This week’s Comic-Con International in San Diego will have panels about some of the most hotly anticipated movies of the coming year (or two in some cases) in the science fiction, horror, comedy, and fantasy genres. Directors, actors, writers, and composers will all be on hand to discuss all the titles that interest you. Get stoked, Comic-Con people!
Thursday, 1:10pm, Hall H
Director Sebastian Cordero will be there to introduce his new film, a science fiction exploration adventure in the vein of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Moon. It concerns the first manned expedition to Jupiter’s moon Europa in search of life. A sci-fi movie about science?!? Go figure. Also on the panel is composer Bear McCreary, producer Ben Browning, actress Karolina Wydra, and JPL scientists Steve Vance and Kevin Hand. Moderated by Dr. Phil Plait.
Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries
Thursday, 2:30pm, Hall H
Wanna hear Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb, Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron, and everything-awesome director Edgar Wright talk about directing? Of course you do.
Ender’s Game and Divergent
Thursday, 3:50pm, Hall H
Wanna sneak peak at two upcoming sci-fi blockbusters? Here’s a way to do that! Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailie Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, producer Roberto Orci, and director Gavin Hood give you a heads up on Ender’s Game and then stick around for the first footage of the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s bestselling novel Divergent. Roth will be in attendance along with director Neil Burger, and cast members Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Lamb, Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Christian Madsen. And it’s moderated by our own Chris Hardwick!
I Know That Voice
Thursday, 4:45pm, Room 6BCF
Voice actor John DiMaggio takes the audience behind-the-mic of his new documentary about all the people who do cartoon voices. Joining him will be fellow artists Billy West, Rob Paulsen, Dee Bradley Baker, and Fred Tatasciore as well as award-winning voice director Andrea Romano.
The World’s End
Friday, 10:00am, Hall H
Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost return to talk about the final film in their “Blood & Ice Cream” trilogy. With the three of them onstage, you can bet on hilarity. Chris Hardwick will try to maintain order as moderator.
Friday, 11:15am, Hall H
You might not be aware of this, but a Veronica Mars movie was funded through Kickstarter (there’s been precious little talk about it… joking). Entertainment Weekly’s Jeff Jensen moderates this panel with producer-director Rob Thomas and stars Kristen Bell, Francis Capra, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen, Chris Lowell, Tina Majorino, and Krysten Ritter.
Kick-Ass 2 & Riddick
Friday, 12:15pm, Hall H
Director Jeff Wadlow and members of the cast of this summer’s follow-up to 2010’s vigilante dark comedy Kick-Ass will be on stage to talk and show clips, as will director David Twohy and stars Vin Diesel, Katee Sackhoff, and Dave Bautista from Riddick.
Warner Archive Presents Attack of the Killer Bs
Friday, 1:30pm, Room 24ABC
A rousing discussion of classic B movies and why we still love them by ever-informed, fan-centric WAC Podcast hosts George Feltenstein, Matthew Patterson, and D. W. Ferranti, super-critic Leonard Maltin, and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence) as they delve into cinematic fun, revealing highlights from WAC’s upcoming slate of entertaining releases.
Sony & Screen Gems
Friday, 4:05pm, Hall H
A panel for four upcoming movies: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Robocop and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Lots of famous people will be there to talk about these things.
Making Roger Rabbit: 25th Anniversary
Friday, 5:45pm, Room 6BCF
Producer Don Hahn, animators Andreas Deja and James Baxter, animator/writer/historian Tom Sito, FX guru Dave Bossert and the voice of Roger himself, Charles Fleischer, lead a masterclass on what it took to make this live-action/animated masterpiece.
World Premiere of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Friday, 7:30pm, Ballroom 20
Check out a screening of the newest DC Animated feature film, this one based on Geoff Johns’ Flashpoint story arc. After the screening, there will be a star-studded panel that features Grey’s Anatomy stars Justin Chambers and Kevin McKidd as Flash and Batman, respectively, along with C. Thomas Howell, Cary Elwes, Sam Daly, and a few surprise voice cast members, plus the filmmaking team of producer James Tucker, director Jay Oliva, dialogue director Andrea Romano, screenwriter Jim Krieg, and character designer Phil Bourassa. Moderator Gary Miereanu will add to the fun with a special announcement of the 2014 DCU movie slate.
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures
Saturday, 10:45am, Hall H
New movie talk and clips. Legendary’s got Godzilla and Seventh Son and Warner’s got 300: Rise of an Empire, Gravity and The LEGO Movie. Chris Hardwick is your host for what is sure to be one of the most talked-about events at Comic-Con.
Saturday, 1:45pm, Hall H
Same deal, but with their movies I, Frankenstein and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Saturday, 6:00pm, Hall H
You know the drill. Marvel’s head movie honcho Kevin Feige will be showing off clips from Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier with unnamed cast and crew people. Chris Hardwick will be there, too.
These are just some of the great film-related things going on at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. For a complete list of happenings and goings-on, check out the full schedule.