SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Mayor Kevin Faulconer soared above Gotham City on a zipline Thursday to officially open the 45th annual Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center.
At 9:30 a.m., Faulconer and City Council President Todd Gloria rode a 200-foot-long zipline at the Gotham Interactive Fan Zone set up near the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. They then stepped walked to a nearby podium to officially open the convention.
“Gotham” is a television series that will run on Fox beginning in September that is based on DC Comics’ characters, but not necessarily Batman.
“Batman” will take center stage on Day 1 if the celebration of the popular culture. Several events are on tap for the popular franchise that started 75 years ago as a dark comic strip, became a children’s television show and later spawned a hugely successful series of films on the big screen.
At 3:30 p.m., DC Comics will host a panel called “Batman 75: Legends of the Dark Knight.” Comic creators who helped shape the character are scheduled to participate.
At 6 p.m., television series stars Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar will gather for a panel in Hall H, the San Diego Convention Center’s 6,500- seat arena. The three will promote a boxed set of the series’ episodes that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is set to release in November.
Also scheduled for the first day are a panel on the popular television thriller “24,” with actor Kiefer Sutherland set to appear; a world premiere screening of the upcoming CBS television show, “Scorpion;” and a forum on the television show “Hannibal.”
Organizers are also staging events at the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, the Grand Ballroom at the Omni San Diego Hotel, and the Horton Grand Theater.
Pre-paid parking at the convention center and Hilton Bayfront is sold out.
Free shuttles will run between the convention center and hotels in downtown, Mission Valley, Shelter Island and Harbor Island. Shuttle service will run 24 hours a day until Sunday at 7 p.m.
Organizers encourage attendees to use the San Diego Trolley and the North County Transit District’s Coaster train. The Metropolitan Transit Systems says the Green Line trolley to the convention center and Gaslamp Quarter will run every seven and a half minutes — twice as often as normal — during Comic- Con.
The trolley system will also offer paperless tickets on its new mticket mobile application. A spokesman for the agency said the trolley carries an additional 215,000 passengers during the convention.
For a complete Thursday schedule, see the Comic-Con website.