For the rest of San Diego Comic Con, I didn’t make it into any movie panels, though I certainly tried. The lines for Hall H were much better managed this year but there is still no good way to know when you get in line if you have a chance of making it into the hall for the panel you’d like to see. If you choose to wait in line, you have to accept that you that you might not make it in. Though, it can still sting a little when you’ve waited over three hours in the sun and you still don’t make it in to the hall to see Ryan Reynolds recite the Green Lantern oath even though you’re so close you can almost taste it.
Not that anything could make the kid who got him to recite it any less adorable.
I did manage make it into a number of television panels on Friday and Saturday, which I’m happy to report on.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold – I had been unaware of the fact that this show was headed to the end and that there are only thirteen more episodes coming. As a part of this panel, they showed an entire episode titled “Emperor Joker!” As soon as I saw that, I was thrilled as Emperor Joker was one of my favorite Superman plots. While it was a Superman plot, it heavily featured Batman and was easily converted into an episode with a few key edits. I won’t spoil anything for you but it is obvious that they pulled out all of the stops for the last episodes of this show. There were times where I was surprised at how frequently they broke the fourth wall and how dark this notoriously light-hearted Silver Age toned show was willing to go. I loved every moment of it and so did the friend who came with me who hasn’t watched a single episode before.
As an added bonus, we got a quick presentation and a little bit of footage about the new show coming in November: Young Justice. I’ve been excited about this show since I heard about it as I enjoyed the comic very much. This is a seem to be planned a little darker take than that series was, though I haven’t seen enough to make a judgement either way. We were told that this show would be set on Earth 16 (out of the 52 earths of the DCU) and that it was a new Earth. Superman, for instance, has only been active for about 10 years and Robin, now 13, has been active since he was 9 years old. Also, while this show is centered on the teen heroes, it is a full DCU show and will not operate in a vacuum. For instance, the Justice League is a fully fleshed out team of 16 that we’ll see regularly with Bruce Greenwood as Batman, Alan Tudyk as Green Arrow, Phil Lemarr as Aquaman and Rob Lowe as Captain Marvel.
The YJ line up will start out with the new Aqualad as team leader, Robin, Kid Flash, Miss Martian, Superboy and Artemis, though there were comments made that there would be others who would be seen. In fact, in the footage shown, Roy Harper was easily visible as Speedy. I’m looking forward to seeing this show. Making it even more exciting, it has been confirmed that Peter David, the man who created the original comic series, will be writing several episodes of the cartoon. On his blog he wrote, “I would love to tell you all about my first episode, but I’m afraid that it’s … oh, what’s the word … Secret.” Fans of the comic will know from that that they have at least one familiar character to look forward to seeing appear in those episodes. Take a look at the preview released by Warner Brothers: