Wondercon 2015 Programming Highlights! Gotham! The Flash! Star Trek! IZombie! And More!

Wondercon is in full swing and the excitement is mounting. The full schedule has been released today and there are some awesome panels to check out! Salem, iZombie, Wayward Pines, etc.. all have panels and I’m sure they will rock!

I picked out some highlights below. Make sure and check them out.

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Friday:

Star Trek: They’re Not Really Dead As Long As We Remember Them

Access Hollywood’s Scott Mantz moderates a panel reflecting on the lives of those we’ve lost this year including the incomparable Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek movie auteur Harve Bennett (Star Trek II, III, IV, V), and Maurice Hurley (creator of the Borg and the ST:TNG showrunner for season one and season two). We’ll also look back at the 50th anniversary of Trek’s second pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” as well as the 35th anniversary of Star Trek The Motion Picture, including the galaxy’s leading Treksperts Edward Gross (The 50 Year Mission from St. Martin’s Press), Chase Masterson (Deep Space Nine, The Flash), Daren Dochterman (visual effects supervisor, ST: TMP director’s edition) and Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, ST: TNG Blu-ray editions). The human adventure is just beginning.
Friday April 3, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Toy Collecting in the Modern Age: The High Price of Having Fun

Are mass-market collector toys dying? The price of raw materials and costs of the production process continue to skyrocket. Action figures that were $7.99 five years ago are now in stores for over $20. At that price can you still be a “completist?” Is Kickstarter the better way to go for an up-and-coming toy company to get figures in the hands of collectors? Are toy collectors prepared for the onslaught of all of the new Star Wars figures that will come from the new movies? A panel of toy industry insiders and collectors examine just what is going on today and where it’s all going in the future. Moderator Daniel Pickett (ActionFigureInsider.com, host of Geek Shall Inherit podcast) is joined by industry experts Justin Donaldson (collector, director, The Tournament of Nerds), Jason Lenzi (co-founder, Bif Bang Pow!), Scott Neitlich (director of play, Jakks Pacific, collector), and David Vonner (senior designer/product manager Spin Master).

Friday April 3, 2015 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Creating a New Dawn for Planet of the Apes

HALON Entertainment’s A. J. Briones (previsualization supervisor) and Ryan Stafford (visual effect producer) take you behind the scenes of creating a new Dawn for FOX’s blockbuster Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Briones and Stafford will discuss the exciting creative process behind the most climactic scenes in the film’s final battle. From concept to final feature, the audience will be led through the collaboration with director Matt Reeves and the production and stunt teams, using previs on a motion-capture shoot, and the final road to final visual effects. This is a great opportunity for artists and filmmakers to gain an insider perspective on one of the most visually exciting films there is!

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Friday April 3, 2015 2:30pm – 3:30pm

WonderCon Anaheim and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Screenings tradition, with episodes of The Flash and Gotham, plus advance sneak peek screenings of new episodes of iZOMBIE and Teen Titans Go!

The Flash- The Flash is a fast-paced superhero drama that follows the high-speed adventures of the Fastest Man Alive. After the unexpected and devastating explosion of the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator, Central City Police Department CSI Barry Allen finds himself suddenly charged with the incredible power to move at super speeds. While Barry has always been a hero in his soul, his newfound powers have finally given him the ability to act like one. However, Barry was not the only one affected that fateful night, and now a rash of super-powered villains are popping up all over Central City. With the help of his friends at S.T.A.R. Labs and his foster-father, Detective Joe West, Barry works to keep his city safe from these “metahumans,” while working to uncover the secrets of and defeat his arch-nemesis, The Man in Yellow, who is responsible for the death of his mother and the wrongful imprisonment of his father. The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

Gotham- Before there was Batman, there was Gotham. The origin story of the great DC supervillains and vigilantes has only just begun. Gotham follows Jim Gordon’s rise through the Gotham City police department and the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains. Gotham airs Mondays at 8/7c on FOX.

iZOMBIE – iZOMBIE makes its WonderCon Anaheim debut with an advance screening of a brand-new upcoming episode. Olivia “Liv” Moore was a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, overachieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out . . . until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. Now stuck somewhere between half-alive and undead, Liv transfers her residency to the coroner’s office for access to the brains she must reluctantly eat, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she now solves homicides to quiet the voices in her head. Based on characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, published by DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, iZOMBIE airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW.

Teen Titans Go!- The Teen Titans are back at it again, in Teen Titans Go!, with all-new comedic adventures both in and out of Titans Tower, and your Titans craving will be satiated by screening of a brand-new episode. Based on DC Comics characters and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Teen Titans Go! airs Thursdays at 6/5c on Cartoon Network.

Friday April 3, 2015 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Arena

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Wayward Pines: Screening of Premiere Episode and Q&A

Based on Blake Crouch’s international bestselling series of books and brought to life by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan, Wayward Pines is a 10-episode, intense psychological thriller, starring Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon as a secret service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID. Every step closer to the truth makes him question if he will ever get out of Wayward Pines alive. The show was developed for television by Chad Hodge and executive-produced by Donald De Line, Ashwin Rajan, Hodge, and Shyamalan. Chad Hodge wrote and M. Night Shyamalan directed the premiere episode. An insightful Q&A will follow the screening.

Friday April 3, 2015 2:45pm – 4:00pm

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The Last Man On Earth

What would you do if you were the last person on earth? Join this panel to screen a never-before-seen upcoming episode from the series critics are calling “the most original comedy in years.” Plus, a Q&A, moderated by Jarett Wieselman (BuzzFeed), with star and creator Will Forte (Nebraska, Saturday Night Live), and directors/producers Chris Miller and Phil Lord (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) as they discuss the twists and turns of this hilarious new comedy.

Friday April 3, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Salem: It’s a Witch War!

Executive producers Brannon Braga (Star Trek, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey) and Adam Simon, star Shane West (Nikita, ER, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) and actors Janet Montgomery (Made in Jersey, Human Target) and Seth Gabel (Arrow, Fringe) join moderator Eric Goldman (IGN TV executive editor) to reveal a sneak peek at the highly anticipated season two premiere episode of this epically witchy series from WGN America and Fox 21 Television Studios. In a bold re-imagination of the infamous 17th-century witch trials in colonial Massachusetts, Salem returns for a second season at the dawn of a witch war. As the disease and devastation unleashed by the Grand Rite in last season’s finale continue to spread through the war-torn village, Salem’s deadliest witch, Mary Sibley, must face off against new and old adversaries vying for her throne. Salem returns Sunday, April 5 on WGN America. The screening will be followed by an audience Q&A session.

Friday April 3, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm

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SATURDAY:

Superman: The Richard Donner Years Celebrity Super Reunion

Margot Kidder, Sarah Douglas,Valerie Perrine, Diane Sherry, Marc McClure,Jack O’Halloran, Aaron Smolinski, David Michael Petrou, and Ilya Salkind discuss their experiences filming Superman-The Movie and Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut under the direction of director Richard Donner. The stars will partake in a Q&A session moderated by Jim Bowers (founder of CapedWonder Superman Imagery) and Jay Towers (morning news anchor for WJBK-Fox 2 News Detroit).

Saturday April 4, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am

TNT’s The Last Ship: A First Look at Season 2

The Last Ship returns to WonderCon Anaheim for a first look at the upcoming season and a revealing panel discussion with producers and cast, including Adam Baldwin, Rhona Mitra, John Pyper Ferguson, Charles Parnell, Travis Van Winkle, and Jocko Sims. The highly anticipated second season picks up after a global catastrophe has decimated the world’s population, and Captain Tom Chandler (Dane) and his crew are confronting the reality of what’s been left behind. Panel attendees will be treated to never-before-seen footage and a revealing discussion led by TV Guide’s Rob Moynihan. All-new episodes of The Last Ship air on TNT this summer.

Saturday April 4, 2015 12:30pm – 1:30pm

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The Messengers: Exclusive Screening and Q&A

In the New Mexico desert, scientist Vera Buckley watches in fascination as a mysterious object plummets to Earth and explodes, sending out a shock wave that briefly stops her heart. But Vera isn’t the only one affected: she’s instantly connected to four other strangers, who also collapse, only to miraculously come back to life hours later. These strangers will soon discover they have one thing in common: destiny has been thrust upon their shoulders. And as the Angels of the Apocalypse, with an impressive array of supernatural gifts, they must now work together to rewrite prophecy and prevent the Beginning of the End. The exclusive screening will be followed by a panel discussion with series stars Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill), Jon Fletcher (City of Dreams), J. D. Pardo (Revolution), Joel Courtney (Super 8), Diogo Morgado (Son of God), Anna Diop (Everybody Hates Chris), and Craig Frank (Mixology), along with executive producer Trey Callaway (Revolution) and co-executive producer/creator Eoghan O’Donnell (Teen Wolf).

Saturday April 4, 2015 1:30pm – 2:30pm

iZOMBIE Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Olivia “Liv” Moore was a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, overachieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out-until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. 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 WonderCon Anaheim debut with a special video presentation, followed by a Q&A with series stars Rose McIver (Masters of Sex), Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings), Rahul Kohli (newcomer from the UK), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), and David Anders (Once Upon a Time), 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 airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW.

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Saturday April 4, 2015 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Gotham Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Before there was Batman, there was Gotham. The origin story of the great DC Super-Villains and vigilantes has only just begun. Series stars and producers offer a Q&A discussion and special video presentation. Be among the first to find out what’s in store for the exciting conclusion to the first season. Gotham follows Jim Gordon’s rise through the Gotham City police department and the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains. From Warner Bros. Television, Gotham airs Mondays at 8/7c on FOX, with all-new episodes returning Monday, April 13.

Saturday April 4, 2015 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Arena

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Orphan Black: BBC America

The cast and co-creator reveal exclusive season three footage of BBC America’s award-winning original series Orphan Black. Ahead of the April 18 season premiere on BBC AMERICA, co-creator and writer Graeme Manson joins stars Jordan Gavaris (Felix), Dylan Bruce (Paul), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Mr. S), Evelyne Brochu (Delphine), and Kristian Bruun (Donnie) for a sneak peek and Q&A session. You can catch up on the first two seasons of Orphan Black via On Demand, all digital platforms, and streaming on Amazon Prime.

Saturday April 4, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm
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SUNDAY

DreamWorks: Dragons, Dinos, and More!

Get a first look at DreamWorks Animation’s amazing original series for Netflix, including a WonderCon Anaheim exclusive peek at the soon-to-premiere Dragons: Race to the Edge, along with the new adventure series Dinotrux. Plus, there will be glimpses into what’s in store for fan-favorite characters like King Julien and Puss In Boots. Even more surprises await as you go behind the scenes of these Netflix original series!

Sunday April 5, 2015 10:30am – 11:30am
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The Flash Special Video Presentation and Q&A

The Flash is a fast-paced superhero drama that follows the high-speed adventures of the Fastest Man Alive. After the unexpected and devastating explosion of the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator, Central City Police Department CSI Barry Allen finds himself suddenly charged with the incredible power to move at super speeds. While Barry has always been a hero in his soul, his newfound powers have finally given him the ability to act like one. However, Barry was not the only one affected that fateful night. A rash of super-powered villains are now popping up all over Central City. With the help of his friends at S.T.A.R. Labs and his foster-father, Detective Joe West, Barry works to keep his city safe from these “metahumans,” while at the same time working to uncover the secrets of and defeat his arch-nemesis, The Man in Yellow, who is responsible for the death of his mother and the wrongful imprisonment of his father. Join Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, along with executive producers Greg Berianti and Andrew Kreisberg for a special video presentation and Q&A. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

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Sunday April 5, 2015 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Arena

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