Comic-Con: Highlights (and Lowlights) From Saturday

Marvel Black Panther Concept Art - H 2015
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Marvel Black Panther Concept Art - H 2015

After sitting out Friday, film was back in full force Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con with panels for DC Comics, Marvel and Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. DC also had a strong showing on the TV side with sessions for The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow on a day that opened in Disney style with ABC's Once Upon a Time. But Saturday's biggest crowd-pleaser on the TV side was the 50th anniversary panel for Star Trek.

The Hollywood Reporter is on the ground in San Diego covering all the hottest events and bringing all the news from inside the jam-packed convention center. Here are the winners and losers from Saturday's festivities.


DC shows its fun side | After the divisive Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. needed to prove to fans that it had learned its lesson for the films moving forward. And the first trailer for Wonder Woman and an extended teaser for Justice League proved that the studio is looking to lighten up for its future slate — with the footage generating genuine laughs and highlighting both Ben Affleck's Batman and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, the two elements of Batman v. Superman that fans agreed worked. Ezra Miller's Flash also has the makings of a breakout.

Star Trek merges the old with the new | Bryan Fuller, showrunner of the forthcoming CBS All Access reboot,  moderated the 50th anniversary for the panel, which in addition to taking a stroll down memory lane turned political, using its Hall H presence to deliver a message of tolerance. Fuller also revealed the title of the new series, Star Trek: Discovery, and unspooled a first look at the show's new ship, the U.S.S. Discovery.

Eddie Redmayne brings magic to Hall H | Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them debuted its first full trailer — and the fan reaction was strong. The only thing that topped the trailer was star Eddie Redmayne going out into the audience as Warner Bros. staff handed out wands (supposedly one for each of the 6,500 people in the audience, though THR came up empty-handed).

Once Upon a Time enters a whole new world | The ABC fairy tale drama loves to announce the introduction of major Disney characters at the Con, and that was true again this year as producers unveiled Aladdin — complete with Jafar and, after the panel, Princess Jasmine — who will be central to the season six story. Plus actual footage? Talk about a magic carpet ride, indeed.

Black Panther brings in a fanboy favorite I Marvel's Black Panther continues to shape up to have one of the finest casts of any upcoming superhero film, with The Walking Dead star (and Tony-nominated playwright) Danai Gurira joining the cast that also includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o, all of whom were on hand to promote the 2018 release. 

Speaking of The Flash | The CW's Grant Gustin starrer came prepared to wow Ballroom 20 and it did not disappoint as the Greg Berlanti DC Comics drama unveiled its Flashpoint-themed season three trailer. The room went nuts. The same was true for The CW's DC mash-up Legends of Tomorrow, whose panel was overflowing with news (and another trailer that impressed).

FX's Legion surprise | FX used a Marvel panel with its COO to surprise diehards and unveil the first trailer — or any footage, really — of its highly anticipated X-Men take Legion, which was picked up to series May 31. The drama, from Fargo's Noah Hawley, went viral and already has critics eagerly awaiting the show's 2017 debut. Talk about getting an early promotional start.

Spider-Man has girl problems I It isn't easy being Peter Parker — as Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland and director Jon Watts demonstrated by bringing fun footage from their high school-set movie, which has been shooting for just 10 days. Even hanging out with Avengers can't get Peter a date, it seems.


Arrow misses its target | With diehard fanboys growing tired of the show's island storyline, the season five trailer basically hinted that the introduction of new villain Prometheus (no, not that one) would bring more of the same. Also, that surprising season four death? Yeah, she'll be back. But thanks for the Hamilton serenade just the same.

Gotham gets lost in the shuffle | DC Comics' other broadcast drama — Batman prequel Gotham — had the unfortunate task of being scheduled opposite Supergirl. It forced fans to pick between the heroes with the panel for the Fox drama left out of the back-to-back-to-back-to-back DC marathon of CW shows. Sorry, Bruce.

Supergirl stalls | The first of the DC Comics TV series to panel on Saturday, the CBS-turned-CW drama brought out its new Man of Steel but didn't have anything new to share. With the production's move from Los Angeles to Vancouver, the series hasn't started filming yet and had no new footage. Or casting news. Or images of star Tyler Hoechlin in Superman's famed tights and cape. In other words, not so super.

Star Trek: Discovery's mixed message (and opportunity) | While the Star Trek 50th anniversary panel was memorable, the CBS All Access drama missed an opportunity to introduce its new captain and have whoever lands the prime part take a seat onstage next to William Shatner in a room overflowing with Trekkies. Another thing for CBS to think about is the show's abbreviated hashtag — #STD — which was quickly ridiculed online.

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