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New Warner 'DC Universe' Film to Premiere at WonderCon

12 Mar, 2012 By: John Latchem

The world premiere of a new “Superman” movie is just one of many exciting events fanboys can look forward to at this year’s WonderCon, held March 16-18 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The annual show, from the producers of the San Diego Comic-Con International, moves to Southern California for a year while its usual venue in San Francisco is being renovated.

Among the highlights on this year’s schedule, Warner Home Video will screen Superman vs. The Elite, the latest entry in its DC Universe line of direct-to-video animated superhero movies, Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the third-level ballroom, followed by a Q&A with the cast and filmmakers.

A “Wizards: 35 Years Later” panel will take place Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Room 207, featuring a Q&A with animation director, writer and producer Ralph Bakshi, on hand to promote Fox’s March 13 Blu-ray release of the film.

Felicia Day, creator of Web series “The Guild,” will present a sneak preview of her new Geek & Sundry YouTube channel lineup Saturday at 2 p.m. in Room 204.

Writer Jane Espenson, best known for her work on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Battlestar Galactica” will headline a panel Sunday at 4 p.m. in Room 203, where she will discuss her work in different genres, as well as her Web series “Husbands.”

Future theatrical films being previewed include Sony Pictures’ 21 Jump Street (Friday, 3:45 p.m.); Fox’s Prometheus and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Saturday, 1:15 p.m.); Universal’s Battleship and Snow White and the Huntsman (Saturday, 3:15 p.m.); and Sony’s Resident Evil: Retribution, Looper and Amazing Spider-Man (Saturday, 4:15 p.m.). The presentations will take place in the third-level ballroom.

TV shows appearing at WonderCon include Cartoon Network’s “Regular Show” Friday at 2 p.m. in Room 213, and “Adventure Time” at 11 a.m. Saturday in Room 204. The third-level ballroom Sunday will feature Fox network’s “Alcatraz” at noon, followed by “Fringe” at 1 p.m., ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” at 2 p.m. and NBC’s “Community” at 3 p.m.

A “Marvel Television Presents” panel is slated for Saturday at noon in Room 213, featuring the world premiere of the “Ultimate Spider-Man” animated series and a look at the premiere episode of season two of “The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes,” both airing on Disney XD.

Animators Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, the team behind such shows as “Scooby-Doo,” “Wacky Racers,” “Jabberjaw,” “Dynomutt,” “Thundarr the Barbarian,” “Plastic Man” and more, will appear at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Room 211.

The music of TV and film will be the focus of two panels. The first, at 5 p.m. Friday in Room 213, will feature composers of popular TV theme songs. Sunday at 1 p.m. in Room 204 will be a panel titles “Behind the Music: Composing for Fan-Favorite Projects,” featuring the musically creative minds behind some of the year's most-anticipated television series and films.

The emergence of smartphone apps is the subject of a panel at 4:30 p.m. Friday in Room 208, called “Triumph of the Small Screen.”

A special panel Friday at 3 p.m. in Room 204 will celebrate 1982 as the ultimate in geek entertainment, when such films as E.T., Tron, Blade Runner, Star Trek II, Poltergeist, Conan the Barbarian, Road Warrior and The Thing were released. The panel, which will discuss whether the 2012 line-up of geek-heavy films can compete, includes director Robert Meyer Burnett as well as Bill Hunt of TheDigitalBits.com.

The show will close Sunday with the 4 p.m. screening of Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog in the third-level ballroom.

A full schedule is available at Comic-Con.org.


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