By Pauline Perenack
Comic Con Premiere Night – Wednesday 19 July 2017
Premiere Night at Comic Con is like the Running of the Bulls.
Everyone lines up, pressed against the doors until 6pm when the doors open, and crowds rush the trade show floor to get to their favorite booth. Giveaways are distributed, pictures are taken, t-shirts are printed, and merchandise flies off shelves. It’s the first taste of the long lines that will welcome visitors all weekend.
The Tick experience is one of the first things people see upon arriving downtown. Conveniently situated next to a trolley stop, visitors can watch Amazon’s new show while sitting under cooling fans. Afterwards, they can answer some surveys to walk away with a Tick goodie bag. From there, they can enter the Tick experience where, in a timed situation, they must find clues in various rooms, and try to become a superhero. At the end, visitors can have their picture taken in a 3D landscape.
The show itself was merely ok. It lacked the humor and quirkiness of the Patrick Warburton version from the early 2000s, and took a while to ramp up during the 30 minute episode. The pilot focuses mainly on Arthur, with a quick introduction to The Tick, and how the two end up working together.
It appears as though the premise of the show will have Arthur tracking down the main villain, The Terror, in revenge for The Terror killing Arthur’s father in a freak accident over a decade ago.
The 10 episode run might be best viewed in a binge setting, and can be found on Amazon’s Prime streaming service.
Warner Bros’ screenings, for the most part, took the form of trailers this year. Black Lightning and Krypton were both teased and look to be shows to keep an eye out for early in 2018.
Black Lightning, based on the DC Comics character of the same name, is from Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, and stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, a retired superhero forced to don the Black Lightning suit once again when his family and community are threatened by a new enemy.
China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams and Christine Adams also star.
Krypton, which will air on NBC, is set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet. The new series follows Superman’s grandfather (Cameron Cuffe) whose House of El was ostracized and shamed, and who fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his world from chaos.
Krypton is executive produced by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knight trilogy) through his Phantom Four banner, with Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow) serving as executive producer and showrunner.
In addition to Cuffe, Krypton stars Georgina Campbell (Broadchurch), Elliot Cowan (Da Vinci’s Demons), Ann Ogbomo (World War Z), Rasmus Hardiker (Your Highness), Wallis Day (Will), Aaron Pierre (Tennison) and Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones).
Our initial preview impressions suggest a grand scale, with competent effects and a young talented cast. We’ll share more exclusive scoop following our Saturday interviews with the cast and crew.
New mid-season show Deception, starring Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Life star, Jack Cutmore-Scott, was shown in its entirety. Cutmore-Scott stars as Cameron Black, a popular illusionist whose career is ruined when an accident exposes his biggest secret. Determined to find out who exposed him and why, Black joins up with the FBI, to help them solve a case.
In turn, his new friends join his cause to find the person out to destroy him. Deception seems to have promise, but the main leads lack the chemistry that will be needed for this show to really work. The magic tricks done throughout the hour long show are pretty neat, and force you to pay attention.
With Preview night ending, Thursday brings a whole new day, which will include panels and interviews with Shadowhunters, Stitchers, the much anticipated Timeless fan Q&A, and the Marvel tv panels including Legion and Inhumans.
Stay tuned to Twitter for on the spot reporting!