The assembled crowd erupted with cheers for Stan Lee and Mark Hamill show at Comic-Con International in San Diego as fans greeted the iconic figures, welcoming them to the stage to introduce a slate of new web-based projects during “Stan Lee’s World of Heroes” panel. The YouTube exclusive programming, a series of scripted and unscripted shows that center on super heroes, pop culture and geek fandom, all feature Lee’s unique influence as one of the most important figures and creators in comics.
Joining Lee and Hamill for the panel were some of the hosts for the “World of Heroes” various programs, including Adrianne Curry (“America’s Next Top Model”), popular comics writer Peter David, Bonnie Burton (“Star Wars Craft Book”), America Young and moderator Jace Hall.
“‘Stan Lee’s World of Heroes’ is for the fans who love super heroes, and all kinds of heroes,” said Lee. “To show all the different aspects of hero-dom and fandom, and to have fun with it.”
The audience was then treated to a short feature highlighting each show’s premise and its host., starting with Curry, whose show is titled “Adrianne Curry’s Super Fans.” A documentary style look at super fans and the massive collections they own, the series will look into various individuals’ passion for their favorite super hero must-haves.
Curry, colorfully dressed in a Jedi-style robe and red sash, complete with a green dinosaur head as her choice of headgear, garnered a huge response when she appeared on stage. Playfully referring to herself as “Raptor Jesus,” Curry called her show “a great avenue for fans to get more involved with the things they love and the people they love.”
Hall, who is hosting “Fan Wars” in addition to moderating the panel, described his show next. “The idea behind ‘Fan Wars’ is to actually have real fans come up and argue a point that they want to make, whether it’s that Superman is stronger than the Hulk, or that the Hulk is stronger than Superman, and it’s set in a courtroom proceeding,” said Hall. The show is not scripted, and a celebrity judge panel, including Lee, will decide who best pleads their case.
America Young hosts “Geek Therapy,” a scripted comedy that features a therapist who counsels die-hard, obsessed fans that are having trouble coping with reality, all in a comedic fashion, of course.
A DIY show featuring host Bonnie Burton explores craft making with an eye toward fun and geeky. “We make everything from Ouija boards to puppets … it’s like Martha Stewart got really geeky,” Burton said of her series.
Noticeably absent from the featurette was Hamill’s contribution to the Heroes project, which he explained will be a series of podcasts where he talks with different celebrities. He recently spoke with actor Tom Wilson (“Back to the Future”), longtime voice actor Rob Paulsen and Kevin Smith, where they discussed Hamill’s experiences voicing The Joker “Batman: The Animated Series” and the Arkham City titles.
Hamill added that he is interested in voicing The Joker once more, but only if it’s for an animated adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s “The Killing Joke.” “Whether or not we can arrange this [is the question],” said Hamill. “Alan Moore is notoriously unhappy with any adaptations of his work but if i redo it word for word, almost like a book on tape, how could he complain?”
Hamill’s “World of Heroes” project is still untitled, so the actor is looking for fans to contact him on Twitter @hamillhimself to offer their suggestions.
Peter David also has a series in the works, though a preview was not ready for the panel, David saying he had just recently finished the script. The show will revolve around individuals with super powers who aren’t the dashing hero types. David described it as a superhero sitcom, likening it to “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
The show, titled “Head Cases,” features a young wannabe hero who screws up a potentially-heroic moment. His failure is recorded and posted to YouTube, making him the laughing stock of the super hero community. Stan Lee will have a recurring role in the series.
Other shows scheduled to be a part of Heroes include: “Super Model,” a scripted comedy that Lee said will put the “super” back in super models, “Bad Days,” which is an animated look at comedic mishaps with superheroes like Spider-Man and others.