Saturday is traditionally the biggest day of the San Diego Comic-Con, and this year’s Comic-Con will be no exception. The programming schedule for Saturday, July 23 has been released, and the movie studios are coming back to Hall H in force! Warner Bros. and Marvel will both have lengthy panels, which are currently light on details.
- 11:30am | Warner Bros. Pictures
- 2:00pm | Star Trek
- 3:15pm | Aliens: 30th Anniversary
- 4:30pm | Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass
- 5:30pm | Marvel Studios
- 7:00pm | Kevin Smith
Warner Bros. has no officially listed guests for its panel, but given that Suicide Squad is coming out next month, we’ll probably see some of the cast members at SDCC. Justice League is currently filming, and this would be the natural time to steal the spotlight of the con by debuting the first footage from the film or even bringing the entire cast together on stage for the first time.
If there are any major announcements about the new Star Trek series on CBS All-Access, they will probably occur during the Bryan Fuller moderated panel in Hall H. That event will have stars from all five live-action Star Trek series, including William Shatner, Scott Bakula, Michael Dorn, Jeri Ryan, and Brent Spiner. Dorn is pulling double duty as the only representative of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s cast and for his seven seasons on Star Trek: The Next Generation alongside Spiner.
The Aliens 30th anniversary panel has a dream lineup that includes cast members Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton , Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn, and Paul Reiser appearing with James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd. “Game over, man!” Entertainment Weekly’s “Women Who Kick Ass” also has an impressive panel with Morena Baccarin (Gotham), Melissa Benoist (Supergirl), Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman).
Like Warner Bros., Marvel isn’t tipping their hand about their movie panel. However, Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 are definitely going to be represented there, and we may even catch a glimpse of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. Kevin Smith is closing out Saturday’s Hall H schedule with his popular spotlight panel.
For the last two years, the DC superhero TV dramas had their own massive panel in Hall H on Saturday evening. This year is breaking that tradition, but there is going to be a slate of four panels in a row in Ballroom 20 starting at 3:30pm with Supergirl, which will be followed by DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, and Arrow, all of which will get at least 45 minutes with the cast and creative team of each show as well as footage from the new seasons. Since there is a crossover planned between all four shows, we’d be surprised if the respective casts don’t share the stage at some point as they tease that event. This would also be the ideal time to introduce former Teen Wolf star Tyler Hoechlin as TV’s new Superman.
Outside of Ballroom 20 and Hall H, our two most anticipated Saturday TV panels are Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency at 4pm in Room 6BCF and Ash vs. Evil Dead at 6:45pm in Room 6A. Screenwriter Max Landis will be appearing alongside Elijah Wood, Samuel Barnett, and Hannah Marks at the Dirk Gently panel, while the groovy one himself, Bruce Campbell will be back for Ash vs. Evil Dead’s presentation with Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Ted Raimi, and TV icon Lee Majors! And there’s even better news for fans of the show. The second season of Ash vs. Evil Dead will have its world premiere at 10pm in Room 6DE.
In the comic book world, we’re very interested in “DC: New Crossover Classics” at 10:00am in Room 6DE, which will explore some of DC’s latest crossover comics including Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, He-Man/ThunderCats, and Gotham Academy/Lumberjanes. This also seems like the ideal stage to announce a new crossover or two. At 1:45pm Stan Lee will have a spotlight panel in Room 6A. Not to be a downer, but if you’re a fan of comic book history, you owe it to yourself to see Stan Lee in person while you still can, as he is one of the few remaining living legends in comics. At 8pm in Room 25ABC, several comic creators will pay tribute to the recently deceased Darwyn Cooke. Jimmy Palmiotti will moderate that panel, which includes Mike Allred, Scott Dunbier, Cully Hamner, Frank Tieri, and Bruce Timm.
Just because it’s Saturday doesn’t mean that Team Nerdist is sitting this one out! If you head over to the Horton Grand Theatre at 4pm, you can catch Jessica Chobot for a special Nerdist News Live panel. Our sister site Geek & Sundry’s Critical Role will also have a panel at 7:30pm in Room 24ABC with Matthew Mercer and other members of the cast.
Finally, fans will have the chance to welcome Mystery Science Theater 3000 back at 8:30pm in Room 24ABC as series creator Joel Hodgson, Felicia Day, and others from the revival series offer up a taste of what’s coming in season 11!
You can check out the entire schedule here.
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