Sam Register and Bruce Timm kicked off Friday’s panel to rapturous applause with a sneak peek of the upcoming computer generated “Green Lantern Animated Series.” And if the audience reaction was any indication, they’ve already got a hit on their hands.
Utilizing style cues that are instantly recognizable to any fan of Timm’s Emmy winning “Batman: The Animated Series.” Warner Bros. have crafted something both familiar and exciting. Opening the panel, Timm stated definitively that the “CG properties that I like are CG properties that still look like cartoons,” going on to admit, “my style seems to lend itself really well to the CG medium.”
Giancarlo Volpe is the producer of the new show, who, coming fresh from having worked on “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” is the shows resident CG expert. Jumped into the fray with praise for both Timm’s unique eye for design and his work ethic. Volpe readily admitted to using the Justice League toys to help him visualize what the Green Lantern Corps might look like in CG.
Avoiding spoilers, Jim Kreig, the writer of the show, let the fans know that the bad guys of the story will be the Red Lanterns and “The Red Lanterns are mean. That they’re not good. They’re very very bad. It’s great to have an enemy that…is a legitimate threat” to Hal Jordan and Kilowog.
Some spoilers slipped out when Register asked Krieg to give up details about some characters outside of the DC Universe mythology who will appear in the show. One is Razer, is a reformed Red Lantern. Kreig described him “for the ladies” as a “bit of a bad boy,” claiming that Razer will give viewers insight into the mind of a Red Lantern.
The first question from the audience led to the announcement that 26 half hour episodes have been green lit. The next question was from the young fan who at last summer’s Comic-Con asked Ryan Reynolds to recite the Green Lantern oath. Co-incidentally, his question was about the Red Lantern oath and if it would appear in the show. The answer was yes, though it will be a “kinder” version that may or may not have the word “kitten” in it.
Further questions from the floor led to Krieg and Volpe claiming that they are referring to the new show as the “Krieg/Volpeverse” and not the “Timmverse,” a term made popular by fans of the “Batman:TAS” and “Justice League” cartoons. A fan asking about Black Lanterns in the new show was met with a “maybe” from the panel. When questioned about the other Green Lanterns, the panel responded with, “if we make this show for a while we would eventually have to get to them.” The last Green Lantern related question from the floor was about who Timm could see as a live action Kyle Rayner, to which Timm answered, “Bruce Campbell!” to cheers from the audience.
Post Q&A, Timm playfully hinted at something else he was working on “on the side” and asked for the lights to be dimmed. Once again, the projection screen lit up with CG footage. The audience exploded with laughter when, “From the creators of ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ and the creators of The Masturbating Bear” appeared on the screen. At this point, a 3 minute CG preview of Conan O Brien’s “The Flaming C” aired for the crowd. Barely giving the audience a second to take it all in, Timm proceeded to welcome Conan O’Brien to the stage. Conan was met with chanting of “Conan, Conan, Conan,” who, after calming the crowd, jokingly claimed that he was there only to answer questions about the “Green Lantern Animated Series.”
He then rattled of a list of top flight directors interested in making a “Flaming C” movie. Jokingly pointing out that they blew the whole budget on the 3 minutes that they had just shown, Conan went on to thank Timm for lending his talent and his time to “an idiot who just dropped by his office.” Conan quickly moved on to securing 100% of the rights to the “Flaming C” from Timm. Then it was back to Green Lantern. Conan asked, “why are there only primary colors? Imagine the powers we could do with the Turquoise Lanterns.”
Responding to a question about the potential return of his beard — the crowd was decidedly pro-beard — Conan said he was “happy to let Comic-Con make his decisions in life.” Conan was then taken aback, having spotted a “Flaming C” cosplayer in the crowd. He invited him on stage only to make fun of his hairline. When the cosplayer lingered a little too long onstage, Conan chased him off and into the crowd, play-fighting all the way.
The Conan portion of the Q&A continued with a marriage proposal that Conan said “Yes” to, “but only in New York.” Then, the question of a nemesis for the “Flaming C” came up, along with some audience suggestions related to other talk show hosts. Conan gracefully deflected with, “you guys are more bitter than I am.” The next question came from an audience member dressed as Ganthet and, after a few minutes of banter, Conan was happy to gift his new friend with the placeholder name tag from the conference table. But not before jokingly rubbing it all over his own chest.
Conan then expressed a desire to walk the con floor, but admitted to being advised not to by men with earpieces. An enterprising con-goer did offer to escort him. When the conversation eventually came back to comics, Conan admitted to stealing comic books from his older brother, professing his love for DC Comics’ “Weird War Tales.”
The panel wrapped with request for Conan to perform his patented “shooting dance,” followed by a plug for the “Flaming C” art gallery which, for the duration of the con, is running at 363 Fifth Ave in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. Finally, Conan thanked Warner Bros., Warner Bros. Animation, Bruce Timm and all of his creative fans for their support.