Comic-Con 2016: Saturday Schedule Features DC/Marvel Showdown, CW Superhero Block

     July 9, 2016


Comic-Con 2016 has unveiled its full Saturday schedule, and it’s pretty much business as usual. As it has the past few years, Warner Bros. kicks off Hall H’s big day with a mysterious two-hour block that will undoubtedly offer a look at DC films like Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman, and I’d be surprised if Justice League wasn’t also on the docket. But Warner Bros. will also be bringing Kong: Skull Island and who knows what else, as they generally pull out all the stops in touting their upcoming slate of blockbusters.

And then rounding out the day’s big movie panels is, as usual, Marvel Studios, which makes a triumphant return after sitting out last year’s Hall H panels. The logline is, as always, bare bones, but expect looks at Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the very least, and possibly some major casting announcements as production on Avengers: Infinity War is set to get underway in December.

Elsewhere, we’ve got the big Aliens 30th Anniversary Panel, which is sure to be engaging given that James Cameron will be in attendance. And there’s also the Star Trek panel which brings together William Shatner, Scott Bakula, Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, and Michael Dorn for a discussion on the franchise’s legacy. Moreover, always a highlight in Hall H is Entertainment Weekly’s “Women Who Kick Ass” panel, which brings together various women to discuss life and their experience in the industry. This year’s panelists include Morena Baccarin, Melissa Beniost, Tatiana Maslany, Lucy Lawless and Wonder Woman star Connie Nielsen.

And over in Ballroom 20, CW pretty much owns Saturday with a block of panels for its entire superhero lineup. Check out some of the highlights below and click here for the full schedule. And if you missed them, here are highlights for Thursday and Friday’s schedules.

suicide-squad-posterWarner Bros. Pictures

A sneak peek at upcoming releases.

Saturday July 23, 2016 11:30am – 1:30pm
Hall H 

Star Trek

September 8, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek’s first broadcast. What began as a TV show became a window into the future and a reflection of our greatest hopes and dreams. By envisioning a world where technology and science improve the human condition, and where peace and unity transcend conflict and separation, Star Trek has inspired children, parents, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and viewers around the world. It’s also spurred countless real-world innovations and “firsts,” giving name to a Space Shuttle (theEnterprise), launching one of the first and most passionate worldwide fandoms, and featuring the first interracial kiss on American network television. Join William Shatner, Scott Bakula, Michael Dorn, Jeri Ryan, and Brent Spiner for a conversation moderated by Bryan Fuller, executive producer of the new Star Trek television series coming to CBS All Access, following its network premiere in 2017.

Saturday July 23, 2016 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Hall H

Aliens: 30th Anniversary

Writer/director James Cameron (Avatar) and producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) join cast membersSigourney Weaver (Avatar), Bill Paxton (True Lies), Lance Henriksen (Millennium), Michael Biehn (The Terminator), and Paul Reiser (Red Oaks) for a look back at the iconic science fiction classic in honor of the film’s 30th anniversary.

Saturday July 23, 2016 3:15pm – 4:15pm
Hall H 


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Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass

A discussion among fierce, fearless actresses Morena Baccarin (Gotham), Melissa Benoist (Supergirl), Lucy Lawless (Ash vs Evil Dead), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman), who open up about the power and privilege of playing women that redefine the rules and refuse to yield.

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:30pm – 5:15pm
Hall H 

Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and special guests provide an inside look at the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Saturday July 23, 2016 5:30pm – 6:45pm
Hall H 

Kevin Smith

What if you had a panel and the audience didn’t show up? Kevin Smith can tell you what it’s like: Last year, the clown prince of Comic-Con saw thousands of people abandon his annua Hall H talk for a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor Star Wars concert. But the plucky, portly director and podcaster is back to tell silly stories and talk about his new movie Yoga Hosers, his AMC Network shows Comic Book Men and Geeking Out, directing an episode of The Flash for The CW, his forthcoming Buckaroo Banzai adaptation, and the Mallrats sequel that’s gonna be a TV series! You can’t miss this perennial Hall H highlight (unless there’s something way better going on at the same time, like a Star Wars concert).

Saturday July 23, 2016 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Hall H 

doctor-strange-posterOnce Upon a Time

The Evil Queen is back! The heroes of Once Upon a Time grapple with the return of this super-charged classic villain, while also dealing with Mr. Hyde and the new arrivals from the Land of Untold Stories. And as your favorite Storybrooke residents help to find happy endings for these lost and forgotten stories, they’ll discover that they have some untold stories of their own. Co-creators/executive producers Edward Kitsis (Lost) andAdam Horowitz (Lost) and cast members discuss the upcoming season of unexpected twists, evolving characters, new adventures, and new rivalries, with moderator Yvette Nicole Brown. Don’t want miss the exclusive sneak peek at what’s in store for the upcoming season!

Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am – 10:45am
Ballroom 20

The Vampire Diaries

The cast and creative team behind The Vampire Diaries return to San Diego, for an exciting eighth appearanc. Series stars will join executive producers for a video screening and Q&A session. From Bonanza Productions Inc., Outerbanks Entertainment, and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, The Vampire Diaries airs Fridays at 8/7c on The CW; The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Seventh Season will be released on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and Digital HD on August 16.

Saturday July 23, 2016 11:00am – 11:45am
Ballroom 20

The Simpsons

The Simpsons is heading into its 600th episode. Creator Matt Groening, executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman, supervising director Mike B. Anderson, Oscar-nominated director of The Simpsons Movie David Silverman, and voice of Bart Simpson Nancy Cartwright offer some juicy tidbits on the 28th season and beyond!

Saturday July 23, 2016 12:00pm – 12:45pm
Ballroom 20


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Family Guy

The cast (Alex Borstein, Mike Henry) and executive producers (Rich Appel, Alec Sulkin, Steve Callaghan) present a special preview of next season’s hilarity and hi-jinx from FOX’s hit animated comedy.

Saturday July 23, 2016 1:00pm – 1:35pm
Ballroom 20

American Dad

Cast Scott Grimes, Dee Bradley Baker, Rachael MacFarlane, and Wendy Schaal and executive producers Matt Weitzman and Brian Boyle appear fresh off their epic 200th episode on TBS! See a sneak preview of the new season and enjoy a live table read from your favorite All-American family.

Saturday July 23, 2016 1:45pm – 2:15pm
Ballroom 20

Grimm Season 6

The rivalry that has been brewing between Nick Burkhardt and Captain Sean Renard for five seasons will come to a fever pitch and change everything when Grimm returns for its sixth season. As if that weren’t enough, will the subtle glimpses of Juliette derail Nick’s budding romance with Adalind? How will Monroe and Rosalee handle their impending parenthood? Join your fellow “Grimmsters” for a panel filled with Wesen, season 6 themes, and of course, a panel session with the cast and producers: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner, Claire Coffee, and executive producers/writers Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt. Also get an exclusive first look at new NBC dramas Emerald City and Midnight, Texas.

Saturday July 23, 2016 2:30pm – 3:15pm
Ballroom 20


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Supergirl Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Supergirl will be returning for more supercharged adventures in the show’s new home on The CW this fall! Wondering who’s in that pod, or what will be bringing Superman to National City? Join the series’ cast and creative team for a special video presentation, followed by a discussion of these season 2 hot topics and more! From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Supergirl’s second season will premiere Mondays at 8/7c this fall on The CW. Supergirl: The Complete First Season will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 9.

Saturday July 23, 2016 3:30pm – 4:15pm
Ballroom 20

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A

After saving the world-and all of time-from the immortal madman Vandal Savage, then bidding farewell to two of their fellow comrades, Hawkman and Hawkgirl, the Legends received an unexpected visit from a mysterious new ally, Rex Tyler, who gives the team a brand new mission. What that mission is, how the Justice Society of America will factor in, and who will be aboard the Waverider when The CW’s Super Hero team-up series returns for its second season are questions that the cast and creative team will seek to answer when they descend on San Diego for their second visit to Comic-Con. From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season will be released on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and Digital HD on August 23.

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Ballroom 20 


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The Flash Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Parallel universes and doppelgangers and man-sharks, oh my! The second season of The CW’s highest-rated series had more than its fair share of twists and turns, but none compared to Barry Allen’s jaw-dropping decision to go back in time and save his mother from his arch-nemesis, Reverse-Flash, a decision that called the entire timeline into question. But fear not fans, you won’t have to wait until the fall to start getting answers to some of your most pressing questions, as the cast and creative team behind the show will be giving fans insight into the show’s highly anticipated third season. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW; The Flash: The Complete Second Season will be released on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and Digital HD on September 6.

Saturday July 23, 2016 5:00pm – 5:45pm
Ballroom 20

Arrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A

In the face of worldwide nuclear destruction at the hands of the maniacal mystic known as Damien Darhk, Oliver Queen (a.k.a Green Arrow) united Star City with a message of hope that allowed him to vanquish the season 4 Big Bad once and for all. However, our heroes’ triumph came at a cost, and the future of Team Arrow was left hanging in the balance. Now, as the show takes aim on season 5, Oliver will set out to save his city from a new threat-one that he personally created-as both the newly appointed mayor of Star City and as the Green Arrow. The cast and creators of the hit CW series will be on-hand for a lively conversation surrounding the upcoming season. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW; Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season will be released on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and Digital HD on August 30.

Saturday July 23, 2016 5:45pm – 6:30pm
Ballroom 20

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