Comic Con 2017: Warner Archive Collection breaks new ground with some beloved old favorites at 2017 Comic-Con International


Warner Archive Collection breaks new ground with some beloved old favorites at 2017 Comic-Con International with two panels over the weekend – a Thursday afternoon celebration of the newly remasted Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (as part of the 25th Anniversary of Batman: The Animated Series), and a Saturday morning salute (alongside the film gurus of Trailer From Hell) to beloved, but often overlooked monster movies.

Executive producers Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski, screenwriter Alan Burnett, and beloved Batman voice Kevin Conroy will be on hand for an in-depth look at Batman: Mask of the Phantasm on Thursday, July 20 at 4:15pm in Room 6A. The hour-long panel will include an extended first look at newly remastered footage from the film, which Warner Archive Collection will begin distributing on Blu-ray starting July 25.

On Saturday, Warner Archive will team with three of the respected members of Trailers From Hell – director Mike Mendez, the genius behind the cult classic Big Ass Spider; Darren Bousman, director of three entries in the Saw film series; and Josh Olson, an Academy Award nominee for his A History of Violence script. The panelists will offer historic anecdotes and humorous observations about some of Hollywood’s most underrated monster movies (especially those featuring dinosaurs).

These panels (and confirmed talent thus far) include:

Thursday, July 20
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – Remastered & Ready for Blu-ray
4:15-5:15pm – Room 6A
Join Warner Archive Collection in its 25th anniversary celebration of Batman: The Animated Series with a look back at the landmark animated theatrical release, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – which is making its Blu-ray debut this year. Bruce Wayne and Batman are forced to confront issues on several fronts as Bruce deals with the return of his lost love – Andrea Beaumont – while Batman is accused of being the mysterious vigilante knocking off prominent Gotham mob figures. While the city demands Batman be brought to justice, The Joker arrives on the scene to further complicate matters, determined to annihilate his old archenemy, this new vigilante, or both. Co-Producers/Co-Directors Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski, legendary Batman voice Kevin Conroy, co-screenwriter Alan Burnett (who is also credited with the film’s story) and Warner Archive Podcast hosts DW Ferranti and Matthew Patterson will offer a glimpse at the remastered footage and discuss the creation of this beloved thriller. And as always, moderator Gary Miereanu will have WAC giveaways for some lucky fans. Warner Archive Collection will make Batman: Mask of the Phantasm available on Blu-ray™ starting July 25, 2017 at your favorite online retailers.

Saturday, July 22
Warner Archive’s Monsters From Hell
11:30am-12:30pm – Room 5AB
Warner Archive Collection (WAC), Trailers From Hell & Famous Monsters of Filmland join forces to spotlight some of the most beloved (and sometimes overlooked) monster/dinosaur films of the past 70 years. Revel in WAC’s high-definition remastering of cult classics ranging from When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, The Valley of Gwangi, Demon Seed and From Hell It Came to some soon-to-be-released on Blu-ray surprises. Trailers From Hell film gurus Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider, Tales of Halloween), Darren Bousman (Saw II, Saw II, Saw IV) and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence) join WAC podcasters Matthew Patterson & DW Ferranti to delve deep into insights, anecdotes and glimpses behind the scenes of these fan favorites. Gary Miereanu will humbly moderate the proceedings.