“DC in D.C.” brings together stars and producers from Warner Bros. Television’s DC TV series, as well as comic book writers and artists from DC Entertainment, who will join invited guests from politics, government service, entertainment, business, academia and more. The event will explore the intersection of comic books, culture, entertainment and enlightenment through a series of panel discussions open to the public.
On Saturday, Jan. 13, the Newseum will host several screenings celebrating the art of comic books and free expression.
10:00–10:45 a.m.: “The Art of the Matter: From Sketch to Screen” — Just how do our favorite D.C. super heroes fly from the page to the screen? This behind-the-scenes look at the creative process provides an “origin story” of how some of D.C.’s greatest super heroes on the page have evolved into some of TV’s hottest super heroes on screens all over the world. Join executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “Black Lightning,” “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” upcoming “Titans”), DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Titans”) and others as they trace the explosion of DC’s heroes from ink panels to television and film screens worldwide. Additional panelists to be announced.
11:00–11:45 a.m.: “The Many Shades of Heroism: DC Heroes Through the African-American Lens” — 2018 will not only bring Black Lightning, a new African-American DC super hero, to television screens (40 years after the electrifying hero was created), but also a new D.C. comic book from Oscar®-winning screenwriter John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”) and more exciting storytelling featuring African-American characters. In this panel, “Black Lightning” star Cress Williams and executive producers Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil will join the acclaimed John Ridley, author and comic book writer Alice Randall (“The Wind Done Gone,” “Earth M”), and “Black Girl Nerds” editor in chief Jamie Broadnax as they look beyond the super suit to the African-American men and women who are heroes to their community. “Black Lightning” premieres Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on The CW. Follow Black Lightning on Twitter at @blacklightning. Additional panelists to be announced.
12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m.: Wonder Women — DC and Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Wonder Woman” took charge of screens in an unprecedented way last summer, toppling the cinematic patriarchy and paving the way for even more super women. DC has been flexing its power with female heroes on television screens for years, including kickass characters on “Supergirl,” “The Flash,” “Arrow”, “Gotham” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.” Join DC’s Legends of Tomorrow star Caity Lotz, The Flash stars Candice Patton and Danielle Panabaker, Berlanti Productions President Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “Black Lightning,” DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl, upcoming Titans) plus DC writers and artists Julie Benson (Batgirl and the Birds of Prey), Shawna Benson (Batgirl and the Birds of Prey), Shea Fontana (Wonder Woman, D.C. Super Heroes), Agnes Garbowska (DC Super Hero Girls) and Mariko Tamaki (Supergirl: Being Super) for this super-powered panel. Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will rotate through The CW’s Monday 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT time period in 2018, offering fans 23 consecutive weeks of original episodes. “Supergirl” returns January 15 for four original episodes, after which DC’s Legends of Tomorrow runs from February 12–April 9. “Supergirl” then resumes April 16–June 18. Additional panelists to be announced.
2:00–2:45 p.m.: The Pride of DC: The Art of LGBTQ Inclusion — On December 8, history was made with the debut of Freedom Fighters: The Ray, a new animated series on CW Seed, the digital channel of The CW Network, that features the first gay super hero to lead a show. The series is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Animation and Blue Ribbon Content, the digital studio of the Warner Bros. Television Group. Join The Ray executive producer Greg Berlanti and voice star Russell Tovey for a wide-ranging discussion with DC writers Marguerite Bennett (Batwoman), Steve Orlando (Midnighter and Apollo) and Mark Russell (Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles) about inclusion for LGBTQ characters. Watch Freedom Fighters: The Ray here: www.cwseed.com/freedom-fighters-the-ray. Additional panelists to be announced.
3:00–3:45 p.m.: The Aftermath: Battle & Trauma in Comics — DC’s Batman author and former CIA counter-terrorism operations officer Tom King takes on Jack Kirby’s Mister Miracle in a new monthly comic book which focuses on a Super Hero who grapples with post-traumatic stress disorder, an issue not often seen in comics and tragically overlooked in the real world. King will be joined by Gotham recurring guest star J.W. Cortes (a 13-year Marine combat veteran and a police officer with New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority), additional comic book writer/artists and thought leaders for a candid conversation about the lasting effects of battlefield trauma. Additional panelists to be announced.
6:30–8:15 p.m.: Black Lightning Sneak Peek Screening — Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie, Friday Night Lights) stars as the title character in Black Lightning, a new television series based on the first African-American DC Super Hero to have his own stand-alone comic title. The series debuts Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on The CW, but fans can get a sneak peek during this public screening at the Newseum, preceded by a reception. In addition to Williams, China Anne McClain (House of Payne), Nafessa Williams (Twin Peaks), Christine Adams (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Marvin “Krondon” Jones III (Harry’s Law), Damon Gupton (Bates Motel, Criminal Minds) and James Remar (Gotham, Sex and the City) star. Based on the characters from DC, Black Lightning is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Salim and Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane, The Game, Girlfriends), and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl). The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.