Warner Brothers, the studio behind The Hobbit, Pacific Rim and next year’s Superman reboot, is bringing some “Extra” to Comic-Con this year, it seems. The studio is mounting an outside festival in the area between the SDCC and the Hilton hotel.
Here’s a blurb from the WB website:
“Everyone at Warner Bros. Television approaches Comic-Con as a fan-first experience. It’s in our DNA, with everything we do — from panels to signings to our bags, posters and more — carefully curated with our fans in mind,” said Lisa Gregorian, Chief Marketing Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group. “With the Extra at Comic-Con space, we have created a free and fun outdoor entertainment destination for fans. In addition to having all the Batmobiles on display and game demos, we will be hosting interviews throughout the day on the Extra stage, as well as evening and night events such as screenings and live comedy and musical performances after the convention floor closes for the day. It’s additive to the experience of being at the Con.”
As the poster above indicates, talent has not yet been confirmed, but a certain hobbit and a dwarf or two just might show up on the Extra stage. Stars of WB shows like Fringe, The Big Bang Theory and the Vampire Diaries are expected, and Holy Cow, Batman! all six of the Batmobiles, from the television series to the latest Dark Knight film, will be on display. I can hear the theme music playing in my head now: “NA-NA-na-na, NA-NA-na-na–BATMAN!!”
There is a hands-on LOTR videogame showcase planned for a new game, Guardians of Middle-Earth, with tie-ins to the upcoming Hobbit films.
I’m personally chuffed at the thought of the Lego Lord of the Rings Street Art display that is planned for July 13-15. You all know how I love art–and it will be in 3-D (sort of like the upcoming Hobbit films)! I will plan to take lots of photos, of course, to share with you all.
And speaking of fan events, here’s a photo our own Teutcher shared with us of family members at a Star Trek:TNG Comic-Con in Calgary, Canada. You might spy some familiar faces. Make it so, Number One . . . and soon I will be going where I’ve never gone before. To Comic-Con!!
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And here’s another bit of photo editing fun with that gorgeous portrait of Mr. A as Thorin . . .