Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are determined to shake things up for San Diego Comic-Con this year, introducing a whole new Special Event: The WBTV/DC Entertainment Saturday Night, taking place on Saturday (obviously!) 26th July, premiering the full pilots for highly anticipated upcoming shows, Gotham and The Flash.
UPDATE (01/07/2014): Mere hours after we posted this story, announcing that the Event would take place in Hall H off the back of a post on the DC Comics website, it was spotted that the post had been moved from one category to another, renamed and edited to remove any mention of Hall H from it. Had the post blown the surprise early? Had somebody at DC Comics merely made an assumption and went ahead with a blog entry? Is the Event actually now happening in a completely different location? Only time will tell. One thing’s for certain: there’s an intern webmaster who’s sitting on the naughty step right now…
Fans will also be given the opportunity to see brand new footage from hit show Arrow, returning in October 2014, as well as brand new programming addition Constantine, starring Welshman Matt Ryan and based on the classic Hellblazer comic, written by Alan Moore.
This is big news and really puts the cat amongst the pigeons: never before has a studio taken over a full evening of programming – a three-hour event, located somewhere within the SDCC programming – featuring cast appearances and world premiere screenings, available to all attendees, outside of Preview Night (which takes place on the Wednesday of Comic-Con week and can only be attended by those lucky few with PN badges).
While the studios are obviously taking the opportunity to showcase their stellar product in a massive way, the event may also be a reaction to the recent leaks of both The Flash and Constantine pilots online – having the cast appear at the official world premiere presentations of these shows, with a full enthusiastic audience, certainly is a big difference from a grainy screener on a laptop.
However, the timing of the event raised a big question; namely, where was this incredible showcase going to be shown? Ballroom 20? The traditional home of large-room television is already nailed down as being the venue of the Comic-Con International Masquerade, celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. So, that was out. Indigo Ballroom was the most likely possibility as it has the capacity, equating to B20. But these are big shows and Indigo just might not be able to cut it.
As it happens, DC Comics have confirmed exactly where this is all taking place – and it’s the mighty Hall H, meaning WB/DC plan to box in Marvel Entertainmen by planning the mother of film panels (rumoured to be featuring footage from Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, as well as any revelations of a future DCU) and bookending then the day with the mother of television panels – Kevin Fiege is really going to have to knock it out of the park to compete with this!
But wait! After a full day of Saturday programming, for a number of years now, another tradition has taken place: Kevin Smith usually wraps up with a Q&A session which tears the roof off the mighty Hall. And no Kev Smith Saturday night lol’s at Comic-Con?! Heresy!
More details on who exactly will be showing up from the massive cast lists detailed in the release below as we hear them – follow us on Twitter to keep up to date…
The official release from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, posted on thewb.com:
WARNER BROS. TELEVISION AND DC ENTERTAINMENT
JOIN FORCES TO PRESENT THE
FIRST EVER WBTV/DC ENTERTAINMENT
SATURDAY NIGHT, FEATURING THE WORLD
PREMIERE OF GOTHAM AND MUCH MORE
ON SATURDAY, JULY 26 AT COMIC-CON 2014
DC Comics Fans Get Ready for the Only Comic-Con Screening of Gotham, a
Complete Pilot Screening of The Flash, Plus Exclusive Footage
From Constantine and Season Three of Arrow
BURBANK, Calif. (June 30, 2014) — Get ready for a spectacular Saturday night at Comic-Con 2014, courtesy of Warner Bros. Television (WBTV) and DC Entertainment (DCE). For the first time ever at SDCC, WBTV and DCE will present a three-hour special event on Saturday night, July 26, designed specifically for DC Comics fans and featuring some of DC Comics’ greatest characters. Kicking off the exclusive evening is the world premiere public screening of the highly anticipated new drama series Gotham (the only screening of Gotham at this year’s Comic-Con), followed by a screening of the complete pilot of new action-drama The Flash, and exclusive video presentations from returning hit Arrow and new thriller Constantine. Cast members and producers from all four shows will make special appearances throughout the night.
- Gotham World Premiere: For the first time ever, DC Comics fans will enter the dangerous and compelling world of Gotham with a screening of the pilot episode, followed by an appearance by the cast and producers.
- The Flash Pilot Screening: Following a full-length screening of The Flash pilot, cast and producers will stop running long enough to take the stage.
- Constantine Exclusive Footage: The enigmatic John Constantine makes his television debut at Comic-Con with footage from the upcoming series, and fans will be treated to a visit from the cast and creative team.
- Arrow Season Three: Arrow returns to Comic-Con with never-before-seen teaser footage from the upcoming third season followed by cast and producers taking on fans’ most pointed questions.
Additional WBTV Comic-Con 2014 panels will be announced in the near future. For additional information about WBTV activities at Comic-Con, please follow us on Twitter at @warnerbrostv and join in the conversation by using hashtag #WBSDCC, or visit http://comiccon.thewb.com.
Before there was Batman, there was Gotham. The origin story of some of DC Comics greatest Super-Villains and vigilantes, this one hour drama follows Detective Jim Gordon’s rise to power in a dangerously corrupt city that would spawn iconic characters such as The Penguin, Catwoman, The Riddler and a young Bruce Wayne. Airing Mondays at 8/7c this fall on FOX, Gotham stars Ben McKenzie (Southland), Donal Logue (Vikings), Sean Pertwee (Elementary), Robin Lord Taylor (The Walking Dead), Erin Richards (Being Human), David Mazouz (Touch), Camren Bicondova, Zabryna Guevara (Burn Notice), Cory Michael Smith (Camp X-Ray), Victoria Cartagena (The Good Wife), Andrew Stewart-Jones (Person of Interest) and Jada Pinkett Smith (The Matrix films). Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome) wrote the Gotham pilot, which was directed by Danny Cannon (Nikita). Heller, Cannon and John Stephens (Gossip Girl) are executive producers of the series, which is based on the characters from DC Comics and is a production of Warner Bros. Television. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GOTHAMonFOX, and follow the show on Twitter at @Gotham.
About The Flash
This lightning-paced super hero drama follows the high-speed adventures of the Fastest Man Alive. After an unexpected accident with a Particle Accelerator, police scientist and everyday guy Barry Allen finds himself suddenly charged with the ability to move at incredible speeds, which he uses to help the people of Central City. Premiering October 7 and airing Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW, The Flash stars Grant Gustin (Arrow, Glee), Candice Patton (The Game), Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries), Danielle Panabaker (Friday the 13th), Carlos Valdes, with Tom Cavanagh (Ed, Scrubs) and Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order). John Wesley Shipp (The Flash ) guest stars. Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Green Lantern), Andrew Kreisberg (Arrow, Fringe) and DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns wrote The Flash pilot, which was directed by David Nutter (Arrow, Game of Thrones, Smallville). Berlanti, Kreisberg, Nutter and Sarah Schechter (upcoming Peter Pan feature film) are executive producers of The Flash, which is based upon the characters from DC Comics and is produced by Bonanza Productions, Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Become a fan of The Flash on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CWTheFlash, and follow the show on Twitter at @CW_TheFlash.
John Constantine is a man waging war against the forces of darkness — from both within himself and the outside world. An irreverent con-man and occult expert, he doesn’t come down on the side of either good or evil…but ultimately might be the only thing defending us against the dark forces from beyond. Premiering October 24, Constantine will air Fridays at 10/9c on NBC and stars Matt Ryan (The Tudors) as John Constantine, Charles Halford (True Detective) as Chas and Harold Perrineau (Lost) as Manny. Based on the characters from DC Comics and produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, Constantine is executive produced by Daniel Cerone (Dexter, The Mentalist) and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy). Neil Marshall (The Descent) directed the pilot from a teleplay by Cerone and story by Cerone & Goyer. Become a fan of Constantine at www.facebook.com/Constantine and follow the show on Twitter at @NBCConstantine.
After being gone for five years, during which time he suffered unimaginable ordeals, billionaire Oliver Queen returned home to Starling City with a mysterious agenda and a new set of skills that he uses in a war on crime in this hard-hitting action series. Returning for its third season October 8, Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW. Starring Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Emily Bett Rickards, Colton Haynes, with John Barrowman and Paul Blackthorne, Arrow was developed and is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg. Based upon the characters from DC Comics, Arrow is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CWArrow, and follow the show on Twitter at @CW_Arrow.