The 2015 San Diego Comic Con is almost upon us, and Warner Bros TV, the studio behind the ever-expanding “Arrow”-“The Flash” universe as well as a plethora of other shows, is bringing a legion of stars to town.
In a new video, stars from the aforementioned comic book adaptations, as well as actors from “The Vampire Diaries,” “Gotham,” “The 100” and more share their thoughts about the four-day geek extravaganza in three words.
It’s “my kind of party” for “Arrow” and “The Flash” stars Katie Cassidy and Danielle Panabaker, while “Supernatural” brothers Jensen Ackles and Jared Padelecki deem it “fan freaking tastic.”
“Gotham’s” Jim Gordon, Ben McKenzie, is expecting “total freaking madness,” while “Vampire Diaries” star Paul Wesley shares a similar sentiment, equating the convention with “terrifyingly enthusiastic fanboys.”
Or maybe it will just be the “best weekend EVER,” in the words of “iZombie” star Robert Buckley, who shows off his geek cred by delivering the message surrounded by comic books.
WBTV has released their full Comic Con 2015 line-up, and it includes almost every great superhero show on TV right now, as well as a screening of one of the most anticipated pilots of the year. Warner Bros. will screen the full pilots of CBS’s Supergirl and Fox’s Lucifer, and will also have “special video presentations” for Arrow, The Flash, and Gotham.
This madness will all happen during WB’s Super Hero Saturday Night, which begins at 8pm on Saturday, July 11. This three–hour event will also include a Q&A with the cast and producers of the Arrow/Flash spinoff DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Outside of the superhero genre, WB will also present a panel for iZombie, which will include stars Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley and David Anders and will preview the second season. Stars of The 100 will also make an appearance, as they preview their midseason return after a highly acclaimed second season.
The full schedule of genre TV panels from WBTV is below, and you can find all the genre TV panels from Fox and BBC here.
FRIDAY JULY 10
5:45–6:45 p.m. iZOMBIE (Tuesdays 9/8c on The CW)
The brainy hit iZOMBIE returns to San Diego for its sophomore appearance at Comic-Con. After the shocking events in the season finale, be among the first to get the scoop on what’s in store for season two with executive producers Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, along with series stars Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley and David Anders.
The cast will also be doing a signing at the WB booth (#4545) from 10:00AM – 10:30AM
Read the full schedule and source here.
Big things happened during Tuesday’s iZombie season finale, and while now the wait is on until season two, Newsarama has something to help tide you over — the third part in our interview series with some of the most ardent comic fans who work on the the CW show based on Chris Roberson and Mike Allred’s DC/Vertigo series.
Our previous interviews with show co-developer Diane Ruggiero-Wright and co-star Rahul Kohli got pretty geeky, but this one with Robert Buckley, who plays zombie Liv Moore’s ex-fiancé Major Lillywhite, gets nerdcore. Seriously. This might be some of the most geeking out we’ve ever done in an interview.
Buckley’s known as a romantic lead from a number of TV shows, including One Tree Hill and Lipstick Jungle, and for facing the devil on 666 Park Avenue. But we were warned by our previous interviewees that Buckley was a huge comics fan, and this interview did not disappoint. Sit back to learn of his favorite books, his art collection, and his efforts to convert us to #TeamMajor.
Newsarama: Rob, thanks for talking with us.
Robert Buckley: My pleasure. Sorry I was running late!
Nrama: Oh, no problem. Now, we talked to Diane and Rahul before, and they were both saying that while they were pretty big comic book fans…they were nothing compared to you.
Buckley: You know what? I can actually blame my slight tardiness on my comic book addiction. I had to go by my local shop to make sure I picked up Fight Club 2 from Dark Horse. I had to make sure I got all the variants.
Nrama: Y’know, it’s too bad you guys are both straight and he’s off the market, because I would tell you to marry Scott Porter. We did an interview back when he was doing Friday Night Lights and he was late for that exact same reason.
Buckley: That is so funny – Scott and I worked together when I did a couple episodes of Hart of Dixie, and we just immediately bonded over comics and HeroClix and everything. Jaime King is looking at us like, “What is happening?” We’re going “You’re reading that?! You like HeroClix?! Did we just become best friends?!” One of those moments, you know? [laughs]
Nrama: What are some books you’re enjoying – both right now and of all time?
Buckley: Oh my God. Uh – right now, I’m enjoying the Saga series – huge fan. And I’ve turned on a lot of my friends onto it, some unwillingly, and they all love it.
I really love the New 52 Batman, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. And growing up, I loved Jim Lee – remember when he did that reinvention of X-Men, that classic fold-out cover?
Nrama: Yes! There were like five or six of them.
Buckley: Right! I just fell in love with the X-Men right then, I just loved Wolverine. And as I got older, I found myself gravitating towards characters that had darker origins like Batman and Daredevil.
I’ve branched out – Blacksad is a book I found and just fell in love with.
For a show about zombies eating brains, iZombie sure likes to rip out our hearts as well, huh?
That season one finale really put us through the ringer tonight (raise your hand if you need a hug, because we sure do). From Liv (Rose McIver) having to turn Major (Robert Buckley) into a zombie to save his life, only to give him the last batch of the cure to turn him back when it became clear he would never forgive her, only to then find out her younger brother was in critical condition in the hospital and needs her blood to survive his injuries, meaning she just saved her relationship at the expense of her brother’s life…man, iZombie was not playing around!
And we haven’t even mentioned that epic, jaw-dropping action scene in which Major finally got his revenge on Blaine (David Anders) and Meat Cute…and Liv finished the job, giving Blaine the only other dose of the zombie cure, turning him back into a human! So. Freakin’. Amazing.
It’s going to be one long summer while we oh-so-impatiently wait for iZombie season two, so we got executive producer Rob Thomas to spill all he could about what’s coming up when the CW show returns this fall!
E! News: Blaine and Major have both been cured—are there going to be any complications with becoming human again?
Rob Thomas: Yeah, there will be. Ravi would not have wanted to put that cure on the market yet, and for good reason. There will be side effects. There will be fallout from that. It won’t be as easy as boom, you’re human again, go enjoy the rest of your life. Blaine will have to try to maintain his zombie world while being human so we’re going to have some fun in season two with him trying to pass as a zombie. Imagine him trying to put on white face to convince his clients that he’s still a badass who they should be afraid of.
Liv’s brother is in critical condition by the end of the finale—how is this going to shake up their family dynamic especially since Liv can’t give her blood to save him?
It will have real repercussions next year. We know that the season two opening scene is going to be a really rough scene with her family. They do not understand the decision she made and it’s kind of impossible for her to tell them.
So there won’t be a time jump in between seasons one and two?
No, there will be a time jump. There’s a few months between the end of season one and season two, but we will not be seeing her first attempt to patch things up with her family. We’ll be seeing like the eighth attempt to get back into their good graces.
Over the course of season one, was there anything you discovered that wasn’t working that you’re going to abandon going into season two or anything that you found worked that you’re going to play up more going forward?
A couple things, actually. Robert Buckley is so good at comedy. He’s so charming. He and Rahul [Kohli], who plays Ravi, we discovered how fun and funny they are together. But we wrote a storyline in which in the middle of the season, we took away his fastball. There was a lot in the middle of the season where Major was looking sad or dour. I want to find ways to let Rob Buckley be engaging and fun and active and I think the show got much better when we gave him back those things we had taken away from him. But it was just hard for him to discover the kids who he worked with at the shelter were being murdered, and then play romantic comedy!