WonderCon 2016 Preview – James Wan with some ‘Preacher’ Coming

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WonderCon is almost upon us. For the uninitiated, WonderCon is the smaller convention run by the same folks who put on Comic Con around Easter. It’s a great convention, much more hospitable to fans that the mega event Comic Con is. Yours truly will be at WonderCon, and here are some of the highlights of the schedule.

Movies
Comic Con tends to get most of the big films given the size of the convention and longer running time, but WonderCon definitely has a few big properties.

James Wan has become a bit of a WonderCon staple and he returns this year with two projects, a sequel to the wonderful 2013 film The Conjuring, which brings back Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as the Warrens, and Lights Out, which will star Maria Bello and is about a woman is haunted by a creature that only appears when the lights go out.

After a first film that was surprisingly decent, Nickelodeon and Paramount have a panel scheduled for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows which should provide a bit of family friendly entertainment to the convention.

Other than these two, there are screenings of Justice League vs. Teen Titans and LEGO Scooby Doo, as well as a special world premiere of the documentary The Giant’s Dream, which chronicles the creation of The Iron Giant.

Schedule Gem: On Friday, Marvel is hosting a panel about the psychology behind the Civil War storyline in the comics and upcoming film on Friday. This kind of panel is the kind of cool scheduling only a Con can give.

TV
As per the WonderCon usual, the TV slate is where the most interesting things are at.

Orphan Black, a show that’s known for its amazing woman, Tatiana Maslany, is bringing a panel of its men to WonderCon. Co-creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett are will be joined by stars Jordan Gavaris, Kristian Bruun, and Kevin Hanchard with new footage is set to be screened, a few weeks before the new season premieres.

Sure to be one of the highest attended panels, the entire cast of Shadowhunters will be on hand to toast the show and it’s fans. Given that this past episode revealed one of the more controversial storylines you’ll read in any book, let alone a YA one, and before an episode titled after the show’s most popular ship Malec, this panel should be one of the highlights of WonderCon.

The biggest get for the convention is probably the screening and Q&A for the show Preacher, AMC’s take on the incredibly popular series of graphic novels. The series is a supernatural, twisted, and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power. Jesse, his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) come together; and when they do, they are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell, and everywhere in between.

Schedule Gem: If you’re around the Con on Friday night, be sure to check out the panel on the Rise of the TV Musical, because where else will you get to hear the composer of Galavant, a VP for FOX, and the director of Teen Beach Movie on one panel?