IAR's WonderCon 2012 Preview

Thursday, 15 March 2012 08:16 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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IAR's WonderCon 2012 Preview

By now, everyone is familiar with annual nerd-hajj to pop-culture Mecca at Comic-Con in San Diego every July.  While Comic-Con is doubtless the world's largest gathering of genre enthusiasts in the world, Comic-Con International isn't limited to that one event.  Normally, mid-March sees a higher-than-average concentration of nerdlingers and celebrants of every stripe in San Francisco for WonderCon, perhaps the second biggest comic book convention of the year.  This year, though, due to renovations at the con's home, he Moscone center, WonderCon is relocating to the sunny climes of Southern California in Anaheim.

Like its more well-known sibling in San Diego, WonderCon is by no means limited to the celebration of comic books, but has increasingly become a platform from which studios can hawk their latest genre film endeavors, often those based on the fare medium.  This year is no different, with upcoming movies like Prometheus, The Amazing Spider-Man, Looper, Battleship, Lockout, Superman vs. The Elite, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter all represented.

IAR will be on hand for WonderCon in Anaheim bringing you special coverage of the biggest movie-related stories happening this weekend.  In preparation and for everyone who can't make it to the West Coast to attend, we've put together a brief but handy guide for just what we'll be covering at WonderCon.


The Con gets its swerve on Friday with no shortage of comic-and-television-related panels, all of which you can check out on this official schedule.  Managing Editor Jami Philbrick will be on hand Friday night for the world premiere of Superman vs. The Elite. The animated film is latest effort from DC Universe, the animation arm behind Justice League: Doom, Batman: Year One, and All-Star Superman.


As you can see by even a casual perusal of the WonderCon schedule, Saturday is by far the biggest day for film events.  Our coverage will include all of the day's film panels from 20th Century Fox, Sony, Universal, and Open Road Films.  Breaking it down, these include:

  • Director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Damon Lindelof discussing and presenting special footage from Prometheus, the anticipated Alien prequel.
  • Filmmakers screening a 3D presentation of footage from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the supernatural mashup movie from director Timur Bekmambetov, producer Tim Burton, and novelist Seth Grahame-Smith.
  • Battleship stars Alexander Skarsgard and Brooklyn Decker and director Peter Berg showcasing new material and answering questions about the latest Hasbro action spectacle.
  • A new look at the fairy tale reimagining Snow White and the Huntsman, with director Rupert Sanders on hand to discuss his Lord of the Rings-inspired take on the material.
  • Milla Jovovich and real-life husband Paul W.S. Anderson hosting a 3D look at Resident Evil: Retribution, in which Jovovich once again stars as the unstoppable Alice.
  • A true first look: the first public exhibition of material from Looper, the new science-fiction film from Brick and Brothers Bloom writer-director Rian Johnson, who will be accompanied onstage by star Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
  • Director Marc Webb and leading lady Emma Stone will be present on behalf of The Amazing Spider-Man, which will screen an eight-minute sizzle reel from the webslinging reboot.
  • Lockout, the science-fiction actioner starring Guy Pearce as a warrior infiltrating a maximum prison in outer space to rescue some precious human cargo, will screen no small amount of first look footage.

Additionally, IAR is set to bring you an interviews with Peter Berg, as well as exclusive video interviews with the likes of Emma Stone, Marc Webb, Rian Johnson, Paul W.S Anderson, Milla Jovovich, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the talent from Lockout, including the lovely Maggie Grace.


The last day of the Con features virtually no film events, so we'll be essentially sitting this one out.  For television fans, though, the day does include panels for shows like Community, Fringe, Alcatraz, and Once Upon a Time, including appearances from their respective cast members.  Additionally, there's a special panel with Jane Espenson, a writer on series that include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, Angel, Firefly, and Game of ThronesCheck out the schedule to see what's good on Sunday.

We'll see you this weekend from WonderCon in Anaheim, everybody.

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