News from San Diego Comic Con’s Saturday Panels!

Jul 23, 2017

Posted by: Dawn Johnson

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It was another busy day at San Diego Comic Con Saturday–and especially so for Potter alums and their fans, who had the exciting opportunity to hear big news first and view exclusive footage at panels for Justice League, Star Trek: Discovery, and The Flash.

Ezra Miller–Justice League

The Justice League panel wasn’t held until Saturday afternoon, but that didn’t stop fan momentum from ramping up early on twitter! It all started with the arrival of the starring cast members, which included Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone), who portrays the big screen version of Barry Allen and his alter ego, the Flash. An announcement also went out reminding fans to unite with their favorite superheroes in the coveted Hall H later in the day!

Then, the moment fans had eagerly waited for–screens began to drop and the Justice League took to the stage!

And finally, as if to reward the audience for their patience and enthusiasm, Warner Bros. released the longest sneak peak of the film to date featuring new footage and more of Barry Allen’s trademark comic relief.

In other big news for Flash fans, Warner Bros. also released the title for the superhero’s upcoming stand-alone film!

The title Flashpoint comes from the 2011 series created by DC Entertainment President and CCO Geoff Johns and hints at the plotline for the film, which has already gone through multiple rewrites and directors. That story involves time travel and the consequences that naturally result from the creation of an alternate timeline, which affects not only Barry Allen himself, but also other players in the DC universe.

According to CBR, Robert Zemeckis is now currently under consideration to direct, though nothing was confirmed and no new released date was announced. There may still be many unknowns surrounding this installment in the franchise, but that didn’t stop Miller from celebrating with fans and signing autographs at the DC booth!

Jason Isaacs–Star Trek: Discovery

Leaky’s first Comic Con update reported on the Star Trek display available for public viewing at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Art Gallery, and Trek News shared photos of props and costumes from the exhibit. (Follow the link to see many more!)





Fans also tweeted photos from the Captain’s chair featured at the display.

The cast even surprised fans at the gallery prior to their panel and, as expected, Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) wanted his chair back.

Thankfully, captain’s duties didn’t stop him from chatting with fans and catching up with friends in attendance.

The cast did eventually make their way to the panel, where they were warmly received by a room full of avid fans!

They then jumped right into assuring the fans of their devotion to the established trajectory of this decades-old, beloved franchise, divulged exciting details about their characters, and spoke about what Star Trek has meant to them as personal fans of the series.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the panel also revealed some big news about the relationship between Wilson Cruz’s Starfleet officer and Anthony Rapp’s Lt. Stamets.

Isaacs also noted that which Trek and Potter fans have in common–that both series explore themes (told through incredible stories!) which not only inspire, but also help fans think critically about and engage with the world around them.

Then, adding images to words, fans were treated to a thrilling new trailer, which was startlingly intense, backed by driving strains of eerie melancholy, and included a first look at Isaac’s Captain Lorca in action!

If the trailer’s haunting music is any indication of the series’ musical themes, Star Trek: Discovery may chart a new course where program scores are concerned, with Jeff Russo at the helm!

But, that would be no surprise. Though the series may stay within the bounds of classic Trek canon, the mission has always been “to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

And, as much fun as they’ll clearly have filming (and promoting) the show, it seems all take their responsibility to the history of Trek lore and the fandom seriously. So make sure to tune in–wherever you are!

Tom Felton–The Flash

As recently as two weeks ago, news outlets reported that Felton’s involvement in Season 4 of The Flash was confirmed. Digital Spy listed him as returning to the role of Julian Albert, and included him in the cast list for episode one of Season 4 titled “Flash Reborn.”

It is interesting, then, that Felton (Draco Malfoy) did not appear at the Comic Con panel for The Flash alongside other cast members.

However, since no official statement has been made about his absence, we may as well assume there is a reasonable explanation. It’s very possible the show’s creators have something special–and secretive–in store for his character, which they are purposefully keeping under wraps! Or, it may simply be that Felton was otherwise engaged this weekend.

We know via the fansite Feltbeats that he was committed to attending “Fantasy in Touch” in Vinci, Florence/Italy on Saturday, July 22. According to the site, he was scheduled to attend a panel to discuss his career and experiences filming Harry Potter. This would seem to be confirmed by Felton’s own Harry Potter-themed Instagram posts, which came from Italy.


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It’s still not entirely clear why his character wasn’t mentioned in the panel discussion, but let’s hope for the best and enjoy the trailer for the upcoming season below!

David Bradley–The Strain

David Bradley (Argus Filch) attended photo calls and a panel for the television series The Strain on Thursday, and we didn’t want it to go overlooked!

Bradley plays Abraham Setrakian on the series, now in its fourth season. The show, currently airing on FX, was described as follows in a recent Leaky report:

“As the fourth and final season begins, nine months have passed. The world has fallen into darkness, and the strigoi are in control. The explosion at the end of season three triggered a global nuclear apocalypse. The resulting nuclear winter liberated the strigoi, allowing them to move about during daytime, and allowing the Master to establish a totalitarian regime.”

As part of the panel discussion, actor Corey Stoll discussed his character’s role in the upcoming season.

Audience members were also treated to a hilarious comedic sketch in which the characters attended a much-needed therapy session!

There’s no better way to end a full-from-start-to-finish day at Comic Con–and an equally packed recap–than with a few laughs. Oh–and some Harry Potter cosplay. Because, Potter panel or no, it’s always a good day to be a wizard!

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