The must-see panels of Comic-Con 2017 – Los Angeles Times
It’s that time again. The 2017 edition of Comic-Con kicks off in San Diego this week and, as always, those planning on making a pop culture pilgrimage to San Diego can expect the streets to be packed with cosplayers, comic book fans, collectible hunters and all stripes of genre entertainment enthusiasts.
This year, Netflix joins the Hollywood heavyweights on a quest to wow the denizens of Hall H. Fox has also returned after a year away from SDCC, joining Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. in hopes of attracting audiences to their tentpole movies.
Nostalgia is also the name of the game this year, with revivals of classics including “Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Invader Zim” and “DuckTales” as well as reunions including “Battlestar Galactica” and “Stargate” peppering the programming.
As expected, television is also heavily represented with presentations for hit shows such as “Game of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead,” “Preacher,” “Twin Peaks,” “Westworld,” “Star Trek: Discovery” and more, as well as plenty of pilot premieres scheduled during the four-day expo.
Here’s a look at all the must-see panels scheduled for SDCC 2017 (but make sure to leave some time to hit the exhibit floor).
Special Sneak Peek Screenings (Ballroom 20, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
This chance to get the earliest looks at Warner Bros. TV pilots during Comic-Con is a preview night staple. This year’s lineup includes the premieres of “Krypton,” “Black Lightining,” “Unikitty!”, a new hourlong episode of “Teen Titans Go!” and more.
Ghostbusters 101: A Ghostbusters Panel of Biblical Proportions! (Room 6DE, 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.)
“Ghostbusters” co-creator Ivan Reitman and IDW Publishing’s Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening and Tom Waltz cross the streams a bit to talk everything from the original movie, the new comic book series, the 2016 reboot and more.
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (Hall H, 11 a.m. – noon)
After opting to sit out SDCC 2016, Fox is back in Hall H with a presentation to promote “Kingsman: A Golden Circle.” Slated to appear at the panel are actors Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal, screenwriter Jane Goldman and “Kingsman” co-creator Dave Gibbons.
Be Your Own Superhero: Intersectional Feminism in Comics (Room 32AB, noon – 1 p.m.)
Diversity in comics has been an oft-discussed topic in recent years. Here’s a graduate-level panel for those who recognize a person’s race, gender, sexual orientation and more don’t exist as isolated elements of their identity. Panelists will discuss the state of affairs with regards to representation and what needs improvement.
“Rocko’s Modern Life: Return to Earth!” (Room 6A, 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.)
Those with a case of ‘90s nostalgia will not want to miss this panel assembling “Rocko’s Modern Life” creator Joe Murray along with actors Carlos Alazraqui (Rocko), Tom Kenny (Heffer), Mr. Lawrence (Filburt) Charlie Adler (Mr. Big Head and Mrs. Big Head) and director Cosmo Segurson. In addition to discussing the original show, the cast and crew will talk about what to expect of the upcoming TV special, which will see Rocko adjusting to new technology and life back on Earth after 20 years in space.
DC Universe Original Movies 10th Anniversary (Room 6BCF, 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.)
From “Superman: Doomsday” to “Batman and Harley Quinn” and beyond, celebrate 10 years of the DC Universe’s animated original movies. Producers Bruce Timm and James Tucker and co-producers/writers Alan Burnett and Jim Krieg are set to discuss the movies and fan-favorite moments of the animated universe’s past decade with actors Kevin Conroy, Tara Strong, John DiMaggio, Vanessa Marshall, Christopher Gorham and other guests.
“Battlestar Galactica” reunion (Ballroom 20, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
Battestar. Galactica. Reunion. This panel is for everyone who still feels chills whenever they hear Bear McCreary’s adaptation of “All Along the Watchtower.” Slated to appear at the presentation are executive producers Ron Moore and David Eick plus cast members Tricia Helfer, Katee Sackhoff, Mary McDonnell, Grace Park, Michael Trucco and Aaron Douglas.
Netflix Films: “Bright” and “Death Note” (Hall H, 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Netflix is invading Hall H this year and its first offering are sneak peeks at the upcoming films “Bright” and “Death Note.” While one is an action-thriller directed by David Ayer and the other is an adaptation of a fan-favorite Japanese manga series, both are for fans of magical realism. The cast and crew of both projects are set to appear at the presentation.
“Legion” screening and Q&A (Ballroom 20, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
Eagerly awaiting Season 2 of FX’s “X-Men”-adjacent show? Showrunner Noah Hawley joins actors Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris and Amber Midthunder along with executive producers John Cameron, Lauren Shuler Donner and Jeph Loeb to discuss what fans can expect from “Legion” Season 2.
Spotlight on Erica Henderson (Room 32AB, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
Fans of “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” and “Jughead” will want to make sure to attend this Erica Henderson spotlight. The Eisner Award-nominated artist will join Eisner-nominated writer John Allison (“Giant Days,” “Bad Machinery”) for a conversation about comics, fashion and more.
Through the Gate: Celebrating the “Stargate” Franchise (Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m)
Since the 1994 movie, the “Stargate” franchise has expanded to include the TV series “Stargate SG-1” (1997-2017), “Stargate Atlantis” (2004-09), “Stargate Universe” (2009-11) and more. The panel boasts special guests, sneak peeks and exclusive news. Could the “Stargate” universe be expanding once again?
“Marvel’s Inhumans” (Ballroom 20, 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.)