a sneak preview of what the rest of the year holds in store for your favorite Marvel heroes, as well as the upcoming Generations weekly series featuring the heroes of today teaming up with their counterparts from yesterday! Editor-in-chief Axel Alonso and editors Nick Lowe and Sana Amanat will be on hand with Cullen Bunn (Generations: The Phoenix) and Margaret Stohl (Generations: The Bravest) for a look forward (and backward) toward some of Marvel’s greatest heroes. Room 5AB, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Beware: You’re in for a scare! R. L. Stine, author of the bestselling children’s book series Goosebumps, is at Comic-Con for the first time. Come meet the man who has given you 25 years of fears. Room 6DE, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Be one of the first to see FOX’s highly anticipated new action-comedy Ghosted, starring Craig Robinson (The Office) and Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation). Ghosted is about the partnership between two polar opposites-a cynical skeptic and a genius “true believer"-who are recruited to investigate unexplained phenomena in Los Angeles, all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race. Robinson and Scott are joined by Ally Walker (Sons of Anarchy) and executive producers Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten to discuss this paranormal buddy comedy coming to FOX this fall. Room 6BCF, 4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
Legion, based on the New Mutants Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who grew up believing himself to be schizophrenic, only to discover he is something more than human. In fact, David could be the most powerful mutant who has ever lived. Along with a team of other extraordinarily gifted people at a facility called Summerland, David learns to accept his true self and defeat the Shadow King. Or so they all believe. Creator/executive producer/writer/director Noah Hawley is joined by fellow executive producers John Cameron, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Jeph Loeb and series stars Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, and Amber Midthunder for a conversation on what to look forward to from season 2 of Legion. Ballroom 20, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
Sonic and Sega concert
The master-composer and arranger Shota Nakama will bring his magic in creating spellbinding rock/orchestral experiences combined with video footage and live performance to the Indigo Ballroom for a one-night only free performance. Hosted by Sega and VR Con, this program should delight audiences of all ages. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
FOX’s breakout thriller returns for a second season. Join Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera, Sense8), Father Marcus (Ben Daniels, House of Cards), Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan, Skyfall), and executive producers Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four) and Sean Crouch (Numb3rs) for a special fan tribute panel including highlights and insights on the new season. Room 6BCF, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
The Inhumans have landed in San Diego! Special guests of the highly anticipated Marvel’s Inhumans unveil an explosive panel moderated by executive producer Jeph Loeb. This event series will premiere a version of the first two episodes exclusively in IMAX theatres for a two-week window prior to the debut of the full series on ABC. Ballroom 20, 6:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Adam West Celebration
For many, Adam West provided the initial gateway to Batman through the glorious televised tales of the late ‘60s. Tonight, fans will come together to celebrate his beloved performance and the 50+ years that followed with video footage and personal anecdotes. Please join director/writer/actor Kevin Smith (Clerks, Comic Book Men), actor/radio personality Ralph Garman (Family Guy, Starring Adam West), producer James Tucker (Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders), moderator Gary Miereanu and an ever-growing list of special guests in this salute to the legendary “Bright Knight." Room 6DE, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Castlevania is one of the most popular video game franchises by Konami and Hideo Kojima. Brought to life with vivid animation through Netflix, fans will want to hear the behind-the-scenes stories from the cast and crew. Jessica Tseang (founder, Girl on Geek, Little Geek Girls) will lead a lively discussion with Adi Shankar (showrunner and executive producer of Castlevania, executive producer of Dredd), Sam Deats (director, Castlevania, Powerhouse Animation), Kevin Kolde (executive producer and showrunner for Castlevania, producer of Bee and PuppyCat, Adventure Time), and some surprise guests, with a special message from series writer Warren Ellis. Room 5AB, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist
This feature-length documentary about Will Eisner premiered at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival. The film includes interviews with Stan Lee, Jules Feiffer, Jack Kirby, Art Spiegelman, Frank Miller, Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Chabon, Gil Kane, and many other famous writers and cartoonists who knew and worked with Will Eisner. The showing will be introduced by Danny Fingeroth (comics historian, Spider-Man group editor) with a brand-new videotape introduction from the film’s director/producer Andrew D. Cooke and writer/producer Jon B. Cooke. Room 9, 9 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Netflix surprise screening
Netflix will have a surprise screening of an upcoming original movie before its premiere. Stay tuned and visit the Netflix booth on the convention floor to learn more! Horton Grand Theatre, 10 p.m.-12 a.m.
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