NYCC: George Clooney sends up his Batman turn at ‘Tomorrowland’ panel

Oct. 09, 2014 | 3:08 p.m.
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Actor George Clooney attends Walt Disney Studios' New York Comic Con presentation of "Tomorrowland" at the Javits Convention Center on Thursday in New York City. (Jason Carter Rinaldi/Getty Images for Disney)

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Actor George Clooney attends Walt Disney Studios' New York Comic Con presentation of "Tomorrowland" at the Javits Convention Center on Thursday in New York City. (Jason Carter Rinaldi/Getty Images for Disney)

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George Clooney goes for the the throat of Hugh Laurie at New York Comic Con on Thursday. (Jason Carter Rinaldi/Getty Images for Disney)

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Actor George Clooney attends Walt Disney Studios' New York Comic Con presentation of "Tomorrowland" at the Javits Convention Center on Thursday in New York City. (Jason Carter Rinaldi/Getty Images for Disney)

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Actor George Clooney attends Walt Disney Studios' New York Comic Con presentation of "Tomorrowland" at the Javits Convention Center on Thursday in New York City. (Jason Carter Rinaldi / Getty Images for Disney)

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Actor George Clooney attends Walt Disney Studios' 2014 New York Comic Con presentation of "Tomorrowland" at the Javits Convention Center on Thursday October 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Carter Rinaldi/Getty Images for Disney) ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **

“You wanna go?” George Clooney asks in a new teaser for “Tomorrowland,” Brad Bird’s upcoming live-action feature based on a Disney theme-park attraction.

After the teaser played at a New York Comic Con panel on Thursday‎, Clooney then did some going himself — right on to the stage as a surprise guest.

“It’s not lost on me that I’m spending my honeymoon at Comic Con,” Clooney said to laughter as he joined Bird, writer Damon Lindelof and cast members including Hugh Laurie and Britt Robertson, who were already seated on the panel.

Clooney then quipped to the crowd,”‎If you want to know about the plot, just ask me.”

Story details have indeed been a closely guarded secret for the futurist adventure, which Disney is scheduled to release May 22.

Based on comments made and footage shown during the panel, the movie appears to center on a 17-year-old named Casey (Britt Robertston), who after being released from a police station for an unnamed offense mysteriously comes upon a pin ‎that transports her, “Wizard of Oz”-style, to another world.

There, fantasy adventures‎ appear to await — as a Clooney voice-over noted, “What if there was a place, a secret place, where nothing was impossible? A miraculous place where you could actually change the world?”

Lindelof said he hopes the film follows in the tradition of “Pirates of the Caribbean” in building a mythology around an existing attraction. He conceived of “Tomorrowland” in part after learning about the existence of a mysterious box once left behind at a Disney park, possibly by Imagineers. (He and Bird previously had discussed the box as a point of inspiration last year at D23.)

‎”One of the movies we were thinking about was ‘Close Encounters of The Third Kind,’ and the idea that it was a discovery movie,” he said.

"Tomorrowland" screenwriter Damon Lindelof, left, and director Brad Bird onstage during Walt Disney Studios' D23 expo at the Anaheim Convention Center on Aug. 10, 2013. (Todd Wawrychuk / D23 Expo)

“Tomorrowland” screenwriter Damon Lindelof, left, and director Brad Bird onstage during Walt Disney Studios’ D23 expo at the Anaheim Convention Center on Aug. 10, 2013. (Todd Wawrychuk / D23 Expo)

Bird, who co-wrote the script with Lindelof‎, added that the film was about “being implanted with a vision and then pursuing that vision.”‎

In addition to the pedigree of its writers and director — Bird is, of course, known for “The Incredibles,” “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” and “The Iron Giant,” Lindelof for “Lost and “The Leftovers” — the film’s fortunes could also rest ‎on Clooney’s appeal.

On Thursday he worked the crowd deftly.

After moderator Chris Hardwick noted that the suited actor‎ was sporting “excellent Bruce Wayne cosplay,” Clooney quipped that since his ill-fated ’90s turn as Batman “I was disinvited from Comic Con for 20 years.”

He also joked that he ran into Adam West, set to appear on another panel, backstage and felt he owed the TV Caped Crusader an apology.

“I was like, ‘I’m really sorry.’ He gave me a fist bump and I was like, ‘Just hit me.’‎”

Hiro Hamada and BayMax in a scene from "Big Hero 6." (Disney)

Baymax, left, and Hiro Hamada in a scene from “Big Hero 6.” (Disney)

Also at Thursday’s presentation, Disney unveiled new footage for its upcoming animated feature “Big Hero 6” and brought out cast and filmmakers to pump the Nov. 7 release.

Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, “Big Hero 6” takes place in a San Francisco-Tokyo mash-up known as San Fransokyo and involves the young Hiro (Ryan Potter) and his escapades with a robotic healthcare ‎companion named Baymax (Scott Adsit).

The movie is the first Disney animated film to make use of characters from Marvel.

— Steven Zeitchik | @LATHeroComplex

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