Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Panels and Screenings at WonderCon 2015

Thursday, 02 April 2015 - 12:08PM
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Thursday, 02 April 2015 - 12:08PM
Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Panels and Screenings at WonderCon 2015
WonderCon gets ready to kick off its 4th year in Anaheim tomorrow and the weekend promises to have everything from screenings of never before seen footage from the likes of Orphan Black and Last Man on Earth, to brilliant panels with mind-boggling array of guests that range from pop culture icons to NASA scientists. WonderCon is put on by the same people who bring us the geek goliath, San Diego Comic Con, but with a capacity of around 60,000 visitors, the Anaheim event can offer a far more tranquil experience for West Coast geeks. That being said, it still pays to be prepared, so if you're visiting this year, check out our guide to the must-see events of WonderCon 2015.

Friday

Going Back to the Future: Filmmakers Jason Aron, Louis Krubich, and Lee Leshen discuss their film Back in Time, a feature-length documentary that shows the cultural impact of the Back to the Future franchise-just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the initial film. 
12:00pm – 1:00pm Room 207

Warner Bros. Preview Screenings

Every year at WonderCon Warner Bros. treats us to a series of special preview screenings and 2015 is no exception, because this year the studio is bringing The Flash, Gotham, iZombie and Teen Titans Go! to the Anaheim Convention Center. This is your only chance to see preview episodes of Warner Bros. TV's biggest shows and with the likes of Gotham and The Flash drawing their debut seasons to a close, the spoiler potential is going to be huge!

Creating a New Dawn for Planet of the Apes
One of the most enchanting things about the new Planet of the apes movies are the incredible visual effects that manage to transform the likes of Andy Serkis into life-like primates. 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.
2:30pm - 3:30pm - Room 300DE


The Last Man on Earth

Your chance to see a never before seen episode of Fox's hilarious new show, which follows a man struggling to come to grips with the fact that he may well be the last male on Earth. The show's star, Will Forte, joins directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) to field questions after the episode is screened. This promises to be the funniest event of the whole weekend.
4:00pm – 5:00pm Room 300AB


The World Premiere of Batman vs Robin

This is your chance to see the latest DC Comics Original Animated Movie before anybody else. In Batman vs Robin, the dynamic duo clash as Damian Wayne (Robin) rebels against his father after being taken on a life-altering journey by the infamous Court of Owls. Batman vs Robin isn't released on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital until 14th April, so this is your chance to lord it over your fellow BatGeeks for a whole fortnight.
6:00pm – 8:00pm - Arena

The Science of Star Wars

Outer Places' first ever panel is going to be a real doozy. Joining me on this Friday evening panel are an esteemed group of experts including Emily Manor-Chapman, a NASA mission planner, Fon Davis, a production designer on the Star Wars prequel trilogies; and Psychologist and author, Travis Langley. Moderated by Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia), The Science of Star Wars will address everything from whether or not Lightsabers are real, what it would take to resist the Dark Side of the Force and whether any real science was put into creating Hollywood's most famous sci-fi Universe. We've even got Star Wars weapons experts on hand to answer your questions about 'that' lightsaber from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. 
5:00pm - 6:00pm - Room 207

Saturday

Superman: The Richard Donner Years - Celebrity Super Reunion
It's time to take it back to the 1980's as 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).
10:00am – 11:00am Room 300AB


Felicia Day Talks Geek & Sundry, Her New Book, & More!
Everyone's favorite geek icon, Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible, Eureka, Supernatural), talks about her upcoming projects, reveals the latest happenings at Geek & Sundry, and gives you a sneak peek into her hilarious and inspirational book, You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). We love Felicia and whenever she's in attendance at an event there's certain to be some serious shenanigans, so make sure you get yourself to this panel for some laughter, nerding out and some serious inspiration.
11:30am - 12:30pm Room 300DE

Big Hero 6: The Art of the Story

Big Hero 6 is one of the best animated movies we've seen in years, and after deservedly winning an Oscar in January, Baymax and Co. have become household names. One of the best things about the movie was the artfully crafted world of San Fransokyo and the animated characters that live within it. This panel is your chance to see how it was all created as head of story Joe Mateo (Big Hero 6, Tangled), Brian Kesinger (Big Hero 6, Frozen), and Normand Lemay (Big Hero 6, Frozen) share how Disney Animation brings stories to life through the art of storyboarding, collaboration, and art.
12:00pm – 1:00pm Room 300AB


Spotlight on Greg Weisman
Star Wars Celebration will occupy the Anaheim Convention Center in 2 weeks time and Star Wars Rebels producer, Greg Weisman, is pulling a double shift as one of WonderCon's special guests. In this special panel, Weisman discusses his long history in animation and comic books and his latest endeavors, including his novels Rain of the Ghosts and Spirits of Ash and Foam and the new Star Wars Kanan: The Last Padawan comic book miniseries for Lucasfilm and Marvel. There will also be an exciting, exclusive announcement about one of Greg's latest projects.
11:30am - 12:30pm - Room 213

American Dad
Join us for an exclusive look at a new episode of American Dad, as well as a Q&A with fans featuring Wendy Schaal (Six Feet Under, The 'Burbs), Rachael MacFarlane (Family Guy, Robot Chicken), Scott Grimes (Justified, ER), executive producer Matt Weitzman, and producer Jordan Blum. Moderated by Marissa Roffman from the website Give Me My Remote.

TNT's Falling Skies: The Final Battle

Members of the cast of Falling Skies present an exclusive look at the highly anticipated final season. The alien power source may have been destroyed, but with a hybrid breed of beast and mutant running rampant on Earth, human survival is still at stake. In these last episodes,Tom Mason and the 2nd Mass will face the final battle and the skies will fall. Stars Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy, Doug Jones, and Sarah Carter and director Tunde Osunsanmi dissect the epic series finale in a panel discussion moderated byTV Guide's Rich Sands. Don't miss the final season of Falling Skies premiering this summer on TNT.
5:00pm - 6:00pm Room 300AB

Orphan Black: BBC America

We're so excited for the Orphan Black to return to our screens, and this panel at WonderCon seems like the perfect outlet for our energies. Season 3 of the show doesn't air until April 18th, but the cast and co-creator are on hand to answer questions and reveal some exclusive preview footage this Saturday, and it's an opportunity that shouldn't be missed. Jordan Gavaris (Felix), Dylan Bruce (Paul), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Mr. S), Evelyne Brochu (Delphine), and Kristian Bruun (Donnie) all join Orphan Black mastermind, Graeme Manson, to answer your questions.
6:00pm – 7:00pm Room 300AB


Sunday

Comics Arts Conference Session #8: The Walking Dead Psychology: Psych of the Living Dead
Join our good friend, Travis Langley (Batman Psychology) and our very own Janey Tracey for a discussion about what it takes to survive (mentally and physically) during a zombie apocalypse.Travis and Janey are joined by Elizabeth Ann (NerdLush), Josué Cardona (Geek Therapy), Patrick O'Connor (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Billy San Juan (Community Research Foundation), and Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy) as they use examples from the comics to discuss the psychology of trauma and triumph.
11:30am - 12:30pm - Room 210

World Premiere of Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts

Another World Premiere hits WonderCon as Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts gets its first airing more than a month before it is released on Blu-Ray and DVD. When the city is plagued by a slew of bizarre crimes committed by an animal-inspired villain squad known as the Animilitia-made up of Silverback, Cheetah, Killer Croc, and Man-Bat-Batman must swing into action to investigate. These animalistic villains bring new and exciting challenges for the hero of Gotham, and Batman must find a way to bring these criminal creatures to a halt!
11:30am - 1:00pm - Room 300AB

Powers: Sneak Peek at the Final Episodes of Season One

If you haven't been watching Playstation's Powers, it's time to start. The adaptation of the Image Comics series features some incredible performances from the likes of Sharlto Copley (Chappie, District 9) and Noah Taylor, and a story that will appeal to even the most choosey of comic book fans. If however, you have been watching Powers, this panel is going to be a must-see as the executive producers/co-creators of the Powers comics, Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, are joined by showrunner Charlie Huston, and cast members Olesya Rulin (Calista) and Logan Browning (Zora) for a preview of what's to come in the remaining episodes of PlayStation's hit new original series.
12:15pm – 1:15pm Arena

Battlestar in Crisis
It's a sign of just how great Battlestar Galactica was that, years after it left our screens, we still go all dreamy-eyed at the mention of it. Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica's Tom Zarek/Capt Apollo, Axanar, Cowboys and Engines) hosts a Q&A and discussion with the panel and audience on the fate and future of Battlestar Galactica. Panelists include Dr. Kevin Grazier (science consultant for Battlestar Galactica, Eureka, Fallen Skies, Defiance) and surprise guests. BG trailers and comic reels will be shown.
12:30pm - 1:30pm Room 300DE
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