SDCC 2018 is fast approaching, and it is going to be a big one for Warner Bros. Not only do they sport the highlight panel of Hall H with their movie slate, they also have a jam packed Saturday with their TV offerings and much more. What has my attention is Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, WB Interactive Entertainment and Warner Home Archive, who may be boasting their biggest line-up in recent memory. From the big world premiere of The Death of Superman to a TON of DC LEGO Super Heroes content, there is so much to choose from. If you're headed to San Diego Comic-Con 2018, here's what you can expect:
- Ready Player One Experience
Daily, 10:00am-7:00pm, The Gallery at Omni Hotel
Enter the virtual world of Ready Player One and experience the nostalgia of the ‘80s in this interactive walkthrough activation. Test your knowledge of the film and 1980s trivia in two challenge rooms, and explore the depths of The OASIS, including the haunted room 237 from The Shining. For more details on this exciting immersive experience and to reserve a time slot in the challenge rooms, please visit www.readyplayeronechallenge.com
- Rampage Experience
Daily, 10:00am-7:00pm, Promenade behind Omni Hotel
Take a picture with George, the larger-than-life star of the hit film Rampage. Witness his trail of destruction and bring him to life with the on-site augmented reality experience.
- 2001: A Space Odyssey 50th Anniversary Panel
Thursday -12:30-1:30pm – Room 6A
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) and the Arthur C. Clarke Society take a look back across a half-century (and the distant universe) to celebrate one of the most iconic films in history. Special guest panelists will examine Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece, which WBHE will release on 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) Blu-ray in premium collectible packaging and 4K UHD Digital this Fall. Kubrick’s dazzling, Academy AwardÒ-winning achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Clarke) first visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality. For the first time since its original release, new 70mm prints were struck from pristine printing elements made from the original camera negative. A longtime admirer of the late American auteur, Christopher Nolan worked
closely with the team at Warner Bros. Pictures throughout the mastering process. Building on the work done for the new 70mm prints, the 4K UHD with HDR presentation was mastered from the 65mm original camera negative. Please join the stars of the film – Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood – and an impressive array of scholars for a glimpse at the remastered footage, and a lively discussion of this landmark film. The panelists include Sheldon Brown (Director of the UCSD Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, Visual Arts Professor), David Brin (Hugo and Nebula Award Winning Science Fiction Writer, PhD Physicist), Wu Yan (World Renowned Chinese Science Fiction Author), Matt Grob PhD (Chief Technology Officer XCOM Corporation, Communications Engineer), Laurel Riek (UC San Diego Professor of Robotics), Shelley Streeby (UC San Diego Professor of Literature, specialist in Science Fiction) and Paul Jacobs (CEO and Founder of XCOM). Erik Virre MD PhD (UCSD Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, Physician and Neuroscientist) will moderate the panel. 2001: A Space Odyssey will be available on 4K UHD from WBHE on October 30.
- World Premiere of “The Death of Superman”
Friday - 7:00-9:00pm – Ballroom 20
The Man of Steel meets his ultimate match when Doomsday comes to Earth – hell bent on destroying everything and everyone in his path, including the Justice League – in the all-new, action-packed The Death of Superman. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the feature-length animated film is the latest DC Universe Movie to continue Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s tradition of debuts at Comic-Con International. Witness the film’s World Premiere, then stay for an entertaining panel featuring Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan, Stand By Me) as Superman, Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) as Lois Lane, Jason O’Mara (The Man in High Castle, Terra Nova) as Batman, Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Ugly Betty) as The Flash, and Toks Olagundoye (Castle) as Cat Grant, alongside the filmmaking crew of producer/co-director Sam Liu (Gotham by Gaslight), co-director Jake Castorena (Justice League Action), screenwriter Peter J. Tomasi (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights), executive producer James Tucker (Justice League Dark) and lead character designer Phil Bourassa (Young Justice) … plus a few surprise guests. The all-star cast also
features Rainn Wilson (The Office) as Lex Luthor, Rosario Dawson (Sin City) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T.) as Cyborg, Nathan Fillion (Castle) as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, Matt Lanter (Timeless) as Aquaman, Cress Williams (Black Lightning) as John Henry Irons, Nyambi Nyambi (The Good Fight) as Martian Manhunter, Rocky Carroll (NCIS) as Silas Stone, Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) as Hank Henshaw, Max Mittleman (Justice League Action) as Jimmy Olsen, and Charles Halford (Constantine) as Bibbo Bibbowski. The Death of Superman arrives July 24 on Digital, and August 7 on Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD.
- Encore Screening: “The Death of Superman”
Friday - 9:30-11:00pm – Ballroom 20Missed the premiere? Aching to see it again? Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Comic-Con International have you covered with an encore presentation of The Death of Superman.
- Batman: The Animated Series on Blu-ray™
Saturday - 4:15-5:15pm – Room 6DE
As the most acclaimed super hero animated television series in history, Batman: The Animated Series has captured the imaginations of generations with its innovative designs, perfect voices and landmark approach to characters and stories. In late 2018, fans will finally be able to enjoy a remastered, Blu-ray release from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Join many of the key forces behind Batman: The Animated Series for a celebration of the series, and the first announcement of details of the upcoming Blu-ray box set. The panel will include producers Bruce Timm (Batman: The Killing Joke), Paul Dini (Lost, Batman Beyond), Alan Burnett (Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay) and Eric Radomski (Batman: Mask of the Phantasm); 8-time Emmy Award-winning voice director Andrea Romano; actors Kevin Conroy, the fan-favorite voice of Batman, Tara Strong (Batman and Harley Quinn), voice of Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, and Loren Lester (Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), voice of Robin; and some other beloved Bat-surprises.
- World Premiere of “Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost”
Sunday - 10:30am-12:00pm – 6BCFEveryone’s favorite Great Dane is back for an all-new, action-packed, culinary mystery adventure with the World Premiere of Scooby-Doo! And the Gourmet Ghost. Featuring the voice talents of internationally acclaimed celebrity chefs, Bobby Flay (Beat Bobby Flay), Giada De Laurentiis (Giada in Italy) and Marcus Samuelsson (Chopped), Scooby-Doo! And the Gourmet Ghost takes our favorite teen sleuths on an unforgettable adventure to New England, where they investigate the haunting of a historic colonial inn that’s been turned into a state-of-the-art, culinary resort. See the film, then get ready for a fun panel discussion amongst actors and filmmakers! Scooby-Doo! And the Gourmet Ghost features the familiar voice talents of Frank Welker (nearly 50 years as anchor of the Scooby-Doo franchise) as Scooby-Doo and Fred Jones, Grey Griffin (DC Super Hero Girls films) as Daphne Blake, Matthew Lillard (Twin Peaks, Bosch, Good Girls) as Shaggy Rogers and Kate Micucci (Unikitty!) as Velma Dinkley. The film is executive produced by Sam Register, written by Tim Sheridan (Justice League Action) and directed by Doug Murphy (Young Justice). TV Guide Magazine senior writer Damian Holbrook will moderate. Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost comes to Digital on August 28, and DVD on September 11 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
- World Premiere of “DC Super Hero Girls: Legends of Atlantis”Sunday - 12:15-1:30pm – 6BCFThe girls of Super Hero High take a deep dive in their latest adventure as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings the World Premiere of DC Super Hero Girls: Legends of Atlantis to Comic-Con International. In this all-new entry to the worldwide DC Super Hero Girls franchise phenomenon, the young Super Heroes must venture to Atlantis when the powerful Book of Legends is suddenly stolen from Super Hero High. Once there, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl, Bumblebee and the rest of the Super Crew must contend with the formidable Mera and Siren, the ocean-dwelling thieves. In order to recover the stolen tome and return it to its rightful place, the Super Hero Girls must band together and use their collective powers to successfully get back to land … and back to class!Grey Griffin (Velma in the Scooby-Doo franchise), voice of Wonder Woman, will give a special introduction to the film. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and the LEGO® Group, DC
Super Hero Girls: Legends of Atlantis will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment October 2 on Digital and DVD.
- World Premiere of “LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman - Rage of Atlantis”
Sunday - 1:45-3:30pm – 6BCF
Aquaman must battle foes in the air, on land and in the depths of the Seven Seas, along with some help from The Justice League, to save the day in his latest animated adventure, LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman - Rage of Atlantis. Enjoy the first-ever live showing of the film, then prepare for laughs when the post-screening panel takes the stage. Discussing the fun of making a LEGO movie will be actors Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad!) as Aquaman, Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Batman: Arkham Knight) as Batman, Grey Griffin (DC Super Hero Girls) as Wonder Woman & Lois Lane, Cristina Milizia (Bunsen is a Beast) as Green Lantern/Jessica Cruz, Susan Eisenberg (Justice League/Justice League Unlimited) as Mera, and Fred Tatasciore (Batman Ninja) as the villainous Lobo. Filmmakers on the panel include Matt Peters (LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Gotham City Breakout), screenwriters Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham By Gaslight) and Jeremy Adams (LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash), and executive producer Brandon Vietti (Young Justice). As usual, expect some additional surprise guests – plus everyone in the audience will receive an exclusive LEGO mini-figurine of Jessica Cruz/Green Lantern! Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and the LEGO Group, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on July 31 on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, DVD and Digital.
As for Warner Bros. Interactive and Archive, here's what they have going on:
- Supergirl 1984: The Warner Archive Collection Blu-ray!
Thursday - 4:30-5:30pm – Room 6DE
A generation before Kara Zor-El conguered the airwaves, a soon-to-be-legendary actress made her motion picture debut as the
“Maid of Might” in a big screen follow up to Superman: The Movie. As an absolute fan-favorite phantasmagoria, Supergirl arrives in heroic high definition at last (after decades of demand) from your friends at the Warner Archive Collection (WAC). Join the original Supergirl, Helen Slater (The Secret Of My Success), alongside her Jimmy Olsen, Marc McClure (Superman, Back To The Future) and Warner Archive podcasters Matt Patterson and DW Ferranti as they shine the super spotlight at this caped wonder and reveal what's in store on the new Supergirl Blu-ray release. As always, moderator Gary Miereanu will have goodies for some lucky fans. Room 6DE
- The Queen of Outer Space 60th Birthday Bash
Friday - 3:30-4:30pm – Room 5AB
One of the most noted (and notorious) science fiction films of the 1950s, The Queen of Outer Space – starring Zsa Zsa Gabor – may be turning 60, but we can guarantee she's never been more stunning thanks to an eye-popping new Blu-ray! Join legendary film critic Leonard Maltin (Maltin on Movies), Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and showrunner Eddie Schmidt (Ugly Delicious, In Search Of), Warner Archive podcasters DW Ferranti and Matt Patterson and moderator Jessie Maltin (Maltin on Movies) as they reveal more than you ever wanted to know about the Queen's finest film, as well as investigating the movie DNA of her cinematic Space Age relatives, like Forbidden Planet and World Without End. Also stay tuned for some sneak peaks of upcoming cult, sci-fi and horror films from the Warner Archive Collection.
- Warner Archive’s Toonstock - The Outrageous Edition
Saturday - 10:30-11:30am – Room 5AB
An all-new "outrageous" rendition of the popular Toonstock, this time putting the spotlight on all-star voice actor John DiMaggio and his take on Aquaman and so many other memorable characters. Maybe Big John will even be game to sing-along with his "Aquaman's Rousing Song of Heroism." As always, the second half of the festivities will feature -- YOU! -- in the beloved Batman: The Brave and the Bold “Mayhem of the
Music Meister” singalong! Join Warner Archive podcast hosts Matt Patterson and D. W. Ferranti and moderator Gary Miereanu for a melodious salute surrounded by surprise guests, interactive performances, and oh-so-cool Warner Archive prizes.
- This Is Your Life, Jonny Quest
Saturday - 11:30am-12:30pm – Room 5AB
Warner Archive Collection (WAC) shines spotlight on everyone's favorite boy adventurer, Jonny Quest! Warner Archive podcasters Matt Patterson and DW Ferranti will be joined by fascinating animation authorities to look at Team Quest through all its incarnations – from the original swinging 60s spy-fi through its totally awesome 80s adventures and 90s TV movie, as well its more recent crossover with Tom and Jerry. Gary Miereanu will moderate … and give away some sweet Hanna-Barbera goodies. Come for the Action! The Adventure! And the Generous Prizes!
- LEGO® DC Super-Villains: Meet the Talent Behind the Videogame
Friday – 2:15-3:15pm – Room 6A
Join the team behind the LEGO DC Super-Villains videogame, including Arthur Parsons (Head of Design, TT Games), fan-favorite Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy, Tara Strong (voice of Harley Quinn), Julie Nathanson (voice of Silver Banshee), Fred Tatasciore (voice of Solomon Grundy, Clayface, Black Adam, Killer Croc), Ames Kirshen (VP, Interactive & Animation, DC Entertainment), Justin Ramsden (Designer, Super Heroes, The LEGO Group) and moderator Andrea Rene (What’s Good Games) for an inside look at the first LEGO game to put players at the center of a villain-centric adventure packed with favorite locations and characters from across the DC Universe. This celebration of villainy will provide fans with exciting character
reveals and details about the story. Players have the ability to create and play as a Super-Villain throughout LEGO DC Super-Villains, unleashing mischievous antics and wreaking havoc in an action-packed, hilarious story written in collaboration with DC Comics. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and The LEGO Group will release the game on October 16. Room 6A
Which of these panels do you want to see the most?