The time has come for TV’s superheroes and villains to take over San Diego Comic-Con. Warner Bros. TV’s Super Saturday panel features the casts of “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Gotham” and “Legends of Tomorrow,” and Zap2it is live blogging the entire affair.
Follow along for teases from the upcoming season, lots of cast interaction and hopefully a few special surprises.
The panel and blog kick off at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.
The panel seems to be running a few minutes late, but there will be plenty to see shortly.
The panel will be starting shortly, “Arrow” is up first!
The panel is starting and there’s going to be a nice treat for all pretty early on.
The big news from the beginning of the panel is the Arrow is getting a new suit. He’s back in green leather, but this time with a look more like tactical armor.
Stand by for a special video all about the suit, direct from “Arrow.” WBTV is using the much bigger screens that Warner Bros. used in Hall H earlier for their films panel. Superhero greatness, stretching all around the room.
Lisa Gregorian, the chief marketing officer of WBTV, is on stage to welcome everyone, wearing a “Batman: The Animated Series” shirt. That’s an awesome executive.
As she goes through the WBTV schedule, “Arrow” and “Legends of Tomorrow” get the most screams.
“The Vampire Diaries” star Iam Somerhalder is in the house, acting as master of ceremonies over the evening and wearing a purple blazer you might expect to see on The Joker.
“I can’t believe you’re already here for the ‘Vampire Diaries’ panel tomorrow morning! that’s dedication!” Oh, Ian … Sorry, pal.
And Stephen Amell takes the stage in his new Arrow costume to the screams of just about everyone in Hall H. “San Diego Comic-Con, you have not failed this city,” he says. “My name is Oliver Queen, but you knew that.”
They’re now showing a video recapping Oliver’s long battle with Ra’s al Ghul and everything he went through in Season 3.
The panel lineup: DC’s Geoff Johns, EP Greg Berlanti, Paul Blackthorne, David Ramsay, Emily Bett Rickards, Stephen Amell (in a backwards baseball cap), Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland, John Barrowman, EP Wendy Mericle, EP Marc Guggenheim, EP Andrew Kreisberg.
The first thing Amell does is give props to costume designer Maya Mani, the mind behind the Arrow’s new suit. She’s made every “Arrow” costume all the way back to Oliver’s first green leathers at the beginning of the series.
One change this year? “We get to have Oliver make some jokes in the lair, that’s really fun,” according to EP Wendy Mericle.
Beyond Damien Darhk, there’s “another big one coming,” in terms of DC Comics villains.
Guggenheim says Anarky (best known from Batman comics) and Mr. Terrific will be coming to the show.
This version of Mr. Terrific is gay, adding a new LGBT character to the show.
As Willa Holland tells the sad story of Thea’s life (and her terrible dad), John Barrowman is making silly faces. She’s beyond excited to be Speedy.
Rickards remembers wearing the Atom suit: “I was only wearing the top half.” She wore lots of hockey pads and in the shot where Oliver is looking lovingly into her eyes, he’s actually staring at a stuntman. That’s true love.
Barrowman is wearing his Ra’s al Ghul ring on stage, because the head of the demon is always watching.
Malcolm will be dressed in a long Ra’s al Ghul cape, but he’ll go back under the hood in episode 3. Barrowman says he had the ring he’s currently wearing made himself.
The panel lineup: DC’s Geoff Johns, EP Greg Berlanti, Paul Blackthorne, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Stephen Amell (in a backwards baseball cap), Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland, John Barrowman, EP Wendy Mericle, EP Marc Guggenheim, EP Andrew Kreisberg.
Diggle claims he’s getting a costume this year. “Yeah, it’s called Black Driver,” he says to the laughs of everyone on the panel.
Diggle is getting a costume, dressed all in black with a helmet. “Yeah, it’s called Black Driver,” Ramsey jokes.
Stephen is so happy the fans voted Olicity to win in the MTV Fandom Awards. “It really means a lot. Not quite an Emmy, but it means a lot.”
First fan question is from a guy who asked the same question last year: Is Oliver going to become a little more silly or sarcastic like Green Arrow in the comics?
Amell: We are going to move in a more Green Arrow-y direction. If you’re back her next year, I’m going to be mad at you.
Next fan wants to know if Oliver is going to be a billionaire again.
Amell: I’ll go one better, I have a sugar mama.
That, naturally, leads to Rickards “making it rain.”
“I once got into a fight at a hockey game and some guy yelled, ‘Hey! That’s the Green Arrow,'” Amell remembering a memorable fan interaction.
Lots of cheers for Barrowman after he proclaims, “Strong female roles are awesome!”
“Everyone knows everyone’s business and I think that will lead to some new interactions this year, like Malcolm and Felicity,” Amell teases. And that’s a wrap for “Arrow,” but the night’s just getting started.
They are now showing a preview of “Vixen,” the new animated series from CW Seed, which features plenty memorable DC faces, including The Flash and Cisco. It’s perfect timing, as “The Flash” is getting ready to hit the stage!
After a video escaping Season 1, another diving into Season 2 airs. Caitlyn says she’s not coming back to STAR Labs, Cisco is going through some sort of change. And Jay Garrick, the owner of that helmet from the Season 1 finale introduces himself.
The panel for “The Flash”: EP Andrew Kreisberg, EP Greg Berlanti, John Wesley Shipp, Candice Patton, Grant Gustin, Tom Cavanagh, Daniele Panabaker, Carlos Valdes and DC’s Geoff Johns.
The Season 2 big bad is Zoom! “He’s going to be faster than the Reverse Flash, faster than The Flash and it’s going to be very hard to stop him.”
Teddy Sears (“Masters of Sex”) will be Jay Garrick.
Where does Season 2 start? “We pick up a few months later,” Berlanti says. “We deal with the fallout of the cataclysm that happened at the end of the year.”
“This year we’ll be dealing with characters from Earth 2.”
In addition to Jay Garrick, “The Flash” will introduce Wally West in Season 2!
In Season 2, Cisco will deal with “changes in his body, for sure. Not puberty,” Valdes jokes. His meta powers may be coming out.
In the comics, Barry meets Jay Garrick in issue 23. Interestingly enough, it was episode 23 of Season 1 that saw Garrick’s helmet enter Barry’s world.
In Season 2, Tom Cavanagh will explore life as Harrison Wells, which he says will have a good and bad side.
Danielle Panabaker: “I’m so excited for Season 2 and so excited to hopefully be Killer Frost one day.” “I’m excited to see her more often, hopefully.”
Grodd will be back for Season 2, plus there will be a Captain Cold/Golden Glider early on. Kreisberg also teases more Rogues. Zoom will be the main focus of the year, though.
A fan fat out asks if Cisco will become Vibe in Season 2. Everyone beats around the bush before Johns suggests fans check out the Vibe comic book. However, Panabaker did ask Valdes if he’s working on his breakdancing, so perhaps it’ll happen soon.
Next up is “Legends of Tomorrow.”
They haven’t shot any episodes yet (production starts in September). Instead, they show a short teaser with concept art and then the trailer that was previously released.
As previously reported by Zap2it, “Legends of Tomorrow’s’ Hawkgirl will be introduced during Season 2 of “The Flash.”
Marc Guggenheim says the first episodes of “Arrow” and “The Flash” will set the table for “Legends.” “Sarah needs to be not dead,” he explains. The crossovers will all build up to the “Legends” premiere.
The fans in the crowd are ecstatic that Sarah Lance lives. However, Caity Lotz reminds everyone that the Lazarus Pit changes people. So things could get a little crazy for her.
How will Captain Cold respond to characters like Ray Palmer? “Badly,” Wentworth Miller teases. “These guys have to work together, but it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”
Kreisberg: “‘Legends’ is going to be as radically different from ‘The Flash’ as ‘The Flash’ is from ‘Arrow.'”
This is Victor Garber’s first time at Comic-Con. “You are unbelievable, you are so kind and generous and sweet. All of you! Not all of you, but some of you.”
Ciara Renee has been taking boxing and martial arts lessons in anticipation of getting to do some of her own fighting and stunts as Hawkgirl.
“We’ll be going not just to incredible places, but incredible moments,” Guggenheim teases. He won’t share where the show will go, but says “all corners of the DC universe.”
For Caity Lotz, the most interesting thing about Sarah at this point is she’s “not afraid to die.” That makes her dangerous, perhaps mores than any of the other legends.
That’s going to be all for “Legends of Tomorrow.” Another tease that they’ll be introducing the characters on “Arrow” and “The Flash.”
Up next is “Gotham.”
To kick things off, a video narrated by Alfred (Sean Pertwee) hints at Bruce’s future as the Batman.
There are also a number of looks back at Season 1 and the villains that were introduced — including the Red Hood Gang, Jerome, the Ogre, Edward Nygma and Penguin, the new king of Gotham City.
The first teaser for Season 2 then plays and it’s Arkham-heavy, including looks at Jerome, Tigress and Robert Greenwood — the show’s new cannibal.
The panel: EP Bruno Heller, EP Danny Cannon, Ben McKenzie, Morena Baccarin, Donal Logue, Robin Lord Taylor, Sean Pertwee, Camren Bicondova, David Mazouz, Cory Michael Smith, EP John Stephens and DC’s Geoff Johns.
Whereas Season 1 was the rise of the Penguin, Season 2 is the rise of villains.
“As the villains rise, there’s an arms race and the good guys have to increase their forces as well,” McKenzie says. He teases there will be new “heroes” introduced.
“The relationship between me and Jim has obviously changed a lot because I killed my parents and he’s a police officer,” Erin Richards jokes. It’s “strained.”
Bruno Heller says it’s the story of a woman who is “filling her potential, it’s just crazy potential.”
Donal Logue says Harvey Bullock will be “beaten down” in Season 2 and not as optimistic as his buddy Jim Gordon. Poor Harvey just can’t catch a break in life.
After being at odds throughout Season 1, whatever Bruce and Alfred find in that secret passageway (the Batcave) will put them on the same team. “Team Good Guys,” Mazouz calls it.
Robin Lord Taylor says Oswald is prepared to fight to stay King of Gotham. “He’s living large now.”
The first fan question is also a declaration of love from a little boy to Cameron Bicondova, whom he’s “had a crush on forever.”
Watch out, kid. Catwoman has claws.
Cameron Monaghan, as his character Jerome, commandeers the Q&A, asking how high Gordon’s pain tolerance is before he’s tackled by security and taken away., That was an amazing moment. “I’m going to find you, Jerome. And I’m going to take you down,” McKenzie says.
That’s a wrap on “Gotham.” The Joker lives!
“Who was that dude?” Iam Somerhalder asks. “He looked like the dude from ‘Shameless.'”
Finally, the cast and crew of “Supergirl” take the stage for the last segment of the evening.
“Her gender doesn’t really matter, she’s a bada**,” one EP explains. She’s just a powerful superhero, bar none.
“It was far past time for us to have a female-led superhero show,” Geoff Johns says.
According to Berlanti, after meeting Melissa Benoist, “you can’t imagine anyone else being Supergirl.”
Melissa was the very first person producers saw for Supergirl and they knew immediately she got the part.
“I remember leaving my first audition and being like, ‘Oh my gosh, that was horrible. I just blew it!'” Melissa Benoist’s view of her “Supergirl” audition doesn’t match the producers’.
Benoist says putting on the cape and costume chafes her. “I feel like a different person.”
Jeremy Jordan says his character, Win, is in love with Kara before finding out she’s Supergirl. But then there’s :”another strong, attractive male” standing in the way — James Olsen.
After Stephen Amell showed off his abs last year, the challenge had bee laid out for Mehcad Brooks to show his off as well. He does, leaving Benoist to covering his eyes. Jimmy Olsen is chiseled.
Among the villains coming to “Supergirl” are Reactron and Livewire.
The series will also introduce Maxwell Lord, who will be played by Peter Facinelli, who’s taking the stage. “The last time I was here was for ‘Twilight.'”
The panel wraps up, but Ian Somerhalder doesn’t let Benoist go just yet. He offers her a “pretty sweet vampire gig.” She turns him down. Before the screening, Comic-Con personnel set up for a special tribute to the DC universe.
That wraps up the “Supergirl” panel and the night of DC Entertainment. Those in Hall H get to watch a screening of the “Supergirl” pilot, but everyone else will get to see it when the series debuts in the fall!