By Wes Smith
San Diego Comic Con’s most popular day brought stars and announcements from the largest entertainment companies in the world.
Movie and television panels from Marvel and Warner Bros. highlighted the packed event that swarmed into San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter for the weekend. Crowds began lining up for Hall H panels as early as 2 p.m. Friday in order to catch glimpses of upcoming films and television shows.
Kicking off the day’s programming was Warner Bros. Studios, which released the first footage of the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to the massive Hall H. The footage also released the first images of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman costume, with co-stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and director Zack Snyder joining her on stage.
DC Comics also held panels for their other upcoming pilots, as well as a Constantine fan meet-up at the NBC off-site location with cast members joining in. An evening panel for Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, and Constantine made the largest-ever panel to hold the stage in Hall H.
Marvel’s panel featured expansions of their cinematic universe, including release dates for upcoming projects. With the cast of The Avengers in attendance for the panel, Marvel officially set a release date of 2017 for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 a week ahead of the original film’s release.
Their panel also featured first-time appearances for Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas for Ant-Man. The film will release in 2015, the same year as Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, business held events, some with celebrity guests. The Hard Rock Cafe hosted interviews on a balcony facing the convention. Into the evening, parties, like the annual Entertainment Weekly event, closed access to several clubs.
With the convention reaching its peak, several portions of the exhibit hall and surrounding areas were blocked throughout the day, emphasizing concerns about the growing popularity of the convention.
In one incident Saturday afternoon, a woman was struck by a vehicle as a deaf family tried to drive through the annual Zombie Walk event. The woman suffered a serious but non-life-threatening arm injury from the accident. Police are currently investigating the situation.
The convention will wrap up Sunday with panels for Supernatural and Sons of Anarchy.