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San Diego Comic-Con Preview 2014

Written By: Abel Pinedo - "Honest Abe"

July 15th, 2014

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Preview Night:

Preview Night kicks off with everyone scrambling about to get their bearings, pick up exclusive merchandise, find out about autograph signings taking place throughout the Con...or watching TV. Huh? Well, in Ballroom 20 from 6-10pm, Warner Brothers Television will be hosting the world premiere of three  pilot episodes for new shows debuting soon: Constantine, The Flash and iZombie. As an added bonus, an all new episode of Teen Titans Go will close out the evening. Get some food and get to bed early because starting the next morning, the fun begins!

Thursday:

Thursday begins with the explosive return of 24. Kiefer Sutherland will be on hand to give an in depth look at Jack Bauer's return. Betty White (yes, Betty White!) and other surprise guests will be part of the Legends of TV Land panel to discuss their historic careers. Want to get a sneak peak at the all new Transformers animated series debuting next year, then you won't want to miss the Hasbro Transformers panel.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Batman, there are several panels throughout the next four days taking a look at his rich history. First of these is a spotlight on Batman's co-creator, Bill Finger. Animator Bill Plympton will debut footage of his new feature film “Cheatin'”. Everyone attending the panel will get a free drawing from Bill! Sony Pictures panel will feature two family friendly films, the animated film Pixels featuring Adam Sandler and Goosebumps starring Jack Black as R.L. Stine.

Paramount Pictures will be presenting a look at some of their upcoming films later in the afternoon. At press time, the films to be discussed are unknown. Hard to believe that Star Trek is celebrating fifty years this year. Several Star Trek producers, writers and other talents closely associated with all things Trek will take a look back at where the series came from as well as what the future of the property holds.

Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard will be discussing their hugely popular The Walking Dead graphic novel. Get there early for this sure to be popular panel. Want more comics? Be sure to check out Marvel's look at Avengers & X-Men: AXIS for all the details on this massive storyline. Several panels taking an up close look at new TV shows will include Scorpion, Legends, The Last Ship, Penny Dreadful and Outlander.

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Of course, there are several returning favs such as Reign, Teen Wolf, and Hannibal. Finally, what better way to end the first day than by celebrating the release (finally!) of the original Batman TV series! Batman himself, Adam West as well as Burt Ward and Julie Newmar will present the first ever look at the all new remastered series set for release this November.

Friday:

Hope you're rested up because now we take a look at Friday! Continuing the celebration of all aspects of Batman, Neal Adams will be the focus of a career retrospective, primarily his impact on the Dark Knight. The cast and crew of Adventure Time will be showing some never before seen footage. Take a trip to the Land of Ooo.

A special screening of the pilot for this Fall's new drama iZombie, based on the hit comic will be held with the cast in attendance, followed by a Q&A. The creators of The Venture Brothers will be on hand to discuss the upcoming season as well as answer your burning questions. AMC's monster hit series, The Walking Dead returns to Hall H for a first look at the upcoming fifth season. Much of the cast and the creative minds behind the curtains will be on hand. Not to be outdone, HBO brings back Game of Thrones immediately after.

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Can't get enough of Max Brooks and zombies? What if we throw vampires in the mix? Brooks will give us a first look at his new comic title, Extinction Parade which is essentially a vampires vs. zombies apocalypse! Later Daniel Radcliffe makes his first every visit to Comic Con to promote his starring role in Horns, based on the best selling horror novel by Joe Hill.

Legendary Batman comics editor Denny O'Neill, as well as some of the writers and artists from the late 1980's, will discuss the change in direction of Batman in the 80's and 90's. The panel will explain how following the success of the 1989 Tim Burton Batman film took the character in a more serious direction and brought a darker tone to the series.

Friday will also feature panels of several returning TV shows, including Bones, Gravity Falls, Resurrection, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The 100, Bates Motel, Bob's Burgers, The Originals, Archer, Vikings, Arrow, Sleepy Hollow, Orphan Black. New shows coming soon include Wayward Pines, Agent Carter, Intruders and Dominion. Finally, what is Comic Con without Kevin Smith? His traditional Friday night panel will feature an added bonus. He will debut the trailer for his new horror film Tusk.

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Saturday:

Got those energy drinks ready? You're gonna need them for Saturday for sure! The day starts with a big yellow bang as Matt Groening leads a panel for a look at the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons. This is definitely a must see for the hardcore fan. Continuing with the lighter fare, Phineas and Ferb return to San Diego but this time their bringing a sneak peek at their newest adventure...Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars! You won't want to miss this. Not to be outdone, Family Guy return as well with a look at the upcoming season and surprise guests!

Warner Brothers kicks off the days events in Hall H with a look at Jupiter Ascending, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Tolkien fans won't want to miss the end of Bilbo's quest. Immediately following, Legendary Pictures will present a look at some of their future projects. Though unconfirmed at this time, rumors are the films featured will include Crimson Peak, As Above So Below and...Godzilla 2???

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Can you believe this is the 30th anniversary of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? With the upcoming feature film reboot, join TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman for a look back at the humble beginnings of the cult phenomena. Celebrating twenty years, Disney's Gargoyles. Former cast and crew members as well as series creator Greg Weisman will take a trip down memory lane. Robert Rodriguez return to Hall H along with Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson for a look at their highly anticipated sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Kevin Conroy and other special guests headline a panel looking at the 75th anniversary of Batman. Take a trip through time looking at the beginning to the present and what the future may hold for the Caped Crusader. And in other super hero news, in what will probably be the biggest panel of the day, Marvel Studios present Kevin Feige will be on hand with several mystery guests (unless you heard Mark Ruffalo's accidental announcement) to discuss the future of the Marvel cinematic universe.

Several television panels throughout the day will include Once Upon A Time, Helix Defiance, The Blacklist, Grimm, Vampire Diaries, American Horror Story, and for the final time, True Blood. New shows making their Comic Con debut include Ascension, Constantine, The Flash and Gotham. Speaking of those last three, Warner Brothers television will close out the day with a three hour panel dedicated to those shows including Arrow. Stay tuned for the world premiere of the first episode of Gotham! Of course, if that's not your thing, you can always end your Saturday with the ever popular Comic Con Masquerade!

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Sunday:

Traditionally knows as Kids Day, IDW publishers starts the day right with a look at some of their kid friendly titles including My Little Pony, Angry Birds, Skylanders and TMNT. Best of all, free comics for the kids! Also for the wee ones, Warner Brothers Animation will present the world premiere of the family friendly film, Scooby Doo! Frankencreepy.

Unless you live under a rock, you heard the story earlier this year about Batkid and how the Make-A-Wish foundation help a child save the city of San Francisco. Well, documentary filmmaker Dana Nachman will present a first look at Batkid: The Film.

For a little more serious fare, Hall H is the place to be as Sons of Anarchy, The Following, Supernatural and the all new Guillermo del Toro produced dark series, The Strain. Expect a large turnout by the casts for these respective shows. Too intense for you? How about a first look at LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham? What if I mentioned that Adam West will be a special guest at this panel detailing the behind the scenes of this sure to be hit video game coming this Fall.

Maybe you prefer Marvel over DC titles. In that case, you'll want to listen in as Joe Quesada leads a special look at the 75th anniversary of Marvel as well as the 50th anniversary of Daredevil. Want to know what happened after the credits rolled on Django Unchained? What if I told you he teamed up with Zorro. Don't believe me? Well, Quentin Tarantino himself will be taking part in the Dynamite Comics panel to give you a peek at this upcoming crossover. Finally, once again Comic Con ends with the traditional interactive screening of the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once More with Feeling.

That's a lot of awesomeness. I'll check back with you all when I return from San Diego with my first hand account of all the cool....everythings that I witnessed. Talk to you then, true believers!