Comic-Con 2016 Film Schedule: Key Panels & Events

By Ross A. Lincoln, Dominic Patten

UPDATE with full schedule: With two weeks to go before the crush of geeks, fans, and journalists descend on San Diego for Comic-Con 2016, the unveiling of the final schedule of panels, screenings and assorted events has begun. As usual, organizers are doling out the schedule announcements on a per-day basis, but the finalized schedule of events for Day 1Day 2Day 3 and Day 4 are set. Read on for a breakdown of the must-see film events you’ll want to catch if you’re able to attend, and keep checking back as the official schedules are unveiled.

Thursday, July 21

DreamWorks Animation
10 AM, Hall H
Featuring special Trolls presentation with filmmakers, voice talent, and a few colorful friends. Moderated by Chris Hardwick featuring Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, director Mike Mitchell, co-director Walt Dohrn and producer Gina Shay.

The 4th Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero
11 AM, Indigo Ballroom/Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Behind-the-scenes look at the music of today’s biggest superhero film and TV projects with unreleased film clips and never before heard music. Participating composers: Henry Jackman, Tom “Junkie XL” Holkenborg, John Ottman, Blake Neely

11:45 AM, Hall H
Open Road Films presentation featuring never-before-seen footage and a live conversation with director Oliver Stone and star Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Moana: Art of Story
12:30 PM, Room 6A
Directors Ron Clements and John Musker lead panel of artists for behind-the-scenes look at Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming film.

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Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets
1 PM, Hall H
Director Luc Besson, producer Virginie Besson-Silla, and stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne attending. New footage being shown.

Sausage Party Filmmaker Conversation
5:45 PM, Horton Grand Theatre
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg discuss Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures’ Sausage Party, the world’s first R-rated CG animated comedy. Pre-party and screening at Horton Plaza.

Friday, July 22

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Captain America: Civil War Screenwriting Q&A
1 PM, Horton Grand Theatre
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely discuss adapting the beloved comic tale into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Revengeance with Bill Plympton & Jim Lujan
4 PM, Room 23ABC
Bill Plympton and writer Jim Lujan preview their new animated feature with finished clips. Discussion of the production process from raising funds via Kickstarter to plans for distribution.

World Premiere of Batman: The Killing Joke
9 PM, Ballroom 20
The latest DC Universe Original Movie, an R-rated, feature-length animated film centering on the Joker, is based on one of the bestselling graphic novels of all time. Panelists: Tara Strong as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, Ray Wis as Commissioner James Gordon, director Sam Liu and writer Brian Azzarello.

Saturday, July 23

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Warner Bros Presentation
11:30 AM, Hall H
A sneak peek at upcoming releases that will include Suicide Squad and Kong: Skull Island, with the latter’s Tom Hiddleston confirmed to attend.

Aliens: 30th Anniversary
3:15 PM, Hall H
Writer-director James Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd join cast Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn and Paul Reiser for a look back at the science fiction classic.

Marvel Studios Presentation
5:30 PM, Hall H
Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and guests provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Confirmed attendees: Chris Pratt and James Gunn from Guardians Of The Galaxy 2.

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