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Gotham by Gaslamp: Fox's Batman Prequel Will Have a Big Presence at SDCC

Gotham by Gaslamp: Fox's Batman Prequel Will Have a...

By Tim Beedle Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

What comes to mind when you think of Gotham City? Batman, obviously. Dark city streets, tall skyscrapers, blimps, searchlights…and bright, sunny skies?

Well, Gotham may not exactly be synonymous with sunshine, but it will be this weekend as FOX, Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment bring this fall’s eagerly anticipated new drama to the summer skies of Comic-Con. With giveaways, star appearances, two spectacular experiences and one blockbuster Hall H panel, the convention may officially take place in San Diego, California, but the city on everyone’s mind will be Gotham.

Tour Gotham City Caped Crusader-Style

Gotham may be set well before Batman hits the scene, but you’d be hard pressed not to think of the Dark Knight when enjoying the Gotham Zip Line, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the Gotham City streets super hero-style. Comic-Con attendees will want to strap in and hold on as they take an exhilarating 130-foot ride thirty feet above the Gotham landscape.  When you’re done, you’ll be rewarded with a shareable photo of your experience, as well as some exclusive Gotham prizes.

This heroic experience will be set between the San Diego Convention Center and the Hilton Bayfront Hotel (that’s to the left of the convention center when you’re facing it). Hours of operation are Thursday, July 24 to Sunday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Even better, members of the Gotham cast and crew will be making appearances at the attraction throughout the weekend, so keep an eye out. Gotham’s a big city and you never know who you might see…

Take a Ride in a Gotham City Police Cruiser (No Handcuffs Necessary)

Of all the options available to you for getting around San Diego, we wouldn’t usually recommend choosing the backseat of a police car, but we’re more than happy to make an exception for Gotham’s second unique SDCC experience. UBER users will have the opportunity to grab up to a $30 ride in a specially-designed Gotham police cruiser when they select “Gotham PD” on the UBER slider. While on their way, they’ll be treated to a sneak preview of Gotham. Oh, and did we mention that the ride was FREE? Yes, Bat-fans, it is.

You’ll see the Gotham police cars throughout downtown San Diego, but if you want to grab a ride in one, you’ll have to use the app during select hours:

Thursday, July 24: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday, July 25: 2 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Saturday, July 26: 12 p.m.  – 12 a.m.
Sunday, July 27: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

We can promise a comfortable ride, though we can’t promise any super hero or villain sightings. Of course, considering it’s Comic-Con, you never know…

Be the First to See the Show

If you’ve been to San Diego Comic-Con before, you know that Hall H is the place to be. It’s where the biggest panels take place, and you’d be hard pressed to find one bigger than the massive DC TV panel taking place in Hall H on Saturday night from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Especially since it just happens to include the World Premiere of Gotham.

We’ll be screening the pilot in full for the first time anywhere and following it up with a sure-to-be-lively panel discussion featuring series stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova and David Mazouz, as well as executive producers Bruno Heller, Danny Cannon and John Stephens.

We have no doubt you plan to check out the show come fall, but watching the first episode with an enthusiastic audience of thousands is a different experience entirely, and one that isn’t to be missed for fans of Batman and DC Comics.

Plus, be sure to grab your Gotham swag bag when you pick up your badge, and make sure to stop by the Fox Fanfare booth (#4229) for a Gotham lenticular collectible and other cool giveaways. This fall, we’ll all witness what life was like in Gotham City prior to Batman. But if you want to experience life in Gotham… you’ll have to go to Comic-Con.

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