SDCC 2014: Friday Schedule

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:36 Written by  iamrogue
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SDCC 2014: Friday Schedule

No matter which genre or medium piques your particular interests, San Diego Comic-Con is a pretty much non-stop, orgiastic festival of delights. 

It's an infectiously enthusiastic and social hubbub of people psyched about the stuff they love and happy to share in that love. 

That said, there are subtle differences between each of the days that make up the Con.  Friday and Saturday are the perfectly-cooked beef patty in the hamburger that is Comic-Con, with Thursday and Sunday as the bun.  On Friday, the unbridled joy that accompanies the start of San Diego Comic-Con is still in the air, and the heatstroke fatigue that can creep into Saturday has yet to appear.

IAR will be covering Comic-Con from San Diego for the duration, and Friday, July 25, 2014 is no exception. 

By checking in here, you'll be able to get updates from all over the convention, including panel coverage and exclusive video interviews.  Still, though, it's impossible for any one outlet to properly cover all the mysteries and happenings at Comic-Con.  To help you navigate this massive coming-together of nerds, nerdware, and nerd haberdasheries, we compile cheat-sheet schedules for each day.

On Friday, the options are practically limitless, from the usual Game of Thrones madness to a secretive 20th Century Fox presentation (which may well contain big reveals related to The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Wolverine 2, and more) to Kevin Smith's usual gabfest in Hall H.  There's also a preview of Horns, a showcase for the VFX whizzes at Legacy Effects, and a look at what's in store from Marvel Television.

Here's our schedule of potentially roguish panels on Friday at San Diego Comic-Con:

10:00am - 11:00am - Star Wars Origami - Origami master folder Chris Alexander (author of Star Wars Origami) demonstrates and teaches the master folding techniques to make Star Wars origami figures. Attendees will fold an exclusive Comic-Con model along with other art from the Star Wars universe. Materials included! Room 7AB

10:00am - 11:00am - The Black Panel - This year's panelists feature media movers and shakers from film, television, comics, and music: Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow, MAD TV), Ne-Yo (actor, artist, writer, singer, etc.), J. August Richards (Angel, Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Kevin Grevioux (I, Frankenstein; Underworld), Cree Summer (Batman Beyond, Rugrats, A Different World), and Erika Alexander (Living Single, Concrete Park). The Black Panel is produced by Tatiana El Khouri and hosted by its founder, Michael Davis. Room 5AB

10:15am - 11:15am - Animation Show of Shows - Ron Diamond's 15th Annual Animation Show of Shows features a selection of the best award-winning animated shorts from around the world. Kicking things off is Chris Sanders's newly remastered Fun with Father, the comically sinister student film that launched the career of the director of Lilo and Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon, and The Croods. That's followed by a selection of awesome shorts, including the hysterical Sisyphean climb to the top in Ascension from France's Supinfocom, Canadian Jonathan Ng's breakup parable of two mismatched Korean lovers in Requiem for Romance, and Muscovite Yulia Aronova's adorable tale of a very special mom in My Mom Is an Airplane. Hall H

10:30am - 11:30am - Evangeline Lilly Discusses Her First Book The Squickerwonkers - Superstar Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit, Lost) introduces her first illustrated children's book The Squickerwonkers (Titan Books)-a mischievous and uproarious tale about a clever and unruly child called Selma who meets the remarkable Squickerwonkers of the fabulous Squickershow, a band of traveling marionettes. Evangeline will discuss this enchanting and gorgeous project and her collaboration with illustrator Johnny Fraser Allan of WETA. Room 6A

11:00am - 12:00pm - Cartoon Network: Adventure Time - Oh my glob, what would Comic-Con be without Adventure Time? Never fear, fans, Cartoon Network is bringing back the most mathematical show on TV to Comic-Con. You know what time it is! So get off your lumps and hang out with the fantastical cast and crew as they dish on all things Adventure Time and share never-before-seen footage. The following friends will be appearing from the Land of Ooo for a super sick panel: Jeremy Shada (Finn), John DiMaggio (Jake), Tom Kenny (Ice King), and more. Moderated by the super-talented and man-of-many-voices Tom Kenny. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront Hotel

11:00am - 12:00pm - Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy - For the first time, Lucasfilm has opened its Archives to present comprehensive storyboards for the original Star Wars trilogy-the world-changing A New Hope and its operatic sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi-as well as never-before-published art from early conceptual and deleted scenes, in a new book from Abrams: Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy. Former ILM art director Joe Johnston will discuss the newest addition to the Abrams Star Wars Library and the singular experience of creating the iconic trilogy's storyboards with his stellar art department team. Johnston won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for his work on Raiders of the Lost Ark and has directedHoney, I Shrunk the Kids, The Rocketeer, Jumanji, Jurassic Park III, Hidalgo, and Captain America: The First Avenger. Moderated by Lucasfilm editor J. W. Rinzler. Room 7AB

11:30am - 12:30pm - Rocky and Bullwinkle Short U.S. Premiere & Panel - In celebration of the 55th anniversary of Rocky and Bullwinkle, join Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation for the U.S. premiere of a new Rocky and Bullwinkle short that will appear on the upcoming release of Mr. Peabody & Sherman on Blu-ray and DVD on October 14. Director Gary Trousdale (Beauty and the Beast) and executive producer and Bullwinkle Studios president Tiffany Ward (daughter of Jay Ward) discuss the film and the legacy of Rocky and Bullwinkle on animation, followed by a Q&A session moderated by film critic and animation expert Leonard Maltin (Of Mice and Magic). Room 8

11:30am - 12:30pm - iZombie Pilot Screening and Q&A - Olivia "Liv" Moore, a 25-year-old medical resident, is on the fast track to a perfect life...until she's turned into a zombie. Now stuck somewhere between half-alive and undead, Liv loses all traces of her former drive and ambition. She transfers her medical residency to the city morgue in order to reluctantly access the only real form of sustenance left available to her-and the only thing that allows her to maintain her humanity-human brains. But there are side effects to Liv's new diet: With each brain she consumes, Liv experiences "visions"-flashes of the corpse's memories-including, in some cases, clues as to how they were killed.iZombie makes its Comic-Con debut with a special viedo presentation, followed by a Q&A with series stars Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time), Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings), Rahul Kohli (newcomer from the UK), and Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), as well as executive producers Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television and based on characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, published by DC Entertainment's Vertigo imprint, iZombie premieres Midseason on The CW. Room 6BCF

12:15pm - 1:00pm - [adult swim]: The Venture Bros. - The fifth annual [adult swim] panel block at Comic-Con will be kicked off with the cult-favorite series The Venture Bros. Co-creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer take the stage to discuss the upcoming sixth season of their original series and to answer fan questions. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront Hotel

12:20pm - 1:20pm - AMC's The Walking Dead - Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, and Michael Cudlitz join executive producer and showrunner Scott Gimple, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead) to discuss the shocking finale of season 4 of The Walking Dead and what to look forward to in season 5, debuting this fall on AMC. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of season 5. Hall H

12:30pm - 1:30pm - Bones - Fan-favorite actors David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel and executive producer Stephen Nathan share secrets from the set, upcoming twists and turns, and what's in store for Booth and Brennan as Bones enters its milestone tenth season. Ballroom 20

12:30pm - 1:30pm - Spotlight on Mike Mignola - Comic-Con special guest Mike Mignola celebrates the 20th anniversary of his iconic creation Hellboy, star of comics, movies, and animation. Ask Mike about the Mignolaverse in this casual Q&A. Room 24ABC

1:00pm - 1:45pm - [adult swim]: The Triumph/McBrayer Panel - The beloved Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and fan-favorite Jack McBrayer team up to star in a new live-action original comedy series set to premiere in 2015 on [adult swim]. Co-creator and voice of Triumph Robert Smigel (Conan, SNL's TV Funhouse), co-creator Michael Koman (Eagleheart, Nathan For You), and star Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Wreck It Ralph) discuss the new series. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront Hotel

1:00pm - 2:00pm - Costume Designers Guild: Costume Illustration - The hottest costume illustrators of the day will talk about their latest blockbuster projects, the creative process, and what it's like working with some of the top costume designers. Panelists include Alan Villaneuva (The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1 & 2), Constantine Sekeris (Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice), Christian Cordella (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Phillip Boutte Jr. (X-Men: Days of Future Past), and Arianne Phillips (Kingsman: The Secret Service). Room 23ABC

1:40pm - 2:40pm - Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A - Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO's Game of Thrones concluded its 10-episode fourth season in June and will begin filming its fifth season this summer. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, is an epic story of treachery and nobility, set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years. Featured cast include (in alphabetical order) Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Natalie Dormer as Margaery Baratheon, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Rose Leslie as Ygritte, Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane ("The Hound"), Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark. Hall H

1:45pm - 2:30pm - [adult swim]: Rick and Morty - Executive producers Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland (Adventure Time) invite fans for a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming second season. They will be joined by cast members Spencer Grammer (Greek) and Chris Parnell (Archer). Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront Hotel

1:45pm - 2:45pm - Entertainment Weekly: Brave New Warriors - A discussion among several of today's buzziest actors heroes including Jon Bernthal (Fury), Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow), Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel), Brenton Thwaites (The Giver) who will discuss the thrills and fears of taking on iconic characters, reveal how they broke into the business, and share their favorite stories from set. Ballroom 20

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Spotlight on Brian K. Vaughan - Comic-Con special guest Brian K. Vaughan, the Eisner Award-winning co-creator of Saga, Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina and Runaways, takes the stage for no-holds-barred Q&A session about writing, Image Comics, his time in the Hollywood trenches, gin, his new pay-what-you-want digital comics initiative PanelSyndicate.com, money, and just about anything else YOU feel like asking. Room 25ABC

2:15pm - 3:15pm - Outlander - Starz presents its highly anticipated new TV series Outlander with writer/executive producer Ronald D. Moore, author Diana Gabaldon, and cast members from the series, including Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Graham McTavish, and Lotte Verbeek. Room 6A

3:00pm - 4:00pm - Marvel Television Presents - Jeph Loeb (Marvel's head of television) returns with exciting news and fun surprises for fans! Join Jeph and the casts of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel's Agent Carter in this can't-miss panel that will take you behind the scenes and into the future of Marvel's live-action television series. Ballroom 20

3:00pm - 4:00pm - RADiUS-TWC Previews Horns and Everly - First-time Comic-Con attendee and star of Horns Daniel Radcliffe joins co-star Juno Temple, director Alexandre Aja, and novelist Joe Hill to debut the world premiere of the Horns movie trailer, chat about the film, and hold an audience Q&A. In addition, Salma Hayek and filmmaker Joe Lynch will be introducing new footage from the kick-ass film Everly. The panel will also reveal new scenes from upcoming RADiUS titles with some special surprises. Hall H

3:15pm - 4:00pm - [adult swim]: Robot Chicken - Co-creators/executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich are joined by co-head writer Tom Root, writer/director Zeb Wells, and actor/writer Breckin Meyer to discuss the Emmy-winning series and fan-favorite character Bitch Pudding, who gets her time to shine in the all-new Bitch Pudding Special. Get a sneak peek at the upcoming special and get your questions answered about the current seventh season, airing Sundays at 11:30 pm on [adult swim]. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront Hotel

3:30pm - 4:30pm - A&E: Bates Motel -  Bates Motel reopens in San Diego! Executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) will debut an exciting video with the cast of the highly acclaimed drama series, exclusively for Comic-Con attendees. The executive producers will be joined by the cast, including Vera Farmiga in her Emmy-nominated role as Norma Bates, Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), Olivia Cooke (Emma), and Nestor Carbonell (Sheriff Alex Romero) to discuss the hit series. Fans will hear firsthand details about what is to come in season 3 debuting in 2015 on A&E and will have a chance to ask the cast and creators questions during a Q&A. The panel will be moderated by Dan Snierson from Entertainment Weekly. Room 6A

3:30pm - 4:30pm - Free Enterprise: 15th Anniversary Reunion - It's time to party like it's 1999 as Access Hollywood's Scott Mantz moderates a panel celebrating the 15th anniversary of the theatrical release of Free Enterprise, starring William Shatner and Eric McCormack, the film that The New York Times called "a bright, clever romantic comedy" and US magazine's Andrew Johnston hailed as "a very funny comedy that jubilantly celebrates geek culture." Writer/producer Mark A. Altman (Castle, Necessary Roughness) and director/writer Robert Meyer Burnett (Agent Cody Banks, The Hills Run Red) are interviewed along with some special surprise guests who will take part in a freewheeling discussion about this beloved cult classic and share the latest news about their Kickstarter campaign to produce a new Free Enterprise TV pilot. Room 24ABC

3:30pm - 4:30pm - Women Below the Line - Sheyne Fleischer (assistant editor, The Bachelor, Hells Kitchen), Tess Fowler (writer/illustrator Game of Thrones Exclusive Animation, The Rascals), Alicia Minette (prop fabrication: Sushi Girl, Man at Arms), and Aubriana Zurilgen (creature creation: Steve Wang's Creature Workshop, MasterFX), will explore the nontraditional roles of women in the comic and entertainment industries. Female editors, illustrators, prop fabricators, and creature creators will relate their success stories and how to follow your dreams in the industry, while exploring gender roles in the creative professions. Moderated by Glenn Freund (League of S.T.E.A.M.). Room 26AB

3:30pm - 5:30pm - Exclusive Sneak Peek Screening of the Showrunners Documentary Film - Be one of the first to see Showrunners, described by The Hollywood Reporter as "an intriguing behind-the-scenes expose of the men and women responsible for TV's recent revolution," at an exclusive sneak peek event. Showrunners is the first ever feature-length documentary to explore the fascinating world of U.S. television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. These people are responsible for creating, writing, and overseeing every element of production on one of the United State's biggest exports-television drama and comedy series. The film shows the huge amount of work that goes into making sure that favorite TV series airs on time, as well as the many challenges that showrunners have to overcome to ensure that a new series makes it onto the schedules at all! Featuring contributions from J. J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Ronald D.Moore, Damon Lindelof, Bill Prady, Hart Hanson, Jane Espenson, Jonathan Nolan, and many more, this screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and guests. Horton Grand Theatre

4:20pm - 6:20pm - 20th Century Fox Presentation - Hall H

4:30pm - 5:30pm - Max Brooks-Zombies vs. Vampires: The Extinction Parade Survival PanelNew York Times bestselling author Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival Guide) is renowned for his zombie survival lectures but this year he returns to provide intel and anecdotes on how to survive a Vampires vs. Zombies apocalypse! Moderated by William Christensen (Avatar Press publisher), this panel and Q&A introduces readers to Max Brooks's new all-original comic book series, Extinction Parade: War. Room 5AB

5:00pm - 6:00pm - Archer Screening and Q&A - The popular animated comedy revolves around the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) and its employees who use every covert operation and global crisis as another excuse to undermine, sabotage and betray each other for personal gain. See an exclusive screening of an original short animation piece created specifically for SDCC, plus the upcoming never-before-seen season 6 premiere episode. Then join the voice cast of H. Jon Benjamin (Bob's Burgers), Aisha Tyler (The Talk), Chris Parnell (21 Jump Street), Judy Greer (Arrested Development), Amber Nash (Frisky Dingo), and Lucky Yates (Good Eats), plus creator Adam Reed (Sealab 2021) and co-executive producer Casey Willis as they discuss bringing this animated series to life. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront Hotel

5:00pm - 6:00pm - The Greatest GEEK Movies & TV Never Made - In the panel that wowed WonderCon Anaheim, take a look at some of the greatest genre projects that never made it to the silver and small screens, ranging from Philip Kaufman's Star Trek: Planet of Titans (the original '70sStar Trek reboot that was never made) to David Lynch's Ronnie Rocket and One Saliva Bubble to Bryan Singer's Battlestar Galactica to an incredible look at Alejandro Jodorowsky's mind-blowing adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune. The discussion will include filmmakers Steve Scarlata (Jodorowksy's Dune), Tom De Santo (Transformers, X2), Thomas P. Vitale (EVP Chiller strategic operations, Syfy Original Movies and Co-Productions),Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Charles de Lauzirika (Crave, Blade Runner Blu-ray, Twin Peaks Blu-ray), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, Batman: The Brave & The Bold), David E. Williams (editor, GEEK magazine), Chris Gossett (The Red Star), and Mark A. Altman (Femme Fatales, Free Enterprise). Room 7AB

5:00pm - 6:00pm - The State of the Animation Industry - How is animation doing in 2014? How can I enter the field? Is 2D dead? Panelists Miguel Jiron (Despicable Me 2), Raul Garcia (Melon Digital S.L.), Brooke Keesling (Cartoon Network), Steve Hulett (The Animation Guild), Danny Young (Blurr Studios), and moderator Tom Sito (Beauty and the Beast, Shrek) discuss the industry across all disciplines as it is today, from motion picture production to creating animated shorts for the Internet. The panel will also talk about how animators find and create jobs. Room 4

5:30pm - 6:30pm - Arrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A - With Oliver Queen's arch-nemesis Slade Wilson now behind bars, Team Arrow can breathe a long sigh of relief and shift their focus to recounting their most recent conquests with all their fans at Comic-Con 2014. However, they better act fast, as the threat of Malcolm Merlyn is once again looming over Starling City. Arrow series stars Stephen Amell (Private Practice), Katie Cassidy (Supernatural), David Ramsey (Dexter), Emily Bett Rickards (Flicka: Country Pride), Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf), Willa Holland (The O.C.), Paul Blackthorne (The River), and John Barrowman (Torchwood) -- with executive producers Greg Berlanti (The Flash), Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern ), and Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe) -- will take aim at San Diego with a special video presentation and panel discussion previewing the show's upcoming and highly anticipated third season. Arrow: The Complete Second Season will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and UltraViolet on September 16. Based upon characters appearing in comic books and graphic novels published by DC Comics, Arrow is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The series returns this fall, airing Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW. Ballroom 20

6:00pm - 7:00pm - International Association of Media Tie-in Writers: Scribe Awards - Max Allan Collins (Mike Hammer), co-founder of the IAMTW, will announce the winners of this year's Scribe Awards for excellence in tie-in writing, including honoring this year's Grandmaster Award "Faust" winner, Diane Duane (Star Trek). Join panelists Michael A. Black (Executioner), Stacia Deutsch (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), Nathan Collins (Battle Royale), Glenn Hauman (Star Trek), Nancy Holder (Chicago Fire), Robyn King (Shadowrun), and Jonathan Maberry (Wolfman) for a freewheeling look at one of the most popular and yet underappreciated branches of the writing trade. Followed by a Q&A session. Room 23ABC

6:00pm - 7:00pm - The Superheroes of Legacy Effects - Take a look into the art and imagination behind many of your favorite films with special effects industry leaders, Legacy Effects. Studio co-founders and industry veterans Alan Scott, John Rosengrant, Shane Mahan, and Lindsay MacGowan show you some incredible behind-the-scenes footage from some of your favorite films. From superheroes to fantasy and sci-fi, Legacy Effects has designed and created many of the coolest iconic characters to come to the silver screen. Get a rare look at on-set images, super secret B-roll footage, and even a few screen-used props from several films such as Avatar, Iron Man, Pacific Rim, Captain America, and many more. Engage in a Q&A with the actual creators and get an inside look from lead 3D systems engineer, Jason Lopes, on how the future of 3D scanning and printing is changing the industry. You may even have the chance to win some special prizes and swag. Room 28DE

6:00pm - 7:00pm - Orphan Black - BBC America's award-winning original series Orphan Black returns to Comic-Con. Stars Tatiana Maslany (Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Rachel, Helena, and more) Jordan Gavaris (Felix), Dylan Bruce (Paul), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Mrs. S), Kristian Bruun (Donnie) and Ari Millen (Mark) join co-creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett in a panel moderated by Entertainment Weekly's Dalton Ross. The Clone Club gathers to discuss the second season of the conspiracy thriller, which just wrapped in June and is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and across all digital platforms to download. Room 6A

6:30pm - 7:30pm - Making X-Men: Days of Future Past - Jeff Goldsmith (publisher of Backstory on the iPad) interviews screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) about what it took to write and produce the worldwide box office smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past. Kinberg will take you behind the scenes as to how he and the film's creative team evolved the longstanding film franchise to an all new high. From the standout Quicksilver sequence to managing the same comic characters at different points in time and beyond-he'll discuss how the film was made and take your questions. Room 5AB

6:35pm - 8:05pm - The Musk of Tusk: An Evening with Kevin Smith - After all the interesting and exciting movie panels are over, Hall H belongs to a middle-aged man who once worked with BatFleck! Ask ComiKev questions and get ready to say #WalrusYes as Kev premieres the trailer to his first film in three years: the twisted, transformative tale of Tusk! Wrap up a busy Friday with the Clown Prince of Comic-Con! Hall H

7:00pm - 8:00pm - Neil Gaiman Documentary - Neil Gaiman is one of our most beloved modern storytellers, crafting amazing fantasy worlds across comics, novels, films, and music. But what is his story? This new documentary takes you along for the ride on Neil's record-setting 2013 signing tour, and explores a life as fantastical as one of his stories. Filmmakers Patrick Meaney (Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods) and Jordan Rennert (Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts), Neil's "Pepper Potts" Cat Mihos, and a special guest present an exclusive first look at the film. Room 4

7:00pm - 9:00pm - World Premiere of Batman: Assault on Arkham - Be among the first to experience Batman: Assault on Arkham, the highly anticipated next entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Original Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation, the film is based on the bestselling Batman: Arkham video game series. We find Gotham in great danger when the government assembles a group of villains-code-named The Suicide Squad-and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to retrieve top-secret information stolen by the Riddler. Things take a turn for the worse when Harley Quinn frees the Joker, who is intent on using a dirty bomb to blow up Arkham Asylum and Gotham City. Batman must use his superhero wits and strength to thwart the wicked plans of the Joker and the Suicide Squad. When the film ends, stay in your seat for a star-studded panel discussion featuring fan-favorite Batman voice Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series), as well as Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds), Troy Baker (The Last of Us), and John DiMaggio (Futurama), plus the filmmaking team of producer James Tucker (Son of Batman), director Jay Oliva (Justice League: War), dialogue director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), screenwriter Heath Corson (Justice League: War) and moderator Victor Lucas (Electric Playground). As usual, there will be special announcements, exclusive prizes for a few lucky fans, and a few potential surprises. Batman: Assault on Arkham will be available on Digital HD on July 29 and as a Blu-ray Combo Pack on August 12. Ballroom 20

7:30pm - 8:30pm - Your Opinions Suck: Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans - Face off with your favorite Rotten Tomatoes critics, including Alonso Duralde (TheWrap), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), and Fandango Fangirl Tiffany Smith when they join editor-in-chief Matt Atchity and senior editor Grae Drake of Rotten Tomatoes along with their editorial team. As Matt and Grae invite audience members to share movies they love, hate, or love to hate, everyone in the room uses their "Personal Tomatometer Paddle" to dis/agree with the score. Remember: fortune favors the bold. Room 8

8:00pm - 9:00pm - Star Trek: The State of the Franchise Fan Forum - Come join the spout-off! Trekland author, producer, actor, and interviewer "Dr. Trek" Larry Nemecek (Star Trek Continues, The Con of Wrath, TNG Companion) brings his 20+ years in the franchise and panel facilitators to lead fan crosstalk (that's you, audience) aimed at sharing and challenging the memes of where corporate and fandom Star Trek are headed. Warning: No one admitted without an opinion! Room 28DE

8:00pm - 10:30pm - Showtime Presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - The 26th annual Eisner Awards (the "Oscars" of the comics industry) honor comics creators and works in 30 categories. Presenters will include British talk show host/comics writer Jonathan Ross, actor/screenwriter/comedian Thomas Lennon (Reno 911, Balls of Fury), actor/comedian Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow, The MAD Show), actress Kelly Hu (Arrow, Warehouse 13), nominee Reginald Hudlin (writer, Black Panther; producer, Django Unchained), Belgian graphic novelists Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten (Obscure Cities series), nominees Matt Fraction (Hawkeye, Sex Criminals) and Kelly DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel), Hall of Fame cartoonist Sergio Aragonés (Groo, MAD), writer/artist Bill Morrison (Bongo Comics), writer/artist nominee Terry Moore (Rachel Rising, Strangers in Paradise) and voice actors Phil LaMarr (Samurai Jack, Justice League Unlimited, MADtv) and Vanessa Marshall (Young Justice, Spectacular Spider-Man), plus some special surprises! Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comics Writing, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront Hotel

9:00pm - 10:00pm - The Aquabats! Super Show! The Saga Continues - The Aquabats (M. C. Bat Commander, EagleBones FalconHawk, Jimmy the Robot, Crash McLarson, Ricky Fitness) and Super Show! co-creator and director Jason Devilliers (Flyboys, Yo Gabba Gabba!) present a behind-the-scenes look at the last two-almost three-seasons of the Aquabats! Super Show! As this year's Comic-Con also marks the 20-year anniversary of the The Aquabats, join them for a frank conversation about the ongoing saga of the world's greatest underdog champions of nerd-core and superhero rock band! Never-before-seen scenes and video clips from the TV show and an open Q&A session to be moderated by a very special surprise guest! Don't miss it! Room 25ABC

9:30pm - 11:30 pm - Sick & Twisted Gauntlet of Animation - The glorious return of the greatest interactive live-voting festival known to mankind! This screening is not for the faint of heart! You, the lunatic fringe will vote with your voices, Love or Hate, on the newest batch of Sick & Twisted short animations from across the globe as they play LIVE on screen. More than 35 films will be put to the ultimate test. Entries include award-winning European commercials, including the banned in Denmark Voteman, new and epically violent Japanese zombie Claymation Star Trek spoofs, grossed out and sexy mock commercials featuring aliens and the Progressive Insurance Lady and an episode of Cartoon Hangover's Bravest Warriors, directed by Breehn Burns, creator of Dr. Tran. Extra bonus: glow-in-the-dark hand clappers and Sick & Twisted Barf Bags will be given away. "And on the 13th day, God created Spike and Mike, so sayeth the D."-Actor Jack Black of Tenacious D. Room 6BCF

Head over to the official Comic-Con International site for the full Friday schedule.  And check back this weekend for IAR's coverage of San Diego Comic-Con!

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