Way back in January, I gave you a month-to-month breakdown of what comic book movie and television fans could look forward to in 2011. In the list, I noted that many of this year's big comic book movies premiere ahead of San Diego's Comic-Con International, making April's WonderCon in San Francisco a likely target for studios' pre-release promotion for films like "Green Lantern" and "Thor."
And now it looks like that's exactly what we'll see at WonderCon... as far as DC's ring-slinging superhero, anyways.
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment announced today that the upcoming live-action "Green Lantern" movie will have a big presence at this year's WonderCon, including an appearance by Hal Jordan himself, Ryan Reynolds, and several other members of the film's cast.
Here's the full text of the announcement:
“GREEN LANTERN” SHINES BRIGHT AT WONDERCON
Stars of the Upcoming Film—Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard—Kick Off
the Weekend and the Super Hero’s Multi-Platform Presence at the Con
BURBANK, CA, March 7, 2011 - Fans attending on Friday, April 1st, the first day of WonderCon, will be treated to a special “Green Lantern” talent signing and panel featuring stars of the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures feature film: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard. The signing begins at 4 p.m., followed by the panel discussion at 5.
The highly anticipated “Green Lantern” movie, in theatres on June 17, 2011, will be the first live-action feature film to star the popular DC Comics character. The film relates the origin story of alter ego Hal Jordan (Reynolds), a test pilot and the first human chosen to wear the ring that provides him his superpowers.
Following the opening day panel, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps will have a deep and diverse presence throughout the weekend due to the combined efforts of DC Entertainment (DCE) and the various divisions of Warner Bros. Entertainment, including Warner Home Video (WHV), Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP).
WHV will present the World Premiere of the Blu-ray and DVD feature “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights” on Friday evening in the Esplanade Ballroom, immediately followed by a panel discussion featuring filmmakers and voice cast members. Panelists will also take part in an autograph session on Saturday. The all new DC Universe Animated Original Movie weaves six interlocking stories of the Green Lantern Corps’ rich mythology around preparations for an attack by an ancient enemy.
Also on Friday, DC Comics will host a panel about the Green Lantern comic books and the 2011 War of the Green Lanterns crossover event. The DC booth will host Green Lantern-themed signings and giveaways throughout the weekend.
WBIE and DCE will showcase “Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters,” an action-adventure videogame that will be available in conjunction with the theatrical release of “Green Lantern.” Throughout the Con, visitors to the DC Comics booth will be able to get hands-on time with the game that delivers an immersive experience for Green Lantern fans of all ages.
WonderCon will be held April 1–3 at Moscone Center South in San Francisco.