Comic-Con: 7 Film & TV Panels We're Excited About and Here's Why!

by Leanne Aguilera, John Boone, Ashley Crossan & Philiana Ng 7:50 AM PDT, July 07, 2015
Photo: Warner Bros.

Comic-Con is here and that means letting your inner geek shine through -- and there's a ton to look forward to at this year's annual geekfest in sunny San Diego!

Whether you're hanging out at Hall H with the big stars or braving the crowds on the convention floor, there's simply not enough hours in the day to do and see everything. (Even without Marvel Studios in the mix this year!)

Luckily, we at ETonline compiled the seven movie and TV panels we're excited about and what we're hoping to see!

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: With Marvel sitting out this year -- because of “timing,” they say -- it’s the DC Cinematic Universe’s time to shine: Ben “Batman” Affleck and Henry “Superman” Cavill, who were surprise guests at last year’s SDCC, are the main draw this year when they premiere a “sneak peek” of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Would it be crazy for us to expect a surprise, first assemblage onstage of some -- if not all -- of the Suicide Squad too?

WHAT WE COULD SEE: We’re guessing a super-sized Batman v Superman trailer, with our first real look at Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in action. Because we’re greedy, we hope they give us a juicy, little teaser for 2016’s Suicide Squad too. Pretty please let us see, hear, get our life from, then die over Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.

(Somewhat surprisingly, Warner Bros. didn’t want to dedicate their entire panel to their DC slate, so Cavill will conveniently be on hand to promote The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and Hugh Jackman’s Pan is getting some Hall H time too. We’ll probably get extended trailers for both of those.)

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: If the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim taught us anything, it’s that Lucasfilm knows how to throw a party! Everyone will undoubtedly show up with lightsabers in tow, and it’s pretty unlikely we’re leaving that room without shedding at least a few happy tears.

WHAT WE COULD SEE: According to EW, we’re not going to get a new trailer or a clip. But don’t give up hope! Just like the Star Wars Celebration, Comic-Con is calling for "special guests." That could mean a lot of different things – from seeing the new trio, to being reunited with Luke (Mark Hamill) and Leia (Carrie Fisher), or finally meeting Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). But there’s one legendary Star Wars veteran who was noticeably absent from the convention in April. Yes, we’re talking about Harrison Ford. BRING. HIM. OUT.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: After skipping the Con for Mockingjay -- Part 1 in 2014, Lionsgate is taking over Hall H once again for the final installment, promising attendees “exclusive, never-before-seen footage” from the film, as well as the usual cast Q&A with Jennifer Lawrence & Co. But this time, there will be lots of talk about how “bittersweet” it is to see the series end.

WHAT WE COULD SEE: Well, J.Law being adorable, for one. SDCC is prime time for her to be her quirky, goofball self, and she’s best when paired with buddies Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. As for the “first look,” we’re guessing it’s probably going to be the first five or 10 minutes of the movie.

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20th Century Fox

WHY WE'RE EXCITED: While Marvel Studios may be absent, at least we have some Marvel characters to hold down the fort. We’ve got Deadpool, Fantastic Four, and most likely X-Men: Apocalypse (half the cast is going to be there for other panels anyway!).

WHAT WE COULD SEE: Deadpool has wrapped, so it’s about time we see what Ryan Reynolds and an R-Rated comic book movie are capable of! We’ve seen trailers for Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four – but maybe we’ll get a closer look at what we’re dealing with. Then there's X-Men: Apocalypse. We’re hoping for our first glimpse at some footage – or a peek at Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse (he’s probably going to be there for Star Wars too right?)!

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DC/Warner Bros. TV's Superhero Extravaganza

WHY WE'RE EXCITED: If it's anything like last year's memorable three-hour event (remember Stephen Amell's abs?), we have a lot to look forward to. While The Flash was the flashy new kid on the block last year, they'll pass the baton to the anticipated super-heroine Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and DC's Legends of Tomorrow, featuring all your Arrow and Flash faves. And considering where things were left on Gotham, The Flash (R.I.P. Eddie) and Arrow (hooray for happy Oliver Queen!), we can't wait to hear what the stars and producers have to say about what's next!

WHAT WE COULD SEE: Production will have barely started on the featured shows, but we're betting they'll have some new intel and/or footage for fans to sink their teeth into.

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American Horror Story Hotel/Scream Queens

WHY WE'RE EXCITED: To say that we're excited for fans to get to know more about Scream Queens would be a drastic understatement considering we're already obsessed with the new Ryan Murphy series. Luckily our desire for thrills and chills will be doubled down since the stars of Hotel, the latest installment of American Horror Story, will be joining the Kappa sisters on the same stage. This means that Kathy Bates, Matt Bomer, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis and Lea Michele will all be in the same room together. Need we say more?

WHAT WE COULD SEE: In addition to the star-studded line-up, we're just dying to check-in to Hotel and finally learn more about the little-known plot for the series fifth season. We're also hearing rumors that AHS fans will be gifted with the very first teaser trailer of the intensely dark new season with star Lady Gaga. As for Scream Queens? We're looking forward to learning more about the serial killer motives so we can start guessing which character is hiding behind that devilish mask.

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Game of Thrones

WHY WE'RE EXCITED: After that gut-wrenching season five finale Game of Thrones fans are still in morning over Jon Snow's apparent death, so we're hoping that this fan-favorite panel will put the wind back in our Westeros-bound sails. We need to know what happens next ASAP, so any crumbs that the cast and author George R.R. Martin can share would definitely help curb our GoT cravings for the next eight long months.

WHAT WE COULD SEE: Ideally, we're hoping that a lot of our burning questions will be answered in the hour-long panel, but we really only care about one: Is Jon Snow (Kit Harington) really dead? (His long hair surely got the Internet buzzing over a possible return.) We doubt that the HBO powers-that-be will really let this answer out, but maybe we could see a reenactment of the cast's amazing Game of Thrones musical with Coldplay.

What are you most excited about at Comic-Con this year? Tell us on Twitter by tweeting using the @ETnow hashtag, and we'll see you down in San Diego!