WB Brings DC TV to Comic Con
WB TV have announced their San Diego Comic Con plans, including the traditional Arrowverse panels and a first look at DC Universe’s long awaited Young Justice: Outsiders.
Kicking things off for DC will be the second season of Freedom Fighters: The Ray. The animated CW Seed series will receive its premiere as part of WB TV’s traditional Wednesday preview night on July 18th. And if you can’t make it to SDCC, the new series will begin streaming in CW Seed on the same day!
It’s been over five years since Young Justice ended. Now, the fan favorite series is back with a special video presentation and Q&A on Friday July 20th, that promises to give us our first look at animation from the highly anticipated come back.
“In Young Justice: Outsiders, the teenage Super Heroes of the DC Universe come of age in an animated world of super-powers, Super-Villains, and super secrets. This time, the team faces its greatest challenge yet as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Young Justice: Outsiders is coming soon to the DC Universe digital streaming service.”
The DC Universe service is currently expected to launch in August but no date has officially been announced. Hopefully we’ll get confirmation at SDCC!
Also on Friday is special video presentation and Q&A for DC Super Hero Girls. The popular franchise is set to make the jump from web series to TV series later this year, and fans will be able to get their first look at SDCC.
“The DC Super Hero Girls universe continues to expand with new original graphic novels Out of the Bottle and Search for Atlantis and an all-new animated action-comedy series featuring fresh character designs and storytelling from Emmy-winning producer Lauren Faust (Super Best Friends Forever, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends). The world may know them as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl, but not-so-typical teenagers Diana, Kara and Barbara, alongside their Super Hero friends have much more to deal with that just protecting the citizens of Metropolis from some of the most sinister school-aged Super-Villains of the DC Universe. After all, being teens is tough enough, what with school, friends, family and the chaos that comes with managing a social life. But add super powers and a secret identity to the mix, and things can get a lot more complicated. DC Super Hero Girls is coming soon to Cartoon Network.”
Saturday at SDCC should really be called DCTV day! After an incredible first season, CW’s latest hit, Black Lightning, returns to SDCC on Saturday 21st July as the series stars and producer Salim Akil take to the stage to discuss season one and take an electrifying look at season two, which premieres Tuesday October 9th on The CW.
Also returning to SDCC ahead of its second season is SYFY’s Krypton! Series stars and executive producers will discuss the many surprises of season one, before teasing what the (new) future holds for Krypton following that mind-blowing first season finale. Krypton returns to SYFY in 2019.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be an SDCC Saturday without the traditional afternoon full of Arrowverse panels in Ballroom 20! All four shows had strong seasons last year, so this year’s panels all promise to hold some incredible teases and reveals for your favorite heroes’ next adventures.
First up is Supergirl;
“Season three saw Supergirl stop Reign and the other Worldkillers’ threat to humanity and our planet, and in the process, Kara was shocked to find her mother Alura alive and living in a salvaged Argo City that survived the destruction of Krypton. Reconnecting with her past caused Kara to realize that her true home is now here on Earth, where big changes are taking place for her and all of her friends in National City – and also, it appears, for a doppelganger in Russia! Season four promises to be full of surprises, action, adventure and lots of big revelations for Supegirl, Alex, James, J’onn, Lena and Brainy. From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Supergirl‘s fourth season will premiere in its new Sunday 8/7c time period on The CW starting October 14th.”
Next is Arrow, entering its seventh season with a story arc that sounds like it’s taking at least some inspiration from the old Green Arrow: Escape from Super Max;
“There has been no shortage of close calls for Oliver Queen when it comes to protecting his Super Hero identity, but in the season six finale, he was finally backed into a corner and forced to reveal himself to the world as the Green Arrow. Now, Oliver will come face-to-face with many of the criminals he placed behind bars, as he makes a new home for himself at Slabside Maximum Security Prison. Oliver will find himself vulnerable in a way unlike ever before when a mysterious new enemy begins to unravel his work as Green Arrow, challenging him to redeem his name or risk losing everything. From Bonanza Productions Inc, in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Arrow will return to The CW on Monday, October 15th at 9/8c.”
There’s no mention of Diaz or the Long Bow Hunters, unless they’re the “mysterious new enemy” that the synopsis alludes to, but I’m sure we’ll hear at least something about them at SDCC.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow welcomes some new crew members to the Waverider as it heads into its fourth season;
“After defeating Mallus by cuddling him to death with a giant stuffed animal named Beebo, the Legends were ready to ease off the gas. That was until Constantine arrived to inform them that, in solving one major problem, they have created another, much larger one. When the Legends let time crumble in order to release and defeat Mallus, the barrier between worlds softened. History is now infected with “Fugitives” – magical creatures from myths, fairytales, and legends. Having been expelled throughout time by people like Constantine, these Fugitives are now returning to our world in droves and making a real mess of things. So when all hell breaks loose, who ya gonna call? That’s right, the Legends! From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will return to The CW on Monday, October 22nd at 8/7c.”
And, finally, The Flash speeds back to comic con;
“Matching wits with The Thinker, who by season’s end had harnessed the powers of all twelve bus metas he created, stretched Team Flash to their limits, but with the help of some new allies, Barry Allen (aka The Flash) and company were able to put a stop to the Enlightenment and save Central City once again. However, with the arrival of Barry and Iris’ speedster daughter, Nora, who arrived from the future admitting to having made a “big mistake”, things are anything but status quo. Will parenthood be the challenge that finally slows The Flash down? From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, The Flash will return to The CW on Tuesday, October 9th at 8/7c.”
One show is notably missing however. Gotham, which had it’s world premiere at SDCC in 2014, will be missing this year’s event. Whilst it’s sad that the show which premiered at SDCC will be missing what would have been it’s final SDCC appearance, it’s also understandable as the show is not scheduled to return until next Spring. Hopefully at NYCC later we’ll get our first glimpse at the show’s final season.
Even with that one omission, it’s certainly an epic line up worthy of DC’s greatest heroes! I can’t wait to hear all of the exciting news and developments coming out of SDCC next month!