The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International is almost here, with some big surprises and reveals in store for fans across the globe. Ranking in at #4 in our own list of Top 10 Things We Want to see at Comic-Con 2014 was none other than a much-hoped-for preview of this year’s lineup of comic book TV shows .
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last six months, the 2014 – 2015 TV season will be bringing us eight new or returning series based on comic book properties. Marvel will bring back Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and launch a second network series, Agent Carter, as well as a Daredevil Netflix series; meanwhile, DC will air season 3 of Arrow (returning on Wednesday, October 8th) along with freshman shows The Flash and iZombie on The CW; Gotham on Fox; and Constantine on NBC.
With so many superhero TV series on the way, Comic-Con is going to be a busy place; but we can now confirm that at least a handful of these shows will be presented in one central place – with quite a big name in superhero TV entertainment acting as Master of Ceremonies.
After rumors which had people speculating that Arrow‘s Stephen Amell could be joining the DC Movie Universe, it has now been revealed that the big SDCC2014 secret Amell has been protecting is that he is hosting a massive preview event geared at introducing the new DC superhero TV properties to the masses. Here’s a breakdown of what fans can expect:
While it may be possible to throw a great party without the assistance and backing of a billionaire playboy, Warner Bros. Television (WBTV) and DC Entertainment (DCE) are taking no chances, with Starling City’s favorite vigilante-turned-hero stepping out of the shadows and into the limelight, temporarily putting down his bow in favor of picking up a mic: Arrow star Stephen Amell (Twitter: @amellywood) has been tapped to serve as master of ceremonies when Warner Bros. Television Presents A Night of DC Entertainment on Saturday night, July 26, at Comic-Con 2014.
As previously announced, WBTV and DC Entertainment are teaming up for a three-hour (8:00–11:00 p.m.) special event in Hall H designed for DC Comics fans and featuring some of DC Comics’ greatest characters. Amell will preside over the world premiere screening of Gotham and the complete pilot screening of The Flash, and will give fans a look at footage from the Constantine pilot and a sneak peek at season three of Arrow. He will also introduce select stars and producers from each of the four series.
Pilots for The Flash and Gotham have been in press circulation for a bit (with some online leaks giving fans an early look), but SDCC2014 will be the first time they’ve really been made available to the general public – or rather, the especially critical and fickle hardcore fanbase that is the Comic-Con audience. If The Flash and especially Gotham can win over the ‘Con crowd, they’ll have a comfortable foundation of good hype pushing them into fall pilot season. Right now, early reactions for both shows have averaged out at “flawed, but enjoyable,” so the studios must be feeling confident enough to screen both pilots in their entirety at the convention.
Arrow season 3 doesn’t need to give too much away, as it already has a huge swell of fan support under it. The show has already announced some exciting season 3 castings, including Peter Stormare as Count Vertigo (yet another spin on the villain), and Devon Aoki as Katana. Both of those actors would be good additions to the Arrow season 3 panel – and some preview footage would certainly keep fans encouraged (especially if they release the teaser online after the panel).
Constantine, however, has more to prove, as early reactions haven’t been as shining for NBC’s take on the DC character (who was featured in his own 2005 movie). The fact that hero John Constantine will NOT be smoking in the show (a trademark of both the character’s personality and backstory) has already worried fans that his presence on NBC will be a neutered experience – one that doesn’t connect mainstream viewers with the curmudgeonly anti-hero as depicted in the comics.
Similarly, there’s fear that the network will veer things more toward the campy tongue-in-cheek experience of shows like Buffy or Supernatural, rather than creating something dark and frightening and artistic like Hannibal. A limited view of Constantine at Comic-Con is not an encouraging sign; it indicates that the network is more interested in presenting the best of its pilot, rather than risk fans seeing its flaws.
The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International takes place from July 24th – 27th in San Diego, CA.
Arrow season 3 Premieres on Wednesday, October 8th @ 8/7c on The CW.
The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 @8PM on The CW.
Gotham will air on Mondays at 8/7c on FOX, but has no current premiere date.
Constantine will premiere on Friday, October 24, 2014 @10pm on NBC.