WonderCon 2014: ‘X-Men,’ ‘Batman’ and beyond — 11 can’t-miss events

April 18, 2014 | 12:48 p.m.

WonderCon 2014 opens its doors Friday at the Anaheim Convention Center. The little sister event to San Diego’s Comic-Con International is expected to draw crowds that include cosplayers, comic book enthusiasts and all manner of genre fans to check out a range of booths, panel presentations and special programming. For those headed to the weekend-long affair, here’s a selection of highlights you might not want to miss.

WonderCon 2013 attendees show off their "Game of Thrones" costumes. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

WonderCon 2013 attendees show off their “Game of Thrones” costumes. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

FRIDAY

1. Celebrate the Bat: Batman marks his 75th anniversary this year, and Wondercon will feature several panels dedicated to the Caped Crusader. Tops on the list could be the world premiere of the “Son of Batman,” based on Grant Morrison’s heralded storyline and the latest entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe animated films. The cast and crew will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening. 6 p.m.

2. The Writer’s Journey: Want to break into the biz? Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novelists offer insider tips for getting your work into the right hands. 5:30 p.m.

3. “The 100,” “Teen Titans Go,” “Revolution”: Catch two upcoming episodes of The CW’s “The 100″ — the series tracks survivors of a nuclear war who are sent back to Earth to determine whether the planet might be habitable once more. Also in story are screenings of the comedy “Teen Titans” and one of the dramatic final episodes of the second season of NBC’s “Revolution.” 2 p.m.

Fans can snag this limited edition Godzilla poster at the Warner Bros. panel (Warner Bros.)

Fans can snag this limited edition Godzilla poster at the Warner Bros. panel (Warner Bros.)

SATURDAY

4. Warner Bros. Presentation: Warner Bros. kicks off the big studio film panels presenting new footage from its upcoming blockbusters “Edge of Tomorrow” and “Godzilla,” as well as the tornado film, “Into the Storm,” starring Richard Armitage of “The Hobbit” fame. “Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards will sign autographs before the panel. 11 a.m.

5. 20th Century Fox Presentation: The studio plans to bring four films, including “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (writer/producer Simon Kinberg will represent the mutant sequel in the place of director Bryan Singer, whose appearance was canceled after a teen sex abuse lawsuit was filed against him earlier this week). Director Matt Reeves, along with actors Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, and Gary Oldman, will appear to support “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”; “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ will bring writer/director Dean DeBlois and actor Jay Baruchel. September’s “The Maze Runner” will be represented by author James Dashner, director Wes Bell and star Dylan O’Brien. 12:45 p.m.

6. Psychology of Cult TV Shows: Join a panel of therapists and scientists as they discuss “Doctor Who,” “Sherlock,” “Firefly,” “Arrow,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” along with other fan-favorite titles,  exploring what makes the beloved shows so psychologically appealing. 1 p.m.

7. “Lucy”: Writer-director Luc Besson (“The Fifth Element,” “La Femme Nikita”) will present exclusive scenes from his upcoming film starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. 3 p.m.

8. Kelly Sue DeConnick: The prolific and talented writer gets her own spotlight presentation in which she’ll discuss all of her work on such titles as “Captain Marvel,” “Pretty Deadly” and the upcoming “Bitch Planet.” 3 p.m.

9. “Deliver Us from Evil”: Director Scott Derrickson, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and stars Eric Bana, Edgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn and Joel McHale answer questions after an exclusive sneak peek at the new film about a New York cop investigating demonic possessions. 3:45 p.m.

SUNDAY

10. Kiera Cass: The #1 New York Times bestselling author of “The Selection” series answers questions about her writing process, her inspiration and what’s next for America Singer in the soon-to-be-released third installment of the series.

11. The Nerdist Panel: Join Chris Hardwick and special guests as they wrap up the weekend with a sure-to-be-spirited discussion.

Check out a full schedule for this weekend’s events here. Are you excited to attend any particular WonderCon event this weekend? Let us know in the comment section below.

– Justin Sullivan | @LATherocomplex

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3 Responses to WonderCon 2014: ‘X-Men,’ ‘Batman’ and beyond — 11 can’t-miss events

  1. OscarG says:

    How may people think WonderCon will remain in Anaheim and SF will either go without it or create another event? After all they do have APE (Alternative Press Expo) by the same organizers and Similar cons by other organizers.
    Yet, i feel it is a bit of a bone of contention, especially since SDCC is staying in SD for now.

    • Cephus says:

      The rumor has been that they will have two cons, one in Anaheim and one in San Francisco. They've tried to downplay it but they'd be crazy to take away such a successful convention that's now established in Southern California. It's too bad that there were so many faux pas by convention organizers this year, it's a smaller con than last year because they had no clue what they were doing.

      Hopefully this convention will be a learning experience and next year will be amazing.

  2. omi oneil says:

    where is this going on…

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