We’re still a ways away from the San Diego Comic-Con (although it’ll be here before you know it), but they’re already revealing some of the programming highlights. IIRC, they typically don’t give out this much advance notice about the big media panels, but hey, I’m not complaining … my wife is already planning her con experience (with equal parts con attendance, time by the pool, shopping in San Diego and seeing the sites) and keeps asking me about panels.
So, for her benefit, and yours, some recent announcements:
–The Comic-Con site has interviews up with several people related to Heroes, including Masi Oka, everyone’s favorite time-traveling office worker turned hero:
CCI: Some think of Hiro as the leader of Heroes, the one character who willingly embraces his powers. Is Hiro the character that the group revolves around?
MO: Oh, I don’t know. That’s a writer question. Tim Kring is the one who created the character Hiro, who was actually the last character to be created, and there’s a reason why his name is Hiro. It wasn’t just a pun.
I think of it as an ensemble show so everybody is a piece of the puzzle. Though my personal opinion, as an actor, is that Peter is kind of the leader because he’s kind of like the one, kind of like Neo (from The Matrix) in a sense. And I think he is the most powerful because he can control everything. He can suck up everyone’s powers and he can choose what to use and what not to use. But of course Hiro’s powers are powerful and he has more mastery than at least Peter does at this time. But who knows what will happen in the future?
It’s interesting the leader question comes up because there’s really no past, there’s no JLA or I guess in this case, like the JLI (Justice League International). But we haven’t formed a league yet. Of course I say “yet” because I don’t know if they’re going to do it, but they haven’t yet.
–On Thursday night, the animated Superman:Doomsday film will premiere.
–They’ve got a preliminary list of films that may be presented at the con:
Alien vs. Predator 2, American Gangster, Babylon AD, Balls of Fury, Beowulf, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Coraline, Fred Claus, Get Smart, The Golden Compass, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, I Am Legend, The Incredible Hulk, Indiana Jones 4, Invasion, Iron Man, Resident Evil: Extinction, Speed Racer, The Strangers, Stardust, Star Trek XI, Sunshine, Sweeney Todd, 30 Days of Night, Trick ‘r Treat, Wall E, Wanted, Where The Wild Things Are, White Out
UPDATE: The list has been pulled off the Comic-Con website, which probably means it was published prematurely … so don’t take it as gospel at this point.
–Diamond Select Toys has announced a Minimate-themed scavenger hunt, which will pit teams of fans against each other.
–No doubt these earlier announcements go right along with the message they have posted on the site about other changes to their programming, such as breaks between panels, larger rooms for some tracks and better signage.
We’ll post more about the con over the next couple of months. If you have a special event, panel or whatever related to SDCC that you’d like for us to mention, drop me an email.