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After a full day of high-profile TV panels at San Diego Comic-Con, the action continues Friday with Stranger Things, the highly anticipated Star Trek Discovery and proven hit Westworld on the TV side. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. has its massive Hall H film presentation while its TV counterpart rolls out multiple DC Comics TV shows over in Ballroom 20.
The Hollywood Reporter is on the ground in San Diego and each morning will offer a guide to the day’s must-see panels and what to expect when some of the biggest names in Hollywood take the stage as movie studios and TV networks alike look to win over fanboys and breakthrough the increasingly crowded landscape.
Here are the must-see film and TV panels for Saturday:
Once Upon a Time (10-10:45 a.m., Ballroom 20) The rebooted ABC fairy-tale drama brings superfan Yvette Nicole Brown to moderate a panel with producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz with what’s expected to be the Comic-Con debut for a handful of new castmembers. (And yes, we’re expecting some familiar faces to be there too.)
Star Trek Discovery (2:30-3:15 p.m., Ballroom 20) Welcome back Sonequa Martin-Green! The cast and producers of CBS All Access’ upcoming drama will make their debut at Comic-Con — without former showrunner Bryan Fuller, who exited months ago. Following multiple production delays, will the drama — launching in the fall on CBS before moving exclusively to its digital platform — offer another trailer or screen something more substantial? Still, a seal of approval from the Trekkie-filled ballroom will go a long way as the series faces its biggest mission yet.
Stranger Things (3-4 p.m., Hall H) Fresh off its Emmy nominations — including best drama and for stars Millie Bobby Brown and Shannon Purser — the Netflix phenomenon makes its Comic-Con debut. Stars and producers are expected to offer another glimpse at the upcoming season two of its 1980s-set sci-fi drama. Expect plenty of Eggos.
Westworld (4:15-5:15 p.m., Hall H) Now a proven hit, could the cast and creators of HBO’s Emmy darling Westworld offer a tease about the highly anticipated Samurai World? Or will spoiler-phobe Jonathan Nolan keep the cast tight-lipped about the mysteries of its sophomore drama? Still, expect a lively discussion from stars Ed Harris (the Man in Black), James Marsden (Teddy), Thandie Newton (Maeve), Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores) and Jeffrey Wright (Bernard/Arnold), among others, in a panel moderated by Reggie Watts.
DC TV (3:30-6:30 p.m., Ballroom 20) The massive DC Comics TV block features time with the casts and creators of The CW’s Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, upcoming Black Lightning, The Flash and Arrow. Expect plenty of announcements to come about all the forthcoming seasons, if history is any indication.
Warner Bros. (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Hall H) The blockbuster panel features heroes of the DC Extended Universe, including looks at November’s Justice League and 2018’s Aquaman. One year ago, the first trailer for Justice League debuted, and it’s likely a third will drop in Hall H. Justice League will potentially be a poignant moment, as it comes just months after the death of director Zack Snyder’s daughter. (Snyder is not expected to attend.) Fans will also get to see the first footage of 2018’s Aquaman. Steven Spielberg will bring his futuristic and nostalgia-driven adaptation of Ready Player One, while Harrison Ford ad Ryan Gosling will be on hand for Blade Runner 2049.
Women Who Kick Ass (1:45-2:30 p.m., Hall H) Charlize Theron will hold court on her upcoming cold war action flick Atomic Blonde and reveal just what it takes to kick as much ass as she does onscreen.
Marvel Studios (5:30-7 p.m., Hall H) Comic-Con comes one week after Marvel had a splashy, footage-filled panel at D23. But don’t expect studio head Kevin Feige (the only confirmed guest) to come empty-handed (or alone … as certainly he’ll have backup from some of his superhero pals). Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War are all in play as possibilities for the panel, which is the unofficial close of Comic-Con on the film side.
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