By: Maggie Loyal
Warner Bros. TV and DC Entertainment are gearing up for a big night at this year’s Comic Con extravaganza. Freshman shows THE FLASH (The CW) and GOTHAM (Fox), both hotly anticipated, will be showing full screenings of their pilot episodes during the planned three-hour presentation event Saturday night, July 26. The date is a pretty clear indicator that the networks are betting heavy on the drawing power of superhero shows as traditionally Wednesday night has been reserved for the genre. Additionally, WBTV will be serving up exclusive footage from NBC’s new supernatural drama CONSTANTINE and teaser footage from the upcoming third season of ARROW.
As befitting a proper panel at Comic Con, members of the cast and producers from all four shows will be making appearances through the presentation. “The Flash,” which is a spinoff from “Arrow,” stars Grant Gustin (“Glee,” “Arrow”) as Barry Allen, aka The Flash, and picks up in the months after the freak accident turns him into a superhero with the power of incredible speed. The catalyzing event, when Barry was struck by lightning created by a blown-out particle accelerator, was shown during an episode of “Arrow” that was initially set up as a backdoor pilot before CW execs gave “The Flash” its own stand-alone pilot.
“Gotham,” from Bruno Heller, centers on life in Gotham City before the rise of Batman. The show will focus on the emerging villains and heroes as they becomes the larger-than-life comic book figures known today. The cast features Ben McKenzie (“The O.C.”) as Detective James Gordon, Camren Bicondova as a pre-feline Selina Kyle, and David Mazouz as a young Bruce Wayne. It looks like the Justice League will have everything under control during the Hall H-worthy panel, at least for a few hours.
“Gotham” premieres this fall on Mondays, 8 PM on Fox.
“The Flash” debuts October 7 at 8pm on the CW and will be regularly airing on Tuesday nights.
“Arrow” returns to the CW October 8 and is scheduled for Wednesdays at 8pm. “Constantine” airs Fridays at 10 PM on NBC beginning October 24.
Comic Con takes place this year July 24-27.