Every year, Saturday at Comic-Con International’s renowned Hall H begins the same: with the opening of the screens. The enormous black curtains that festoon the room lower, revealing panels that flicker on to delight the 6,000 (or so) people gathered in the hall. What follows is a parade of images from Warner Bros. iconic franchises: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, the DC Comics superheroes, maybe a few kaiju. It’s typically the most electrifying moment of the whole convention, and a big part of why people sleep outside in tents the night before, hoping to get in.
This year was no different. The curtains opened, the reel played, moderator Aisha Tyler took the stage, and then, poof! Eddie Redmayne. Armed with a wand,