Comic-Con 2014: ‘Gotham,’ ‘Flash’ will make their official debuts

June 30, 2014 | 6:13 p.m.
The cast of The CW's "Gotham." (Warner Bros. TV)

The cast of The CW’s “Gotham.” (Warner Bros. TV)

“Gotham” has been teasing fans with casting and posters and trailers, but now some will finally get to see a world premiere of how all of that dark imagery jells — at the one place that could possibly make or break the show: Comic-Con International.

The chronicle of Det. James Gordon and a young Bruce Wayne set to air on Fox isn’t the only DC Comics-based show that will invade San Diego. A complete pilot for the CW’s “The Flash,” a glimpse at Season 3 of its network ally “Arrow” and footage from NBC’s “Constantine” will all be presented by Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment on Saturday, July 26, during the pop-culture exposition. Cast members and producers from all four shows will make appearances throughout the night following the screenings.

The three-hour event will bring together the shows for what will be an exclusive(s) evening.  Often, shows will screen at multiple events or venues during Comic-Con, but “Gotham” will only show at the WBTV/DC event.

It’s a highly anticipated show, so the program will probably also be tough to get into — even if it’s housed in the cavernous Hall H. The cast includes Ben McKenzie as Det. James Gordon; David Mazouz as a preteen Bruce Wayne, the orphan who eventually becomes Batman; Jada Pinkett Smith as original character Fish Mooney, a sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner; Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, she who will be Batman’s nemesis and ally, Catwoman; Zabryna Guevara (“Burn Notice,” “3 lbs.”) as Capt. Essen, Gordon’s boss at the Gotham City Police Department homicide squad; and Erin Richards as Gordon’s fiancée Barbara Kean, an emergency room doctor.

Though “The Flash” has been beset with early reports of the pilot, or parts of it, leaking online, a full-length, official viewing will also take place during the night. The show premieres Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. on the CW and stars Grant Gustin (“Glee”) as Barry Allen, a police scientist who becomes the fastest man alive.  The show will get the good fortune of getting an encore airing following the Season 3 premiere of “Arrow,” which is only fitting since that’s where Gustin’s Allen originated on TV. “Flash” comes from executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter, who are behind “Arrow.”

“Arrow” itself will not (unless it’s a surprise!) screen the entirety of its Season 3 premiere, but promises never-before-seen teaser footage to go along with the cast and producer Q&A.

And then there’s “Constantine.” The first trailer for the show about DC Comic’s mage with an attitude — John Constantine — was only recently released, but Matt Ryan’s portrayal of the trenchcoated troublemaker is turning heads following the 2005 film starring Keanu Reeves. An occult detective from Liverpool, Constantine served as the lead character in the “Hellblazer” comic book series and now leads “Justice League Dark.” The show is slated for an Oct. 24 premiere on NBC, and plans to reveal exclusive footage during the night.

So, even though DC won’t have any heroes in theaters until 2016’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” fans needn’t worry.  There’s plenty of them to go around.

– Jevon Phillips | @storiz@LATherocomplex

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