Holy flashback, Batman! Long before Michael Keaton, George Clooney or Christian Bale of “Dark Knight Rises,” out today, there was the campy 1960s TV duo of Batman and Robin, courtesy of Adam West and Burt Ward.
You’ll be able to meet them in person at Atlanta’s ode to sci-fi, fantasy and anything pop culture August 31 to Sept. 3 at the annual Dragon*Con convention. Tickets for all four days are $120 here until August 17.
West has sent up his image as Batman with self-deprecating humor and a deep, sonorous voice that is hard to forget.
Every year, Dragon*Con attempts a reunion of a classic TV show and it doesn’t have to be fantasy or scifi. Past efforts have included cast members of “Happy Days,” “WKRP in Cincinnati” and “I Dream of Jeannie.”
Note: this is not Comic-Con! The star power at Dragon*Con is never nearly as grand as it is in San Diego in July. But it’s more accessible, too. The reality: it’s Labor Day weekend and it’s in Atlanta. Most of the big-name actors are in Los Angeles and many are in the middle of production. So in the end, you get many stars “between gigs.” As a result, you don’t get most of the big names from “Vampire Diaries” or “The Walking Dead,” although both shows are shot locally. (An exception: Ian Somerhalder of “Vampire Diaries” and “Lost” will be a hot draw.)
Here’s a list of other notable TV-related folks who are going to be at the annual festival, which is from August 31 to Sept. 3. Check out the entire list here.
- Adam Baldwin. (”Full Metal Jacket,” “Firefly,” “The X Files,” “Angel” and most recently, Chuck.”) He came last year.
- LeVar Burton (”Roots,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)
- Dean Cain (”The Adventures of Lois & Clark”). I talked to him in 2009.
- Michael Dorn (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”)
- Colin Ferguson (”Eureka”) He was here last year.
- Gil Gerard (”Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”). He’s been to the event numerous times.
- Lou Ferrigno (”The Incredible Hulk”) He was most recently seen on “Celebrity Apprentice.” He came to Dragon*Con last year.
- Erin Gray (”Buck Roger sin the 25th Century”) She comes almost every year.
- Anthony Michael Hall (”The Breakfast Club,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Sixteen Candles,” “Weird Science,” “Edward Scissorhands” “The Dead Zone”) I can’t remember if he’s ever been to the event before.
- Richard Hatch (“Battlestar Galactica,” the original and no, not the dude from “Survivor”). He’s a fixture at the event.
- Grant Imahara (”Mythbusters”). Even folks on reality TV can be featured.
- James Marsters (”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) He came last year.
- Rose McGowan (”Charmed”) I interviewed her in 2008 for TCM Essentials.
- Steven R. McQueen (“Vampire Diaries”) Yes, he is the grandson of the great Steve McQueen. I interviewed him in 2010.
- Kathy Najimy (”Veronica’s Closet,” “Sister Act,” “King of the Hill”) Here’s a name I’ve never seen before at Dragon*Con. I’m not sure why either though Dragon*Con will bring folks who have nothing to do with sci-fi/fantasy.
- Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura on “Star Trek”)
- Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes on “The Walking Dead”)
- Katee Sackhoff (”Battlestar Galactica,” “24,” “Longmire”)
- Patrick Stewart (Capt. Picard on “Star Trek: Next Generation,” “X-Men”)
- Steven Yeun (Glenn on “The Walking Dead”)
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk