Obviously when you release the schedule for the first half of a con, you’re going to release the schedule for the second half sooner rather than later. To wit, San Diego Comic Con has now fully disclosed the goings on of their 2014 edition, and the weekend line-up promises the bulk of the con’s big movie panels and some of the TV shows it didn’t have time to get to one Friday. So what’s in store? Read on to find out.
Naturally, the big ticket on Saturday will be the 5 to 8 slot in Hall H when Marvel will do its panel. Michael Douglas already spilled the beans that he will be there to talk about Ant-Man, but what else about the troubled production might be said, and who else might join producer Kevin Feige on stage? Will we get an Avengers: Age of Ultron footage? Will any Avengers show up? Will the actor playing Doctor Strange be revealed? And what of the future of Thor, Captain America and the Hulk in terms of solo films? So many possibilities….
In other movie news, Warner Bros will be showing off upcoming wannabe hits like the delayed Jupiter Ascending, Mad Max: Fury Road, and, of course, the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies. Legendary hasn’t revealed what they’re going to talk about, maybe Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak? The Warcraft movie? Sin City: A Dame to Kill For will certainly be there, as will Boxtrolls, and a
documentary brickumentary about LEGO.
Fans will also have the chance to fondly remember Sailor Moon, Gargoyles and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, enjoy TV favorites like Family Guy, The Black List and Once Upon a Time, and if you can make it to the very end of the day, you can take place in the traditional Comic Con masquerade.
Here are some of Saturday’s highlights:
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons-no gifts please-with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director Mike Anderson, and director for life David Silverman. Topics include the new Treehouse of Horror, Simpsorama, a visit from Homer Simpson and much, much more.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am – 10:45am
Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. returns to Hall H with a look at three upcoming movies:
Jupiter Ascending – The first original science fiction film from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski since their game-changing “Matrix” trilogy is an action adventure starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. The story will take audiences from the streets of Chicago to the furthest galaxies of space, as Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track down Jupiter Jones (Kunis), a young woman whose genetic signature marks her for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. Written, directed and produced by the Wachowskis, with producer Grant Hill and many of their longstanding creative collaborators, the film also stars Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, and Tuppence Middleton.
Mad Max: Fury Road – Seminal director George Miller returns to the post-apocalyptic universe he created three decades ago with the cultural phenomenon Mad Max. Tom Hardy reinvents Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road, Miller’s extraordinary new take on the legendary character for a new generation of fans. The film also stars Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies – This December, Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson will unleash the epic final film in The Hobbit Trilogy, based on the timeless masterpiece by J. R. R. Tolkien, from New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. Bilbo’s journey culminates in a desperate and dangerous choice as darkness converges on the Lonely Mountain, and the races of Dwarves, Elves, and Men must decide: unite or be destroyed. Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The ensemble cast is led by Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, and James Nesbitt, with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, and Orlando Bloom.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am – 12:00pm
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time has Frozen over! As Elsa enters Storybrooke, she brings an icy new twist to the lives of the rest of the fairytale inhabitants. Co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis (Lost), and Adam Horowitz (Lost) along with Lana Parrilla (24), Josh Dallas (Thor), Emilie de Ravin (Lost), Colin O’Donoghue (The Rite), and Jared Gilmore (Mad Men) discuss the upcoming season of new characters, new adventures and new rivalries.
Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am – 11:45am
Spotlight on Bryan Lee O’Malley
Comic-Con special guest Bryan Lee O’Malley, creator of the bestselling Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, discusses his newest project, Seconds, with Laura Hudson (Wired).
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Legendary Pictures presents a panel featuring their upcoming slate of highly anticipated films.
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:25pm – 1:10pm
Sailor Moon Official Panel
VIZ Media is releasing the 200-episode classic Sailor Moon series for the first time on Blu-ray and with an all-new completely uncut and uncensored English dub. Join members of the VIZ Animation team for a presentation on all the ins and outs of the production of this legendary anime series. Bring your questions, too, for the Q&A session at the end!
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:30pm – 1:30pm
The Griffins are back at Comic-Con with an exclusive sneak peek at the historic Family Guy/The Simpsons crossover episode in which Peter and clan hit Springfield! Celebrate season 13 with Seth Green (Robot Chicken), Mike Henry (The Cleveland Show), and executive producers Rich Appel (The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show), Steve Callaghan (American Dad), Danny Smith, and co-executive producer Peter Shin, plus other surprise guests.
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm – 1:45pm
You know Saga. You love Saga. You can’t get enough of Saga. Luckily, this year, series creators Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples are ready, rested, and eager to talk to you about Saga. What’s coming up next on you-know-what? How could they do that thing to you-know-who? Whether you’re coming in your finest cosplay or street clothes, you need to come to this panel..
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Focus Features presents The Boxtrolls, a new family event movie from LAIKA, the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman, that introduces audiences to a new breed of family- The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright of Game of Thrones) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family. Appearing in person are actors Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, and Elle Fanning; producer and lead animator, LAIKA president and CEO Travis Knight; and directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable.
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Dark Horse’s continuations of Joss Whedon’s cult favorites (Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer , Angel & Faith) remain some of the most-talked-about comics in the industry. Dark Horse is giving you an exclusive chance to hear all there is to tell about the current series of both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Serenity from the series’ top talent, with Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie; Buffy Season 10 writer Christos Gage andco-writer and actor Nicholas Brendon; Serenity artist Georges Jeanty; and TV and comics writer Jane Espenson.
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:30pm – 2:30pm
James Spader (The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Boston Legal) and executive producers Jon Bokenkamp (The Call, Taking Lives) and John Eisendrath (Alias, Beverly Hills, 90210) discuss the genesis of the NBC hit series. Join James and the executive producers for a compelling conversation moderated by Mike Schneider (executive editor, TV Guide magazine). The Blacklist returns to NBC September 22 at 10:00 following The Voice.
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:45pm – 2:45pm
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 30th Anniversary
In 1984, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird published the first issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The comic book was an overnight success, and three decades later, the Turtles are more popular than ever, starring in a hit Nickelodeon television series, an award-winning toy line, monthly comic books from IDW, and a new live-action movie later this summer. Join TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman for a 30th anniversary celebration featuring a who’s who of talented people who have contributed to the Turtles’ enduring history. Guests include Karl Aaronian (Playmates Toys), Townsend Coleman (voice of Michelangelo in the original TMNT animated series), Lloyd Goldfine (4kids TMNT, Turtles Forever), Ciro Nieli (executive producer, Nickelodeon TMNT), Ernie Reyes Jr. (Keno inTMNT II: The Secret of the Ooze), and Tom Waltz (writer, IDW TMNT comics), and panel moderator Andrew Farago (curator, Cartoon Art Museum; author of TMNT: The Ultimate Visual History).
Saturday July 26, 2014 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Marvel: Cup O’ Joe
Join Marvel’s chief creative officer Joe Quesada for this no-holds-barred exposé on everything Marvel. Got a question about a favorite hero? Want to hear groundbreaking news straight from the source? Need a rundown on breaking developments in Marvel comics, film, and T.V? This panel is for you! Featuring editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, talent scout C. B. Cebulski, senior editor Nick Lowe, editor Jordan D. White, writer Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man), and other Mighty Marvel guests!
Saturday July 26, 2014 2:45pm – 3:45pm
Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Dimension Films in association with Aldamisa Entertainment present exclusive footage from the highly anticipated sequel Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For from acclaimed co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. Fans will get to experience the Sin City universe and take part in a special discussion with Rodriguez, Miller, and cast.
Saturday July 26, 2014 2:50pm – 3:50pm
A Look at Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary
TwoMorrows Publishing and BrickJournal magazine present a behind the scenes look at a new LEGO documentary released at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. Moderated by Joe Meno (editor of LEGO fan magazine BrickJournal), this panel will include one of the film’s directors, Oscar-nominated Kief Davidson, producer Brendan Kiernan, and stop-motion filmmaker Tommy Williamson (www.Bricknerd.com).
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Disney’s Gargoyles 20-Year Anniversary
“Twenty years ago, superstition and the sword ruled. It was a time of darkness. It was a world of fear. It was the age…of Gargoyles!” Help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Disney Animation television series Gargoyles with members of the cast and crew, featuring series creator Greg Weisman, supervising producer Frank Paur, and others.
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and special guests provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Best and Worst Manga of 2014
There’s a lot of manga available in English now, but what’s really worth reading? A panel of opinionated bloggers, retailers, manga mavens, and comics curmudgeons spotlight the best new manga that hit the shelves in the past year. Hear them rave about their favorite continuing series! Watch them rant about the excruciatingly mediocre manga that they were forced to read (so you won’t have to)! Find out which manga Brigid Alverson (CBR, Robot 6, MangaBlog, Good Comics for Kids), David Brothers (4th Letter), Christopher Butcher (Comics212.net), and Deb Aoki (MangaComicsManga.com, Publishers Weekly) have loved and loathed so far this year, hear about their picks for the most anticipated upcoming releases for fall and beyond, and discover their favorite under appreciated gems that are worth picking up.
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Fight Club: From Page to Screen and Beyond
Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Choke, Haunted), director David Fincher (Fight Club, Seven, The Social Network, and Gone Girl), Gerald Howard (Doubleday executive editor), and special guests discuss the seminal novel’s journey from book to film and beyond. Moderated by Rick Kleffel (TheAgonyColumn.com).
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Phil Tippett: Analog and Digital Effects
Academy Award-winning stop-motion and CGI master Phil Tippett (Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Robocop) presents a talk spanning the history of his career in visual effects, including clips and insights on inspirations, experiences, and relationships that have inspired his creative perceptions and contributions to the world of film and animation. Joining Phil will be Corey Rosen (Lost World: Jurassic Park, The Host, Grindhouse), VP of creative development for Tippett Studio, showcasing Tippett’s new mobile effects app, Efexio.
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment: The Flash, Constantine, Arrow, and the World Premiere of Gotham with Special Appearances by Casts and Producers, Hosted by Arrow’s Stephen Amell
DC fans-get ready for a superhero Saturday night, designed specifically for you! For the first time ever at Comic-Con, Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment will present a three-hour event in Hall H featuring some of DC Comics’s greatest characters. Kicking off the exclusive evening is the world premiere public screening of the highly anticipated new drama seriesGotham, allowing fans their first trip into the dangerous and compelling world of the iconic city. This will be the only screening of Gotham at Comic-Con, and it will be followed by a screening of the complete pilot episode of new action-drama The Flash, as well as exclusive video presentations of returning hit Arrow and new thriller Constantine. Cast and producers from all four series will make special appearances on stage throughout the night, with the festivities to be hosted by Oliver Queen himself — Arrow star Stephen Amell.
Saturday July 26, 2014 8:00pm – 11:00pm
HBO Presents the Comic-Con International 2014 Masquerade
2014 marks the 40th Comic-Con Masquerade, and Ballroom 20 becomes a theater as fabulous original and re-created costumes crafted by our talented attendees are showcased on stage before an audience of thousands, with impressive awards and cash prizes bestowed on those deemed most outstanding by the guest judges. Doors will open for audience seating at 7:45, but the line will start much earlier. Tickets are required for seating and will be given out free to those lining up near Ballroom 20 beginning at 2:00 Saturday. Any tickets left over will be available at the Masquerade Desk near Ballroom 20 later in the afternoon. The Masters of Ceremonies will once again be writer/artists and Girl Genius creators Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio of Studio Foglio. Intermission entertainment will feature the impressive Saber Guild performance group. Ballroom 20 (with overflow seating available in Rooms 5AB, 6A and in the Sails Pavilion; tickets not required for overflow areas)
Saturday July 26, 2014 8:30pm – 11:30pm
Sunday, by comparison is relatively chilled, but there’s still some goodies left if you’re a completest, and since you made the trip to San Diego anyway, you might as well stay to the very end.
Sunday’s schedule is by and large a lot of fan-centric events and panels with a lot more emphasis on comic books, animation and video games. You can check out the new documentaries Bat-Kid: The Movie and Console Wars, get into the latest comic book news and previews, check out how the worlds of The LEGO Movie were brought to life, or attend the panels for Supernatural, Sons of Anarchy, or your (hopefully) new favorite obsession, The Strain.
Here’s the highlights for Sunday:
Supernatural Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Series stars Jared Padalecki (Friday the 13th ), Jensen Ackles (My Bloody Valentine 3D), Misha Collins (Ringer), and Mark A. Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica), along with executive producer Jeremy Carver (U.S. version of Being Human), return to Hall H to answer questions from the audience about what’s in store for the tenth season of this exciting series, including their upcoming 200th episode! Fans will also be treated to an exclusive video presentation featuring series highlights, as well as a portion of the special features from the upcoming Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season DVD and Blu-ray release on September 9. The tenth season of Supernatural will premiere this fall in its Tuesday time period at 9/8c on The CW. The series is produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am – 11:00am
The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel
Each year, we set aside time to talk about Comic-Con’s first superstar guest and the man they call The King of the Comics, Jack Kirby. Jack left us in 1994 but his influence on comics, film, and this convention has never been greater. Discussing the man and his work this year are Len Wein, Scott Shaw!, Charles Kochman (editorial director, Harry N. Abrams Books) and Kirby family attorney Paul S. Levine, plus members of Jack’s family. And of course, it’s moderated by Mark Evanier.
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am – 11:15am
World Premiere of Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy
Everyone’s favorite Great Dane and the Mystery Inc. gang take a trip to claim Velma’s inheritance-a cursed castle inhabited by a terrifying ghost-in Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy. Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment invite you to the World Premiere of this entertaining family film and a stellar panel discussion featuring the voices of Velma and Daphne, Mindy Cohn (Family Matters) and Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), director/producer Paul McEvoy and screenwriter Jim Krieg (Green Lantern: The Animated Series). Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy will be available August 5 on Digital HD and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on August 19 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am – 11:30am
Batkid: The Film
Dana Nachman (documentary filmmaker, KTF Films) unveils her latest project Batkid: The Film, which chronicles the making of the overnight international phenomenon that is Batkid. The panel features Patricia Wilson (CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area and mastermind behind Batkid), Eric Johnston (Batkid’s adult Batman sidekick and inventor), Mike Jutan (Batkid’s nemesis, The Penguin, and Lucasfilm engineer), and Sue Graham Johnston (The Damsel in Distress and VP of operations, Oracle). Join this dynamic team for a Q&A session moderated by Chris Taylor (deputy editor, Mashable).
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:30am – 11:30am
Marvel: Women of Marvel
From Ms. Marvel to Black Widow, from Twitter to tumblr, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in the industry recently. Join the conversation as women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it’s like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry. Panelists include producer and photographer Judy Stephens, Marvel’s The Watcher host Lorraine Cink, Marvel Studios asset manager Alexis Auditore, artist Katie Cook (All-New Marvel NOW! Animal Variants) artist Rachelle Rosenberg (Amazing X-Men), and special guest editor-in-chief Axel Alonso!
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:15am – 12:15pm
Teen Titans Go! Video Presentation and Q&A
Titans Whaaat?? If you want to experience the liveliest panel at Comic-Con…Go! here. If throwing a meatball party with your friends or singing a song about waffles sounds like a good time . . . Go! here. If you want to find out what’s in store for Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Raven then you definitely want to GO!…here. The Teen Titans are back at it again with all new comedic adventures both in and out of Titans Tower. Be treated to a screening of a new episode, followed by a Q&A with producers Michael Jelenic (Batman: The Brave and The Bold) and Aaron Horvath (MAD) and members of the voice cast. But that’s not all! Making a special appearance will be Puffy AmiYumi, the Japanese pop duo responsible for the iconic theme song from the original Teen Titans series. Teen Titans Go! airs Thursdays at 6/5c on Cartoon Network.
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:45am – 12:45pm
Marvel: Next Big Thing
Gather ’round friends and family to pay respect for our honored dead-the legendary X-Man, Wolverine! The Death of Wolverine is here and it will rock you to the core! Plus, what happens in the wake of this summer’s murder mystery mega-event Original Sin? Join executive editor Mike Marts, senior editor Nick Lowe, and writers Gerry Duggan (Deadpool), Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine), and Mark Waid (Daredevil) for a panel discussion on the next big storylines of the Marvel Universe!
Sunday July 27, 2014 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Sons of Anarchy
Get an inside look into the final season of FX’s highest-rated series ever, with creator Kurt Sutter (The Shield), executive producer/director Paris Barclay (NYPD Blue), and the full cast: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Dayton Callie, Jimmy Smits, David Labrava, Niko Nicotera, and Drea de Matteo.
Sunday July 27, 2014 12:30pm – 1:30pm
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games present an inside look at LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, its upcoming, multiplatform game. Produced by the creative geniuses of TT Games, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham puts Batman, Superman, and the heroes of DC Comics in an out-of-this-world adventure to various Lantern worlds battling Brainiac and some of the universe’s most cunning villains. More than 150 characters with amazing powers and abilities provide a whole new twist on the popular action-adventure game. Be among the first to see a Comic-Con exclusive game-play demonstrations and character reveals, receive exciting prizes and giveaways, and witness a true blockbuster announcement. Panelists include TT Games game director Arthur Parsons and executive producer Phill Ring, as well as several members of the stellar voice cast, many of whom are reprising their roles in the famous franchise, including Troy Baker (Batman: Arkham Origins ), Travis Willingham (LEGO Batman: The Movie: DC Super Heroes Unite!), Laura Bailey (Batman: Arkham Origins), Dee Bradley Baker (Phineas and Ferb), Josh Keaton (Green Lantern: The Animated Series)-and special guest star Adam West! LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be available in the fall.
Sunday July 27, 2014 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Get a sneak peek at the third episode of FX’s brand new series, The Strain. In episode 3, “Gone Smooth,” Eph and Nora fight to save Captain Redfern’s life before coming face-to-face with the horrifying effects of the virus. A spike in rat attacks signals Fet that something inexplicable is happening deep below the city. Released from jail, Setrakian begins his own merciless plan to stop the spread of the disease. Written by Chuck Hogan; directed by David Semel. After the screening, join series creators Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and Chuck Hogan and showrunner Carlton Cuse (Lost) along with the cast members Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Miguel Gomez, Ben Hyland, and Jack Kesey.
Sunday July 27, 2014 1:45pm – 3:45pm
Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and The Battle That Defined a Generation
Remember when Sonic took on Mario and tried to prove that Sega does what Nintendon’t? Revisit the first generation of console wars with author Blake J. Harris (Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation) and some of the video game personalities who were in the trenches-Tom Kalinske (Sega of America), Al Nilsen (Sega of America), Bill White (former Nintendo of America employee), and Perrin Kaplan (former Nintendo of America employee), as well as Julian Rosenberg, producer of the upcoming Console Wars documentary.
Sunday July 27, 2014 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Stop by the meeting room this year to hang out with Browncoats and likely hear some news from around the ‘verse. Wear a cunning hat. Who knows what could happen? There’s no better way to share your love for Firefly, and it’s a lot more practical than starting a fight in an Alliance-friendly bar on U-day.
Sunday July 27, 2014 3:00pm – 4:00pm
LEGO/Warner Bros.: The LEGO Movie
Hear all about how key toys from the film were brought to life! Brian Bowler (brand marketing director, LEGO) will lead the discussion on the development of The LEGO Movie with Matthew Ashton (executive producer and vice president of product design, LEGO), Michael Fuller (senior product designer, LEGO), and Jadon Sands (actor, The LEGO Movie).
Sunday July 27, 2014 3:45pm – 4:45pm