Warner Bros. Television Group, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will team up for “DC in D.C.,” a landmark pop culture event that brings together the worlds of entertainment and public service to illuminate the story of America and current issues through the lens of comics and Super Heroes. The event will be taking place during the Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend on Friday, January 12, and Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
This event will explore the intersection of comic books, culture, entertainment and enlightenment through a series of panel discussions open to the public. It will also be the home to the world premiere of the upcoming DCTV Series Black Lightning for the CW, based on the first African-American DC Super Hero to have his own stand-alone comic title. The premiere will be held in the Warner Bros. Theater at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
Surrounding that centerpiece screening will be a cavalcade of public panel discussions with stars and producers from Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Gotham, Supergirl, and the new animated series, Freedom Fighters: The Ray. If there is something associated with the DC universe on TV right now it will have a presence at this event.
Some of the guests in attendance will be the stars of Black Lightning, including Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III, Damon Gupton and James Remar, along with executive producers Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil. From DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Caity Lotz, and from The Flash, Candice Patton and Danielle Panabaker, along with J.W. Cortes and Russell Tovey from Gotham and Freedom Fighters: The Ray, respectfully, among others to still be announced.
In addition to appearances and an exclusive world premiere of Black Lightning, there will also be a premiere screening of DC Universe’s new animated movie, Batman: Gotham By Gaslight, which we’ve been covering since its announcement and trailer drop. The premiere will be happening at the Newseum and is intended for ages 18+ (WB made it known early on that this would be an R-rated Batman movie).
We can’t forget about the people who literally brought these characters to life over the years. DC comic book writers and artists will be attendance like DC Entertainment’s Jim Lee, Julie Benson, Shawna Benson, Shea Fontana, Agnes Garbowska, Tom King, Steve Orlando, Alice Randall, Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley, Mark Russell, and Mariko Tamaki, along with DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns, who just released his best-selling Rebirth and Doomsday Clock, the Watchmen/DCU crossover event.
To cap it all off the executive producers of everything from Arrow, Black Lightning, and The Flash; to the upcoming Titans, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter will be in attendance, too. This is going to be a night to remember for any Comic book, DC, or CW fan. The panel discussions and appearances are open to the general public, with only the Black Lightning premiere being a private, invitation-only event.
Black Lightning debuts Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 9/8c on The CW, while Batman: Gotham By Gaslight hits Digital on January 23, 2018, and Blu-ray/DVD on February 6, 2018, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
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